Post # 1
Hey everyone! Is it possible to rent a car from a hotel for the day on Oahu? Or would it need to be rented at the airport?
Trying to figure out if we need to book a car in advance or if we can decide on the fly when we’re there.
Post # 3
@MrsGatito: We spent a week on Oahu a few years ago. I’m pretty sure you’ll want a car if you wish to see the island, go to different beaches, etc.
Check with your hotel for an onsite rental kiosk or just call the rental company and have it delivered to your hotel.
You should probably reserve in advance.
Post # 4
There are a couple of rental offices in honolulu cbd and a number of hotels have rental desks as well. If you are staying in honolulu then it is better to rent on a day to day basis as parking fees are ridiculous. If you are staying out of honolulu then you will need a car to get around.
Post # 5
@MrsGatito: As far as I know, it’s easier to get a car at the airport than it is to get one at a Waikiki hotel, but check your hotel’s website if they offer on-site rentals 🙂
Post # 6
Thank you! We have our activities “planned” for the most part, and all places offer transportation from the hotel. (We’re staying in Waikiki). There’s one day we thought we’d go explore the North Shore which is why we want the car. But we would only need it that one day.
Maybe emailing the hotel is not a bad idea. We went through a travel agent, so it wouldn’t hurt to just confirm all the booking is done too.
Going to the airport to rent the car may be inconvenient, especially since we’d need to cab there and back.
Post # 7
Most hotels in hawaii have a rental car agent representative on site.
They are usually there from 8am-4pm.
Post # 8
@MrsGatito: You don’t have to go back to the airport to pick up a rental car. Like most cities, rental car agencies have branches away from the airport. The prices are usually less too.
There is a Budget office in the Hyatt hotel on Kalakaua Ave, and an Enterprise on Seaside Avenue that I know of and I’m sure there are more.
Post # 9
@julies1949: Thank you so much! The travel agent said she thought you could do it at a hotel somewhere, but the way she said it made me unsure if she was all that sure.
It’s good to know we have that option.
Post # 10
We got back from our Oahu honeymoon two weeks ago. We stayed at Disney Aulani on the western side of the island. When we tried to rent a car through the rental agency at the resort, it was $100 a day… Crazy expensive!
We called around, and found that we could rent a car at the airport from the same agency ( I’m 99% sure we used Budget) for less than $200 for the next five days. We actually paid $40 for a cab back to the airport so we could take advantage of the better rate… And kicked ourselves for not doing our research first! Don’t do what we did. 🙁
Post # 11
@LibrarianTellsAll: That’s good to know. I’m leaning towards signing us up for a tour that includes the Polynesian Cultural centre. The tours about about $150 or so… but it includes transportation and everything. If it costs $100 a day to rent a car, that would definitely be worth the money then.
Post # 12
@MrsGatito: Just remember, it doesn’t have to be $100 a day! We went back to the airport and paid less than $200 to rent a car for 5 days. I’m glad we did, too. Not having a car would’ve been difficult. The island was much larger than we realized, and the things we wanted to do were spread out.
I’ve heard great things about the Polynesian Cultural Center, though. We didn’t make it over there, but it’s supposed to be excellent.
Post # 13
You may want to re-think the plan of staying in Waikiki without a vehicle that will allow you to escape from there!
Oahu is a beautiful island with a lot of possibilites for exploration beyond just one trip to the North Shore. Waikiki is crowded, noisy, and the streets are full of hookers at night – not the nicest vibe for a romantic honeymoon.
Of course, if you do rent a car for the duration (as little as $20/day – try Discount Hawaii Car Rentals), you’ll have to pay for parking at any Waikiki hotel, and that ranges from $12 to $20 a night.
Post # 14
@MrsGatito: We rented a car from Alamo at the airport and we took a city bus right to the rental place. Don’t miss the shrimp trucks on the north shore mmmmmm