New Student Orientation

Making Your Travel Arrangements

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When making your travel arrangements here are some dates and times to keep in mind...

Wednesday January 6, 2021

  • Residence Halls open for students starting at 9:00 a.m.

Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Hawaiian Airlines has a special discount for UH students. This is not a gurantee discount due to the Airline restirctions. Visit

We suggest you fly into Hilo International Airport (ITO). While there is another major airport on the Big Island in Kona, it's a 2.5 hour drive to Hilo.

Hilo International Airport is serviced by the following Domestic and Inter-Island Airlines:

  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • United Airlines

ITO airport

Hotels around Hilo

There are a few hotels along Banyan drive which is about 2 minutes from the airport and about 5 minutes from campus. Please check these hotels for their rates. As an FYI, our airport shuttle service will not pick up at hotels.

Ground Transportation

If you plan on arriving in Hilo on a day that we're not offering Free Shuttle Service from the airport to campus, you have a few alternative transportation options.

Rental Car Companies

There seven rental car companies located at airport for you to choose from. Rental car offices are located on the ground level across the street opposite the Terminal.

  • Alamo Rent-A-Car 1-800-462-5266
  • Avis Rent-A-Car 1-800-331-1212
  • Budget Rent-A-Car 1-800-527-0700
  • Dollar Rent-A-Car 1-800-800-4000
  • Hertz Rent-A-Car 1-800-654-3131
  • National Rent-A-Car 1-888-868-6207

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Shuttle Companies

  • Harper’s (808) 969-1478, 1-800-852-9993
  • Enterprise (808) 934-0359

Taxi Service

Taxi sign lit up on the top of a taxi cab The following information is from the Hilo International Airport website as a guide to help you make transportation choices and are not guaranteed. They are subject to change at anytime. Please consult your taxi dispatcher or driver on arrival for current fares and information.

There are 17 taxi cab companies that currently service Hilo International Airport. There is a designated exclusive taxi lane for queuing in front of the Baggage Claim Area.

Approximate taxi rate is $3.00 flip + $.30 per 1/8th mile + $.30 per minute for waiting time + $1.00 per bag. Waiting time is charged when passengers need to make stops prior to reaching their final destination.

These are the approximate cost to the various locations within Hilo:

  • UH Hilo Campus, $11.00 - $12.00
  • Banyan Drive Hotels, $10.00 - $11.00
  • Hilo Town, $12.00
  • Hilo Pier, $12.00 - $13.00