Maui Airport Transfers
Kahului Airport (OGG) is the main airport on Maui. The fastest and cheapest way to get to your hotel from the airport (or vice versa) is to take a shared or private transfer that will get you to your destination in comfort. Here are all the options so you can choose the one that works best for you.
1. Shared transfer to and from the airport
After a long flight where you're likely to feel the effects of jet lag, you'll no doubt want to head to your hotel for a shower and a good night's rest first thing when you land in Maui.
To avoid wasting time wandering around the terminal looking for a free taxi while you load your bags or trying to find the right public transport connection to your accommodation, the best solution is to book a shared transfer from Kahului Airport (OGG).
On the day of your arrival at the airport, the shared transfer driver will pick you up along with your fellow travellers and take you to your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle (something you'll appreciate when you land on Maui and notice the island's warm weather, especially in summer) with a maximum capacity of 12 passengers and plenty of luggage space.
If you choose the lei shared transfer option, you'll be greeted Hawaiian-style with a fresh flower necklace and after a relaxed and leisurely drive by a professional driver who knows the island inside out, you'll be at your hotel door ready to start your Maui holiday within minutes.
This service is available both to and from the airport as well as to and from your hotel or back to the airport.
Shared transfer back to the airport
At the end of their stay in Hawaii, travellers are most concerned with getting to the airport in time for a smooth and hassle-free flight home.
In this sense, the most convenient option is to book a shared transfer service from your hotel to Kahului airport. On the day of your return, just be ready in time for the driver to pick you up at your hotel and take you back to the terminal.
Here's a tip! To facilitate the service, inform the hotel porter or concierge that you are waiting for a driver to pick you up for the Maui airport.
2. Private transfer between airport and hotels
If you are looking for a fast and personalised service, another interesting option to consider is the private transfer between the airport and the hotels in Maui.
It works in the same way as the shared transfers with the difference that you won't have to wait for other passengers to share a vehicle with them, but you and your companions will only have a private vehicle with a chauffeur to take you directly to your hotel without making any other stops.
They have a fleet of cars with a maximum of 8 seats, air conditioning and Wi-Fi as well as enough space for luggage. They also have baby seats and are accessible for assistance animals on request.
You can communicate with the driver in English, who will meet you at the airport with a sign with your name on it and help you with your luggage. The private transfer is a simple, comfortable and quick way to get to your hotel in Maui without waiting.
It is also available to return to the airport at the end of your trip on the island, without the stress and worry of finding a free shuttle for your flight date at the last minute.
How much does it cost?
If you want to book your place in a shared transfer you can find options starting at around 10 euros but for a little more, I recommend upgrading to this service to be greeted with a lei necklace of fresh flowers at the airport in Maui, in true Hawaiian style!
As for private transfers, the price is usually higher compared to shared transfers as it is a faster door-to-door service, where you won't have to share the vehicle with anyone and the driver will be at your complete disposal.
How does the Maui airport transfer service work?
As soon as you know your flight details to Maui you can book online one of these transfers to take you from the airport to your hotel. At the time of booking you will need to indicate the number of passengers travelling in the vehicle and the date of the transfer.
You will also be asked for the name of the airline, the flight identification number and the destination address. In this way, the operator will have real-time information about your flight and will be able to monitor it in order to inform the driver of any delays or unforeseen events.
When you land, the transfer driver will meet you and place your luggage in the luggage compartment. You will then be driven to your hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle.
In the case of departure transfers, you will have to give similar details and the driver will pick you up from your accommodation so that you arrive at the airport in good time.
What is the difference between a shared and a private transfer?
The main difference between a private transfer and a shared transfer is that it is the most comfortable and fastest way to get to your accommodation in Maui as soon as possible, as you will not have to wait for other passengers or share the vehicle with anyone else.
In addition, the driver will give you and your companions exclusive attention. On the other hand, the price is usually higher than a shared transfer, which are cheaper and can be adapted to tighter budgets.
How much luggage can I carry?
In principle, each passenger is allowed 2 suitcases and 1 handbag to ensure that there is enough space in the vehicle, especially in shared transfers. If you are travelling with bulky luggage such as surfboards or musical instruments, it is advisable to write an email to ensure that this is taken into account.
For private transfers, there is usually more flexibility when it comes to carrying more luggage, as long as you let them know in advance so that space on board the car can be provided for.
At what times is the transfer available?
Both private and shared transfer services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This is especially interesting when you are travelling in the early hours of the morning and there is no public transport available.
What happens if my plane is delayed?
Don't worry, when you book your transfer, you will be asked for some information about your flight so that the service operator can monitor it and be aware of any delays or unforeseen events to inform the driver.
Frequently asked questions
How long does it take to get from the airport to Maui?
If you book a private transfer, it will take you about 1 hour to get to the city, and a shared transfer a bit longer than that, as it has to pick up all passengers. If you plan to take the bus, be aware that the time it takes to get there will depend on your destination, and can be anywhere between 10 and 60 minutes.
How far in advance should I be at the Maui airport before my flight?
Regardless of where you are flying to from Maui, try to be at the airport at least 2 hours and 30 minutes before your flight. Be aware that communication isn't always easy with locals, whether it's a transfer or a taxi, so to ensure everything goes smoothly give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport.
What is a traditional Lei welcome?
Traditionally, the Lei is a necklace of flowers draped over the shoulders, and is the Hawaiian symbol for peace and welcome. At a Lei welcome, a Lei will be placed on you in a ceremony and you will be helped with your luggage.