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Transportation from KOA airport

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Transportation from KOA airport

Trying to find some suggestions on the most economical way to get from KOA airport to the Waikoloa Marriott on a Friday afternoon. There will be two of us arriving two hours apart, so either one can wait for the other or we can take two separate trips to the hotel. I see that neither the Marriott or any other hotel offer any type of shuttle service...We would rather not rent a car, since other travellers meeting us the next day will have a car for all of us to use.

Thanks in advance for your help - this is my first trip to Hawaii!!!!!

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Island of Hawaii, HI
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1. Re: Transportation from KOA airport


Here is what I found for you:

Laura's Taxi, 808 326 5466 $51.00 each way, cash only

Speedi Shuttle www.speedishuttle.com

Shared rides @$41.00 per person

Jacks Hawaii


There is also Mass Transit: Hele-On Bus


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2. Re: Transportation from KOA airport


My advice is rent a car. Speedi shuttle is pretty cheap at $41, taxis would cost over $50 at least. I just checked on Hotwire and for $35.95 one can get a rental car and not be stuck at the Marriott and that area. Then you can return it and meet up with the other travelers all at the same time the next day. That added flexibility for nearly the same price is why I recommend renting. Mind you with taxes and fees the total cost will be about $49 but still a better deal than a cab. I also don’t know which Friday you will be there; I just randomly picked 7/13 since IIRC it was in July.

Good luck and happy travels!

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3. Re: Transportation from KOA airport

so it apears to be almost a wash financially ...

I would base it on convenience and whether flexibility matters.

For instance, if you want to eat up at Brown's, a car will take you there with no real additional cost, taxi will be pricey.

If your friends are meeting you at the Marriott the next day and you don't want to drive back to the airport (about 30 minutes) to return the car, and you want to eat at the Hilton or Marriott, you may prefer the shuttle convenience.

It will be boring sitting at KOA for two hours in the afternoon in the heat. There's not much to entertain you there. Another reason the first arrival might like to get a car and take a spin.

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