Honolulu Car Rental

Old May 12th, 2016, 05:50 AM
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Honolulu Car Rental

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Car rental rates at HNL are exorbitant. Example Dollar Mid Size = $618

I can get a car at
5000 Kahala Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816

for $460.

Is it worth the hassle?

Alternatively, maybe I should just rent a car on a daily basis as needed for 2 or 3 day trips out of Waikiki. That would save parking costs as well.

Any thoughts on this?
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Old May 12th, 2016, 06:57 AM
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That Hertz location is at the Kahala Hotel which is east of Diamond Head and about 15 miles from the airport. If I recall, a taxi is going to cost you around $80 (plus tip) each way so that will eat up just all your "savings" if you pick-up your rental car there instead of at the airport.
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Old May 12th, 2016, 07:01 AM
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Depends on where you are staying in HNL and how close you will be to a rental car office. Last year I stayed at the Moana Surfrider, and an Enterprise office was 1 1/2 blocks away. It was an easy walk and pretty quick check-in for a 1 day rental.

If you don't rent at the airport, you will also have to factor in the cost of getting to and from the hotel. I used a shuttle service that stopped at several hotels, but it was a very long wait at the airport for all passengers to gather luggage and rather slow going to finally get to our hotel. I don't remember the cost of the shuttle, but next time I am willing to pay more to hop in a taxi when I am ready to go.
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Old May 12th, 2016, 07:16 AM
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I actually resolved my situation. I booked a Hertz car at their 205 Lewers Street, Honolulu location which is an 18 min walk from my hotel.

I also took it for less days figuring I can spend the first and last day of the vacation hanging around Waikiki without a car.

I got my cost down now to $223 for a 5 day rental. According to the hotel concierge a taxi to and from the airport will cost about $35-40 each way.
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Old May 12th, 2016, 11:33 AM
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Don't forget to factor in the hotel parking fees. Many times it's worth it to just rent daily. There are several car rental locations in Waikiki.
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Old May 12th, 2016, 11:34 AM
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Oops. I see you did mention hotel parking.
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