Can you drive to Hawaii
The question of Can you drive to Hawaii has come up before and as many Americans know that Hawaii is a group of islands just over 2,400 miles from the American mainland. Which is a 6-hour flight from LAX. While there is no way you can drive to Hawaii you are able to use other methods to ship your car over.
If you wanted to drive around the Island in your own car, then you can ship your car via a freight service. If you didn’t want to hire from the many car hire companies in Hawaii. But please remember there is no ferry service between the islands so you will only be able to drive on the main Island.
Your options if you want to ship your car to Hawaii
If you really wanted to ship and drive your own car in Hawaii. The only way is to get the car shipped via freight shipping container. The cost will depend on many factors. The size of your car but as most average cars are 15ft- 16ft you would only need a 20ft Container. On the other hand, if you had a Mercedes-Maybach Pullman you are going to struggle with a 20ft container and would need to upgrade to the 40ft container.
If you are serious about shipping your car to Hawaii please check out Freight Center and they will be able to give you a quote. They normally ship via the Long Beach Port, but it’s better to get a quote and ask. While you would just be getting a price for the freight shipping remember that doesn’t include the cost of actually getting the care to Long Beach. Take into account your location as shipping a car from the east side of the US could end up very costly.
Car Rental In Hawaii
Renting a car in Hawaii is the best solution and it’s the one that most people take when visiting the island. As most people arrive in Hawaii via Honolulu Airport you are met with all the big names. With the likes of Hertz, Budget, Enterprise, Avis, and Alamo all ready to take your money.
The cost can vary depending on the length of stay, the season you are visiting and the type of car you are wishing to hire. So below I’ve broken down some examples to give you an idea for a 10 day rental at different times of the year.
Arrive Hawaii 1st Dec to 11th = 10 Day hire ( The prices will vary below depending on the time of year you travel to Hawaii )
The cheapest is $2,146 for a Ford Focus for 10 days
The Best Deal is $2,337 for a Jeep Wrangler for 10 days
If you want to go all out then why not hire the Ford Mustang for 10 days at the cost of $3375
You can’t drive the same car on different Hawaii islands
Between the different islands, there are no bridges that connect the islands together, so you are unable to use the same car on each island. So if you have planned a trip to visit them and stay on the other islands please take this into account if you have decided to hire a car for your stay.
There is a small passenger ferry that goes between the islands, but it’s for footfall only. There are also small planes doing island flights throughout the day. These only hold about 10/15 people per flight but there are flights every day so book in advance if you are wishing to visit the other islands.
So what we can take from this is that it’s a lot easier to use a car rental company once you are in Hawaii to drive around the island. The cost alone to ship a container anywhere in the world right now is almost 3 times more expensive than it was a year ago. The cheapest and easiest option is to just one of the main car rental companies and then rent the perfect car for your budget and experience.