Get away to the Island of Oahu for a Hawaiian vacation! Of all the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu offers the most comprehensive public transportation system. From exploring the shops of Honolulu to exploring the beaches of Waikiki and beyond, many destinations can be reached by public transport. Rental cars are also a popular option for visitors to Oahu due to the flexibility they provide. Here are some factors to consider when deciding the best Oahu transportation options for your trip to Hawaii!


Oahu’s city bus system, simply named TheBus, is an inexpensive way to get around Oahu. With the cost at just $2.75 per ride or $5.50 for a day pass, it’s easy to save on the transportation budget when you utilize the bus system. TheBus is best for shorter trips in and around Honolulu and Waikiki. It also helps to have a flexible schedule if opting to use TheBus. With traffic and frequent stops, this option tends to take a bit more time than the others.

Waikiki Trolley

When visiting popular tourist sites in Waikiki, the Waikiki Trolley can be a fun Oahu transportation option. Ticket prices vary depending on the line selected. Most of the trolley options are well-suited for a tour-like experience, taking visitors to popular Oahu sites such as Sea Life Park, Diamondhead, the Arts District, and Ala Moana Shopping Center.

Taxi & Rideshare

When you have a specific destination in mind and don’t want to deal with the extra time required to take the bus, a taxi or rideshare app such as Uber and Lyft are convenient options. While you can’t hail a taxi from the street as in many other big cities, taxi stands can be found at the airport as well as at many shopping malls and the business district. Rides can also be booked via your hotel concierge or by phone. Rideshare apps such as Uber and Lyft tend to be more economical, while taxis are generally the most expensive option for single trips around the island.

Car Rental

Renting a car provides the most flexibility for your trip to Oahu and is sensible if you plan to visit many sites around the island. However, car rentals can also be pricy and need to be booked in advance. For travelers who plan to spend most of their time relaxing around the hotel or resort with long sightseeing trips few and far between, this may be an unnecessary luxury.

Oahu Accommodations

Situated within a short drive from the Honolulu Airport, our Oahu vacation rentals are easy to reach and are located near beautiful white sand beaches. Browse our listings today after figuring out how you are getting around Oahu!