How To Get Around In Hawaii

Getting There

Most trans-pacific flights to Hawaii fly into Honolulu International Airport in Oahu. And although options for direct flights to the other islands are slim, connections are easily made through Honolulu airport into all other islands. Be sure to plan in advance, since connecting flights can be oversold and prices will soar on high season.

Quick tip: If you haven’t already booked a car, or if you plan on hopping around the islands, Uber and Lyft are the best ways to get around Honolulu and to and from the airport!

Island Hopping in Hawaii

Inter-island travel is affordable and easy with local airlines like Island Air and Hawaii Airlines. Major airlines will offer higher comfort while more affordable ones might offer a bumpier ride, but they’ll get you there all the same.

For those of you looking to stave off the air, there is also the ferry option departing twice daily from Maui to Molokai and traveling between Lahaina, Maui, and Kaunakakai, Molokai. The rides are no more than 90 minutes and check-in is 30 minutes prior.

Getting Around the Islands in Hawaii

Once you’ve hopped onto your island of choice, you’ll find all major car rentals available, but keep in mind that rentals are limited. Public transportation is also available and varies throughout each island.

On Oahu, many visitors choose to explore the island via TheBus, currently offering 93 routes and serving the entire island. There is also the Waikiki Trolley, a family fun alternative to visiting Oahu’s popular attractions, like the Waikiki Aquarium or the Bishop Museum.

The Maui Bus Public Transit System provides service in and between Central, South, West, Haiku, and Upcountry Maui. Meanwhile, The Kauai Bus provides service from Hanalei to Kekaha, and The Hele-On Bus on The Big Island offers free passenger service on all scheduled routes throughout the island.