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Kapaa car rental information

Pick-up locationKapaa
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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Kapaa

  • Kapaa is a small town located on the island of Kauai. Renting cheap car rentals in Kapaa can make it easier to access some of the more remote locations on the island. As public transportation is limited in Kapaa, a car is essential for getting to some of the more isolated beaches and hiking trails. Kauai is also known for its stunning natural scenery, which can be best enjoyed by driving around in a car. Renting a car is also a convenient way to explore Kapaa on your own schedule. Some of the best attractions in Kapaa and the surrounding areas are more easily accessible by Kapaa car rentals. These include the Wailua Falls, Hanalei Bay, and the Na Pali Coast.
  • Lihue Airport (LIH) is the main airport where you can pick up Kapaa car rentals. The distance from Kapaa to Lihue Airport is approximately 8 miles and there are several rental car companies located at the airport, including Avis, Budget, Alamo, Enterprise, and National. Their offices are situated in the baggage claim area of the terminal. There is no airport shuttle service that transports passengers directly to the rental car offices. However, most of the rental car companies offer a complimentary shuttle service to their off-site locations. The pick-up area for the shuttle buses is located outside of the baggage claim area.
  • Driving cheap car rentals in Kapaa can be a unique experience due to the island's size and location. Kapaa may have some unique signs for drivers unfamiliar with the area. For example, the island has "one-lane" bridges where drivers must yield to oncoming traffic. The driving style in Kapaa is typically relaxed and calm, but it can be aggressive during peak hours. Moreover, pedestrians are common in downtown Kapaa, especially near tourist areas. Drivers should therefore watch out for jaywalkers and be prepared to stop quickly.
  • While Kapaa is a small town, traffic during peak hours and tourist season can be heavy. The island also has limited highways and roads, which can cause congestion during peak hours. There are no major highways running through Kapaa, but the main road through town, Kuhio Highway (Route 56), can experience congestion during rush hour. The rush hour in Kapaa occurs between 6 am to 8 am and from 4 pm to 6 pm. Heavy rain and flooding can also impact driving conditions, especially on some of the island's more rural roads. It's important to check weather conditions before driving cheap car rentals in Kapaa and to exercise caution when driving on wet or flooded roads.
  • Book your rental car in Kapaa at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Compact rental cars in Kapaa are around 0% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Kapaa

  • What is the best rental car company in Kapaa?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Kapaa are Alamo (9.2, 99 reviews), and Budget (6.5, 108 reviews).

  • How much is gas price in Kapaa?

    The average gas price in Kapaa is C$ 5.29 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 63 and C$ 85, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Kapaa?

    Compact (Nissan Kicks or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Kapaa.

  • Which car rental companies are at Lihue airport (LIH)?

    Car rental companies onsite at Lihue airport include Thrifty, Hertz, Dollar, Sixt, Budget, Alamo and NU Car.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Lihue airport (LIH)?

    Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Lihue airport to off-airport locations include Thrifty, Hertz, Dollar, Budget and Alamo.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Kapaa?

    Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in Kapaa?

    A Compact car rental in Kapaa costs C$ 93 per day, on average.

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Kapaa?

    A highly recommended car for driving in Kapaa is a four-wheel drive (4WD) SUV or Jeep. Kauai's topography is such that exploring and enjoying its natural beauty can require some off-road driving. Parts of the island have unpaved roads, and exploring scenic routes and trails can benefit from the high clearance that an SUV provides. In addition, a 4WD vehicle can access more remote spots on the island such as the Kalalau Valley or Waimea Canyon.

  • What’s the speed limit in Kapaa?

    The speed limit on residential streets in Kapaa is typically 25 mph. On larger roads and highways, the speed limit can vary depending on the specific road and the surrounding area. For example, the speed limit on rural roads may be higher and up to 30 mph, while the speed limit in urban areas is usually between 45 mph and 55 mph.

  • Where are the best places to park in Kapaa?

    There are several options for parking in Kapaa, including street parking, parking lots, and garages. Some parking facilities may require payment, while others may be free. In the downtown area of Kapaa, there are several public parking lots and garages available for a fee. The cost of parking in these lots can vary depending on the location, time of day, and length of stay. Some hotels and businesses in the area also offer parking for a fee. The cost of parking in Kapaa can range from a few dollars to around $10 per day, depending on the location, time of day, and length of stay.

Kapaa car rental reviews and directory

Alamo

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One location in Kapaa

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3276 Hoolimalima Pl

+1 844 914 1551

Monday06:00 - 22:45
Tuesday06:00 - 22:45
Wednesday06:00 - 22:45
Thursday06:00 - 22:45
Friday06:00 - 22:45
Saturday06:00 - 22:45
Sunday06:00 - 22:45

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10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Very easy pick up and drop off, shuttle to and from was prompt

Cons:

Most expensive car rental I’ve ever had!

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Very helpful

Cons:

more employees when checking out would be helpful

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Very good good service on phone helpful people

2.0 Poor

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was horrible on pickup

Cons:

Quit ding the State's job and just rent the car

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was so upbeat and friendly.

Cons:

Long line so it took 1.5 hr to get our car but not their fault since 2 planes arrived at same time.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Great car and customer service

1 out of 30

Budget

No score available yet

One location in Kapaa

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3285 Hoolimalima Place

+1 808 245 9031

Monday05:00 - 23:00
Tuesday05:00 - 23:00
Wednesday05:00 - 23:00
Thursday05:00 - 23:00
Friday05:00 - 23:00
Saturday05:00 - 23:00
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6.0 Okay

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Keep was great! Grouchy staff during pickup and especially drop off. The Jeep had mud on it when we picked up which we didn’t care that much but of course we put more mud on the week we had it and the manager lectured us saying he wanted to charge us $250 cleaning fee. We settled on $35 which I suppose was fair. Website says don’t worry about cleaning but you actually better bring it back clean. Heads up.

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2023

KAYAK
Friendly staff and didn’t overprice the rentals. Easy to deal with and secure the car.

2.0 Poor

Nov 2023

KAYAK
Terrible customer service

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2023

KAYAK
Excellent

4.0 Mediocre

Nov 2023

KAYAK
Excess a f

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2022

KAYAK
The check in/check out is extremely fast, very easy and customer friendly. The personnel is friendly and supportive.

1 out of 33

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

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Best rated

2 locations in Kapaa

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3-3257 Kuhio Hwy

+1 808 241 5580

Monday07:00 - 17:00
Tuesday07:00 - 17:00
Wednesday07:00 - 17:00
Thursday07:00 - 17:00
Friday07:00 - 17:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

4-484 Kuhio Hwy

+1 808 975 9686

Monday00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday00:00 - 00:00
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Friday00:00 - 00:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

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6.0 Okay

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was wonderful. Car was clean and ready for pick up.

Cons:

Location is NOT at airport - there is NO shuttle. Uber / Lyft are NOT readily available. Must rely on taxi, which is hit or miss from the airport. I had to walk the 1.8 miles from the airport to get to Enterprise before it closed.

9.6 Wonderful

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Car was a little hard to get into.

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Check in staff rocked. Super easy drop off.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

This Lihue location was fast, helpful and easy.

10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Agents that I talked to were very friendly and helpful. Would definitely book at the Marriott again, very easy.

Cons:

nothing, everything worked out great. We had the car for a month and no problems at all.

6.0 Okay

Jan 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

The second manager and staff at Lihue airport who eventually did help us and did all they could do to make it right for us.

Cons:

I received a call that rental location was not open when we would arrive. The offer was to have the car (plus 2 others I rented at the same time) at a different location nearer where we were staying available the next morning. I paid $120 in cab fees to get to our location, but the next morning went to the closer location and found it closed. No one at any number we could find for Enterprise knew anything about our situation other than to suggest that we go BACK to the airport location. (I then had a voice mail from the nearer location about picking up the vehicles but no one answered when I called back. I never heard from him or the manager who gave me his private cell number to call if there was a problem. I called. No response. Ever.) We returned to the airport location (Another $60 cab fare. Once there, I will say the manager on duty was very apologetic and accommodating and even reimbursed us the cab fare. He treated us very well and he is to be commended. But the disorganization cost us a half day of our Hawaiian vacation, time with my family I can't recover.

1 out of 13

Advantage

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One location in Kapaa

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3273 Hoolimalima Pl

+1 808 245 5823

Monday07:00 - 17:00
Tuesday07:00 - 17:00
Wednesday07:00 - 17:00
Thursday07:00 - 17:00
Friday07:00 - 17:00
Saturday07:00 - 17:00
Sunday07:00 - 17:00

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5.6 Fair

Apr 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

They tried to charge us $50 for returning a Jeep with the roof down despite never having informed us this is an activity that we would be charged for. Either inform us or don’t charge.

6.0 Okay

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The front desk is very mean

9.2 Wonderful

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Got a brand new car in minutes and drop-off was just as easy.

8.8 Very good

May 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendliness of staff

Cons:

Nothing

9.6 Wonderful

May 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Fast and courteous service, clean vehicle, good price

Cons:

Received a Jeep Renegade as an upgrade. Some quirky controls, but we liked the high clearance and 4WD.

2.0 Poor

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

They were friendly while they apologize for giving your car away and only having to "upselled" you.

Cons:

They will give your car "away" if you are running late and then only have higher end vehicles that they upsell you on. Happened to several people, seems like a pattern-even though you have a non-refundable deposit -they will give your car away if an hour later than time you designate. Class action anyone?

1 out of 16

Payless

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One location in Kapaa

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3285 Hoolimalima Place

+1 808 245 9395

Monday05:00 - 23:00
Tuesday05:00 - 23:00
Wednesday05:00 - 23:00
Thursday05:00 - 23:00
Friday05:00 - 23:00
Saturday05:00 - 23:00
Sunday05:00 - 23:00

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4.0 Mediocre

Jan 2024

KAYAK
Car had no shocks, breaks worn,tires worn. Dents everywhere

2.0 Poor

Jan 2024

KAYAK
They had trouble locating my reservation and the number I was given from kayak was not a viable number. He’s created a significant distress and confusion of over paying for the vehicle.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
I tried to rent from Hertz and it was a huge mistake. Never again with Hertz

1.9 Poor

Jul 2021

KAYAK
Waited in line for the car for >2hrs, mostly outside in the heat. The car I got was much worse than the one I booked and was not clean. Horrible experience.

2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Waited in line for over 2 hours to receive my car. One person was working behind the desk for 50 customers while other employees watched and chatted. Truly terrible.

4.0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

It was over a 2 hour wait to pick up the car.

1 out of 22

Hertz

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2 locations in Kapaa

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3-5920 Kuhio Hway

+1 808 400 3751

Monday07:00 - 17:00
Tuesday07:00 - 17:00
Wednesday07:00 - 17:00
Thursday07:00 - 17:00
Friday07:00 - 17:00
Saturday07:00 - 17:00
Sunday07:00 - 17:00

4331 Kauai Beach Drive

+1 808 400 3879

Monday08:00 - 15:00
Tuesday08:00 - 15:00
Wednesday08:00 - 15:00
Thursday08:00 - 15:00
Friday08:00 - 15:00

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8.0 Very good

Nov 2022

KAYAK
The rental location is really convenient if you are staying at Kauai Beach Resort, because that is where the rental office is located. We found this rental location on Kayak and thought it was located at the airport in Lihue. Luckily for us, we were staying at the KBR. We did have to take a $20 dollar cab each way. So the deals that were close in price (less than the $40 difference in Airport location vs off-site), are the ones we would have chosen.

8.0 Very good

Nov 2022

KAYAK
Beams on the car were weak! Footbreak was oldfashioned.

4.0 Mediocre

Nov 2022

KAYAK
Car was picked up at a resort located 3 miles from airport--Hertz office, but no transportation was provided. We had to pay to get there. $44 each way (3-miles from LIH) or pay $150 drop-off fee. This was not disclosed at time of online reservation. Car was not clean and seemed old. Did not have opportunity to discuss with rental rep. as they were busy with another customer. Additional fees/taxes were added, even though this was a PRE-PAID rental that INCLUDED TAXES.

8.0 Very good

Jul 2023

KAYAK
Pick up 45 min wait time or more

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2023

KAYAK
Sat hours for do of would have been nice. However it was so simple, no lines, super easy process to check out. I would rent from Hertz Lihue again!

2.0 Poor

May 2023

KAYAK
They refused to provide transportation from the airport so we canceled our reservation. Who doesn’t have a kiosk at the airport or transport to their rental office? We were told to Uber or pay $45 for a taxi. Pretty sure they were happy to NOT HAVE our business.

1 out of 4

Elita Rent A Car

No score available yet

One location in Kapaa

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Lihue Kauai Island Airport LIH

+1 808 245 5823

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3276 Hoolimalima Pl, Lihue, , USA Hawaii

+1 914 368 0091

Monday06:30 - 19:00
Tuesday06:30 - 19:00
Wednesday06:30 - 19:00
Thursday06:30 - 19:00
Friday06:30 - 19:00
Saturday06:30 - 19:00
Sunday06:30 - 19:00

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