Oahu Bus

The Oahu bus is a great way to get around the island if you opt not to get an Oahu car rental.  The Honolulu bus system is actually ranked as one of the best transit systems in the world.  That’s pretty impressive with over 72 million stratified Honolulu bus riders per year!

Oahu Bus in Waikiki

The Oahu bus is a reliable source to travel around the island, and getting to places in a reasonable amount of time.  You will need to coordinate a little more the farther you travel outside of Waikiki, and allow more time to get to your destinations, but you can let go of your stress and let the bus driver do all the work!

A majority of the Oahu buses on different island routes travel through Waikiki (on Kuhio Ave), Ala Moana Mall, and/or downtown Honolulu -all which are very close to each other.  A quick bus transfer should get you to further traveling destinations such as the Lanikai Beach or the North Shore.

Most Oahu buses arrive at the bus stops every 10 to 30 minutes.  Some buses only pass by once an hour on Sundays, holiday, and less traveled areas.  This is not the case for the most popular Oahu attractions, but it’s always good practice to check the schedule or ask the bus driver.  Equally important is to know when the last bus is scheduled for your route if you plan on staying out late.


Here are the Honolulu bus schedules for the most popular Oahu destinations:


Route 2 & 13 - Iolani Palace & Chinatown

Waikiki to Iolani Palace, Chinatown.  Route 2 also travels close by the Bishop Museum.

-runs most days between 5:30am and 12:30pm

Route 8 - Ala Moana Mall

Waikiki to Ala Moana Mall
–runs most days between 7:30am to 10pm

Route 19 & 20  - Aloha Tower, Chinatown & Airport

Waikiki to the Aloha Tower Market Place, Chinatown, and the Honolulu Airport
-runs most days between 5:45am to 6:30pm

Route 20 & 42 - Pearl Harbor & Aloha Stadium

Waikiki to Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, and Aloha Stadium
-runs most days between 5:45am to 10:45pm

Route 22 - Diamond Head & Hanauma Bay

Waikiki to Diamond Head Crater and Hanauma Bay Oahu
-runs most days between 8am to 5:28pm. 
This bus also travels to Sandy Beach & Makapu’u Beach.  Runs every half hour to 1 hour, and can take an hour to get to. 

Route 40 & 40A - Ala Moana Mall & Makaha Beach

Ala Moana Mall to Makaha Beach
–runs most days all day/night.  It can take up to 2 hours each way for arrival.

Route 56 w/ transfer to Route 70  - Kailua & Lanikai Beach

Ala Moana Mall to Kailua Beach and Lanikai Beach
-runs most days between 6am to 10pm. 
Note – route 70 runs only once an hour until 7pm…walking back to Kailua road and taking the number 57 might be a better choice.

Route 52 & 88A (North Shore Express) - North Shore

Ala Moana Mall to North Shore Beaches, Turtle Bay Resort, and Polynesian Cultural Center
-runs most days between 6:30am to 10:20pm (Lanikai until 7pm).  2 hours each direction.

For more Oahu bus routes, Honolulu bus schedules and route maps check out:  http://www.thebus.org/Route/Routes.asp


Oahu Bus Rates


Honolulu Bus

Adults - $2.50
Children under 6 years – Free w/ paid riding passenger
Youth ages 6 to 17 - $1.25
Seniors over 65, and Handicap - $1.00
4 Day island riding pass (available at ABC Stores) - $25

Note – exact change is required (no change available)

A bus fare will take you one direction and includes a transfer ticket if needed.


Baggage that is accepted on the Honolulu buses:


The Oahu buses can accommodate most reasonable baggage and accessories you might be traveling with including:  small luggage, boogie boards, short surf boards, golf clubs, beach chairs, small coolers, musical instruments, baby strollers, and even small caged pets!  The buses are also equipped with bike racks located on the front side for traveling bikers.

For more information regarding the Oahu Bus call (808) 848-5555, or check out their website for more information:  http://www.thebus.org


Aloha and have fun riding the bus!



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