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Honolulu International Airport (HNL) – Arrivals and Ground Transportation options to Waikiki Hotels

Honolulu International Airport (HNL) – Arrivals and Ground Transportation options to Waikiki Hotels

Hipfig Travel Channel offers Travel Video Guides for more than 20 cities in Asia, US, and Canada. If you like our travel videos, subscribe to this channel to see more. Welcome to Hipfig’s Video guide series on Honolulu, Hawaii. In this Video we’ll be showing you the Honolulu International Airport and how to get to the Waikiki area hotels using public transportation and other ground transportation. Honolulu International Airport or HNL is located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu in the city of Honolulu which is a few miles from the Waikiki area. Honolulu is the capital at the largest city of the US state of Hawaii. Honolulu International Airport has flights between the various airports of the eight main Hawaiian Islands, domestic mainland US flights, and international flights. The Honolulu International Airport has three terminals: the overseas terminal at gate6-34, the inter-island terminal at gates 49-61, and the commuter terminal at gates 62-80 Once you disembark the plane at Honolulu Airport, domestic passengers and passengers from Canada who have gone through US Immigration and Customs in Canada through Preclearance can go directly to baggage claim. Other international passengers should follow the signs to passport control and immigration. Once you clear immigration, all international passengers need to pick up their bags and clear customs. If Honolulu is not your final destination and you will be catching another flight, after clearing customs you’ll have to drop your bags at the transfer belt outside the customs area for your next flight. If you’re catching another flight follow the signs for the inter- terminal shuttle service. Shuttles operate between the commuter, inter-island, and overseas terminals. Look for the signs for the shuttle. If Honolulu is your final destination follow the signs to ground transportation. There are many transportation options from the Honolulu International Airport to Waikiki area hotels. The most economical choice is TheBus TheBus, which is the public bus system in Honolulu, is a good option if you only have a carry-on. There are baggage limitations for TheBus. All bags must be able to be placed under the feet or on the lap without protruding into the aisle. Make sure to have exact change when taking TheBus. Bus stops at the airport are located on the second level roadway along the center median. Look for the signs. Once at the stop, catch bus route number 19 or 20. Bus route 19 goes eastbound from the airport and ends in Waikiki. Westbound (19) routes go from the airport and end at Hickam Air Force Base. Bus route 20 eastbound goes from the airport and ends in Waikiki and the Westbound route goes from the airport to the Arizona Memorial, Aloha Stadium, Aiea, and ends at the Pearlridge shopping center. Another good option is SpeediShuttle. It provides door-to-door service from the airport to your hotel. 2 bags per person plus 1 carry-on are included with your fare at no extra charge. Golf bags are an additional fee. Shuttles depart within 20 minutes of check in with shuttle attendant at pickup zones. Look for the staff wearing red Aloha prints throughout baggage claim and at each pickup location to arrange your shuttle transportation. Pickup zones are located on the ground level next to baggage claim C on the inter-island terminal, and baggage claim D and E from the international terminal, and in front of the commuter terminal and on the median curb outside baggage claim H. Another popular shuttle option is Express Shuttle by Roberts Hawaii. You can book a reservation by calling or online. HNL has an open taxi system so that taxi drivers from all taxi companies will be able to pick up passengers at the airport. Taxi service is available on the center median in front of the terminal baggage claim areas. See the taxi dispatcher, they’re usually wearing yellow shirts with black lettering and the wording saying ” taxi dispatcher” for service. Fares are by meter only. App-based ride-sharing like Uber and Lyft also operate at the Honolulu Airport. Six rental car companies Advantage, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National are located on airport property. Rental car offices are located on the ground level opposite baggage claim G. For other off airport car rental companies there is a car rental shuttle stop in designated areas along the center median on the ground level outside of baggage claim areas. It will take about 30 minutes or more depending on traffic to get from the Airport to Waikiki. Happy Travels! Go to to for more information or go to our Hipfig Travel Channel on YouTube and be sure to subscribe for regular updates.

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12 thoughts on “Honolulu International Airport (HNL) – Arrivals and Ground Transportation options to Waikiki Hotels

  1. One correction. You only can fly to 6 islands, not 8. Niihau (southwest of Kauai) is privately owned and Kaho'olawe (south of Maui) is uninhabited. You can only fly between Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and Hawaii Island or as we locals call it, Big Island.

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