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How to get to Kauai

Kauai, also known as the 'Garden Isle', lies 169km (105mi) across the Kauaʻi Channel, northwest of Oʻahu.

Kauai is the fourth-largest of the Hawaiian islands, a chain of volcanic islands in the North Pacific Ocean, around 3860km (2398mi) from mainland USA.

The most convenient route to Kauai is by air to Lihue Airport (LIH), located on the southeast coast of the island, about 3km (1.8mi) from Lihue Town.

There is also the option of flying into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu Island followed by a 38-minute flight to Lihue Airport (LIH), Kauai.

Flight times to Kauai

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Lihue Airport (LIH), Kauai.

Within United States: Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines operate the most convenient daily flights to Lihue Airport (LIH), Kauai.

Honolulu to Kauai is 38 min, direct flight
Los Angeles to Kauai is 5 hrs 49 min, direct flight
San Francisco to Kauai is 5 hrs 36 min, direct flight
Seattle to Kauai is 6 hrs 15 min, direct flight

Atlanta to Kauai is 11 hrs 24 min, connecting flightˆ
Boston to Kauai is 12 hrs 57 min, connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Kauai is 11 hrs 6 min, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Kauai is 9 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
New York to Kauai is 12 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ

From Canada: Air Canada, American Airlines, Westjet, Hawaiian Airlines and United Airlines offer the most convenient flights to Kauai.

Vancouver to Kauai is 6 hrs 22 min, direct flight

Toronto to Kauai is 11 hrs 46 min, connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Kauai is 15 hrs 36 min, connecting flightˆ

From Australia: Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, Qantas and Hawaiian Airlines offer the most convenient flights to Kauai.

Adelaide to Kauai is 13 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Kauai is 11 hrs 42 min, connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Kauai is 12 hrs 32 min, connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Kauai is 11 hrs 18 min, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Kauai is 16 hrs, 57 min, connecting flightˆ

From New Zealand: Air New Zealand and Hawaiian Airlines operate regular flights to Kauai.

Auckland to Kauai is 10 hrs 6 min, connecting flightˆ

From Singapore: Singapore Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines operate regular flights to Kauai.

Singapore to Kauai is 18 hrs 37 min, connecting flightˆ

From United Kingdom: Virgin Atlantic, United Airlines, Thomas Cook and Hawaiian Airlines offer the most convenient flights to Kauai.

London to Kauai is 17 hrs 41 min, connecting flightˆ
Manchester to Kauai is 18 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ

From France: American Airlines and Air France offer the most convenient flights to Kauai.

Paris to Kauai is 19 hrs, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes layover time.)

Flying in

Lihue Airport (LIH) is located 3km (1.8mi) from Lihue Town.

An on-demand shuttle bus operates to Lihue, as well as a public bus from the terminal to Kekaha to Hanalei. Taxis and hire cars are also available. Hotels can arrange transport by prior arrangement.

Entry requirements

A machine-readable passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay as well as a ticket for return or onward travel. Under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP), nationals of Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the United Kingdom do not need a visa for stays up to 90 days.

Getting around

The best way to get around Kauai is by hire car, bicycle, public bus or taxi.

A well-maintained public highway provides access to most of the island; and free parking is widely available. A frequent bus service links all the major towns, with a limited service operating on weekends. Hiring a bike is a good option if you're staying in one location. Resorts often provide complimentary shuttle buses to nearby destinations.

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Latest update: How to get to Kauai: 31 May, 2020

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