Waikiki Trolley – Oahu

One of the best ways to sightsee Oahu and to get around without dealing with their notoriously bad traffic is aboard the Waikiki Trolley! This classic attraction offers several different hop-on hop-off tours, with stops at all the most important cultural spots all throughout the region. It’s the easiest way to get to all the things you want to see and do, and is a fun experience the whole family will enjoy.

The company began in 1986 with just two trolleys, designed to replicate the classic look of old San Francisco street cars with their gleaming metal and wood details. Today, they operate more than 50 trolleys that traverse the greater Honolulu area all day, every day. Choose from five different lines to get where you want to go, and see the best of the best as you enjoy their educational narration throughout your journey.

What do you see on the Waikiki Trolley

The Waikiki Trolley actually operates five different lines that cross the Honolulu area from Chinatown to the Kahala Mall, including Pearl Harbor and basically all of the downtown area. You can purchase multi-line passes (the most popular) to see the widest selection of sites, or just an individual line to see your desired set of attractions. They also offer packages where you can purchase your trolley ticket plus admission to top local attractions directly through Waikiki Trolley.

Pearl Harbor / Pearlridge Sightseeing Tour (Purple Line)

This is the line that takes you out to the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites and to the Pearlridge shopping center. The route begins at the T Galleria and includes stops at the Aloha Stadium, Aloha Tower, downtown, and the Ala Moana Center as well as at Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor is the 6th stop on the route. The entire route is about two hours, and trolleys arrive roughly every 60-70 minutes. Other tourist attractions along this route are the USS Arizona Memorial, USS Bowfin, USS Battleship Missouri, Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum and the Bishop museum.

Panoramic Tour (Blue Line)

This line highlights Oahu’s stunning southeastern coastline, including some of the most striking natural spots in the area. Stops include the Duke Kahanamoku Statue, Hanauma Bay, the Halona Blow Hole, Sandy Beach, and Sea Life Park. The line begins at the T Galleria and terminates at Kahala Mall. Please note that the Hanauma Bay and Halona Blow Hole stops do not allow passengers to disembark – they are a five-minute photograph stop only. This trolley tour is 2.5 hours long and four tours run per day.

Scenic Tour (Green Line)

Sightsee the area around Diamond Head volcanic crater. Perhaps Oahu’s signature natural landmark, Diamond Head is an integral part of this tour, and you can see it from stops 6-8. You’ll also be able to stop at highlights like the Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Aquarium, and the KCC Farmer’s Market (on Saturdays only). The line begins at T Galleria and terminates at Waikiki Gateway Hotel. The entire route takes about 70 minutes, and trolleys arrive roughly every 35 minutes.

Historic Honolulu Sightseeing Tour (Red Line)

One of their most popular routes, the red line showcases the best of Honolulu’s historic district, including many top museums, monuments, and other cultural attractions. Stops include Iolani Palace, Honolulu Museum of Art, the Foster Botanical Gardens, Aloha Tower, and more. You can also easily access shopping destinations like the Ala Moana Center. The line begins at T Galleria and terminates at Hilton Hawaiian Village. The entire route takes about 100 minutes and trolleys arrive about every 50 minutes.

Shopping tour (Pink Line)

The most inexpensive tour of the bunch, the Pink Line is actually often bundled with other ticket purchases. It mainly focuses on major shopping centers like the massive Ala Moana Center and DFS Galleria, although it also includes the Duke Kahanamoku Statue and provides transportation between a number of hotels. The line begins at T Galleria and ends at the restaurant Eggs ‘n Things on Saratoga Road. The entire loop is about an hour, and trolleys arrive every ten minutes.

Tips for Visiting with Waikiki Trolley

  • If you’re taking the purple line to Pearl Harbor, you’ll note that there is no specific Waikiki Trolley sign at your pickup point. Just wait at the city bus stop for your trolley.
  • You’ll get unlimited boarding and reboarding privileges as long as your pass is valid, so be sure to make the most of the trolley as your form of transit!
  • Waikiki Trolley also operates a blog with useful information about local events, new restaurants, and shopping deals. Check it out before you go to see if there’s anything that interests you!