Getting Around

Getting around Honolulu, and Oahu in general, involves becoming familiar with local directions. Visitors may be told to go makai (toward the sea) or mauka (toward the mountain); the famous Diamond Head crater is also an important landmark and reference for the east, and the town of Ewa stands in for the west. The main public transport system is simply called The Bus, and serves Honolulu and most of Oahu. The bus network is comprehensive, with about 100 fixed routes and more than 4,000 stops allowing travellers access to all parts of the island. The most popular route runs between Waikiki and Ala Moana Center every 10 minutes. The Waikiki Trolley is also a fun way to get around Honolulu, looping around 12 key locations every 40 minutes with commentary by the driver. Taxis are also available, and provide a good means of getting around at night; they are locally regulated so fares are standard across all companies.


Honolulu International Airport

The airport is located on Oahu Island about six miles (10km) west of downtown Honolulu and nine miles (15km) west of Waikiki Beach.

Honolulu International Airport (HNL)


The airport is located on Oahu Island about six miles (10km) west of downtown Honolulu and nine miles (15km) west of Waikiki Beach.

Getting to the city

There are several city bus services that follow different routes and schedules connecting to central Waikiki. Many hotels offer pick-up services and the The Roberts Hawaii Express Shuttle offers affordable, on-demand, island-wide transfer services from honolulu international airport.


Local time is GMT -10

Car rental

Car hire companies represented at the airport include Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National. Some other car rental companies are located off-site and provide buses to ferry passengers to their offices; it's worth checking the rental companies' location before booking.

Airport Taxis

Taxis are available; the ride to Waikiki takes around 20 minutes and has a metered fare of about $40 to 45. Fares may be slightly more if it's rush hour or peak travel time.

Transfer between terminals

The three terminals are connected by shuttle buses and outdoor walkways.


The airport is well supplied with restaurants, bars and shops, including duty free. There are ATMs and bureaux de change throughout the airport terminals, a massage centre, a hairdresser and a nearby hotel, which offers shower facilities and rooms charged by the hour. The business centre in the main lobby offers fax, internet and photocopy services. Facilities for the disabled are good; those with special requirements should contact their airline in advance.


There is parking located near each terminal. The first half hour costs $1 and a full hour costs $3. The maximun daily charge is $18 per day. There is an economy lot, which charges $15 per day. Monthly parking is available for $300.