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March 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Cheap and scenic: Take the bus around Oahu

You can easily get to this North Shore beach on Oahu by bus from Honolulu. (Kristin Jackson / The Seattle Times)

You can easily get to this North Shore beach on Oahu by bus from Honolulu. (Kristin Jackson / The Seattle Times)

Recently I wrote about taking a spectacularly scenic drive around the Hawaiian island of  Oahu, suggesting places to stop and sightsee along the way.

But Seattle Times reader Bronson Swanson has a suggestion:  Instead of driving a rental car, take the city bus on the same route. It saves money  and the environment, says Swanson.

The bus is a real deal. A ticket costs just $2.50 for the roughly 2-hour ride from downtown Honolulu halfway around the island, via the spectacularly scenic east coast, to the beach-stunning North Shore.

Find out the bus stops and  times (it’s frequent)  at the website for TheBus — the public transit system that serves the city and county of Honolulu. Look for Route 55, going via the Pali Highway (across the island’s mountain ridge) and then along the east coast’s oceanfront Kamehameha Highway to the North Shore small town of Haleiwa.

You can hop off, hop on, the bus to see some roadside sights or just take a break  at the many beach parks. And let someone else do the driving.

Comments | More in Hawaii, Scenic drive | Topics: North Shore, Oahu, TheBus


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