Airport Shuttles, Oahu
Cruising to Hawaii was a first for my wife and I. We are both accustomed to arrivial by plane. We arrived in Oahu via Celebrity's Century; this was our first port of the 15 night cruise from San Diego.
We arrived in Oahu around 5:30 am. It was great sitting on our balcony in our robes as we pulled into port; watching the Aloha Tower get closer and closer into view. We disembarked the ship a little after 7am and spent the whole day until Midnight before departing for our next port which was Maui.
there's a shuttle service that provides affordable transportation from Aloha Tower (where you and all cruise ships will dock), to Pearl Harbor. It's $15 per person round trip. The company is called Reliable Shuttle.
Also, you can catch the public bus straight to Pearl Harbor. From Aloha Tower it's the #20 from stop id #896. It's at the junction of Ala Moana Blvd & Richards St. It won't take more than 1 hour. Try Google it, you'll see it's quite convenient as well plus you get to see how the locals commute.
You could also broker deals with taxi drivers but that will prob cost you more. I'm guessing at least $60 for a round trip.
Hope this helps. Aloha.
If you are looking for cheap transportation then look no further than the "Airport Waikiki Express." This shuttle is recommended by the Airports Division Department of Transportation. Operated by Roberts Hawaii.
We collected our luggage and proceeded to go outside of the baggage claim and found the employee wearing a bright yellow shirt with Airport Waikiki Express blazoned across the front. We were then instructed to go to the median and wait for the shuttle bus. The buses run every 20 minutes so if you miss a bus or it is too full another one comes along quickly enough to transport you to your hotel.
You do not need a reservation when you arrive to Oahu but you will need a reservation if you plan to return using the shuttle. The driver will assist you with you luggage and he will collect your fee on board, please note they accept CASH ONLY so make sure you have the correct change and US currency for your ticket.
As of October 2007 rates are as follows: Adults (1 way): $9.00 Adults (round trip): $15.00 Children under 3 are free.
You are allowed 2 bags per person (1 bag and a carry on). Check ahead of time to see the rates for over sized items such as a surf board, car seat, stroller, golf clubs and bicycles.
For wheelchair accessible vehicle pick up email: HATS@robertshawaii.com
Getting to your hotel in Waikik from the Honolulu International Airport is easy with the
Airport Waikiki Express.
They go to all Waikiki hotels and costes $8 one way and $13 if you also buy a return ticket. You call to reserve pickup 24 hrs prior to your departure.
Just ask some of the guys in the yellow vests with "Waikiki Express" outside the terminal where it will depart from.
Most of the hotels at Oahu are located in Waikiki which isn’t really far from the airport. Here are the options you have:
1)rent a car at the airport and go directly to your hotel (have in mind the parking problem in Waikiki though, parking is rare and expensive, ask your hotel first)
2)A cheap and slow option is a local bus ($2.5). There are local buses that will take you to Waikiki but if you have luggage with you they won’t allow you boarding (it’s something you can’t do with a big bag in any local bus).
3)The taxis are more comfortable but they will cost you more. Sometimes they are the only option depending the time of your departure. If you want to be at the airport at 04.00am it’s better to call a radio taxi. Check this numbers: 422-2222 or 943-0000
4)The limos are even more comfortable than anything else but you will need a fortune, ok not a fortune but I wouldn’t pay for the ride more than my room cost per night :)
5)The most common and popular way to go to Waikiki is the shuttle bus. The cost is $9 one way ($15 return ticket) + a small tip for the driver (usually $1). You give the name of the hotel upon entering the bus and they drop you in front of the door.
For your return trip don’t forget to call the day before to guarantee your seat, just tell them your departure time of your flight. You can bring 2 pieces of big luggage with you but they will charge you 4$ for any additional, you can have with you any carry on bags of course. The bus does multiple stops to drop everyone at the their hotels so on your way back have on mind that they will do the same to pick up several people. From Waikiki it took us about 60 minutes to reach the airport. Even if you don’t have a return ticket you can just call any of the shuttle bus companies, you will find a dozen of telephone numbers in any free leaflet everywhere (hotel, bus stops etc)
When we arrived at the Honolulu international airport we decided to take a shuttle to our hotel in Waikiki. It was 9$ per person (cheaper if you buy your return ticket at the same time).
It took us 1 1/2 hours to get to the hotel and we were not the last passengers. In my opinion it was not rush hour (started around 9 at night from airport) and therefore in my opinion not recommended unless you want to safe the money or travel alone or have plenty of time. Cab fare is about 30$ and the trip takes about 30 minutes (we did it that way the second time around).
For us that were on the road for over 30 hours it was too much or we were just too tired for it.
Looking for low cost airport transportation? Then consider the Airport Waikiki Express. This is a shuttle bus system used to transport visitors to and from the airport to any hotel in the Waikiki area. It operates 24 hours a day. From 5:00am to 3:00am the bus runs every 25 minutes. From 3:00am to 5:00am it runs hourly.
Fees: Adults 1 way : $9.00
Adults round trip: $15.00
Children (3 and below): Free
Each passenger is allowed 2 bags per person (1 plus a carry on)
Golf clubs, baby car seat, Stroller and any bags beyond the two limit: $4.00 Surfboards $15.00 and bicycles can cost you $23 per bike.
For transportation to your hotel from the airport you wil not need to reserve in advance. The shuttle stops just outside of baggage claim every 20 to 25 minutes. Look for the yellow signs that say "Airport shuttle." The driver will only accept cash so make sure you have cash on hand for your transportation.
For your return trip to the airport you should book at least 72 hours in advance as it fills up early. The shuttle makes multiple stops, so you should give yourself at least allow 45 minutes, if not more to get to the airport.