SOMETHING THAT REALLY LOOKS CONVENIENT TO RIDE AND SEE HONOLULU IS THE WAIKIKI TROLLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !While there are many ways to get around Honolulu, nothing beats the convenience and fun of being aboard the Waikiki Trolley - Honolulu's only service that takes you to Honolulu's most popular tourist attractions and back to Waikiki. there are about 50 trolleys..so very nice !!! It takes the hassle out of figuringCY out where you want to go and how to get there .Whether you have a one-day or a four-day pass, the Waikiki Trolley allows unlimited boarding and re-boarding priviledges for as long as your pass is valid. You can hop on and hop off at any stop you desire............Adults are $25 for one day pass and $45 for four day pass...children $12 and $18........
FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE VISITING HONOLULU.. THE TROLLEYS ARE A GREAT WAY TO SEE THE CITY. ALSO THERE ARE TROLLEYS FROM THE DIFFERENT COMPANIES AND THESE TROLLEYS TAKE THE CUSTOMERS TO SHOP AT THEIR STORES.. SO IN ESSENCE THERE ARE A LOT OF TROLLEYS GOING THIS WAY AND THAT. ..SUCH AS ..MAUI DIVERS HAS TROLLEYS AND MOSTLY VANS THAT TAKE THEIR CUSTOMERS TO THEIR PARTICULAR STORES. THE HILTON HAS THEIR TROLLEYS AND THE LIST SEEMS TO GO ON..AND YES. .HILO HATTIES HAS THEIR TROLLEYS TOO!! ONE OF THE MOST USED TROLLEYS IS THE WAIKIKI TROLLEY......The Waikiki Trolley takes you to Oahu's major tourist attractions and more!
With all the attractions Hawaii has to offer, it would be difficult to go to them one by one with just a map and a rented car. Why waste time when the Waikiki Trolley can take you to Hawaii's top spots and back to Waikiki? Plus you don't have to worry about traffic and driving!...The Waikiki Trolley takes you to Oahu's major tourist attractions and more!
With all the attractions Hawaii has to offer, it would be difficult to go to them one by one with just a map and a rented car. Why waste time when the Waikiki Trolley can take you to Hawaii's top spots and back to Waikiki? Plus you don't have to worry about traffic and driving!... SOUND GOOD????Available at the Waikiki Trolley Ticket Booth (DFS Galleria Waikiki), Ala Moana Shopping Center stop and most hotels in Waikiki!
MAYBE NOT A REAL MONEY SAVER HERE..BUT IF YOU DO NEED A TAXI .5CR .HERE ARE SOME PRICES FROM THE AIRPORT TO WAIKIKI....
THE CAB---------- $35
ALOHA AIRPORT SHUTTLE--$25
SO HERE ARE SOME RATES FOR SOME OF THE TAXI TRANSPORTATIONS !!!!!
I decided not to rent a car, so there were a couple of occasions when we took taxis. I didn't want to have to worry about parking or having my grandson reading a map and telling me where to go
By law, the charges for taxi are set by the City Counsel. They apply to any taxi or limousine with a dome light on its roof. They may not be altered by taxi drivers. Most taxi companies will offer flat rates to various locations on the island, or will quote you a flat rate for a destination you determine. The rates quoted, Do NOT include tips. Tips at 20% suggested, must be added to the final taxi fare.
Most of the drivers wanted to be paid in cash which wouldn't have been a problem except that I didn't have that much cash with me as I expected them to take a credit card.
#1 From the airport to the hotel - Fare was $35. I gave him a $50.00 and got ten back.
Metered Rates (as of 07/11/2009)
#2 From the hotel out to the lighthouse and back, the fare was $35.10, and I gave him $30 and was looking for another $10 bill when he said that was sufficient
We also used a taxi to get to the cruise ship and to get from the cruise ship back to the airport. We had two bags each, three of which were carry-on size and one just a little bigger.
* $2.25 for the first 1/8 mile or less
* $0.30 for each additional 1/8 of a mile
* $0.30 for each minute waiting
* $0.35 / each over sized bag
* A trip from HNL Airport to Honolulu Downtown typically costs $20 to $25 without traffic.
* A trip from HNL Airport to Waikiki typically costs $30~35 without traffic.
Cab Companies and Phone Numbers
* The Cab - (808) 422-2222
* Star Taxi - (808) 739-1300
* City Taxi - (808) 524-2121
* Pony Cab - (808) 944-8282
* Alpha Hawaii Taxi - (808) 923-1111
* Aloha State Cab - (808) 847-3566
* Top Cat Taxi - (808) 521-2225
* Charley's Taxi - (808) 531-1333
* Sida of Hawai'l - (808) 836-0011
* Robert's Taxi - (808) 486-4609
Before I came to Hawaii I carefully planned out our routes on the trolley. I knew the hotel gave us a one day pass on the Pink Shopping Trolley which we did use. Waikiki Trolleys are classic street reproductions of San Francisco cable cars with authentic brass and wood trimmings and best of all, no windows to reflect when taking photos.
I wanted to get a one day pass and go to the Bishop museum and then transfer and go out to Diamond Head. I ran into two problems. One was that the Bishop museum has been taken off the trolley tour and so we took the bus. The second problem was that I could not find the ticket place - the Royal Hawaiian Center was right across the street from our hotel, but the place the hotel receptionist indicated on the map was wrong. Also by the time we finished with the Bishop museum it was not cost effective to buy two tickets ($25 each) to get to Diamond Head - a taxi was cheaper.
It is really not necessary to have a car if you are not planning to drive to the North Shore every day. The bus, although crowded, is a joy as everyone is very friendly and helpful. You can make friends while riding the bus, so remember to be outgoing if that is one of your goals.
Instead of paying for an expensive 4 day pass, purchase the montly pass and sell it if you leave early. It costs $40.00.
TheBus is Oahu's bus system, and it's a great deal. It goes all through Honolulu and all around the island.
One way fares: Adults $2.25. Seniors (65 and over) and youth (6-17 years) $1 - must produce proof of age if asked. Children (5 years and under) free if sitting on adult lap.
If you plan to take the bus a lot, buy a visitor pass at an ABC Store. It costs $25 and is good for for four consecutive days of unlimited rides.
THE BUS as they call themselves are run by the state of Hawaii. This is by far your best budget option if you're traveling light. It now costs $2.00 for adults/$1.00 for students/seniors (used to be $0.50 in '96) to go anywhere. You can request a transfer to your prefered location free. Most of the drivers are very rude but its expected so I don't really blame them. I took a circle island ride (about 5 hours) that cost me $4.00! I didn't get off anywhere because I was short on time. If you want to do this, get aboard a bus heading towards Ala Moana Shopping Center (8, 19, 20, 58) and transfer to #52 (North Shore/Circle Island). To get back to Waikiki, take #52 and get off at Ala Moana station #1. Catch a #8, 19, 20, or 58 bus back to Kuhio Ave. in time for lunch or dinner.
GETTING TO AND FROM THE AIRPORT: The driver will not let you on if you have lots of luggage or anything that will block the aisles so be careful. Busses are frequent so you'll have a short wait time. Hop on board a bus heading to Kuhio Ave. (#19 and #20). Pay attention to the street names as its broadcast over the speakers so you know where your hotel is. Same deal heading back to the airport. Pack light and sit tight. Make sure you get off at the right terminal or you'll be in for a walk!
The basic fare for the bus is $2.00. Transfers are free, but may only be used once. Tourists may also buy a $20 visitor pass (available at any of the myriad ABC Stores), which is good for unlimited rides for 4 consecutive days.
To get to:
Academy of Arts: #2, #13 Liliha or "B" City Express on Kuhio to Beretania & Ward Avenue. (20 minutes)
Airport: #19 or #20 Airport on Kuhio. (1 hour)
Ala Moana Center: #8, #19, #20, #42 or #58 bus on Kuhio going away from Diamond Head. (15 minutes)
Aloha Tower Marketplace: #19 or #20 on Kuhio to Alakea & Nimitz. (40 minutes)
Bishop Museum: "B" City Express, #2 School/Middle St. bus on Kuhio to Kam Shopping Center. Walk 1/2 block toward ocean on Likelike Hwy. (45 minutes)
Chinatown: #2, #13, #19, #20, #42 or "B" City Express on Kuhio to downtown Honolulu. (30 minutes)
Diamond Head: #22 or #58 on Kuhio to Diamond Head Road and 18th Avenue.
Hanauma Bay: #22 Hawaii Kai - Sea Life Park on Kuhio going toward Diamond Head. Note: Hanauma Bay is closed on Tuesdays. $5 admission.) (1 hour)
Iolani Palace: #2, #13 or "B" City Express on Kuhio to Beretania & Punchbowl Streets. (30 minutes)
Manoa Falls: #8 to Ala Moana Center, ask for transfer to #5 Manoa. (45 minutes)
Pearl Harbor/Arizona Memorial: #20 or #42 bus on Kuhio (1 hr., 15 minutes each way)
Waimea Falls Park: #8, #19, #20, #42 or #58 bus on Kuhio, ask driver for transfer. At Ala Moana Center, transfer to #52 Wahiawa-Circle Island or Wahiawa-Kaneohe bus. (2 hrs., 15 minutes each way)
There are small advertisements on the Classified section of the LA Times, offering packages to Hawaii. There are excellent prices, especially if you're traveling with a group of friends who can share a room. We got airfare, accomodation and car-rental for a real bargain.
We went on a Hawaiian Airlines DC-10, it took just a little over 5:30hs to get there and the view of the city right before landing was just fantastic. That, plus a good hotel and a big car, for about $350 p/p... pretty good, I believe.
VIPTrans is a reasonably priced airport shuttle from HNL to Waikiki. They are the only service that will meet you at the baggage claim and help you retrieve your bags, in addition to driving you to your hotel - a good deal for $11 one way. They use a two-person team: one staffer will greet you and help with your bags, and another will drive the van.
My greeter was very professional; my driver wasn't. But hey, you can't expect everything for $11.
Make advance reservations online, through their website.
You can get a Senior pass for the bus easily. Just go to the main bus terminal and they will give it to you for $30 with proper ID. A montly pass for adults is $40.00 and you can buy it at 7-11 or Foodland.
I couldn't help but snap a digi pic of this silly 2 person rental vehical. God only knows how much the rental is on this per day. Kinda looks goofy, but if the price is right: Call me Goofy! If anyone finds out what they charge, pls let me know! I'll update.... Very interesting!
Airport to Waikiki:
$25.00-minimum fare by taxi.
$8.00-Trans Hawaiian bus.24hour service. Ph. 845-8707
$1.00-'The Bus',City operated bus with limitations on
large and excessive luggage.City ordinance.
Lockers available at the airport to store excessive luggare
Operated by Enoa Tours. Characterized by distinctive
red color,wood paneling and clanging bell.
$18.00-adult all day pass.
$42.00-Adult 4 day pass. Good for 4 consective days.
Operated by an independent company-blue color trolly
with distinctive rainbows on the side,
$10.00-adult pass 1 day
$18.00-2 day pass-adult
$30.00-4 day pass-adult
Both Waikiki and Rainbow trolly's are open air trolly's,
offer unlimited use of passes,stops at major shopping locations,points of interest and gives a guided narrated
tour of the city.
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