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Oʻahu Transportation FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you’re a first time or repeat visitor to O‘ahu, or a resident, you may find some helpful advice and answers to commonly asked questions about our beautiful island home.
How can you get around O‘ahu without a rental car?
There are many ways to get around O‘ahu without a rental car. You can explore O‘ahu via TheBus, the island’s convenient and affordable public bus system. It’s easy to travel around Honolulu, Waikīkī, and the southeastern shore of O‘ahu via the Waikīkī Trolley. Waikīkī and Honolulu are also a breeze to discover on foot or by bike. You may also rent a bicycle through Biki, Honolulu’s bikeshare program with 1,300 bicycles at 130 convenient Stops. There are quite a few shuttle services and taxi, rideshare, car share, and limousine companies that provide airport transfers, private transportation, and guided tours. O‘ahu’s excellent tour companies provide an exciting way to explore the island and get to know its history, scenic splendors, and attractions. O‘ahu also has outfitters that rent motorcycles, mopeds, scooters, and Segways.

Is there public transportation in O‘ahu?
TheBus, O‘ahu’s public bus system, is an easy and affordable way to travel around Honolulu and the whole island.

Is there an O‘ahu public transportation app?
TheBus, O‘ahu’s public bus system, has an app that you can download on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

How do you get to and from Honolulu airport?
There are a variety of ways to travel to/from the airport to Waikīkī, where you’ll find most of O‘ahu’s hotels and resorts; the North Shore and the Leeward Coast, the island’s other two main resort areas; and elsewhere across the island. You can take TheBus, the island public bus system; on demand shuttle services; rideshare apps; and prearranged ground transportation such as passenger vans, bus services, ride shares, or courtesy cars; and taxis.

How can you get around O‘ahu if you use a wheelchair or another mobility device?
TheBus, O‘ahu’s public bus system, is ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant and accessible to individuals with disabilities. TheBus drivers are friendly, helpful, and well trained. Simply ask TheBus drivers to lower the ramp or kneel the bus for easy access. If necessary, the bus driver will help you access the bus and secure your wheelchair and any other mobility aid. For visitors who require accommodations beyond riding TheBus, O‘ahu offers TheHandi-Van, a public transit service for persons with disabilities unable to use Honolulu’s bus service. TheHandi-Van provides shared ride, origin-to-destination (curb-to-curb) service, operates during the same days and hours as TheBus, and is located within three-quarters of a mile of TheBus routes. O‘ahu also has shuttle services, taxis, tour companies, and car rental companies that serve travelers who need ADA compliant or wheelchair accessible transportation.

Are there shuttle bus tours on O‘ahu?
O‘ahu has many excellent tour operators offering shuttle and bus tours to the main attractions as well as transportation to popular activities including hikes, boat tours, whale watching cruises, and lū‘au. Circle Island tours provide a wonderful overview of the island and the main attractions like Lē‘ahi (Diamond Head), Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout, Byodo-In Temple, the North Shore, and Dole Plantation. Also popular are tours to Pearl Harbor, Polynesian Cultural Center, and Kualoa Ranch.

Do any of O‘ahu’s popular tourist attractions provide transportation?
Several O‘ahu tourist attractions provide transportation including Kualoa Ranch Private Nature Reserve, Paradise Cove Lū‘au, Polynesian Cultural Center, Sea Life Park Hawai‘i, and Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawai‘i.

Is Honolulu bike friendly?
Honolulu is bike friendly. Biki, Honolulu’s bikeshare program, uses a network of 1,300 bikes conveniently located at 130 solar-powered Biki Stops throughout Honolulu. Pick up your Biki, ride to your destination, and dock your bike at another Biki Stop. The Biki website and app will advise you of the nearest Biki Stop, the number of available bikes, and available docks for when you want to return a bike. You may purchase a subscription online through the Biki app (available the Apple App Store or Google Play) or get a pass at one of the 130 stations.

Can you rent electric bikes on O‘ahu?
The Bike Shop, Hawaiian Style Rentals and North Shore Bike Rentals rent electric bikes (and other types of bicycles) on O‘ahu.

Are there bike tours of O‘ahu?
Bike Hawai‘i and Bike Tour Hawai‘i offer guided bike tours of O‘ahu.

Are there electric bike tours on O‘ahu?
Bike Hawai‘i offers electric bike tours of O‘ahu.

Is Honolulu walkable?
Honolulu and its distinct neighborhoods, including Waikīkī, Chinatown, Downtown Honolulu, and Kaka‘ako, are very walkable and a wonderful way to familiarize yourself with the local areas, shops, restaurants, attractions, and history.

Are there any O‘ahu walking tours?
O‘ahu walking tours provide a unique way to explore different neighborhoods. Choose from tours dedicated to the architectural history of Downtown Honolulu, Chinatown’s fascinating story, Waikīkī’s culture and history, and Waikīkī’s historic homes.

What are some O‘ahu travel itineraries?
O‘ahu is a multifaceted island offering a vibrant and unique vacation experience found nowhere else. O‘ahu travel itineraries can provide inspiration and ideas for your island adventures. Look for itineraries that showcase Native Hawaiian cultural, heritage and history; the island’s scenic and natural splendors; O‘ahu’s charming small towns as well as the urban pleasures of Honolulu and Waikīkī; and voluntourism opportunities.

Can I bring my service guide dog or service dog to O‘ahu?
Yes, O‘ahu and Hawai‘i are very welcoming to guide and service dogs. Thanks to the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), your guide or service dog is allowed on all forms of public transportation and common carriers including buses, trains, ferries, airplanes, and cars. Service animals are also permitted in hotels, all lodging places, all places of public amusement, resorts, accommodations, and any place where the general public is invited. This includes restaurants, libraries, museums, educational institutions, and social service centers.

Are there any specific guidelines for bringing my guide or service dog to O‘ahu?
Traveling to O‘ahu with your guide dog, service dog, or family pet takes planning because Hawai‘i is strict about animal travel to the state. Almost every state in the U.S. requires domesticated dogs and cats to be vaccinated against rabies except Hawai‘i because rabies does not exist here. To prevent rabies from entering Hawai‘i, the state offers three programs to pet owners. Dogs or cats must be placed under one of two quarantine options: the 120-day quarantine program or the 5-Day or Less quarantine program. There is also the Direct Release Program which enables you to leave right from Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu, O‘ahu with your pet. Click here for all information and guidelines. However, guide and service dogs that meet specific criteria can enter Hawai‘i without quarantine. To learn how your guide or service dog can qualify for immediate entry, please click here.

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