Car Rental Honolulu
Hawaii’s capital city offers everything you’ve ever dreamed a tropical vacation should be, all at arms’ length incredible sunshine, endless beaches, friendly people. If you’ve got access to a car, you’ll be able to discover the beauty outside the city: cascading waterfalls, rainforests bristling with colorful life, and the historic remains of long-gone civilizations.
Finding Cheap Rental Cars in Honolulu
You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to Car rentals in Honolulu. Major agencies like Enterprise, Thrifty, Alamo, Hertz, National, Budget, and Dollar have multiple locations around the city.
You’ll find the vast majority of companies clustered around Honolulu International Airport, which has direct access to the H1 Freeway, which is Hawaii’s busiest interstate. H1 runs right into downtown Honolulu.
Renting a Car at Honolulu Airport
At the airport, you have your choice of six on-airport rental car agencies: Avis, Budget, Advantage, Enterprise, Hertz, and National. The on-site offices are located on the ground level opposite Baggage Claim G. There’s also a free shuttle to four more off-airport companies: Dollar, A-1 Rent A Car, Alamo, Thrifty, and JN Car & Truck Rentals.
Other Discount Car Rentals: Honolulu Agency Locations
You’re not limited to the airport when you want to rent a car in Honolulu. Enterprise, Thrifty, Alamo, and Hertz have additional offices around the city. If you’re getting off a cruise ship at Pier 2, Enterprise has a location within walking distance at 677 Ala Moana Blvd Ste 100.
One small company that gets a lot of praise from reviewers is the Lucky Owl Car Company, located at 852 Mapunapuna St., which offers low prices and car delivery all over the city. They specialize in “well maintained vehicles which don’t look like tourist rentals.” Paradise Rent A Car at 1837 Ala Moana Blvd offers a good range of vehicles including Jeeps and convertibles. For exotic and luxury cars, Hawaii Luxury Car Rentals, at 2025 Kalakaua Ave, has an inventory which includes Camaros, Escalades, Porsches, and Camaros.
What to Expect from Honolulu’s Roads and Drivers
Even in Honolulu rush hour traffic, drivers are a little more laid back. Driving etiquette in Hawaii revolves around graceful and generous merging policies and patience. Blowing your horn is a major no-no unless you’re dealing with a real emergency.
Persistent bottlenecks in the city include H-1 between the Likelike and Punahou exits, the Vineyard Boulevard and Ward Avenue onramps, the interchange at Middle Street (H-1 & H-201), and the H-1/H-2 Merge. Avoid them if you can, especially at rush hours.
Parking in Honolulu: What to Watch For
You have many street, lot, and garage parking options Honolulu, though it can be pretty expensive. Even hotels often charge valet-only rates averaging around $25/day, so check to see if you can get a package deal which includes overnight parking. As for parking when you are out and about, Honolulu Magazine has put out lists of parking options for downtown Honolulu and Waikiki, which may give you a place to start.
Maximize your time on the island: rent a car!
If you want to see all the sites without wasting a lot of time and a fortune on taxis and tours, you’ll want to rent a car. Honolulu sits in the midst of so much culture, history, and postcard-worthy scenery.
The Iolani Palace tour gives you a glimpse into the beautiful bygone world of the Hawaiian Monarchy. The Honolulu Museum of Art houses many incredible treasures (spread over two location about two miles apart, so a car comes in extra handy!). Manoa Falls offers a wonderful hiking trail where you can drink in prehistoric beauty (Steven Spielberg shot some of Jurassic Park here!).