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The Bus

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Address: Oahu, HI

Oahu's public transportation system.

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Very helpful and friendly bus drivers

We found the bus a great way to get around town at only $2.50 per trip (make sure you have the correct money as they don't give change but you can pay for 2 people with a $5.00... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2016
Christian G
Wollongong, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was public transportation, it was ok. My biggest complaints were the lack of shade and sitting areas while waiting for the bus. Some places allowed the scorching sun to beam straight on your skull!

Thank DavisFamilyBayboro
Newcastle, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

The Bus is cheap and we have used it a lot over the yearsas a couple. You can get a 4 day tourist pass for about 35.00 or pay as you use the bus. Currently 2.50 full fare,1.25 youth fare. We had been using the senior fare until a driver said the Australian seniors card was not valid and we... More 

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Wollongong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

We found the bus a great way to get around town at only $2.50 per trip (make sure you have the correct money as they don't give change but you can pay for 2 people with a $5.00 note just let them know) the bus driver gives you a ticket and if you have to hop on another bus you... More 

1 Thank Christian G
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016 via mobile

Such a cheap way of getting around Waikiki. We caught the bus to the Polynesian cultural centre which was over 1 1/2 hours away for $2.50 one way. Make sure you get a ticket so you can transfer to another bus if needed within 2 hours. We also caught the bus to Pearl Harbor and Diamond Head. All 3 places... More 

Thank Natasha D
Lima, Peru
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Very dangerous to wait for the bus , we bought a pass for 5 days but we were a little afraid to use the bus at the 2nd day,you can be like 30 minutos waiting and in all the city you can see homeless people everywhere , one day one of these crezys try to hit my friend, nobody help... More 

Thank ivonne g
Windsor, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

Great way to see Honolulu without all of the problems of trying to find a parking space. We toured around Honolulu were able to enjoy all of the scenery and not worry about anything. Great way to relax.

Thank Johnfromwindsor63
Bulli, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

The Bus is the local transport, sometimes called the city bus. Get to know it and you can travel for $2.50 per trip (even including changing buses if required). Locals and tourists alike use this service so you will see another side of Hawaii. The bus driver to Hanauma Bay even gave us a commentary along the 30 minute trip.... More 

Thank Judith P
Sacramento, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016

Yes - it's crowded to drive the streets of Honolulu - it's downright maddening - the traffic, the dead-ends - it's confusing, so easier to buy a pass for the week and ride the bus instead, right? Well, not necessarily - they have to traverse all of this traffic too, so it is not unusual for some of the buses... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2016

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 

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