Downtown Honolulu is the commercial and political hub of Oahu, but is also a cultural center that draws people from all over the island, including visitors who have just arrived at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. But getting to this bustling and somewhat congested district from HNL can be hassle without some helpful intel. Here is what you need to know.
Best Private Flat Rate Shuttle from HNL to Downtown Honolulu and What Else You Need to Know
Take a Direct, Private, Flat-Rate Shuttle
While there are many top visitor attractions (more on this below) in the area designated as downtown Honolulu, there is no shared shuttle to usher people to and from the airport. They (shared shuttles) are relegated to the hotels in Waikiki instead. That means you need another option that accepts arriving parties with luggage in tow. Since TheBus does not allow luggage, and the Honolulu Rapid Transit project has been and will continue to be buried in red tape for many more years, your options are a lot more narrow. With heavy traffic in the downtown core you can expect a traditional taxi meter to run much higher than the actual distance estimates a fare to be, so strike that as an option. Uber or Lyft? If you’re coming from the airport with luggage, and possibly a party of two or more, you will most likely require an UberXL to accommodate your party size and baggage which inflates the cost beyond budgetary reason. But even if coming solo those ride hailing options are shunned by many for other reasons, which you can read about here. What’s left? The best possible alternative.
A direct, private, and flat rate shuttle is without a doubt the only efficient, stress-free, and budget-friendly choice. Honolulu Airport Transfer will be ready and waiting to pick you up right outside of baggage claim. We will greet you with a lei (if you want), load your luggage for you, and usher you and your party from the airport to downtown Honolulu in the shortest transportation time possible. You will also enjoy a ride in a new, sleek, black, spacious and air-conditioned Toyota Sienna minivan – you’ll arrive downtown feeling refreshed no matter how long your flight from the mainland to HNL may have been. All of this is available for just a $28 flat rate for your entire party (up to four).
What to Expect Downtown (if you’ve never been)
If this is your first time coming to downtown Honolulu you may not know what to expect. Some new arrivals are somewhat shocked to find that the island paradise they were promised looks more like downtown any town USA. It kind of does, but don’t worry, your paradisiacal scene is just 20 minutes away in either direction. Plus, when you explore just a little you’ll find some wondrous attractions in the area, including the following:
- Iolani Palace
- King Kamehameha I golden statue fronting Aliiolani Hale, home to the Hawaii State Supreme Court
- Kawaiahao Church
- Aloha Tower (near the cruise ship terminal)
Plus, the commercial designation of downtown Honolulu includes more than business and government office spaces, but a rich interweaving of boutique shops, cafes, and eateries to satisfy your aloha-filled dreams. If you happen to be arriving during the Holiday season you’ll be in for a real treat as one of the world’s best Christmas displays is found at Honolulu Hale on South King Street in downtown Honolulu.
Remember to give us 24-hours notice and we’ll pick you and your party up from the airport and take you directly to downtown Honolulu. Call us at 1.800.929.1219 or complete the form found here.
~ ALOHA ~