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Car Rentals Hawaii Guide

By Edited Jan 23, 2016 1 2

You're finally taking that dream vacation to Hawaii! You've got a list of places to go and things to do. Now you just have to figure out the best way to get to those locations. Easy car rentals in Honolulu can be found as soon as you step off the plane. Airport transportation that can be arranged includes shuttles, taxis and private cars. You may find, however, that timing your excursions with a schedule to be too much of a hassle. Renting a car in Honolulu is probably already on your list of preparations.

There are many options for car rentals in Honolulu, several of which are located right at the the airport. There are also shuttle services available for those that are too far to walk, which makes renting a car in Honolulu a breeze. Advance reservations are almost a must, to ensure you get the best vehicle to suit your needs. Booking online opens up many specials, many times you can find coupons to discount the prices even more. Combine your flight and

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accommodation can also save you money. Reserve your rental as far in advance as possible, and look for discount packages. There are definitely a few things to consider before opting to stick with one vehicle for your entire stay, like parking; but if your needs will remain the same for your entire trip, look for those multiple-day discounts!

Plan on doing a lot of driving to see the sights in Hawaii? You may want to stick to economy and compact cars offering the best gas mileage. Planning a group outing or bringing the entire family? You'll need to consider a mini-van or SUV type vehicle. Whatever your needs, there are many rental companies to choose from, with a wide-variety of choices.

Looking for the best car rental in Honolulu? Here are a few noteworthy ones to check out!

Budget Rent-A-Car - Honolulu International Airport:

Budget's fleet is now 100% smoke-free, offering car rentals from small to high-occupancy vehicles. All of Budget rental vehicles in economy, compact and intermediate car classes, SmartWay Certified and have met strict U.S. EPA guidelines. Their small cars include the Hyundai Accent and Ford Focus, or similar models, are fuel efficient and fun to drive. Medium cars and SUV models are popular for business and leisure and include the Dodge Avenger, Nissan Altima, Chevy Impala, Ford Escape, or their similar counterparts. Need more room? Opt for the Dodge Caravan.

They also have a few online perks. Reserve your car online with one-click booking in just seconds, stop at FastBreak counter, show your driver's license, grab your keys and you're good to go! A few extras offered are GPS navigation, Roadside SafetyNet, insurance coverages, refueling options, and child safety and booster seats.

Dollar Car Rental - Honolulu International Airport:

It’s easy to find a car that suits your needs, budget, style at Dollar Car Rental. They offer a large selection of vehicles, all non-smoking, and work towards saving you more money by adding more fuel-efficient vehicles every year. Their economy and compact classes includes the Kia Rio and Ford Focus, or something similar. Make your reservations online and use their "Lock Low and Go" special. If you book a compact car they guarantee you a compact car or larger vehicle. So no paying for upgrades if your booked car is unavailable! Whatever your needs, Dollar has a vehicles with great rates and back it up with excellent service. 

Sign up for their free Dollar EXPRESS Rental Program and spend less time in lines. Members use the designated line and counter, show driver's license and have credit card number verified, sign the rental agreement and are on their way. If you happen to rent from them frequently, this program is a real plus. Every day that you rent earns you one credit. Earn 16 credits and you get a free day rental!

Dollar also has option of checking in prior to pick up, pre-paid fuel, and GPS.

Hertz - Honolulu International Airport:

A big plus here, Hertz is located right across from baggage claim! Hertz also offers online check-in, so you can have all of your paperwork done before arriving so you can save time at the counter. Many online offers such as saving by pre-paying, extra savings for weekly rentals, and if you are over the age of 50, there are even more savings that may be available during your planned visit.

Become a Hertz Gold Plus Rewards member and enjoy not only their fastest pick up and drop off available, but also get discounts on child seats, and have no additional driver fees for your spouse or partner. Kia Rio, Ford Focus, Toyota Corolla and Camry, Chevrolet Impala and Malibu are just a few among many cars available for rental.

Hertz also has an online and mobile app feature called NeverLost's Explore Hawaii. Explore Hawaii gives you the ability to personalize your trip, while helping you choose how and where to spend your time on the islands. It focuses on hidden gems as well as the destinations that are "must see". Special events and automated routing are included.

Avis - Honolulu International Airport:

Offers similar and some of the same cars as the above, with discounts if you choose to pay at the time of reservation. If you set up a free Avis Preferred account, you have access to benefits such as being chauffeured around at an hourly rate (requires 3 consecutive hour reservation minimum), skipping waiting in lines and filling out paperwork. Child seats, GPS, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, refueling services, and OnStar on premium vehicles are also pluses.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car - Honolulu Airport (AeleleStreet):

If you decide to use Enterprise, you will need to take their shuttle. The pick up area is marked by signs and located outside of baggage claim. The shuttle runs every 7-10 minutes. This location has a self-service kiosk to make your rental a quick and easy transaction. Just like the listed rental companies, Enterprise offers a wide variety of vehicles in several classes to fill your needs. Other than typical car options such as air conditioning, AM/FM radio, some with CD players, premium cars with extras, Enterprise doesn't add a lot of fluff. They do have a loyalty program "Enterprise Plus", but unless you are already a member, you wouldn't get any real benefit for this trip!

Prices seem a bit more competitive, so it is worth a look to compare.

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So which is the best car rental in Honolulu? I guess that really depends on what makes it "best" to you. Decide what you want to do while there, visit those online websites and check out their deals. Compare services, car classes and prices; if you want a more personal experience, search for reviews of the company. Then you will be able to choose what's best for you!



Feb 25, 2014 6:32am
Great points. I recently visited Maui. You really need a car to visit the sights around the island. Maui has to be the most expensive island and renting a car was almost as much as the vacation rental condo we had for the week. I highly recommend booking the car well in advance and do your due diligence researching rates with the different companies.
Feb 25, 2014 6:32am
Great points. I recently visited Maui. You really need a car to visit the sights around the island. Maui has to be the most expensive island and renting a car was almost as much as the vacation rental condo we had for the week. I highly recommend booking the car well in advance and do your due diligence researching rates with the different companies.
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