Cheap flights to Hawaii

Hawaii is one of those perfect, bucket-list destinations and with a regular offering of cheap flights to Hawaii, there’s no reason why you can’t go on that once-in-a-lifetime holiday more than once.

What to know before you fly to Hawaii?

As the closest American destination to Australia, flights to Hawaii are readily available and affordable. Depending on what time of year you intend to travel and how far in advance you book, you should be able to secure cheap flights to Hawaii. What’s more, you can be relaxing Hawaiian-style while taking in the spectacular natural beauty in as little as a day. The standard flight time from the Australian east coast is under 10 hours, making a Hawaii holiday a viable choice for either a quick getaway or a longer vacation. This is the perfect destination to enjoy relaxed island ambience with access to all the creature comforts and convenience imaginable.


How long does it take to fly to Hawaii?

Brisbane to Hawaii – 9h 15m

Sydney to Hawaii – 9h 45m

Melbourne to Hawaii – 10h 30m

Adelaide to Hawaii – 13h 40m

Perth to Hawaii – 15h 50m

Note: flight times should be used as a guide only


What airports are in Hawaii?

Most visitors to Hawaii enter via the island of Oahu, at Honolulu International Airport. Officially named the Daniel K Inouye International Airport, it services international and inter-island flights and is one of the busiest airports in the United States. The airport is located just 20 minutes from downtown Honolulu and Waikiki Beach, and is accessible by shuttle, taxi and public bus.

Honolulu International Airport transfers

The best way to get from Honolulu International Airport on the island of Oahu to Waikiki is by taxi, rideshare or airport transfer. Read more about all the transport options to and from Honolulu Airport (HNL).

While there is more than one international airport in Hawaii, all flights from Australia will transit through Honolulu International Airport anyway. Other international airports include Kona International Airport and Hilo International Airport on the Big Island.


Which airlines fly frequently to Hawaii?

Jetstar – Airbus A320-200

Virgin Australia – Airbus A330-200

Hawaiian Airlines – Airbus A330-200

Qantas – Airbus A330-300

Air New Zealand – Boeing 777-200


What do you need to know before you fly to Hawaii?

Most major international flights to Hawaii will arrive at Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on the island of Oahu, which is the largest airline hub on the islands. From here, inter-island flights are generally around 30 minutes or less, and flights to Hawaii from Australia depart from most capital cities.

Any time is a good time of year to fly to Hawaii. In general, summer (June, July and August) tends to be drier than winter, which can bring showers.

Renowned for its warm hospitality, low crime rate and paradise feel, you can expect an easy-going time when you holiday here; however, there are still a few Hawaii travel tips to keep in mind. The general Hawaii travel advice relates to enjoying the natural beauty of the islands. Beaches can be subject to dangerous tides and rips, while the reefs so famous for snorkelling can present hazards of their own. The currency in Hawaii is the US dollar and tipping is very much a part of the (American) culture, with gratuities of around 15 to 20% of the bill often expected.

Find out more in our Hawaii travel guide


Things to do when you get to Hawaii

Where to eat?

Boasting an array of cultural influences that extend from Asian to American and European, exploring where to eat in Hawaii is an adventure in itself. The region, and particularly Honolulu, is renowned for its vibrant dining scene. Meanwhile, local farmers’ markets around the O’ahu area and a thriving street food industry add to the array of dining options you get to choose from.

Where to shop?

Shopping in Hawaii is an institution. In fact, many arrive here with little in their suitcase but go home with it full – the bargains and huge retail selection are just too hard to resist! The large outlets and designer stores close to Honolulu and the surrounding suburbs will be your main retail haven, but islands like Maui do their bit for the region’s esteemed retail reputation too.

What to see?

From active volcanoes to world-class beaches and a rich cultural history, there’s a lengthy list of things to see in Hawaii. Each island offers a different holiday experience. Maui is a great destination for pure beach holidays, while Kauai provides more rugged beauty and lots of outdoor activities to get stuck into. Others are laidback tropical oases, but they all provide sights that mesmerise and inspire.

Where to experience some culture?

Featuring a distinctly Polynesian influence, Hawaii culture and arts reflect a deep connection to the land, sea and environment of this island archipelago. Wherever you travel, the people of Hawaii uphold their welcoming reputation. Delve further into Hawaii’s past and culture by visiting the Bishop Museum, which is dedicated to preserving the history of Hawaii and the Pacific. Oahu is also home to several galleries, monuments, and art museums.

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