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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Honolulu Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the name of a hotel near the airport in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

we tried sleeping on benches around the luggage carousels, but were told to leave by security. - otta86

Airport Overview

honolulu airport

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Honolulu International Airport.

What to Expect

  • The Honolulu airport has three terminals: Overseas, Interisland, and Commuter. The terminals are all located within the same building.
  • The landside airport lobbies and baggage claim area are closed from 10:00PM - 5:00AM. You will need a boarding pass and itinerary to stay in the airport overnight.

Where to Sleep

  • Airside: Several reviewers mentioned taking a pleasant nap in the garden area, airside. However, this area closes at midnight. For overnight sleeping spots, try the floor around Gates 12-13.
  • Landside: there is a designated overnight area located at the main entrance on level 2, between lobbies 5 & 6. (Look for the seating area surrounding the large floor map of Oahu). You will not be allowed to sleep or reside anywhere outside of this designated area. The area is bright, so pack your eyeshades!
  • Some reviewers reported loud announcements and cold temperatures at certain gates and areas of the terminal, so bring a sweater and earplugs along.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport that provide free airport shuttles. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Economy class passengers can pay to use one of the first class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Honolulu Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.


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Honolulu Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Honolulu airport either by purchasing a lounge pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

  • IASS Hawaii Lounge - Location: Overseas Terminal, Airside, near Gates 14-23. Hours: 7:30AM - 1:30PM and 2:00PM - 6:00PM (Daily). Lounge Access: Buy a lounge pass (US$ 29)
  • The Plumeria Lounge - Location: Inter-Island Terminal, Airside, 3rd Floor. Hours: 9:00AM - 6:00PM (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat) and 9:00AM - 10:45PM (Tues, Thurs, Sun). Lounge Access: Buy a lounge pass (US$ 40)
  • American Airlines Admirals Club - Location: Overseas Terminal, Airside, 3rd Floor. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket (US$ 59.00) • Admirals Club Membership.
  • Delta Sky Club - Location: Airside, Gate 23, Lower Level Garden Area. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of Delta ticket (US$59.00) • Delta Sky Club Membership.
  • United Club - Location: Diamond Head Gulf Wing, airside, above Gate 10. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United ticket (US$ 59.00) • United Club Membership.

Other airlines that have (or share) lounges are: Air Canada • Air New Zealand • ANA/Air Japan • American Airlines • Air China • Delta/Northwest • Korean Air • Hawaiian Airlines • IASS • Qantas • JAL • Phillippines Airlines.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

WiFi is available at Honolulu Airport, for a small fee, inside the lounges and business centers.

If you don’t have a laptop or other mobile device for accessing WiFi, ShakaNet computer terminals are located in the Main Terminal, Interisland Terminal, and Central Concourse. At the time of this update, the fee is $3 for 15 minutes of internet access.

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Honolulu Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Airport Honolulu Hotel - (3 minute walk from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle service. For airport pick-up, use the courtesy phone in baggage claim to call the hotel. Day rooms are available.
  • Best Western Plaza Hotel - (5 minutes from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available. Day rooms are available.
  • Pacific Marina Inn - (5 minutes from the airport) Reviews are mixed, but this budget hotel is next to the airport and provides free 24-hour airport shuttle service

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Honolulu Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • Art in the Airport - You will find art exhibits in various areas of the airport.
  • ATMs / Cash Machines - ATMs are located throughout the airport (landside and airside).
  • Baggage Carts - Baggage carts are available to use, free of charge, in the International Arrivals area. There is a small fee charged for use anywhere else in the airport.
  • Business Center - Flight Deck Business Center offers WiFi, computer stations, postal services, fax and copy services, and more. There are five locations:
    • Interisland Terminal - Hours: 7:30AM - 7:00PM (Mon-Sat) and 7:30AM - 6:30PM (Sun).
    • Main Terminal - Ewa Shop, airside, Departures, Gate 24 (Hours: 7:00AM - 2:00PM and 4:15PM - 6:30PM) • Business Center next to Security Checkpoint #4 (Hours: 8:30AM - 2:30PM) • Diamond Head Store, airside, opposite Gate 13 (Hours: 8:30AM - 7:45PM) • Main Store, airside, between Gates 11 & 12, opposite Burger King. (Hours: 7:30AM - 8:45PM). Locations: Inter-Island Terminal, Central Lobby (Hours: 7:30AM - 7:00PM every day except Sundays when it opens 7:30AM - 6:30PM) • Main Terminal - Gate 13 (Hours: 8:30AM - 7:45PM daily) • Main Terminal - Gate 24 (Hours: 7:00AM - 2:00PM and 4:15PM - 6:30PM) • Main Terminal - Security Checkpoint No. 4 (Hours: 8:30AM -2:30PM) • Main Terminal, between Gate 11 & 12 (Hours: 7:30AM - 8:45PM).
  • Car Rentals - Yes, see our Airport Transportation section below.
  • Currency Exchange - ICE Currency Services provides foreign currency services. Locations: Central Lobby • near Gate 12 • near Gate 25 • International Arrivals Area (inside U.S. Customs) • International Tour Group Arrivals (2nd Floor). Hours: vary by location but some open at 6:00AM and the last one closes at 1:30PM. And finally, the Central Lobby Business Center offers currency exchange (Hours: 7:30AM - 5:00PM).
  • Duty Free & Shopping - Duty Free shops are available near Gate 26, Gates 12-13, Gates 24-25 and in the Central Lobby. In addition there are plenty of other shops to pass the time.
  • Food & Drinks - Food concessions throughout the airport operate on varying schedules, with most open until 10:00PM. Vending machines also available in the airport.
  • Gardens - Enjoy the last moments of sun before departing this beautiful island. Relax in the beautifully landscaped garden airside in the International Terminal.
  • Information Desk - There are 15 Information Desks located throughout the airport. Hours: 4:30AM - 11:45PM.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Enjoy a hands-free layover or store your items for a few weeks, as needed. Baggage Storage Hawaii offers short-term storage for fees ranging from $10 - $20 per day, per item. Location: Terminal 3, Level 3, Baggage Claim E. Hours: 8:00AM - 10:00AM.
  • Medical Services - Medical Clinic. Location: Ground floor of the Central Concourse, next to the Japanese Garden.
  • Mobile Charging Stations - There are 15 charging stations located throughout the airport in the Central Concourse • Diamond Head Concourse • Ewa Concourse • Main Lobby • Inter-island Terminal. They can be found on walls where former telephone areas once were.
  • Postal Services - Flight Deck Business Center in the Interisland Terminal offers postal services from 7:00AM - 6:30PM.
  • Showers - not available
  • Smoking - Smoking is permitted in 10 designated smoking areas located in the Overseas Terminal • Inter-Island Terminal • Commuter Terminal

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Airport Hours

As of March 13, 2015, the landside airport lobbies and baggage claim area are closed from 10:00PM - 5:00AM in an effort to discourage homeless people from sleeping in the airport. These closures mean that regular travellers cannot stay in the lobbies overnight. Instead, travellers with boarding passes and itineraries can go to a holding area off of lobby 5 before they are allowed to go through TSA checkpoints.

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Layover Sightseeing

Do you have a long layover? With the proper documentation and a long enough layover, you may have time to leave the airport and do some sightseeing. Here are a few Honolulu Airport Layover Sightseeing ideas. As this is a new page, if you have a suggestion for other layover sightseeing options, send a tip to editor@sleepinginairports.com and we will add it to the list.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Speedishuttle

SpeediShuttle provides affordable on demand door to door service from the airport to your hotel. Shuttles depart within 20 minutes of check-in with Shuttle Attendant at pickup zone.

Fees: Waikiki/Honolulu Harbor (one way) from $15.48; Waikiki / Honolulu Harbor (round trip) from $29.41 includes a 10% discount on the return segment when booked at the same time as your initial travel.

Shuttle stops are on the ground level adjacent to baggage Claim C (Interisland Terminal) as well as curbside at the Overseas Terminal (between Baggage Claim D & E) in front of the Commuter Terminal and on the median curb outside Baggage Claim H.

Bus

TheBus public transportation system serves the airport via routes 19, 20 and 31, which stop on the Departure (upper) Level of the airport. These routes connect passengers to downtown Honolulu, Ala Moana Center, Waikiki, Pearlridge Center (route 20 only), Hickam AFB (route 19 only) and Tripler Army Medical Center via Kalihi Transit Center (route 31). Routes 9, 40, 40A, 42 and 62 run along Nimitz Highway, which is a short walk from the airport. The Handi-Van is a TheBus service for mobility-impaired passengers who can’t use regular TheBus service. For schedules, routes and fares for all TheBus services, go to the TheBus website.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels offer free airport shuttle service as a convenience for their guests. Use the free courtesy phone at airport baggage claim to call the hotel for a pick up once you arrive. Shuttles depart from the center island on the arrivals level. Contact your hotel of choice for shuttle service availability and information. Here are a few hotels that offer airport shuttle: Airport Honolulu Hotel   •   Best Western The Plaza Hotel.

Taxis

Taxis are available on the center median fronting the terminal baggage claim areas. The fare from the airport to Waikiki during non-rush hour periods is about $40.00-$45.00, plus a baggage charge of 50 cents per bag. Fare is by meter only.

Car Rentals

Six rental car companies (Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Hertz • National) are located on airport, while four others provide off-airport car rentals. Registration counters are located in the Baggage Claim area. On airport rental car offices are located on the ground level opposite Baggage Claim G.

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Last Updated: 31 July 2017

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning and is subject to change at any time. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please contact us.

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