The Bus

The Bus, Honolulu: Hours, Address, The Bus Reviews: 4/5

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825 reviews
Excellent
375
Very good
300
Average
96
Poor
24
Terrible
30

Joe K
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Extremely frustrating experience
Sep 2021 • Business
Extremely frustrating service. I use the bus to commute to work into the city. The busses do not arrive at the times listed on the schedule, and many times don’t arrive at all. More than once have I arrived at the bus stop 15 minutes before the scheduled arrive just for the bus to never show. Other times I’ve waited over an hour for a bus that runs every 30 minutes. Planning your commute with the bus is a guessing game at best.

The stop numbers posted at the stops themselves don’t match with the numbers on the online schedule.

The engines in the bus heat the last row of seats to an unbearable temperature.

I’m writing this review at 4:10, having been waiting at my bus stop since 3:00 for a bus that is supposed to arrive at 3:04, 3:34, and 4:04.
Written 7 September 2021
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hawaii-94762
Oahu, HI8 contributions
Watch out before boarding the bus.
Jul 2021 • Solo
The bus is very convenient transportation and the drivers are very nice but today when I was getting on the bus, the driver yelled at me to stop boarding because someone was getting off . I didn’t know someone was getting off. It’s very hard to someone getting off from the front. But the driver made very angry face and looked at me very hostile. Why? I didn’t do anything wrong.
I guess Everyone has to wait for a moment to see someone getting off before boarding the bus.
Written 29 July 2021
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Rlena
New York49 contributions
The Bus.
Jul 2021
Very reliable bus that will get you to most places around Oahu. Ubers and shuttles will cost you plenty when getting to those far off excursions like Kualoa, Pearl, and the Cultural Center. Get a HOLO card which is Honolulu's metro card, introduced just a month ago. Get one at a participating ABC store (if staying in Waikiki). You can get a one day pass for 5.50 and you can transfer for 2.5 hours to any bus and repeat that on your return trip. You can refill online or in person at a store. For the most part, the people riding the bus were well behaved. The drivers were courteous and accommodating as well as vigilant about their mask restrictions. We went to Pearl, Kualoa, the Cultural Center, and the Moana mall. Kuhio Avenue appears to be the main strip coming into Waikiki and can catch most busses along this street to anywhere on the island. Notable lines are the 2, 8, 42 and 60 lines. The 20 takes you to Waikiki and all hotels.

With the bus, be prepared to use up the whole day for your excursion. It did take almost two hours to get to Pearl, Kualoa, and the PCC and back. Uber and shuttles may take less time but that translates into more money spent. This was the only drawback but was most necessary in fulfilling our transport needs. It also makes for a good survey of how the local people live outside the touristy area.
Written 26 July 2021
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Rebecca O
Ridgewood, NY1,417 contributions
Bus or bust
Sep 2020
We chose to spend our two weeks on the island without a vehicle. Used the bus to tour everything! Heard it was expensive to park so this option was affordable. If you put in the stop number you get real time to where the bus is! Took bus around entire island and the innermost areas too!
Written 11 July 2021
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Richard W
Penn Valley, CA642 contributions
The system worked great for us!!!
May 2021
We used this public transportation to visit Pearl Harbor and back, staying at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. There is a great on line app which explains how , where and when to catch the bus you need. Signage was good and easy to find. The drivers we had were very friendly, helpful and polite. The bus stop leaving Pearl Harbor was different than where we were dropped off and the driver made sure to point it out and explain to all of us how to return. The day we rode was a 50% off day for senior citizens so we rode to Pearl Harbor and back for $12 each. The traffic on this island is nuts and we appreciated having someone doing the driving for us!!
Written 17 June 2021
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Michael l
Lahaina, HI3 contributions
Felt like a VIP
May 2021 • Couples
Had to take a circuitous route earlier for there wasn’t a direct route to my destination. And since I am not from here, I had to muster the courage to ask the drivers. Surprise, surprise!! They were courteous, joyful, caring, and genuinely helpful! From the first one to the fourth, all had the same Aloha spirit. Not like the mainlands’ drivers who have the distilled spirits 😂😂. Anyways, you made my day earlier folks. May your kind thrive, aloha and mahalo!!!
Written 20 May 2021
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Kris B
1 contribution
Horrible
May 2021 • Business
I have no clue how this is not a solid 1 star all the way around. This is the worst public transportation in the entire nation!! They have no clue how to drive. You will get whiplash and go flying every stop. They are consistently full and have no room. The buses are out of date and filthy!!! If I have the choice between riding the bus for 5 mins or walking 16 hours in the sun I would break a leg and walk 16 hours.
Written 17 May 2021
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Deceitful !!!!!!
May 2021 • Couples
While trying to catch ride during evening over half the drivers have out of service notice, they will leave you stranded and in danger!!!!!!
Written 17 May 2021
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Michael B T
Waikiki, HI39 contributions
Best Bus
Jun 2020
Great bus system for travel throughout Honolulu. You can get to almost all the tourist attractions on the island of Oahu.
Written 20 June 2020
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Lee-and-Baby
California329 contributions
convenient + efficient
Mar 2020
We used the bus every day from Waikiki. (rented a car for longer trips otherwise) Worked well for us and felt more like travelers than tourists. Go with the day pass and explore beyond the tourist spots.
Written 9 April 2020
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