Renting a car certainly adds another dimension to any trip to Hawaii. With a car you can get around the island cheaply and quickly. This is particularly so for visitors to Kailua Kona, as from the town you can go by car to both Rainbow Falls State Park and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You could also take the chance to drive up the summit of Mauna Kea.
Is picking up the rental car step one of your trip to Hawaii? Well, if your flight lands at Kona International Airport, you will find all rental car facilities are actually located off-site, and you will need to take a shuttle to them. However, this will not be a big problem, thanks to the continuous shuttle pick up and drop off; no matter when your plane lands, the wait shouldn’t be more than a minute or two.
If you are looking to drive down Saddle Road on the Big Island, one thing to keep in mind is that, at times, the radio options can become quite limited and even occasionally non-existent. Thus, it is highly advised to bring a few CDs or other means of music just to keep yourself and your passengers as you loop around the island.
While Kailua-Kona may not have full-on rush hour, the town does occasionally experience varying degrees of traffic and congestion. In particular, Highway 11 and Henry Street can become backed up and bogged down during peak hours from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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Full-size rental cars in Kailua-Kona are around 39% cheaper than other car types, on average
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Some car rental companies in Kailua-Kona which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Thrifty, Dollar and Budget
On average a hire car in Kailua-Kona costs C$ 61 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Dollar (C$ 181/day), Hertz (C$ 191/day) and Thrifty (C$ 228/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Avis 73-361 Kupipi Street, Suite 1 96740 (12 kilometers from city center).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Kailua-Kona are Alamo (8.8, 300 reviews), Enterprise (8.7, 199 reviews), and Hertz (7.7, 422 reviews).
The average gas price in Kailua-Kona is C$ 4.23 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 51 and C$ 68, depending on the car size.
Intermediate (Ford Escape or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Kailua-Kona.
A Intermediate car rental in Kailua-Kona costs C$ 64 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in Kailua-Kona costs C$ 88 per day, on average.
A Full-size car rental in Kailua-Kona costs C$ 54 per day, on average.
In Kailua-Kona, cars are most frequently rented at Thrifty 73-200 Kupipi Street (12 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Kailua-Kona costs C$ 425 per week (C$ 61 per day).
On average a rental car in Kailua-Kona costs C$ 1,820 per month (C$ 61 per day).
For the most part, any size vehicle will be perfectly suitable for Kailua Kona. However, more adventurous tourists may want to consider renting a 4WD vehicle, such as a Jeep, so they can take advantage of the smaller roads in the outlying areas of the island. Parking also won’t be an issue for even the largest of vehicles, so there are no limiting factors on that front.
In comparison to other states in the U.S., Hawaii has particularly low speed limits, with the highest speed limits on highways (a mere 60 mph). However, aside from the low highway speeds, the speed limits are mostly the same as they are in other parts of the U.S. In general, drivers can expect speed limits of 25 mph to 40 mph on urban roads. It should also be noted that many of the mountainous roads have very low speed limits that can vary widely, so prepare to have to drive slowly.
Unfortunately for drivers in Kailua Kona, the city has some of the highest gas prices in the U.S. On average, drivers can expect to pay around $4.00 per gallon of gas. This is significantly more expensive than even Seattle’s average price of $3. On a positive note, the distances you will be driving in Kailua Kona will be fairly short, so your gas expenditures still shouldn’t end up too high.
Parking is abundantly available in Kailua Kona. There are plenty of parking garages, lots, and spaces for streetside parking in all areas of the town -- including right by the beach. Drivers should have no issue finding parking no matter where they go in town.