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Getting Around in Hawaii – The Best Options

Updated on October 30, 2014

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Planning for a holiday in Hawaii? It is a great place and you can have a wonderful holiday. There are a lot of places to see, a lot of adventures to do and you can go for a lot of modes of transportation. Let us see what the different modes of transportation you can have in Hawaii.

Renting A Car

If you prefer driving, renting a car in Hawaii can be the most economical way to get around on the island. If there are some problems because of which you don’t want to do that, there are other options too. On the Oahu Island you are not needed to drive a car to get around. But on some outer islands, like Maui, Kauai, Big Island, Lanai and Molokai, renting a car is recommended. Roads of Hawaii are not difficult to understand, so there is not much fear of getting lost in the area. Many roads of Waikiki are one-way, which you have to observe carefully. A peculiarity of Hawaii car rental is that rates can go up suddenly. So, you will have to observe carefully that too. The best way is to approach a travel agent and find out the best rates.


Bus is the most affordable public transport in Hawaii. On the island of Oahu it is quite extensive too. However on the islands of Kauai and the Big Island, it is limited. There the buses are more favorable for the local people and do not visit many places, which you would like to visit.

Waikiki Trolley

This is the most remarkable mode of transport on Hawaii. However it exists only on Oahu. Getting around in a Waikiki trolley is great way to enjoy the sights. It is an open-air trolley with 34 seats and narration is provided. It has three lines or routes which cover many attractions like Iolani Palace, Statue of Kind Kamehameha, State Capitol, Ward Centre, Aloha Tower, Sea Life Park, Diamond Head and many more. At these sights, parking can be problematic and so, trolley is a better option to go there than car rental. One-day and four-day passes are offered which facilitate you to jump on and off many times on the trolley. You can enjoy a lot of shopping and eating while traveling in the trolley.


24-hour service is offered by all the taxi companies in Hawaii. Drivers too are multilingual generally. Vehicles range widely like vans and limos.

Motorbikes and Mopeds

There is a unique charm to wander on a two-wheeler along a coastline avenue and Hawaii offers that amply. You can rent a motorbike or a moped easily here. Oahu, Maui, Kaui and the Big Island are the places where you can rent motorbikes. However on Lanai and Molokai they are not available at present. You can get a moped on rent in Molokai, the Big Island, Maui, Kauai and Oahu. While riding a moped, however, you will have to be careful in Hawaii. Avoid traffic running at 30 miles per hour or less. A lot of moped-riders suffer accidents because of going where they should not have.

RV Rental

This is another cool option to get around in Hawaii and enjoy the true beauty of the area. You can explore the lovely landscapes in your own fifth wheel, Class A, Class C or pop up, with total freedom to enjoy the Hawaii countryside with no rigid timetables and hotel check-ins. Renting an RV has advantages like freedom to stop anytime and any where and storage convenience. And Hawaii is the apt place to stop anywhere and enjoy the ambiance, so RV rental is the best choice to get around in Hawaii.

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      GClark 5 years ago from United States

      Well-written hub with useful advice. In my experience, jumping on and off buses/trolley plus the use of taxi was the most preferable mode of getting around.