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Getting Around in Honolulu
 
 
 

By Public Transit

The local bus service in Honolulu is called TheBus. Fares are $2 for adults, $1 for children and seniors (no change given – single dollar bills only – no coins accepted). TheBus runs intercity services to other parts of Oahu as well. Ask for a free transfer ticket, good for two hours, if you are continuing on another bus.

Monthly bus passes are available at 7-Elevens and supermarkets. Monthly bus passes begin on the first of each month and cost $40(all-you-can-ride) regardless of which day of the month you purchase the pass. A $20 4-day Discovery Pass, can be purchased at an ABC Store. You scratch off the month and day of your first use and each subsequent day (up to four total days) and enjoy unlimited rides. You can use the pass to take any bus including the Circle Island route and see the entire island. Yearly bus passes are also available for $400.

Most buses in the 500+ fleet are equipped with bike racks that can hold two bikes. Buses are also wheelchair accessible. Larger groups may want to tour the city via charter bus.

By Boat

Also operating from Barbers Point to the Aloha Tower in Honolulu is TheBoat. Fares are $2 one way and is a very cost effective way of seeing the shoreline of Honolulu and surrounding areas. There is a snack shop on board. Transit time is approximately one hour.

By Taxi

It's generally possible to hail a taxi in the downtown, airport and Waikiki areas, and most restaurants will call one for you. It's a good idea to phone for a taxi about 20-30 minutes before you need one. Taxis are locally regulated, so fares will be the same regardless of the company. Some taxi companies also offer tours around the island of Oahu.

By Car

Driving is a good idea if you want to explore beyond Waikiki on your own. The island of Oahu is automobile-friendly, even to those unfamiliar with its streets, but congestion is becoming a problem. Weekday rush hours are roughly 6:30-8:30 am and 3:30-6 pm. Weekend traffic can also be hairy; it's best to get an early start if you want to avoid the traffic heading to the beach or shopping centres. Parking is limited and pricey.

Honolulu has a number of one-way streets. Two of these – Beretania Street heading from the University area through downtown and King Street going in the opposite direction – are main arteries and great ways to get across town. Ala Moana Boulevard, a two-way thoroughfare whose name changes to Nimitz Highway when it reaches downtown, is good for cross-town trips. U-turns are also commonplace, even for getting on highways.

 

 
 

 



 


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