One of the most frequently asked questions on our social networks during the trip, “How much does a trip to Hawaii cost? 🙂
Today we take you out of doubt and give you all the economic data so that you can make your own budget for a trip to Hawaii, of course traveling freely and without agencies.
The truth is that we had always thought that it would be a more expensive trip than it has been, although there are quite a few differences in price from one island to another and we also indicated them.
We leave you the budget to travel to Hawaii 10 days, being 3 nights in Oahu, 3 nights in Maui and 3 nights in Big Island.
And remember that we have a lot of info on the blog about Hawaii! We recommend you to start with the Hawaii travel guide.
Here; you can see a summary table with the budget to travel to Hawaii, and below you have all the info of each section and some tricks to save a little.
The only thing that is not included in the budget are the flights from Spain to San Francisco or Los Angeles.
*Budget for 2 people.
How much does a trip to Hawaii cost? Quote
Budget Hawaii 10 days
Accommodation 3 nights
Meals 3 days
Car rental 3 days + petrol
TOTAL PER ISLAND
Flights (California – Hawaii and between islands)
2 Iati Estrella Travel Insurance (with discount)
2 SIM card (with discount)
2 ESTA (US visa exemption)
How much does a trip to Hawaii cost?
As I said before, although they are an important expense, flights from Spain (or your country of origin) are not included in the budget because they vary a lot depending on the city, dates and the time in advance you buy the flight.
But below you have an average of prices so you have an idea.
At the moment there are no direct flights from Spain to Hawaii, you have to make at least one stop.
In order to get it cheap we recommend you to do two searches:
First flight from Spain to Los Angeles or San Francisco, right now airlines like Norwegian or Level have very interesting prices.
Second flight from Los Á?ngeles or San Francisco to the islands, normally to Oahu or Maui there is a lot of frequency and they are quite well priced.
In general, a round trip flight to California (San Francisco or Los Angeles) departing from Madrid or Barcelona is less than 450 euro/person and we consider it to be very well priced.
From 450€ to 600 it will be a normal price.
More than 600€ it will be a high price, although during the summer months or holidays it will be an average price.
From Los Angeles or San Francisco to the islands of Maui or Oahu it is about 150€ the journey, for us, costs 130€ with Hawaiian Airlines.
Between the islands we also fly with Hawaiian Airlines, offering many routes and schedules between all the islands.
In our case these were the prices of all the flights of the trip to Hawaii:
San Francisco – Maui → 260€ (130€/Person)
Maui – Big Island → 50€ (25€/Person)
Big Island – Oahu → 50€ (25€/PERSON)
Oahu – San Francisco → 260€ (130€/Person)
Budget for flights to Hawaii
This section is the one that takes most of all the expenses of trip to Hawaii, the lodging in Hawaii is in line with the big American cities like San Francisco or New York.
The prices are indicative, depending on the time you travel and the time you book in advance may vary.
The prices of the accommodations that we indicate you are based on the hotels that we chose and the dates that we were.
We stayed in “cheap” hotels (cheap for Hawaii) but with a minimum score of 7.5/10.
You can spend less by sleeping in shared rooms in hostels, in rooms with shared bathrooms or by booking in cheaper hotels with very low scores, which we do not recommend.
Budget accommodation in Hawaii:
Accommodation costs in Oahu (Waikiki) → 420€ /double room 3 nights.
Expenses for lodging in Maui (Lahaina)→ 600€/double room 3 nights (the most expensive hotel of the whole trip and by far the most expensive island)
Accommodation expenses on Big Island (Hilo)→ 400&euro/double room 3 nights.
*In high season calculate an increase that can reach 50%.
Much more info and the hotels where we were staying in the post: Dó?n de alojarse en Oahu, las mejores zonas.
Dozens of places to stay in Maui, the best areas.
Dozens of places to stay on Big Island, the best areas.
How much does a trip to Hawaii cost? Accommodation expenses
To make the budget of meals we have 50% of meals in economic places like foodtrucks and WholeFoods and Foodland supermarkets that offer food by weight and it can cost you over 10$ a good plate.
And 50% in popular restaurants well rated on TripAdvisor or Yelp. The restaurants we were in cost us on average about 15€/20€ person.
We don’t count wine or beer because we don’t consume, and water is free everywhere.
This is one of the points where we can save the most from the entire Hawaii travel budget.
Hawaii meal budget for two people:
Budget meals in Oahu → 250€/3 days
Budget meals in Maui → 280€/3 days
Budget meals on Big Island → 250&euro/3 days
You can see all the places we recommend to eat in each island in their corresponding post:
Things to see and do in Oahu; Things to see and do in Maui; Things to see and do in Big Island
Budget for travel to Hawaii. Restaurants and cafeterias
CAR RENTAL EXPENSES:
You have all the info, recommendations and tips to rent a car in Hawaii and everything goes perfect in this post!
For Big Island we recommend a 4×4 SUV (if you want to get on the Mauna Kea it is mandatory), another SUV for the island of Maui although it is not mandatory, and on the island of Oahu you can save a little and rent a compact car, we did not see the need to take an SUV.
To have a more exact budget of how much the car rental can cost you, we recommend you to do a search in Auto Europe for the dates you have planned to travel.
Budget for car rental in Hawaii (including gasoline)
Budget car rental in Oahu → 170€/3 days
Budget car rental in Maui → 180€/3 days
Budget car rental Big Island → 180 Euro / 3 days
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EXPENSES ON ACTIVITIES AND ENTRIES:
In activities you can spend as much as you want, from 0€ up to hundreds of dollars if for example you want to fly over Oahu by helicopter.
At this point we have only included the tickets to the National Parks (Haleakala, Volcanos and Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau), the rest of the excursions or tickets are left to your choice:
Consult the excursions in Get Your Guide; Consult the excursions in Civitatis
We only did one whale watching trip on Maui the entire trip.
Budget for tickets in Hawaii:
Budget activities in Oahu → 0€ (there is no entrance fee or excursion required).
Budget activities in Maui → 25€/car entrance to Haleakala.
Budget activities in Big Island → 50€/car entrance to both National Parks.
How much does a trip to Hawaii cost? Sunrise at Haleakala volcano (Maui) MORE INFO ABOUT NATIONAL PARKS AND OTHER TIPS FOR TRAVEL TO HAWAII AT THIS POST.
TRAVEL INSURANCE EXPENSES
You forget to take out a good travel insurance, it doesn’t increase the budget of your trip to Hawaii that much &it tells you that it is indispensable!
Healthcare in the United States is one of the most expensive in the world and it is best to have your back covered in case anything happens thousands of miles away from home.
We always recommend Iati Estrella or Iati Estrella Premium when traveling to the United States because they are the insurance with the most medical coverage, and very important, without having to advance a single euro in case you need it.
Travel insurance quote for 10 days in Hawaii:
Iati Estrella &rarr Insurance; 151€/ two persons
*Price with 5% discount applied from this link.
Don’t skimp on this point even if you have a tight budget to travel to Hawaii because it can be much more expensive!
Akaka Falls on Big Island, Hawaii
SIM CARD EXPENSES
As we commented in the post of advice to travel to Hawaii you will be very well connected during the trip and be able to consult Google Maps at any time.
We recommend that you order Holafly’s SIM card before your trip and land in Hawaii with internet in your mobile.
Mobile internet expenses in Hawaii:
2 10-day SIM cards with unlimited data and unlimited calls to US &RAR numbers; 78€ (39€ each)
*Price with 5% discount applied from this link.
Now you can also order an eSIM card with which no physical SIM card is needed, &it’s even more convenient! It is only available for the new mobile models, you can check it here; and you also have a 5% discount.
We use the internet a lot on each trip to get directions, look at Google Maps, restaurant reviews… ¡and of course keep up to date with our social networks 🙂
Lanikai Pillbox in Oahu, Hawaii
nbsp; ESTA visa exemption:
To enter the United States with a Spanish passport we need to have the ESTA visa exemption, in fact without it we cannot even catch the plane.
It costs $14 per person and is requested on the official website, but there are many pages that pose as the official one.
Have more recommendations in the post tips for first time travel to the U.S. and also in the post guide to travel to Hawaii for free, that can help you.
And that’s it; our Hawaii travel budget!
We can only tell you that it is a great journey, the contact with nature, the volcanoes, the waterfalls… to us it seemed an amazing trip that has gone straight to our list of most incredible trips we have done.
We hope this post will give you an idea of how much it costs to travel to Hawaii and you can make your own travel budget.
Remember that you have many more articles about our trip to Hawaii on your own.
If you have any questions, we will be waiting for you in the comments! 🙂
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Other articles from our trip to Hawaii:
Travel Tips for the First Time to HAWAII; Places to See in HAWAIIWHAT; TO SEE AND DO IN HONOLULU, HAWAII; THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN OAHU THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN MAU THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN BIG ICELAND; 10 TIPS FOR RENTING A CAR IN HAWAII; RUNNING THE HANA HIGHWAY IN MAY; DÓTO STAY IN OAHU, THE BEST AREAS; TO STAY IN MORE, THE BEST AREAS; TO STAY IN BIG ISLAND, THE BEST AREAS
Other links of interest for your trip to Hawaii
5% DISCOUNT ON YOUR TRAVEL INSURANCE TO THE USA
BEST CARDS FOR TRAVEL WITHOUT COMMISSION
CAR RENTAL IN HAWAII AT THE BEST PRICE
HAWAII EXCURSIONS AND TOURS
HOTELS IN HAWAII AT THE BEST PRICE
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