July 20, 2018

How to get to Iolani Palace by bus from Waikiki :: Downtown Honolulu – Oahu – Hawaii

Waikiki to Iolani Palace by bus

How to get to Iolani Palace by bus from Waikiki, downtown Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii


The Iolani Palace is the only royal palace located in the Untied States, and it’s located in downtown Honolulu.

So, is it possible to get to the Iolani Palace by bus from Waikiki?

Yes, it is!

When it comes to the Oahu bus system, Waikiki and Honolulu are the most frequently serviced areas.

This means that it’s generally pretty convenient to get from Waikiki to Honolulu.

How long does it take to get there by bus?

It depends on where in Waikiki you’re coming from, but the bus ride is 15-30 minutes.

It’s around 15 minutes if you’re coming from a western part of Waikiki near the Hilton Hawaiian Village, and closer to 30 minutes if you’re coming from the eastern part of Waikiki near the Duke Kahanamoku Statue and the Honolulu Zoo.

Downtown Honolulu is towards the west of Waikiki, so the further east you’re coming from, it’s the frequent stops the bus makes that tacks on a little bit of extra time.

There is a bus stop located about a block from the palace.

Waikiki Travel Guide:

Bus directions to Iolani Palace

So, what’s the easiest way to figure out directions to Iolani Palace and downtown Honolulu?

Google Maps public transit directions!

Once you’ve got the basics of the Oahu bus system figured out, all you really need is Google Maps to plan your bus trips around Oahu!

So, for bus directions from Waikiki to Iolani Palace, have a look here.

If you know where you’re staying, plug that in as your starting point to get a better idea of how long it will take. If you don’t know where you’re staying yet, be sure to have a look at these types of vacation rentals on Oahu to save money!

Also plug in a morning or afternoon time as your departure time if it doesn’t show up as such. This will give you a more accurate idea of the bus timings on any particular day of the week. For downtown Honolulu in particular, the day of the week will make a difference in the timings too, so change the day of the week to your expected day. The specific day of Monday through Friday doesn’t matter as much as it does weekday vs Saturday vs Sunday.

Things to do near Iolani Palace

The most notable place to visit near the Iolani Palace is the Aliiolani Palace. You may not recognize the name, but there’s a good chance you recognize the place!

How to get to Iolani Palace by bus: Near King Kamehameha Statue and Aliiolani Palace, downtown Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

And if you don’t recognize this, you need to start watching the Hawaii Five-0 TV show immediately in preparation for your trip to Hawaii. 😉

The King Kamehameha statue in front of the Aliiolani Palace is one of the iconic images from Hawaii Five-0.

It’s located right in front of the Iolani Palace.

More information on the Iolani Palace

To get the basics of the Iolani Palace, be sure to visit the official website!

Every Friday at noon, the Royal Hawaiian Band has a free Hawaiian music concert too. See here for updated information and to check that the concert is still happening.


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