Honolulu International Airport

Honolulu International Airport (HNL)


Honolulu International Airport is the main gateway to the idyllic beaches of Hawaii. Serving more than 21 million passengers each year, the airport is one of the busiest in the US, with more than 300,000 annual flights coming from the US mainland and Asia.

The airport's three terminals were built in the 1960s, and the design hasn't changed much. First-time visitors often find the layout confusing, and the lack of signs can make transferring between terminals difficult. Most international flights and flights from the US mainland are processed through the Overseas Terminal, while the Commuter Terminal and Interisland Terminal are for short flights within Hawaii.

Honolulu International Airport is located about five miles (8km) from Honolulu itself, and there is good and efficient public transport into the city.


The airport is located on Oahu Island about six miles (10km) west of downtown Honolulu and nine miles (15km) west of Waikiki Beach.

Getting to the city

There are several city bus services that follow different routes and schedules connecting to central Waikiki. Many hotels offer pick-up services and the Airport Waikiki Express shuttle bus meets all flights and drops off at hotels along Waikiki Beach.


GMT -10


Airport information desk: +1 808 836 6413.

Car rental

Major car hire companies represented at the airport include Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz and National. Some other car rental companies are located off-site and provide buses to ferry passengers to their offices; it's worth checking the rental companies' location before booking.

Airport Taxis

Taxis are available; the ride to Waikiki Beach takes around 20 minutes and has a flat fare of $30.

Transfer between terminals

The three terminals are connected by shuttle buses and outdoor walkways.


The airport is well supplied with restaurants, bars and shops, including duty free. There are ATMs and bureaux de change throughout the airport terminals, a massage centre, a hairdresser and a nearby hotel, which offers shower facilities and rooms charged by the hour. The business centre in the main lobby offers fax, internet and photocopy services. Facilities for the disabled are good; those with special requirements should contact their airline in advance.


There is parking located near each terminal. The first half hour costs $1, after which the charges are $1 per hour up to $13 per day. Monthly parking is available for $150.

Departure Tax





Flights to Honolulu International Airport are available via Air Australia, Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Air Pacific, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, China Eastern, Delta, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, United, US Airways and WestJet.


Internet kiosks are located in each terminal, and most first-class lounges offer free wifi. In the terminals, wifi is available for a fee.

Business Lounges

The Business Centres located in the International and Interisland Terminals offer internet kiosks ($3 for 15 minutes), fax and photocopying services, and currency exchange. Most first-class lounges offer their own business services.

Honolulu International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.