Kaanapali Beach, Maui Kaanapali Beach, Maui – Image courtesy of Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau

How to get to Maui

Maui lies to the northwest of Oahu and is easily accessible with direct flights from Los Angeles and daily connecting flights via Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu.

The most convenient route to Maui is by air to Kahului Airport (OGG), located about 5km (3mi) northeast of Kahului Town.

From most international destinations this requires first flying into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu Island, followed by a connecting 39-minute flight to Kahului Airport (OGG).

Note: If you plan to stay in Kapalua or Kaanapali, you may consider flying from Honolulu to the Kapalua-West Maui Airport (JHM) – a 15-minute drive to most hotels in west Maui, rather than an hour from Kahului Airport (OGG).

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


Flight times to Maui

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Kahului Airport (OGG), Maui.

Within United States: Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines operate the most convenient daily flights to Maui.

Honolulu to Maui is 39 min, direct flight

Chicago to Maui is 9 hrs 8 min, direct flight
Dallas-Fort Worth to Maui is 8 hrs 3 min, direct flight
Los Angeles to Maui is 5 hrs 31 min, direct flight
San Francisco to Maui is 5 hrs 15 min, direct flight
Seattle to Maui is 6 hrs 10 min, direct flight

Atlanta to Maui is 11 hrs 7 min, with connecting flightˆ
Boston to Maui is 12 hrs 36 min, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Maui is 12 hrs 34 min, with connecting flightˆ


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

Vancouver to Maui is 6 hrs 2 min, direct flight

Toronto to Maui is 11 hrs 27 min, with connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Maui is 12 hrs 27 min, with connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flight times to Honolulu, Oahu

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Honolulu International Airport (HNL), Oahu.

From United States: Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, American Airlines, Alaskan Airlines and United Airlines operate the most convenient daily flights to Honolulu, Oahu.

Atlanta to Honolulu is 9 hrs 41 min, direct flight
Boston to Honolulu is 11 hrs 5 min, direct flight
Chicago to Honolulu is 9 hrs 14 min, direct flight
Dallas-Fort Worth to Honolulu is 8 hrs 13 min, direct flight
Houston to Honolulu is 8 hrs 18 min, direct flight
New York to Honolulu is 10 hrs 50 min, direct flight
Los Angeles to Honolulu is 5 hrs 36 min, direct flight
San Francisco to Honolulu is 5 hrs 12 min, direct flight
Seattle to Honolulu is 6 hrs 15 min, direct flight


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

Toronto to Honolulu is 9 hrs 55 min, direct flight
Vancouver to Honolulu is 6 hrs 5 min, direct flight

Montreal to Honolulu is 12 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ


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

Brisbane to Honolulu is 9 hrs 15 min, direct flight
Melbourne to Honolulu is 10 hrs 30 min, direct flight
Sydney to Honolulu is 9 hrs 15 min, direct flight

Adelaide to Honolulu is 12 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Honolulu is 14 hrs, 50 min, connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Air New Zealand and Hawaiian Airlines operate regular direct flights to Honolulu, Oahu.

Auckland to Honolulu is 8 hrs 30 min, direct flight


From Japan: Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways and United Airlines offer the most convenient direct flights to Honolulu, Oahu.

Tokyo to Honolulu is 7 hrs 5 min, direct flight


From China: China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific offer the most convenient flights to Honolulu, Oahu.

Shanghai to Honolulu is 9 hrs 45 min, direct flight

Beijing to Honolulu is 11 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
Hong Kong to Honolulu is 12 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines and United Airlines operate regular flights to Honolulu, Oahu.

Singapore to Honolulu is 15 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ


From United Kingdom: British Airways, United Airlines, American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines offer the most convenient flights to Honolulu, Oahu.

London to Honolulu is 17 hrs 27 min, connecting flightˆ
Manchester to Honolulu is 17 hrs 12 min, connecting flightˆ


From France: Air France, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines offer the most convenient flights to Honolulu, Oahu.

Paris to Honolulu is 17 hrs 57 min, connecting flightˆ


From Germany: Air Canada, All Nippon Airways, WestJet, Lufthansa and Alaska Airlines offer the most convenient flights to Honolulu.

Berlin to Honolulu is 20 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
Dusseldorf to Honolulu is 19 hrs 54 min, connecting flightˆ
Frankfurt to Honolulu is 17 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ
Hamburg to Honolulu is 19 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Munich to Honolulu is 17 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flying in

Maui has three airports: Kahului Airport (OGG), 5km (3mi) northeast of Kahului Town.; Kapalua-West Maui Airport (JHM), 9km (6mi) north of Lahaina; and Hana Airport (HNM), about 5km (3mi) northwest of Hana town in eastern Maui. (The latter is mainly used for air taxis and general aviation.)

From Kahului Airport a private shuttle bus (SpeediShuttle) can take you to all the main resorts. Car hire and taxis are also available.

Honolulu International Airport (HNL) is located about 13km (8mi) northwest of Honolulu on the island of Oahu, with daily connections to Maui.


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 Maui is by hire car, especially if you want to reach off-the-beaten-path sights. A public bus service offers regular services around the island, and taxis are easily available for short trips. Bicycles are also easy to rent.

Main roads on Maui are called highways whether they’re busy four-lane thoroughfares or just quiet country roads. Islanders refer to highways by name, and rarely by number. If you stop to ask someone how to find Hwy 36, chances are you’ll get a blank stare – ask for the Hana Hwy instead.

Most Maui roads are paved. The notorious Piʻilani Hwy in southeast Maui is only part-paved but is usually passable for cars.

Traffic drives on the right. Seat-belt use is mandatory, and texting on a mobile phone while driving is illegal. Talking on a cell phone is only allowed for adult drivers (age 18 and over) who use a hands-free device.

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Latest update: How to get to Maui: 1 May, 2020


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