Options for travel in Hawaii and getting around the Big Island include not only rental cars, but bike and scooter rentals, island-wide bus service, shuttles and more. Let's do some exploring!
Our Big Island Travel Guide provides helpful information on easily navigating the roads around the island. In addition to a map of The Big Island we have included estimated travel times and points of interest.
The best way to get around the Big Island depends on what you're hoping to see while you're here. We'll help you plan your trip to make the best use of your time. Let's talk about some of your Big Island transportation options.
Most visitors will tell you 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. At certain times of the year, a Big Island car rental can actually be cheaper than many 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 holidays and 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 several choices for Big Island bike and Hawaii motorbike rentals. Add a little excitement to your Big Island travel by renting a bicycle, scooter or even a motorcycle.
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.
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!
Leave the driving to us! Save on the cost and hassle of renting a car with an affordable luxury private transfer from 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.
More transportation options include airport 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!