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  • Approx 9 hours
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Thousands of miles from the nearest landmass, cheap holidays to Hawaii inevitably involve quite a slog on a plane. However, the distance, time and cost are all well worth it once you experience the unique beauty and calming isolation of the various islands that form this US state. The paradise-related clichés tend to ring true, making a flight to Hawaii a coveted dream for many.

Hiring A Car In Hawaii

You can find Hawaii car hire firms operating on the larger islands and car hire from Hawaii Airport is on offer as soon as you land, although if you are travelling to a different island it's easier to wait until you have reached your final destination before you book up a vehicle.

Places To Visit In Hawaii

Those who want to take in Hawaii's beauty complete with mod-cons should opt for a resort-based stay in Waikiki. If you want to spend a little less and see a little more then head for Big Island, Kaua'i or the most populous place in the state, Honolulu, home to urban areas as well as isolated seaside resorts. Car rental in Hawaii will let you explore every aspect of the state, from its rainforest environments to its surfer-friendly white sand beaches.

General Advice on Hiring a Car

When you purchase car hire you are entering into a contract with your car hire company. Always check their terms and conditions before you buy to make sure you're aware of your responsibilities when you collect your car in Hawaii, and any additional charges.

Here's a few things to watch out for:

  • Almost all car hire companies add a mandatory fee for drivers under the age of 25.
  • Check what level of insurance is included for the hire car in Hawaii. In particular check how much the excess is (the amount you need to pay in the event of any accident) you may want to take out additional insurance.
  • Check what the fuel policy is with your car. Don't forget to fill up the tank before you drop it off if you've agreed to return it full!
  • Find out if there's a maximum daily mileage - especially if you're planning to do a lot of driving in Hawaii!
  • You'll need to pay a deposit (or pre-approve one) to pick up the car. Most car rental companies will only accept credit cards for this.

  • If you'd like more advice on common charges (and what you can do to avoid them) read our complete guide to car hire.