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Address: Oahu, HI
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Oahu's public transportation system.

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A great way to travel

Affordable and convenient, several routes, short wait times and courteous drivers make this a great way to get around Honolulu area, even as a visitor.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
Christine H
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Des Moines, Iowa
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52 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

You can ride "the bus" to almost anywhere in Oahu for 2.50 (1.00 for seniors). The bus takes a little longer than a taxi service, but is very reliable. The bus drivers are very helpful if you don't know exactly how to get to where you are going. We loved the bus.

Thank Siggie2015
Portland, Oregon
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42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I live in Portland, OR, a mecca for decent mass transit in the US. We have bus, rail and streetcar. I was raised on Oahu, and traffic sucks, HARD, in Honolulu. The Bus was a simple, easy way to get around in Honolulu. It wasn't fancy. It wasn't glamorous. It was efficient and totally underutilized. Busses were clean, drivers were... More 

Thank Skegger
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The wide-ranging area covered by The Bus allows anyone to travel Oahu with ease. The timetables supplied are easy to read. Though the times may not match the presence of the bus in some cases, the wait is to be expected in a vacation-busy atmosphere. The drivers are amicable and helpful. Realizing this may not pertain to many people, may... More 

Thank Bluestone1
Brno, Czech Republic
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118 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Well, not comparable to European urban public transportation, but excellent for USA Very pleasant drivers, but very long time to reach stop, lack of more, shorter lines.

Thank izret
Adelaide, Australia
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28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

We were lucky to catch the Bus from the Airport to Waikiki the bus driver let us go on with all our luggage but its hit and miss as they are really not supposed to do this

Thank stephanie T
Dover, Delaware
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32 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

"The Bus" - The mass transit system in Honolulu. all our drivers were so helpful!!! You can get all around the island on these buses. we always had a seat, always A/C, and always exciting. Don't be afraid of using the system, even late at night. we were always safe. the cost was 2.50 each but you got two transfers... More 

1 Thank hellojoe31
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38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

$2-50 is the total cost of your trip, services most areas of the island, air conditioned, not overly crowded. Drivers helpful in assisting you as a tourist.

1 Thank rosemarykiwi
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22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Affordable and convenient, several routes, short wait times and courteous drivers make this a great way to get around Honolulu area, even as a visitor.

Thank Christine H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015 via mobile

For short term visitors the bus was a major disappointment. They were quick to sell tickets but ABC stores could not find route maps or schedule. On being told the drivers could give this info 5 asked could not and could not suggest where they could be obtained. The info is available on phone app but short term visitors will... More 

1 Thank Phil T
Phoenix, Arizona
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275 reviews
135 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

I admit to being a bit leery about riding 'The Bus' only because I was uncertain about boarding and getting off in the right places. Visit the website for detailed maps of routes and stops. http://www.thebus.org/ We studied the schedule ahead of time and learned which route we needed to catch in order to go where we wished. It worked... More 

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