Kauai

By | 16th January 2018

Do you need a car in Kauai?

Do you need a car in Kauai > Should you rent a car in Kauai USA > Kauai ( LIH )

Do you need a car in Kauai? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Given that there is only really one major road running in a “C” shape around only part of the island of Kauai, we don’t really think that Lihu’e is a sort of destination where a hire car is going to be particularly useful. The island is also small enough that resort transfers can easily be done in a taxi without bringing up an exorbitant bill.

Yet to really appreciate the incredibly rugged interior, you will either need to go on a hiking tour or to take a “Jurassic Park” style helicopter excursion – the latter is the only way to actually see the famous falls which feature in the opening and closing scenes of the film, as it is located on a private estate with no overland access.

There’s just not much point in getting a rental car for any of this, although it might be worth hiring a car for one day when you are here to do the full island tour.

Why should you rent a car in Kauai?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Kauai?

Kauai Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]

40%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]

€230

 #239/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]

 €370

224/300

 

Free parking score

Total 439 - of which 58 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

13%

#269/300

   

Why not? Visiting Kauai without a car

 
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Kauai public transport quick facts

Train score

 

00%

Water travel score

00%

Overall public transport score

30%

 

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Kauai. 

80%

Ratings

Car rental in - Kauai Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Kauai?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Kauai?

  • Based on value for money?
 

Should you rent a car in Kauai?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Kauai if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Kauai if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Kauai if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

What is our final score for Kauai on the Carornocar scale?

4

Go back up to:
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments
 

Would you hire a car in Kauai?

Have you driven in Kauai? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Kauai?
Tell us what you think using the comments section below:
 

 

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