Save up to 22% by Renting from Airport Tax/Fee Exempt Locations

Advantages, disadvantages, information and how to rent cars in Hawaii from "non-airport" in-town locations.


How to save at least $48/week or more on the total cost of your car rentals

No Airport Tax Locations | Advantages | Disadvantagtes | Savings Examples

Rate Calculation / Cost Comparison | How to Reserve and Save

These companies do not charge airport taxes or fees at the following "Airport" locations: Save at least $48/week / up to 22%

Honolulu
HNL Airport:

(Alamo, Dollar & Thrifty)

Many car rental companies serve the Honolulu Airport. But since Dollar and Thrifty are located outside the airport property, therefore you will NOT be charged the 11.11% "Airport Concession Fee" when renting from Dollar or Thrifty's HNL locations. They are only a 5 minute Free shuttle ride away from baggage claim.

West Maui: Lahaina
JHM Airport:
(AvisBudgetDollar)

Alamo, AvisBudgetDollar, and Enterprise and Hertz serve this location. They are located outside the airport property so no Hawaii airport taxes or fees are required to be charged by renting from these companies at their JHM Kapalua West Maui locations. Free 5 minute shuttle ride.

other No Airport Tax Locations 

When you're headed to Hawaii for a much needed vacation, or even for your honeymoon, it's expensive enough paying for airline tickets, accommodations, meals and a rental car without having to think about the fact that you may not be getting the best deal possible or you're unnecessarily spending money you didn't need to spend. We're all looking for the best price possible and also for ways to save money. 

 

Take note of this example:

The total cost (including tax) of a $135/week (base rate) Economy Car is:

$214.01 Total cost at most airport locations
$166.36 Total cost at non-airport locations (because there are no airport taxes, fees or surcharges)
$47.65 Total savings at in-town or no airport tax airport locations

 

Advantages of renting a car at an in-town or no airport tax location: (*The main example used is a $135/week economy car - Rate Calculation / Cost Comparison examples below.)

Save MoneyHere at Hawaii Car Rentals, we'd like to let you know how you can save even more than you save when you take advantage of our already discounted rates. When you rent a car from any company anywhere on earth, you'll always be charged the daily or weekly "base rate" (i.e., $27/day, $135/week). And on top of the base rate you'll be charged the usual taxes, fees and surcharges. But at airports, you may not be aware that there are additional taxes, fees and surcharges that can increase the cost substantially, especially for those on a tight budget. 

If you choose to pickup your rental car at what is called an Off-Site, In-Town, Off Airport, No Airport Tax, Non-Airport location, depending on the car you rent, you could save up to an additional 22% in taxes and fees on your total rental car costs. And that's over and above our already discount rates. This is because additional surcharges and taxes (and also taxes on those additional fees) are assessed at airport locations, whereas they are NOT assessed at off-site in-town locations.

The cheaper the car, the higher percentage on taxes and fees you'll save. As an example, on 08/15/2012, with our then current rates, we've calculated that 22% is the best percentage savings you can get. The lowest percentage savings that we've calculated would be a 12% savings on a $1,250/week 15-Passenger Van during peak season (You'd pay $177 less in taxes and fees at in-town locations).

Did you know: (*The main example used is a $135/week economy car - Rate Calculation / Cost Comparison examples below.)

  • You PAY 28% MORE at airport locations on the total cost of your vehicle rental.
  • You can SAVE 22% (at least $48) by renting at a non-airport location.
    (28%, 22% - Huh? It's not a trick. It's the same dollar amount. Check out the math: It's kind of like if you could get something on sale for $50 instead of $100, you'd be saving 50%, or be getting half off. But if you missed the sale and had to pay $100, you be paying 100% more (twice as much) as the $50 sale price. The dollar amount in both scenarios is the same - $50. It's all about from where you're looking at it.
  • When you rent a car at a Hawaii airport, you're paying for the daily or weekly base rate and the usual taxes and fees...
    • PLUS - 11.11% Airport Concession Permittee Fee, 
    • PLUS - 4.166% GET (sales) tax on the 11.11%, 
    • PLUS - $4.50/day Customer Facility Charge, 
    • PLUS - (on Oahu) .0546% tax on the Base rate, on the 11.11%, and on the Vehicle Registrations Fee.
  • At Hawaii airports, you'll pay over 150% more in taxes, fees and surcharges than at certain in-town locations ($79 vs $31).
  • At Hawaii airports, as much as 59% ($79) is added to the base rate as taxes, fees and surcharges.
  • At in-town locations, only 23% ($31) is added to the base rate as taxes, fees and surcharges.

Rate Calculations / Cost Comparisons

Example - Airport economy car rental reservation total charges

Example - NON-Airport economy car rental reservation total charges

Car rental taxes and fees are manditory industry-wide charges required by the State of Hawaii. Car rental companies only get to keep the base rate. All taxes, fees and surcharges collected go to the State.

How much can you save?

By renting "off-airport" or "in-town," here are some examples of how much percentage and dollar amounts you can save on airport taxes and surcharges on various priced vehicles. Airport tax-exempt locations may be "at" the airport (aka off-airport) and also in town.

(Rates shown are for example purposes and may not be current)
* One thing to be aware of is, some car companies (but not all) have raised their base rates at non-airport locations. In essense, this has reduced or eliminated the total savings one might get from renting at non-airport locations. But if the base rate at the airport and in town is the same, you're going to save big bucks.

Kia Rio Economy Car

Economy Car: Low Season, $135/week base rate

Total at Airport:

$214

Total In-Town:

$166

Savings:

$48 (22%)


Mustang Convertible

Convertible: Low Season, $278/week base rate

Total at Airport:

$380

Total In-Town:

$315

Savings:

$65 (17%)


Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler: Low Season, $282/week base rate

Total at Airport:

$384

Total In-Town:

$319

Savings:

$65 (17%)


Minivan

Minivan: Peak Season, $472/week base rate

Total at Airport:

$604

Total In-Town:

$517

Savings:

$87 (14%)


15-Passenger Van

15-Passenger Van: Peak Season, $1,250/week base rate

Total at Airport:

$1,505

Total In-Town:

$1,328

Savings:

$177 (12%)

Disadvantages of renting at a non-airport location:

Things to consider when renting a car in Hawaii at an "in-town" location.

  • Taxi, hotel shuttle, limousine or private shuttleYou may need to take a taxi cab to non-airport locations. If you're arriving at an airport, the rental car company you choose will NOT have courtesy shuttles from the airport to thier local in-town non-airport car rental location. In that case, you will need to take a cab or private limousine or shuttle service. However, the larger hotels such as in Honolulu or Waikiki usually will have a free shuttle from the airport to their hotel. From there, you should be able to find a car rental outlet within walking distance. If you're arriving on acruise ship, check our "Car Rental Shuttle Information for Hawaii Cruise Ship Passengers" page for details and instructions on courtesy shuttle busses to and from the ports.
  • Rates, bonuses, waivers may possibly not apply, but only in very few cases (usually at hotel car rental locations): When you reserve through Hawaii Car Rentals, our special rates, bonuses and waivers usually will apply at most "in-town", "off-site" locations, especially with Enterprise (who has the most non-airport locations). At most hotel car rental desk locations, our rates, bonuses and waivers usually will not apply. Note: When you try to reserve a location that is not in our corporate discount agreement, it usually won't let you do it using our discount web links. It will usually say, sold out, car not available, or not in agreement, etc.
  • Some companies counterbalance or neutralize the savings you might get at non-airport locations: One thing to be aware of is, some car companies (but not all) have raised their base rates at non-airport locations. In essense, this has reduced or eliminated the total savings one might get from renting at non-airport locations. But if the base rate at the airport and in town is the same, you're going to save big bucks.

How to Reserve and Save

How to save money on your Hawaii car rental and avoid additional airport fees.

  1. See if there is a non-airport location near where you want to pick up your car (below).
  2. Go to our Home Page and check out the best rates.
  3. Click on one of the RESERVE NOW's at the top of the rate columns (or click one of the company logos below).
  4. Type in a location  Code:  (from below) (or instead of putting in an airport location code like HNL, OGG, LIH, KOA, ITO, etc., (Honolulu Airport, Maui Airport, Kauai Airport, Kona Airport, Hilo Airport, etc.), put in OAHU, MAUI, KAUAI, HAWAII or BIG ISLAND as your location.
  5. The reservation page will then show ALL LOCATIONS on that island - airport and non-airport.
  6. Select an In-Town location.
  7. Indicate your car, dates, times, etc., and make your reservation.

No Airport Taxes or Fees Locations

What car rental companies have "Non-Airport" rates/locations?

They all do - But it depends on the location as to which company is "non-airport" or not.

Shuttle Bus Information:

"At" the airport, not "In" the airport, so-called "non-airport" locations:(Free shuttle bus


Thrifty Shuttle Bus

Some rental car agencies, such as Dollar and Thrifty at the Honolulu Airport and Avis, Budget, Dollar and Enterprise at the JHM West Maui Lahaina/Kaanapali Airport, even though they are located "at" the airport and have airport location codes for reservation purposes (ie HNL, JHM), they are not physically located "in" the airport. This means their reservation desk and car lots are not within the airport terminal or property. These off-airport locations are a very short shuttle bus ride away, usually 5 minutes. The shuttle busses are free. They have the rental car company logo printed on the bus, and take you to and from the usual airline arrival and departure points. 


In-Town locations: (NO shuttle bus!

Taxi, hotel shuttle, limousine or private shuttleWalk to carsIn town locations means the car rental agency reservation desk and car lot is NOT located at or even sometimes near the airport. For example, locations in downtown Honolulu or Waikiki are considered in-town locations. Except as mentioned in the above section, please note that Avis, Budget, Dollar, Thrifty and Enterprise DO NOT provide shuttle service from the airport to their in-town locations. It will be your responsibility to walk to or arrange for and take a taxi, hotel shuttle, limousine or private shuttle service to these locations, many times at your expense.

To locate non-airport locations along with contact information and location codes for Avis, Budget, Dollar, Thrifty and Enterprise, please see below. For their phone numbers, locations, hours of operation, etc., please refer to our Hawaii car rental locations page. Many of these location have a courtesy shuttle bus to pick you up locally at your hotel, condo or home within a certain distance, but they won't pick you up and drop you off at the airports. Contact each location to arrange pickup service.

Airport tax-exempt locations are "at" the airport and also in town:

Companies, Islands, Locations, Codes to use:

Check rates and or reserve from our Home Page or click a company logo below. Then enter a location code from below.

Check our Avis corporate discount rates and reserve

Check our Avis Corporate Discount Rates and/or Reserve

Where:

 

Location: (NO airport taxes, fees, surcharges)

 

 Code:

Maui

 

Kihei
Full 12-22% savings plus our discount rates

Taxi, hotel shuttle, limousine or private shuttle

K2H

Avis JHM Airport is considered to have the non-airport rates. No Hawaii airport taxes are charged at this location.
Maui
Airport

 

Lahaina, Kaanapali (Airport tax/fee exempt)
Full 12-22% savings plus our discount rates
(Cruise ship shuttle info)

Free shuttle bus

JHM

Kauai

 

Princeville Airport
Pay only $4.50/day customer facility fee.

Walk to cars

HPV

Kauai

  

Hyatt Poipu
No corporate discount rates or waivers

Taxi, hotel shuttle, limousine or private shuttle

K3H

Check our Budget corporate discount rates and reserve

Check our Budget Corporate Discount Rates and/or Reserve

Where:

 

Location: (NO airport taxes, fees, surcharges)

 

 Code:

Honolulu

  Hyatt Regency
Pay only 0.546% Oahu tax on base & reg
Taxi, hotel shuttle, limousine or private shuttle HN6

Avis JHM Airport is considered to have the non-airport rates. No Hawaii airport taxes are charged at this location.
Maui
Airport

  Lahaina, Kaanapali (Airport tax/fee exempt)
Full 12-22% savings plus our discount rates
(Cruise ship shuttle info)
Free shuttle bus JHM

Maui

 

Wailea
Full 12-22% savings plus our discount rates

Taxi, hotel shuttle, limousine or private shuttle

OG1

Kauai

n/a

No Non-Airport Locations

 

n/a

Big Island

n/a

No Non-Airport Locations

 

n/a

Check our Dollar corporate discount rates and reserve

Check our Dollar Corporate Discount Rates and/or Reserve

Where:

 

Location: (NO airport taxes, fees, surcharges)

 

 Code:

Avis JHM Airport is considered to have the non-airport rates. No Hawaii airport taxes are charged at this location.
Honolulu
Airport
  Honolulu Airport (Airport tax/fee exempt)
Full 12-22% savings plus our discount rates
Free shuttle bus HNL

Waikiki

 

Hale Koa Hotel (cars limited)
Pay only 0.546% Oahu tax on base rate

Taxi, hotel shuttle, limousine or private shuttle

HNLC02

Waikiki

 

Pacific Beach Hotel (cars limited)
Pay only 0.546% Oahu tax on base rate

Taxi, hotel shuttle, limousine or private shuttle

HNLC03

Waikiki

 

2002 Kalakaua Ave
Pay only 0.546% Oahu tax on base & reg

Taxi, hotel shuttle, limousine or private shuttle

HNLC04

Kauai

 

Sheraton Poipu Beach
Hotel location - discount rates only 10% higher

Taxi, hotel shuttle, limousine or private shuttle

LIHC01

Kona

  

King Kamehameha Hotel
No corporate discount rates or waivers
(Cruise ship shuttle info)

Taxi, hotel shuttle, limousine or private shuttle

Kona - King
Kamehameha
Hotel

Avis JHM Airport is considered to have the non-airport rates. No Hawaii airport taxes are charged at this location.
Maui
Airport

  Lahaina, Kaanapali (Airport tax/fee exempt)
Full 12-22% savings plus our discount rates
(Cruise ship shuttle info)
Free shuttle bus JHM

Check our Thrifty corporate discount rates and reserve

Check our Thrifty Corporate Discount Rates and/or Reserve

Where:

 

Location: (NO airport taxes, fees, surcharges)

 

  Code:

Avis JHM Airport is considered to have the non-airport rates. No Hawaii airport taxes are charged at this location.
Honolulu
Airport
   Honolulu Airport (Airport tax/fee exempt)
Full 12-22% savings plus our discount rates
Free shuttle bus HNL

Waikiki

  2002 Kalakaua Ave
Pay only 0.546% Oahu tax on base & reg
Taxi, hotel shuttle, limousine or private shuttle waikikior
HN9

Kona

   King Kamehameha Hotel
No corporate discount rates or waivers
(Cruise ship shuttle info)
Taxi, hotel shuttle, limousine or private shuttle KONA KING KAM

Avis JHM Airport is considered to have the non-airport rates. No Hawaii airport taxes are charged at this location.
Kauai
Airport

 

Kauai Airport (Airport tax/fee exempt)
Full 12-22% savings plus our discount rates

Free shuttle bus LIH

Maui

n/a

No Non-Airport Locations

 

n/a

Check our Enterprise corporate discount rates and reserve

Check our Enterprise Corporate Discount Rates and/or Reserve

Where:

 

Location:  
(NO airport taxes, fees, surcharges at the following)

 

 Code:

Waikiki

 

445 Seaside Ave Ste 3c
Pay 0.546% Oahu tax on base & reg

Taxi, hotel shuttle, limousine or private shuttle

36E6

Waikiki

 

1778 Ala Moana Blvd Ste 202
Pay 0.546% Oahu tax on base & reg

Taxi, hotel shuttle, limousine or private shuttle

36E7

Honolulu

 

609 Ahua Street
Pay 0.546% Oahu tax on base & reg

Taxi, hotel shuttle, limousine or private shuttle

3603

Honolulu

 

1221 Kapiolani Blvd #Ste 114
Pay 0.546% Oahu tax on base & reg

Taxi, hotel shuttle, limousine or private shuttle

3604

Honolulu

 

677 Ala Moana Blvd. #101 
(Cruise ship shuttle info)
Pay 0.546% Oahu tax on base & reg

Taxi, hotel shuttle, limousine or private shuttle

3611

Honolulu

 

1130 N. Nimitz Hwy
Pay 0.546% Oahu tax on base & reg

Taxi, hotel shuttle, limousine or private shuttle

3618

Maui

 

Kahului, 40 Hana Hwy
Full 12-22% savings plus our discount rates

Taxi, hotel shuttle, limousine or private shuttle

3620

Maui

 

Wailea-Makena
Full 12-22% savings plus our discount rates

Taxi, hotel shuttle, limousine or private shuttle

36E9

Maui

 

Lahaina, Kaanapali
Full 12-22% savings plus our discount rates

Taxi, hotel shuttle, limousine or private shuttle

36E8

Kauai

 

Lihue, 310 Rice St
Full 12-22% savings plus our discount rates

Taxi, hotel shuttle, limousine or private shuttle

3643

Kauai

 

Poipu Beach, Koloa, 2641 Poipu Rd.
Full 12-22% savings plus our discount rates

Taxi, hotel shuttle, limousine or private shuttle

362E

Hilo

 

875 Kanoelehua Ave
Full 12-22% savings plus our discount rates

Taxi, hotel shuttle, limousine or private shuttle

3632

Kona

 

74-5583 Luhia St.
(Cruise ship shuttle info)
Full 12-22% savings plus our discount rates

Taxi, hotel shuttle, limousine or private shuttle

3630

 

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