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Hop on Hop off Bus Tours

Touring Waikiki by tourist bus is a great idea: you will get to see the most emblematic points of the city in total comfort, making distances short and escaping the heat

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

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Hop on Hop off Bus Tours

Tourist bus on route around Oahu | ©Eric Fredericks

Getting to know the island of Oahu riding a tourist bus is a good idea because it allows you to discover the main tourist attractions of Waikiki and Honolulu in a quick way while you travel comfortably seated. Here's what you need to know to get on the tour bus.

The best tourist bus in Oahu: Honolulu and Waikiki

Tourist bus in Oahu | ©boaski
Tourist bus in Oahu | ©boaski

The tourist bus with Free Stops is an excellent option to explore Oahu in a short time by taking any of the routes that cover the different areas of the island.

With the Hop-on Hop-off system, you will be able to decide your own itinerary around the city and hop on and off whenever you want to explore it at your own pace and take all the pictures you want from the best angles!

You'll travel in a double-decker bus or an ** open-top tram** to visit the island's most outstanding historical sites, the landscapes that have made it world-famous, and discover its most popular stores and restaurants.

It is important to note that these tour buses are adapted to all passengers, from babies in strollers to people with some kind of disability and who need to use a wheelchair or travel accompanied by assistance animals.

Routes and places of interest that you can see

Green/Blue Line - Ocean Diamond Head

  • Sandy Beach Park
  • Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
  • Halona Blowhole
  • Kahala Mall
  • Statue of Duke Kahanamoku
  • Sea Life Park Hawaii

Red Line - City Art District

  • Statue of Duke Kahanamoku
  • Hawaii State Capitol
  • Chinatown
  • King Kamehameha Statue

Pink Line - Ala Moana Shopping Shuttle

  • Ala Moana Center
  • Statue of Duke Kahanamoku

Get your tickets for the Oahu tour bus


How much does the Waikiki tour bus cost?

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve | ©Tina Saey
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve | ©Tina Saey

The price of the tour bus pass depends on the number of days you choose. The basic 1-day pass for all lines costs 45 dollars.

However, depending on the number of days you are going to stay on the island, I recommend selecting a pass that includes more days so you can see the tourist attractions included in the route at your leisure, getting on and off the bus as many times as you want and you can also use it as means of transportation to move around Oahu.

How to book a ticket for the Waikiki sightseeing bus?

Sightseeing bus through the streets of Honolulu | ©Mike
Sightseeing bus through the streets of Honolulu | ©Mike

You can reserve your Waikiki Sightseeing Bus pass online in advance. When you complete your reservation you will receive a voucher that you can redeem for your pass at any of the stops that the tour buses have in the different areas.

How does the tourist bus service work?

Detail of the statue of Duke Kahanamoku | ©Luke H. Gordon
Detail of the statue of Duke Kahanamoku | ©Luke H. Gordon

Unlike regular buses where you usually pay for a ticket that allows you to take a single trip where you choose your stop, on the Oahu and Waikiki sightseeing bus you pay for days of use, which allows you to use the ticket as many times as you wish for the time you choose.

You can select between a 1, 4 or 7 day pass for all routes with free stops. Your usage time will start counting from the first time you use it.

Tour bus route and main stops on Oahu

Tour Bus at a stop | ©Michael Coghlan
Tour Bus at a stop | ©Michael Coghlan

Green / Blue Line - Ocean Diamond Head

Tourist Attractions:

  • Sandy Beach Park
  • Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
  • Halona Blowhole
  • Kahala Mall
  • Statue of Duke Kahanamoku
  • Sea Life Park Hawaii

Stops:

  • 320 Royal Hawaiian Ave - Across from Waikiki Shopping Plaza.
  • Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Statue
  • Diamond Head
  • 4211 Kahala Ave - Kahala Shopping Center
  • Sea Life Park
  • Kapiolani Community College

Red Line - City Art District

Tourist Attractions:

  • Statue of Duke Kahanamoku
  • Hawaii State Capitol
  • Chinatown
  • King Kamehameha Statue

Stops:

  • 320 Royal Hawaiian Ave - Across from Waikiki Shopping Plaza
  • Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Statue
  • Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
  • Ward Entertainment Center
  • Ohana Hale Marketplace - Stops at the surf lookout, inside the Crater I
  • Honolulu Museum of Art -
  • Hawaii Capitol - near Campbell Avenue
  • Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii
  • Chinatown
  • King Kamehameha Statue
  • SALT At Our Kaka'ako
  • Ward Center
  • Ala Moana Center
  • Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites
  • Trump International Hotel Waikiki

Pink Line - Ala Moana Shopping Shuttle

Tourist Attractions:

  • Ala Moana Center
  • Statue of Duke Kahanamoku

Stops:

  • Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites - This stop does not have the Waikiki Trolley stop sign. Wait in front of the hotel flagpole.
  • Trump International Hotel Waikiki
  • Royal Hawaiian Avenue
  • Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Statue
  • Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
  • Hilton Waikiki Beach
  • Marukame Udon Waikiki
  • Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach
  • LaCroix Waikiki Hotel
  • Lewers Street
  • Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
  • Aqua Palms Waikiki
  • Ala Moana Center

Is it worth it to ride the Waikiki tour bus?

King Kamehameha Statue | ©Daniel Ramirez
King Kamehameha Statue | ©Daniel Ramirez

Totally. You have several different passes to choose from so you can travel the different routes and explore Oahu freely using the tourist bus as a means of transportation, hopping on and off at all the stops that are distributed throughout the city.

How long is the tour bus tour?

Tourist bus passing by an inflatable structure at the Hawaii State Capitol | ©Daniel Ramirez
Tourist bus passing by an inflatable structure at the Hawaii State Capitol | ©Daniel Ramirez

Each complete route has a set duration. The Green / Blue Line - Ocean Diamond Head lasts 2 hours; the Red Line - City Art District lasts 1 hour and the Pink Line - Ala Moana Shopping Shuttle lasts 1 hour as well.

However, you can get off at the stop of your choice at any time during the tour to explore an area in detail and later re-board the tour bus to continue the route to completion.

Does the Oahu tour bus go through the airport?

Honolulu International Airport | ©Jennifer Boyer
Honolulu International Airport | ©Jennifer Boyer

No, the tour bus does not go through the Honolulu airport but if you wish to travel there or are looking for a means of transportation to take you to your hotel from the airport I recommend booking a shared or private transfer in Honolulu.

For more information I recommend you to have a look at the article Honolulu Airport Transfers.

Frequently asked questions

  • What will I see from a Hop-on Hop-off Bus tour?

    You will pass through downtown Honolulu and Chinatown and you will get to landmarks such as Diamond Head or the Honolulu Zoo where you can hop off and explore.

  • How long is a Hop-on Hop-off route?

    Depends on the route you choose and how long you stay on the bus, but the experience should take between 1 and 2 hours.

  • When is the best time to ride a Hop-on Hop-off Bus?

    In Honolulu's case, you should take the tour during the day so you can enjoy the sights and explore the area at its best.