Oahu has one airport, the Honolulu International Airport, located about six miles from downtown Honolulu. Rental cars, taxis, and shuttles are available at the airport. A local bus line also offers service between the airport and Honolulu; the bus is inexpensive and convenient, but has no special luggage holders so you have to carry your luggage on your lap.

Flight Times To Oahu

  • From San Francisco: 5 hours, 20 minutes
  • From Los Angeles: 4 hours, 20 minutes
  • From Denver: 6 hours
  • From Washington, D.C.: 11 hours

Local Time

Oahu is on Hawaiian Standard Time, two hours earlier than the West Coast (Pacific Standard Time) and five hours earlier than the East Coast (Eastern Standard Time). Unlike the rest of the U.S., the Hawaiian Islands do not observe Daylight Savings Time. That means that during the summer months, Oahu is three hours earlier than Pacific Daylight Time and six hours earlier than Eastern Daylight Time.

Getting Around

Although many visitors to Oahu rent cars, the island's bus system, provided by Oahu Transit Services, offers an inexpensive and convenient transportation alternative. Honolulu in particular has an efficient public transportation system, and many buses and historical trolleys run between the resort area of Waikiki and outlying island attractions.


Both Hawaiian and English are spoken on Oahu. Studying a fun language guide will allow you to learn a few helpful Hawaiian phrases.

Tourist Information

The Hawaii Visitors Bureau is located in Honolulu at 2270 Kalakau Avenue, Room 801; the telephone number is 923-1811. The office is closed on weekends.

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