Finally, you've arrived! It's time to do some exploring. Best way to travel in Hawaii? Well that all depends on what you're hoping to see while you're here. We'll help you plan your trip to make the most of your time on the Big Island. Let's talk about some of your on-island transportation options.
If you are flying to the island (very few people actually try to swim here), you will probably find that the easiest way to get around the Big Island is to rent a car. Unless you don't plan on leaving the comfortable confines of your hotel, or you will be doing all your sightseeing with a tour company, renting a car makes your travel in Hawaii a breeze. And what is shocking is that a Big Island car rental can actually be cheaper than most other places in the country.
Plan ahead! If they run out of cars, that's it. We're on an island, right? This is especially true if you are planning to travel during peak periods (like in early October during the Ironman Triathlon).
If you are under 21, you won't be renting a car. Try renting a bike or scooter, or check the island-wide bus schedule.
If 2-wheeled transportation is more your style, there are plenty of choices for Big Island bike and Hawaii motorbike rentals listed near the bottom of the rental car page. Add a little excitement to your Big Island travel by renting a bicycle, scooter or even a motorcycle.
For helpful information on easily navigating the roads around the island, check out our Big Island Travel Guides. In addition to a map of Big Island Hawaii we have included estimated travel times and points of interest.
If you decide against renting your own vehicle, many hotels provide free shuttle service to and from the airports. This works great if you are staying at one of the all-inclusive resorts along the Kohala Coast or you just don't plan to go anywhere after you arrive at your hotel.
Save on the cost and hassle of renting a car and leave the driving to us! This incredibly affordable, luxury private transfer takes you from the Kona International Airport (KOA) to your Big Island hotel. Your driver will pick you up at the airport and transport you to your hotel in Hualalai, Kona, Keauhou or Waikoloa. Choose between a Mercedes-Benz sedan, Mercedes-Benz SUV or a stretch limousine for your transportation.
Several companies offer shuttle service between Kailua-Kona and the airport, or between the airport and various hotels/resorts, as well as a variety of island tours. Unfortunately there is no shuttle service or public transportation (that we know of) available at the Hilo airport (ITO). If you know of any, please let us know!
Our transportation options page has details on shuttles, Big Island bus service, the Keauhou-Kona trolley, and Kona taxi service.
Whatever mode of transportation you choose, travel in Hawaii can be a breeze with a little advance planning. Have fun out there, and Aloha!
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open a Hawaii Big Island map of the area.
Kailua-Kona to Hilo
1 hour 40 minutes
Kailua-Kona to Volcano
2 hours 15 minutes
Kailua-Kona to Waimea
Kailua-Kona to Mauna Kea Summit
2 hours 30 minutes
Hilo to Volcano
Hilo to Waimea
1 hour 15 minutes
Hilo to Mauna Kea Summit
1 hour 30 minutes