Getting Around Oahu Without a Car: Tips and Tricks

Discovering the enchanting beauty of Oahu without a car is possible. There are many ways to uncover the island's secrets by using its varied transportation options, including buses, Ubers, taxis, shuttles, mopeds, and guided tours. Escape traffic and parking fees while exploring the island’s central attractions, showcasing its geographical convenience. Say aloha to an unforgettable experience in Oahu without a car. Whether strolling along Waikiki Beach or exploring the Honolulu Zoo, your car-free adventure awaits.


Use TheBus Public Transportation System

  • One of the best ways of getting around Oahu without a car is to use the extensive coverage of TheBus, an award-winning transportation system ranked among the best in the United States.

  • You can either top up your HOLO Card online using a credit card or pick it up and load it at any convenience store or TheBus Pass Office. Additionally, you can also find HOLO vending machines at Skyline stations as well as most Satellite City Halls.

  • The closest stops to the Waikiki Resort Hotel are a two-minute walk away and include bus stops from line E, at Kalakaua Avenue and Opp Uluniu Avenue, and bus stops from lines 2, 8,13, 20 and 23, at Kuhio Avenue and Liliuokalani Avenue. 


Use Rideshares Services

  • Rideshares are a great way to get around the island, as well as for short trips around Oahu to visit attractions further away from Waikiki. 

  • Some options available include UberLyft, and Holoholo.


Use Shuttles 

  • Shuttles can be a more convenient option if you are traveling in a large group, to and from the airport, or if you are planning to do a day tour around the island.

  • Several shuttle companies operate on Oahu, with prices ranging from $30 to $50 per person for trips to and from the airport.

  • Some available options include Go Waikiki Shuttle and Tour and Aloha Airport Shuttle.


Use the Waikiki Trolley, Hop On, Hop Off

  • The Waikiki Trolley is a hop-on, hop-off bus with over 30 carefully curated stops to give you a truly memorable experience with shopping, dining, and special events.

  • There are four lines available – Blue, Pink, Red, and Green – each showcasing some of the best Oahu landmarks and attractions, such as the Duke Kahanamoku StatueAla Moana CenterHonolulu Museum of Art, and Diamond Head Crater

  • Choose between a one-day one-line pass, or a one-day all-line pass, for $30 or $55.

  • A four or seven-day all-line pass costs $65 and $75, respectively. 


Explore Oahu on a Moped

  • If you are in the mood for adventure and fresh air, another excellent way to get around Oahu without a car is to rent a moped. 

  • At Hawaiian Style (2566 Lennon Road and 138 Uluniu Avenue, both Honolulu), you can choose between mopeds, scooters, and scoot coupes to wander around the island.

  • You will need to be 18 or over and have a valid driver’s license or motorcycle license, depending on the model you select. 


Use Your Own Two Feet

  • Waikiki is an extremely walkable area, spanning over 1.5 square miles, with plenty of attractions at walking distance, such as beaches, shops, restaurants, and hotels. 

  • When staying at the Waikiki Hotel Resort you’ll find some of the best things to do in Oahu without a car just a few steps away. 

  • Some of these include a stroll down to Waikiki Beach, a visit to the Honolulu Zoo and the Waikiki Aquarium, or a relaxing time at Kuhio Beach Park.

  • Alternatively, wander the Waikiki Historic Trail or enjoy great retail and cultural activities at the Royal Hawaiian Center.


Use Car Rental Companies

  • A rental car will give you the freedom and flexibility to explore at your own pace, letting you visit both popular and lesser-known areas.

  • You can find most of the well-known rental companies located in Oahu, such as AlamoAvisBudget, and Hertz

  • If you want to save some money, you can look into Discount Hawaii Car Rentals for a good deal.