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Waikiki Trolley pros & cons

Old Sep 3, 10, 11:09 am
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Waikiki Trolley pros & cons

Is there any real advantage in using the Waikiki Trolley vs TheBus? We'll be in Waikiki/Honolulu for 6 days in January.

The Trolley is a bit pricey and doesn't go everywhere TheBus does. We'll be staying near the Hilton Haw. Village (Ilikai Hotel) and will be visiting:
-'Iolani Palace
-Chinatown
-Aloha Tower area
-Diamond Head area
-Restaurants/Bars in and around Waikiki

We may also rent a car for one day to visit the North Shore and do some shopping at Costco.

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Old Sep 3, 10, 11:25 am
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The trolley is fun for about two blocks. Then it's noisy and dirty.
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Old Sep 3, 10, 12:01 pm
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The trolley does not get respect from people on foot...buses do. In case of "liquid sunshine" events...being in the bus is the way to go. My vote is the bus.
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Oahu's public transit system is excellent a/k/a TheBus, visitor pass for unlimited ride is $25 for a 4 day pass and it will take you practically everywhere on the entire island, including Turtle Bay Resort on the north - and will be faster compared to the Trolley. Crowded at rush hours on certain routes, but otherwise unbeatable value - including to/from HNL a/p if you are traveling truely light/carryon & backpack only at non-peak time.

For a "trolley experience" to/from the nearby huge ALA MOANA SHOPPING Center, you can check out its Pink Line trolleys that provide convenient transportation to 10 locations in Waikiki. Runs 7 days a week, every 10 minutes. Pickup at Ala Moana Center is at the Kona Street depot adjacent to Nordstrom and at the Ala Moana Boulevard depot. Cost is $2.00 each way, children 3 years and under are free.

Trolley Hours:
Monday - Saturday 9:40 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.
Sunday and Holidays 9:40 a.m. to 7:44 p.m.

Stops include the Ilikai Waikiki Hotel and Hilton Hawaiian Village, Tapa Towers Bus Depot

Google Ala Moana Shopping for more details & maps -

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Unless something has changed, Hilo Hattie's has a free trolley that runs between its store and makes many hotel stops in Waikiki (given the op's location, it would make more sense to take the trolley from Hilo Hattie's back to Waikiki unless he wants a trolley-tour of Waikiki itself). The trolley makes (or made - this has been several years ago) a stop at Ala Moana and Aloha Tower before ending at Hilo Hattie's.
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Looks like TheBus is the winner. Also, Hilo Hattie http://www.hilohattie.com/assets/pdf...y_FLYER_HR.pdf has a trolley bus we can grab at Hilton Haw. Village. Cool! Thanks for the ideas. We'll also check the "Pink Line".
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And on TheBus you can use the transfer for a timely return trip!
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Originally Posted by cblaisd View Post
The trolley is fun for about two blocks. Then it's noisy and dirty.
i agree, it was fun the first time, ok the 2nd and now I don't take it

once it gets to about 3 people then it becomes cost/time effective to take a cab
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Old Sep 4, 10, 8:49 am
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These fake trolley things are crappy everywhere yet tourists fall for them. Walk, use the bus or a taxi.

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Originally Posted by MisterNice View Post
These fake trolley things are crappy everywhere yet tourists fall for them. Walk, use the bus or a taxi.

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it all depends on your situation

if its you and a young one.. the trolley makes sense.. 2 bucks a head to go a mile'ish.. not bad and cheaper than the 10 beans it is from say the Hyatt to the HHV

not everyone can walk.. there are a lot of senior people here.. lots of young children.. toddlers.. infants.. they won't be doing the walk either

now if you have say four people.. take a cab.. prices will be a wash

like i said, its fun once or twice, after that its a royal PITA to listen to the mumbo jumbo and a guy begging for tips
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Usually The Bus is Better

Overall, The Bus is a better idea. It serves more places, you get a transfer, and its enclosed from the elements. The only case where the trolley may be of value is in Waikiki itself. That is because there are so many of them compared to The Bus, and if you can't walk, don't want to walk, etc. it maybe useful.

Also, a Fyi, most of the Trolleys you will see are not the Waikiki Trolley. They are private trolleys used by the Japanese Travel Agencies, and the only people who can use them are those on the package tours, so you need to check before boarding.
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Originally Posted by 808 Flyer View Post
Overall, The Bus is a better idea. It serves more places, you get a transfer, and its enclosed from the elements. The only case where the trolley may be of value is in Waikiki itself. That is because there are so many of them compared to The Bus, and if you can't walk, don't want to walk, etc. it maybe useful.

Also, a Fyi, most of the Trolleys you will see are not the Waikiki Trolley. They are private trolleys used by the Japanese Travel Agencies, and the only people who can use them are those on the package tours, so you need to check before boarding.
Well I used the Pink line to go from the HHV to the Hyatt Area and that was by no means limited to the tour groups.

fyi, have your exact dollars ready
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If you have JCB card, it is free on the Pink Trolley
Good for family I think, cuz I used it for party of 2+1.
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Old Sep 21, 10, 10:15 pm
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Originally Posted by ws8n View Post
If you have JCB card, it is free on the Pink Trolley
Good for family I think, cuz I used it for party of 2+1.
Don't tease us. What is a JCB card?
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Don't tease us. What is a JCB card?
Japan Central Bank credit card.
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