Waikiki Trolley

The Waikiki Trolley consists of 4 colored lines that make sightseeing in the Waikiki and Honolulu area inexpensive and fun. Whether you have a couple of hours to explore or a few days this is a great alternative to structured tours.

*NOTE: There is now a new line called the Blue Line Trolley. It's a new doubledecker that goes along the eastern part of the island with stops at Hanauma Bay and Sea Life Park. Learn more below...

 

What Is The Waikiki Trolley?

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Which Types of Trolleys Are There

Pink, Green, Red (run by Enoa Tours), Jalpak & Lea Lea are the main ones. The last 2 mentioned are for Japanese tourists. One of those is shaped like a whale and it was brought over specifically from Japan. It is part of a package tour deal available to them. I will focus on the Enoa Tours trolley in this article.

 

waikiki trolley

Where Does It Go & When Does It Run?

There are 3 colors...

Pink line

It loops around Waikiki in a semi rectangular route between the Honolulu Zoo on one end and Ala Moana Shopping Center on the other. It runs about every 10-15 minutes beginning at 9:00am and ending at 10:00pm. If you were to get on and not get off the entire route would take about 1 hour. It costs $2 exact change. If you were to get off and get back on again it would cost $2 if you do not have a pass.

ala moana shopping center

The stops vary but are a combination of hotel stops, Waikiki attractions and shopping such as the DFS Galleria and the Duke Kahanamoku statue. The pink link is mostly a convenient way to get around Waikiki and take in some of the attractions without having to walk to everything. It's a fun alternative to a bus or taxi.

honolulu zoo

Main Highlights

DFS Galleria
International Marketplace
Duke Kahanamoku statue
Honolulu Zoo (1 block away)
Ala Moana Shopping Center


Red Line

It is more of a cultural and historical route. There are less than a handful of stops in Waikiki before it coasts along the scenic Ala Wai Boulevard and heading downtown. It focuses mostly on the historic Honolulu district and Chinatown areas.

iolani palace

It runs every 40 minutes beginning at 8:30am and ending just before 6pm. If you were to get on and not get off the entire route would take 80 minutes. It cannot be purchased by itself but must be part of a 2 color pass in conjunction with pink or part of the tri-color pass. Unlimited hopping on and off.

Main Highlights

Honolulu Museum of Art
State Capitol
Aloha Tower Marketplace
Chinatown
Iolani Palace
King Kamehameha Statue
Ward Warehouse
Ala Moana Shopping Center


Green Line

The green line is more scenic in nature looping around Diamond Head and driving through the wealthy enclaves of Diamond Head and Kahala. It makes a couple of stops in Waikiki before stopping at the zoo, aquarium, the surf lookout at the base of Diamond and going to the base of the hike inside Diamond Head crater. It runs every 35 minutes and the entire loop takes 70 minutes to complete. Unlimited hopping on and off.

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Main Highlights

Honolulu Zoo
Waikiki Aquarium
Queen Kapiolani Park
Diamond Head surf lookout
Kahala Mall
Diamond Head hike start
Diamond Head Market & Grill

*Please note that baby strollers are not allowed. There's just not enough room. If it's a doubledecker then it should be ok but it just depends what shows up.


Blue Line

The Blue travels along the eastern coast of the island starting at DFS Galleria and ending at Sea Life Park. It's a very scenic doubledecker that is a very cost effective and flexible way to tour this part of the island.

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It takes 2.5 hours total with starting times of 7:42am, 10:00am and 12:30am. There is one early stop at 7:30am at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The cost is $20 per person.

Main Highlights

Kahala Mall
Hawaii Kai Lookout (faces Koko Head Crater)
Hanauma Bay
Halona Blowhole
Sandy Beach (drive by only)
Sea Life Park


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Is It Free? What Does It Cost?

No, it is not free. You are required to buy a pass except for the pink line route. That particular color costs $2 per ride. If you get off and get back on then you will have to pay $2 again. Exact change required.

If you want access to the red and green colors then these must be purchased with a pass. There is currently a promo that includes the pink, red and green lines for $35 adults, $19 kids with the next day free.

Pink only-$2 adults and kids; get off & get back on you pay again

One Day Options


Red, Green or Blue-$20 adults, $15 kids
Pink, Red & Green- $35 adults, $19 kids. There is also usually a special offer giving the next day for free with the purchase of a 3 day pass.

Four Day Pass

Pink, Red & Green-$57 adults, $25 kids

Seven Day Pass

Pink, Red & Green-$63 adults, $27 kids


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What About Those Doubledecker Buses I've Seen?

waikiki trolley doubledecker

It seems as if everybody is starting to get a doubledecker bus now. Right now the 2 main types are the Aloha Bus and the Waikiki Trolley doubledecker bus.

Waikiki Trolley

The Waikiki Trolley doubledecker bus goes the same places and costs the same as the regular trolley. There's probably 2 times a day at random when it runs. They're slowly incorporating them in.

*NOTE: The Blue line is always a doubledecker bus

The Aloha Bus

Was previously run by Polynesian Adventure Tours and stopped running. They've got a retooled version called The Double Decker bus. It's very new and still getting off the ground.

Their east side one that passes Hanauma Bay looks like the best one to me. They need a minimum of 10 people to run the tours so be sure it's running when you book it.

*TIP: Make sure they have enough people going before you make a reservation. I've seen them cancel on people at the last minute because not enough people signed up.

 

 

The Hilo Hattie Shopping Trolley

Hilo Hattie's is a local Hawaiiana-themed store. You can buy everything from shirts and mugs to postcards and picture frames. They are known for the quality of their goods and also have their own shuttle available if you are interested in going there.

hilo hattie trolley

It stops at many of the same trolley stops in Waikiki described in the pink line. It is free and runs about every 30 minutes. See the schedule and trolley map here. Do I think it's worth a special trip there? No. However they market themselves well as a store and if you're curious & have time to kill then go. They have a store at Ala Moana shopping center by the way but the large store is past downtown heading toward the airport.

Tip: If you have at least 10 people in your group they will come and personally pick you up. The sales rep/manager personally told me that himself!

 

Waikiki Trolley Map

waikiki trolley sign

See what goes where in more detail... View Trolley Map here

 


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