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Why rent a car in Honolulu?

Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii and the epicentre of beach and surf culture. The city is home to 400,000 people living in a strip sandwiched between the azure ocean and the looming volcanoes behind. It’s an easy place to find your way around and you’ll be catching waves, looking for ukulele lessons and saying ‘Aloha’ like a local in no time. Hiring a carin Honolulu is the perfect way to explore the best that Hawaii has to offer.

How to get to and around Honolulu?

Honolulu International Airport welcomes thousands of visitors every day and you’ll have no difficulty finding a scheduled flight with a major airline here. After touching down among the palm trees, you can pick up a rental car at the airport where several major companies operate. It’s just a five mile drive eastwards to the city centre along the H1 highway, or you can head out into the rest of Oahu island.

Hiring a car in Honolulu city centre

If you prefer to hire a car in the centre of Honolulu, you’ll be spoiled for choice. There are more than a dozen hire car companies operating in downtown Honolulu and you have the option of hiring a rental car here then dropping it off at the airport when you leave.

What brands are available?

Both the international airport and downtown Honolulu have several major rental car brands on offer. You can choose from Enterprise, Dollar, Avis, National Car Rental, Hertz, and Thrifty, with a host of local Honolulu car hire companies also competing for your business. At the airport, counters open as early as 4am and shut around 1am. In central Honolulu, the hours are around 7.30am to 6pm.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Honolulu

The island of Oahu is very compact and easy to navigate. You can drive from Honolulu in the south to the northernmost tip at Kawela Bay within an hour – it’s just 36 miles away. The white sands of the island’s most secluded beaches are fringed with coconut palms and ironwood trees – it’s a real treat to visit. There are 139 beaches on the island and perhaps the most famous are those in Waikiki, a short drive from downtown Honolulu. This is Oahu’s playground with great food, marvellous shopping and a lively atmosphere.

Don’t miss Pearl Harbor, with the memorial and museum commemorating the Japanese attack that brought the US into World War Two.

And surfing Hawaii is a must, whether you’re trying a longboard lesson for the first time or you’re an expert. On the other islands you’ll find Lahaina and Hilo which are well worth a visit and have car hire options.

Tips and tricks for driving in Hawaii

Traffic in Honolulu can get busy, but the relaxed Hawaiian attitude is everywhere. Outside the capital, the winding coastal roads and highways are perfect ways to enjoy the spectacular scenery. The speed limit is 55mph on most highways, although some of the major routes allow 60mph. Expect to go much slower on narrower routes, especially those in steeper sections. Police sometimes patrol in unmarked cars so don’t be tempted to speed.

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FAQs for car hire in Honolulu

What’s the best price car rental in Honolulu?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is £80 in Honolulu.

What’s the average car rental price in Honolulu?

On average, car rentals in Honolulu are £81.

Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Honolulu?

Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

Where can I find car rentals in Honolulu?

Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.