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Waikiki Trolley

Waikiki Trolley

Walking down the streets of Honolulu, you hear a familiar “ding, ding!” and you turn to look. A cable car? No. It’s the Waikiki Trolley.

Waikiki Trolley
Waikiki Trolleys are classic street reproductions of the San Francisco cable cars

The Waikiki Trolley is a means of convenient and educational transportation.

This unique source of transportation takes passengers to a number of Oahu’s most popular visitor attractions, including the Waikiki Aquarium, King Kamehameha Statue, Iolani Palace, Bishop Museum and more. The authentic brass-trimmed open-air trolleys offer cool and breezy rides—not a bad idea considering Hawaii’s often balmy temperatures.

The Waikiki Trolley began operations with just two trolleys in 1986.

Since then, Waikiki Trolleys have transported over 150,000 passengers to their desired destinations. Today, there is a fleet of more than 50 trolleys.

Riding on the Waikiki Trolley video by Shinichi’s World

Choosing a Route

There are 3 different routes that take you shopping or sightseeing. Tickets include either 2 or 3 routes. The different lines (routes) are colored Green, Red, and Pink and are described below:

Green Line – Honolulu Scenic Tour

Take the Honolulu Sightseeing Line (Green) to feel the cool Pacific Ocean breeze as you pass Diamond Head and other popular attractions and scenic spots. Noteworthy stops include:

  • Honolulu Zoo
  • Waikiki Aquarium
  • Kahala Mall
  • Diamond Head Crater
  • KCC Farmers’ Market (Saturdays Only)

Red Line – Honolulu Historic Tour

Take the Honolulu City Line (Red) to explore the cultural and historical background of Honolulu. Stops include:

  • Ilikai Hotel & Suites
  • State Capitol
  • Iolani Palace
  • Aloha Tower Marketplace
  • Hilo Hattie
  • Chinatown
  • King Kamehameha Statue

Pink Line – Honolulu Shopping Tour

Feeling hungry or in the mood for some shopping? Jump on the Ala Moana Shopping Shuttle Line (Pink) and it’ll take you to Hawaii’s largest shopping center.

  • Duty-Free Shop (DFS) Galleria Waikiki
  • Waikiki Beach Walk
  • Ala Moana Center

Blue Line – Panoramic Coastline Tour

Experience some of Oahu’s stunning coastline scenery! Dramatic waves and stunning cliffs are just the tip of the iceberg aboard the Waikiki Trolley’s Blue Line route.

Purple Line – Historic Pearl Harbor Tour

Hawaii is more than just beautiful landscapes and rich culture. It also has a vivid history particularly during WWII, when Pearl Harbor was attacked ushering the United States into war in the Pacific.

  • T Galleria Hawaii
  • Duke Kahanamoku Statue
  • Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
  • Aqua Palms Waikiki
  • Ala Moana Center (ocean side)
  • Aloha Stadium (Wed, Sat, Sun only)
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Bishop Museum
  • Pier 38 Fishing Village
  • Ward Centre

Yellow Line – Honolulu Dining Express

The new Honolulu Dining Express Trolley line will take you out of Waikiki and up Kapahulu Avenue to local restaurants and eateries.

  • International Market Place
  • T Galleria Hawaii (Royal Hawaiian Avenue)
  • Moana Surfrider
  • Duke Kahanamoku Statue
  • Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
  • Rainbow Drive-in
  • Leonard’s Bakery
  • Market City Shopping Center (Sekiya’s Restaurant)
  • Market City Shopping Center (Walgreens)
  • Safeway
  • Free Parking Studio / Haili’s Hawaiian Foods
  • Side Street Inn


Ticket Information

Trolley day passes are $45 for a one-day pass for all 6 routes, with unlimited on and offboarding. Discounts are available on Four-day and 7-day passes, as well as passes for 2 instead of all 3 routes.

Pick up your trolley passes from a ticket booth on the map or buy your Waikiki Trolley tickets online.