Honolulu airport drive time to Waikiki?

Aug 14th, 2010, 07:13 PM
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Honolulu airport drive time to Waikiki?

We are arriving in Honolulu at 5:30 on a Saturday night and have a flight at 11 on Sunday morning. I'm thinking it is well worth the taxi fare to get to Waikiki to stay in a nicer hotel, have a decent meal, maybe actually see the ocean. But the travel time estimates of 50-75 minutes are scaring me off a bit. Will it really take that long to drive from the airport to the hotels near the Ala Moana shopping center?
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Aug 14th, 2010, 07:24 PM
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25 minutes maximum by cab.

A shuttle will take 45-75 minutes.
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Aug 17th, 2010, 10:35 AM
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I agree it's definitely worth it to go into Waikiki. And I agree with Dusty's estimate more like 25 mins. max. airport to central Waikiki area, maybe even a bit less to Ala Moana.
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Aug 17th, 2010, 01:22 PM
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Glad someone asked this question. I am going to be in Honolulu next week for work and will have a car. I have an 8am flight on Friday back to LAX. On Thursday, I am flying to Maui for the day and will be back in Honolulu that evening. I was going to drop my car off on Thursday when I flew to Maui and take a taxi back to the hotel on Thursday and to the airport on Friday morning. My question both for me driving and for a taxi is about morning rush hour traffic. I know H1 can be crowded but am thinking the traffic is going the opposite way. I am staying close to Kapahulu Ave so easy access to the freeway. At 6-6:30 am, can I make it to the airport in 25 minutes?
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Aug 17th, 2010, 01:44 PM
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I say yes, especially so early in the morning. You cant to be extra safe, throw in another 10 mins.
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Aug 17th, 2010, 01:45 PM
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Oops you *CAN* to be extra safe,
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Aug 17th, 2010, 04:28 PM
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"At 6-6:30 am, can I make it to the airport in 25 minutes?"

35-40 minutes in rush hour.

You will get some heavy traffic on H-1 until you pass downtown Honolulu. Plus it will take some extra time just to get to H-1.
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Aug 17th, 2010, 04:34 PM
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Dusty, You'd consider 6:00am "rush hour"?
(I'm not doubting your always good advice, just surprised to hear that early could be part of the traffic jamb/commute.)
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I was wondering when rush hour started as I know H-1 can be busy.
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Aug 17th, 2010, 06:11 PM
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Rush hour is from about 6am-8am

Local TV stations update traffic reports about every 10 minutes.

Generally the bad spots are on H-1 eastbound starting from H-1, H-2 merge. But downtown Honolulu can be bad also.

Don't worry about the traffic. Just prepare for it.

It takes me 45 minutes to drive from Mililani to Waikiki in regular traffic. Takes about 60 minutes in rush hour.
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Aug 17th, 2010, 06:20 PM
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What about taking the Nimmitz Highway instead?
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Aug 18th, 2010, 06:41 AM
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I will give myself a few extra minutes. Thanks for the help.
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5:30 on a Saturday and 25 minutes to Waikiki - I'm not sure about that. I would allow 40 minutes and on Sunday you have a lot of traffic for people checking out of town. Allow more than the usual time but it is worth the trip just to unwind in a nice hotel, have some good Hawaiian fish for dinner, swim and get ready for the next flight.
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>Dusty, You'd consider 6:00am "rush hour"?<

Yep, you'd be surprised at the amount of traffic at that time in the morning. I leave for work before 6:00 a.m. each morning and even that early at certain points on the freeway it is not unusual to hit gridlock.

But then again, Honolulu has become so congested that there is never really a time (except the wee hours of the morning) that there is not traffic.
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