Hawaii transportation and travel

Hawaii transportation and travel


The plane remains, by far, the preferred means of getting around. Hawaiians talk about holoholo, Americans talk about island hopping, flea hopping from one island to another.

All islands are served, except Kaho'olawe (uninhabited) and Ni'ihau (private). The busiest lines have flights every 20 minutes to 1 hour.

Boat, ferry

Between the daily returns; 40 US $ one way.

The Maui-Lanai Ferry Expeditions make daily returns between the return; count 45 to 60 minutes of crossing.

Public transport

On Oahu

In Oahu, The Bus serves the entire island, with frequent trips. We can therefore very well do without a car to go tease the waves of the North Shore ... Be careful, however, surfboards are not allowed on board the buses. Bicycles also allow you to combine a bike / bus ride without having to go around the island with the force of the calves.

Most lines depart from the Ala Moana Mall, between Waikiki and Honolulu.

On Maui

Several Maui bus lines connect the different points of a city (Wailuku, Kahului, Wailea, Lahaina ...) or the same beach. The connections are concentrated in the center and west of the island. The non-connecting ticket costs $ 2. 

On the island of Hawaii

Hele-On Bus provides connections to the West, and from 18 years).

Hele-On Bus also has a shared taxi service.

On Kauai

Finally, in Kauai, the Kauai Bus provides fairly regular trips from Lihue, to the north coast or the south coast. The service is reduced on Saturdays and does not work on Sundays. The non-connecting ticket costs $ 2.


We can try to make sure!

On a daily basis, nothing special to report in relation to the American rules of conduct. Most of the roads are paved, with the notable exception of Saddle Road on the island of Hawaii (apparently prohibited) and a section of the road bypassing East Maui. Don't be in a hurry: bends abound. In the metropolitan area of ​​Honolulu and on the outskirts of secondary towns, traffic jams are de rigueur during office hours. Parking is not always easy, especially in Waikiki. In Lanai, it's quite the opposite: almost nobody, but no tar. There, the rental of a 4x4 can be useful.

The horn is only used in case of imminent danger.

Notice to campers: preferably say that you are staying at the hotel, otherwise you risk seeing the landlord refuse you the rental.

Two wheels

Motorcycles, scooters and bicycles can be rented in most tourist areas, at fairly variable (but rarely cheap) rates. If you choose to cycle, remember that the mountains are omnipresent in Hawaii: as soon as you leave the coast (and sometimes even there), it rises steadily!


Not impossible, especially if you are invited to sleep in a community. This is the spirit of aloha!

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