Getting Around Maui
Getting around on Maui isn’t really hard; it’s just a matter of deciding where you want to go and the best way to arrive.
The most convenient way to putt around the island is with a rental car. Renting a car offers the most flexibility, allowing you to choose where and when you go, and the entire island is accessible via automobile. Almost every major rental car company is represented on Maui, so you can shop for the best price and options. Most of the hotels offer ample and convenient parking, though you will likely have to plan your parking strategy if you plan to drive into Lahaina and visit Front Street. (See Parking page.) It is advisable that once you book your flights here, either via Fly or another comparison website that you begin to look into transport on the island. If you do a little research beforehand you won't have to mess around once you arrive finding the best car hire company for you. We want you to have the time of your life when you visit Maui, so please read the following carefully, so you can begin preparing for the holiday of a life time.
Sometimes it’s more economical to rent for your entire stay, and other times it’s best to rent for a day and make use of some of the other transportation options on the island. Along some of the beaches and between the hotels, you can rely on your own two feet to carry you to different attractions. Otherwise, you could either hire a taxi or take the bus.
Taxis are readily available on Maui, however they are often not the most budget-friendly of options. The rates are determined by distance you travel, which can often add up quickly. The taxi companies also offer shuttle service from the airport to your hotel, but they can also be expensive depending on where your hotel is. A taxi from the airport in Kahului is upwards of $75.
The public transportation system in Maui has improved a lot in recent years, both for tourists and local commuters. The commuter routes are the Haiku-Wailea Commuter, Makawao-Kapalua Commuter, Wailuku-Kapalua Commuter, Kihei-Kapalua Commuter and the Wailuku-Kahului Connector. Tourists can also catch these buses, but there are more tourist-friendly routes and times as well, ranging in cost from absolutely free to $1.
If you’re staying on the Kaanapali coastline, the free Whaler’s Village shuttle stops at all the major resorts in the area and runs on the half hour, heading in and out of Lahaina during the day, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Lahaina Express shuttle is free as well, and also takes visitors in and out of Lahaina along the Kaanapali strip, and runs from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
The West Maui Shopping Express is at your service for a mere $1 fare, and runs from Lahaina to both Kapalua and Kaanapali to the hotels and shopping stops, and finishes up around mid-evening. The South Maui Shopping Express extends the bus service to areas such as Wailea, Makena and Kihei. It’ll cost adults $15 and kids $5 one way, but if you make a purchase and show your receipt, your return trip costs you nothing.
Since the bus schedules can change, be sure to check the timing before you go. You can view the Bus Schedule