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    THE BUS

    by Onedragon Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    THE BUS
    One of the best bus systems in the U.S.
    Great convenient times. The Waikiki buses 8# , 19# 20 #
    all run frequently from about every 5 minutes on weekdays to about every 15 minutes on weekends .Other buses around the city and island run also as frequent as possible.
    2# 13 # 1 # run about every 15 minutes on weekdays and can run about every half hour on weekends.
    So, no matter where you go . The BUS can get you very close to that destination !!!!!! Prices are now $2 per ride including one transfer if needed going the similar direction Also you can purchase youth fares for $1 per way or $20 for the month. Adult for one month is $40. Visitors' pass for 4 consecutive days is $20

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    MTL TheBus

    by TropicGirl77 Updated Jan 20, 2003

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    TheBus

    On a budget? This is the best bus plan I have seen anywhere. TheBus is the nations top rated MTL (mass transit lines) and will take you almost anywhere on the island of O'ahu for $1.50 (adult fare) and .75cents (child/school age fare) The buses run pretty much on schedule, barring any major traffic jams. I believe all the buses are also air-conditioned. You can even ride your bike to the bus stop, load it on the bike rack in front of the bus, and off you go! You can get bus schedules from any satellite city hall along with various other outlets and hotel lobbies.

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    Roberts Shuttle

    by rstary Written Nov 11, 2004

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    Use the Roberts shuttle to transfer from the airport to your hotel. Fare to Waikiki from the airport is $8/person and $14 roundtrip. A taxi would cost $34. It may take awhile because they stop at several hotels, but you avoid having to drive in the heavy traffic and it's more economical than the taxi.

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    The Trolley in Waikiki

    by SunsetAngel Written Jun 30, 2007

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    I used various modes of transport to get to Honolulu but the one I liked best was the Trolley. An open air bus with a nice low fare. I took the Trolley on many occasions to get to the Ala Moana shopping centre and found it cheap, easy and a great way to see some of the city.

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    BUS FROM ALOHA TOWER TO USS ARIZONA

    by Onedragon Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Carnival like most cruise ship will dock next to Aloha Tower next to Nimitz Highway..
    You just have to cross the street ( Highway)and walk toward Waikiki direction and about 3 blocks away from the ship you will see the street ALAKEA ...On that corner of ALAKEA and NIMITZ you will see a bus stop... wait there for the #19 and/or #20 ..Those buses will take you right to the USS Arizona ...

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    Loud & Very Cold Busses

    by spitball Updated Dec 18, 2007

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    I found the transit system in and around Honolulu quite good. Some of these machines have an l.e.d. read-out behind the driver, so that you can read where the next stop will be. This is a very good idea.

    Some don't, and this I found to be a slight problem, because the Air Conditioning is so loud that I could not hear the announcement/s. So either carry a map, or trust the driver to let you know when it comes time for your stop.
    One day I spent in the hot sun, so I was all warmed up, but seriously got the chills riding the bus, and almost got off early just to warm up.

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  • THE BUS ~~very confusing!!~~

    by mvorise1 Written Jun 7, 2006

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    "The Bus" is one of the most horrible bussing systems I have ever seen. If you can find other modes of transportation around Honolulu, I'd do so! Not only is it horrible, theres homeless people who sleep on/at the bus stops!!!

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    Plane. If you have the time...

    by Randall_Burt Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Plane. If you have the time and money I think by ship would be great. I have flown each time. I have flown from Chicago,La, Sanfrancisco,Osaka Japan, Cains Australia, St Louis.
    The bus is the best way to get around Ohau. It is cheap. Frequent, And after renting cars, Its the best. It cost more to park at hotels perday than to rent a car. You might want to rent a car one day and drive around the Island, about 100 miles but you can go for a couple dollars(fare) all the way around the Island.

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    BUS FROM ALOHA TOWER TO USS ARIZONA

    by Onedragon Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Carnival like most cruise ship will dock next to Aloha Tower next to Nimitz Highway..
    You just have to cross the street ( Highway)and walk toward Waikiki direction and about 3 blocks away from the ship you will see the street ALAKEA ...On that corner of ALAKEA and NIMITZ you will see a bus stop...wait there for the #19 and/or #20 ..Those buses will take you right to the USS Arizona ...

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    Your travel agency can provide...

    by CareyOn2002 Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Your travel agency can provide you with the best airline service and schedules departing from your location. Be it from the Mainland of North America or any country around the world.
    'THE BUS' easy to remember, to find and ask any local for directions is the best way to get around our island. You are treated with Aloha from the bus driver as well as from the passenger. Seniors and people with disabilities enjoy the rides when the seats or space is given up willing by others who use it as well. It is the best if you want to enjoy a circle tour of the island and stop and relax at our North Shore beaches to enjoy the sun and the surf. The ride itself is around 2 1/2 hours. I love Da Bus!

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  • The Bus, the routes are...

    by Vivisector Written Sep 8, 2002

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    The Bus, the routes are excellent, and you can hit almost any spot via the bus, and reasonably quickly as well. I suggest purchasing a monthly bus pass when you arrive, worth around $25-30. Single one-way fares are $1.50. If you have the money to spend, there are tour buses going to many of the sites as well, but only take a couple of these, as we found them to be very informative, but highly scripted even when on different tours through different companies found guides told same things even down to same jokes in same places along ride.

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    Take the bus!

    by Avryle Updated Oct 2, 2002

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    It costs $1.00 and it goes all the way around the island. The only drawback is that once you're out of town the bus comes by only one time per hour...Hawaii time. In other words, if you miss it, your screwed funtil the next one comes by in an hour or so.

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    We flew TWA non-stop from St....

    by slabeaume Written Aug 26, 2002

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    We flew TWA non-stop from St. Louis. I wonder how we'll get there next time?
    The Bus, as it's called, is great. Get a pass from the ABC store at just about any corner and hop on and off the bus at will. It's very efficient and convenient.

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  • Public Transportation around...

    by Hawaii-5-0 Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Public Transportation around Waikiki,Honolulu and Oahu.
    'The Bus'
    $.50 students (ages 5-18) general fare
    $1.00 adult general fare
    $10.00 Adult pass-good for 4 consevtive days;
    unlimited use.
    $20.00 Adult monthly pass-good from first day of every month to the last day of every month.
    Unlimited use.
    For schedules and information call 848-4555

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    The Bus!

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 30, 2009

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    The Bus is the public transportation service of the City & County of Honolulu in the United States. Nationally recognized for its efficiency, customer service and popularity among residents, TheBus has a ridership of approximately 68 million passengers annually through 4,200 bus stops on the island of Oahu. With a fleet of over 525 buses, TheBus serves 93 routes traveling 21.5 million miles and burning 6 million gallons of diesel fuel each year.

    There are around 80 routes covering the major urban areas of Pearl Harbor, Honolulu and Waikiki although the rest of the island is surprisingly well served as well. You may need to transfer between different buses which may require going to a major interchange, usually downtown Honolulu or the Ala Moana shopping mall. Useful bus routes are 8, 19, 20 and 58 which run between the Ala Moana mall and Waikiki and the 52 and 55 circle-island services.

    TheBus fares are US$2 per ride and include one free transfer. You can also buy a Oahu Discovery Passport for US$20 from ABC Stores, which gives you four days of unlimited travel.

    For those visiting Oahu will find that the #8 “Waikiki Beach and Hotels” line is the main artery to and from the Waikiki area. This line shuttles between Waikiki and the Ala Moana Shopping Center every seven to ten minutes. Once at Ala Moana Shopping Center, one can obtain a free transfer to continue to other parts the island. Another popular activity is to take the “Circle Island” ride. This ride takes approximately four and a half hours, and a little longer with a stop for lunch. it’s a ride through downtown Honolulu and continues up through central Oahu, along the North Shore, down the windward coast and back into Honolulu once again. To begin, board the #8 Ala Moana Center bound bus anywhere along Kuhio Avenue. Transfer at the Center to either the #52 Wahiawa-Circle Island.

    Currently, The Bus is privately managed by Oʻahu Transit Services, Incorporated, which operates the system under contract with the Department of Transportation Services.

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