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Oahu, Hawaii, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Oahu?

You should plan to spend around $333 per day on your vacation in Oahu. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $52 on meals
  • $21 on local transportation
  • $474 on hotels

A one week trip to Oahu for two people costs, on average, $4,661. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Oahu cost?

A one week trip to Oahu usually costs around $2,330 for one person and $4,661 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Oahu on average costs around $4,661 for one person and $9,321 for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Oahu will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Oahu on average costs around $9,987 for one person and $19,974 for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Oahu has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Oahu expensive to visit?

Oahu is a somewhat more expensive place to visit. Located in the United States of America, which is a moderately priced country, visitors will need to plan for the extra expenses of this destination. It is in the top 25% of cities in the country for its overall travel expenses. When visiting, expect to pay somewhat higher prices for accommodation, food, and activities.

Within North America, which is known to be an expensive region, Oahu is a somewhat more expensive destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in North America for its travel costs. While some cities in the region are more expensive, Oahu is generally more expensive than most.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Oahu Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Oahu?

The average Oahu trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Oahu travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $474
Local Transportation 1 $21
Food 2 $52
Entertainment 1 $27
Tips and Handouts 1 $3 - 9
Alcohol 2 $3 - 10
Accommodation Budget in Oahu
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Oahu is $237. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Oahu is $474. This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Oahu

Looking for a hotel in Oahu? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

Find the best hotel for your travel style.


Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Oahu based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $320. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Oahu
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Oahu is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $21 per person, per day, on local transportation in Oahu.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Oahu
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Rental Cars in Oahu
The price of renting a car in Oahu will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.

Food Budget in Oahu
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Oahu can vary, the average cost of food in Oahu is $52 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Oahu should cost around $21 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Oahu is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Oahu
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Oahu typically cost an average of $27 per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

The Go City Oahu Pass offers great discounts on attractions in Oahu. With the Go City Explorer pass, you can choose to visit specific sights and attractions at a discount. Or, you can visit as many included attractions as you like with a multi-day All-Inclusive Pass. The average visitor saves 30% off of the regular admission prices.

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Oahu
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Oahu is $6.25 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Oahu is 10% - 20%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Oahu
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $6.47 on alcoholic beverages in Oahu per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Water Budget in Oahu
Average Daily Costs

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  • On average, people spend $20 on bottled water in Oahu per day. The public water in Oahu is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Oahu On a Budget
Oahu Honolulu, Hawaii
Hawaii is the epitome of paradise, and at the heart of paradise is the island of O'ahu (or Oahu). While it's only the third largest of the Hawaiian islands, O'ahu, or "the gathering place," is the most populous in the state with approximately 976,000 people calling O'ahu home, many of which live in the capital city of Honolulu.

One of the many nicknames for Hawaii is "the rainbow state." So you're almost sure to see some plastered across the sky during your stay in O'ahu. On average the temperature on the island stays fairly warm with highs around 70 to 85 most of the year.

With the capital city of Honolulu and 85% of the state's population, O'ahu can claim the only metropolitan area in the state - but that doesn't mean there aren't calming spots for those who want to leave everything behind - you just have to know where to look.
While Hawaii is filled with lush rainforests and amazing volcanoes, everyone longs to visit the white, sandy beaches you see on postcards. For a little swimming and a little surfing, check out Kailua Beach. The fine sand is perfect for strolling or just lounging around. Perhaps one of the most famous beaches, however, is Waikiki Beach. Lined with resorts and tourists, Waikiki Beach, or "sprouting water," is the beach everyone sees on TV. Here you can ride those famous catamarans and the calm waters are perfect for easy wading and body surfing. These beaches are just a few of Oahu's best Instagram spots, as beautiful views are around every corner.

On the eastern side of the island is Lanikai beach. It's relatively small and secluded due to being surrounded by a residential community. However, it's one of the best beaches in the U.S.A. and worth a visit if you can find parking nearby. The snorkeling here is pretty good, too.

If you're here in the wintertime, check out the North Shore to witness the monstrous waves tackled by world champion surfers. It's a sight to behold that will make you see the real power of Mother Nature.

If you've had your fill of beaches, travel to Central O'ahu and tour the pineapple fields to see where these classic Hawaiian treats come from.
O'ahu is comprised of two mountain ranges and five separate regions.

The southern region is known as Honolulu. It is where the capital city, beach hotspots, Pearl Harbor, shopping, nightlife and majority of the hotels and resorts are located. Most tourists don't venture outside of the Honolulu region. Central O'ahu is mostly suburbs with miles and miles of pineapple fields, while the eastern Windward Coast is full of sleepy towns and a Marine Corps base. The North Shore is where the iconic Hawaiian surfers find massive waves, and the Leeward Coast is the drier, less visited are of the island.

If you've grown restless lying in the sun, there are plenty of activities to find around the island. The most popular paid attraction in Hawaii is the Polynesian Cultural Center. Head over there to learn about Hawaiian culture and seven other Polynesian island groups. Brush up on the history and heritage while you walk along recreated traditional villages.

While you're in the mood for a little history, make your way to the USS Arizona Memorial. You can pay your respects and learn a little more about the fallen soldiers of Pearl Harbor.

If you're ready to get off the lounge chair, but not ready to say goodbye to the water, consider a kayak tour of Kailua Bay. A guided or self-guided tour will lead you to breathtaking bird sanctuaries and just hop out for a quick snorkel with sea turtles. Or simply put the paddle down and take in the view around you. It's also possible to meet more sea creatures up close in various places around the island. Check out this article for an in-depth guide to where to swim with dolphins in Oahu.

Then, of course, who hasn't dreamed of riding horseback along a Hawaiian beach? You can don your fanciest white linens and make that dream a reality on the North Shore.

Hiking in Oahu is also popular, as you can experience the tropical climate and environment while viewing waterfalls, gorgeous green cliffs, and amazing views overlooking Honolulu. Plenty of trails are found on the island, and many of them are not too difficult.

For even more ideas of things to do, check out this great 4-day Oahu itinerary.
Food and Dining
Sit back and enjoy the medley of traditions fused together in the pacific dishes of O'ahu. Seek out the tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, bananas, guava, papaya) and fresh fish of the region. There is no limit to the variety you can find in O'ahu.

The best setting for anyone to experience the Hawaiian cuisine is the traditional luau. While it's a bit expensive, the experience is worth it. If price is a problem, though, consider eyeing the roads for food trucks handing out traditional plate lunches. In the North Shore, shrimp trucks can be under $10.

While the easiest way to get around the city would be taxis and car rentals, it's not always the most cost effective. The Oahu bus system, known as TheBus, runs between towns and stops at most tourist destination spots. The fare is cheap and they offer day pass options.
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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.