Cheap flights to Honolulu for 2020
Find cheap flight deals and fares to Honolulu from Australia.
Honolulu is at the heart of the tropical paradise that is Hawaii. Located on Oahu, the archipelago's third-largest island, is a melting pot of cultures that is loved by many for being a relaxing and picturesque holiday spot. Turquoise waters, national parks, tropical cuisine and every type of water activity possible makes it appealing to every traveller.
Australians can get flight deals to Honolulu, Hawaii's main hub, from 11 Australian cities, via Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. It's conveniently located around a 10 hour direct flight from Australia's East Coast.
How much you should expect to pay for cheap flights to Honolulu
You can get a direct flight from major Australian cities to Honolulu in less than 16 hours. Here's what's considered to be a good deal compared to the average cost of a flight from Australia to Honolulu.
Sydney to Honolulu flight.
Melbourne to Honolulu flights
Brisbane to Honolulu flights
Perth to Honolulu flights
Honolulu flight time
- From Sydney: Approximately 9 hrs 35 mins + when flying direct to Honolulu International Airport
- From Melbourne: Approximately 10 hrs 30 mins + when flying direct to Honolulu International Airport
- From Brisbane: Approximately 12 hrs 50 mins + when flying direct to Honolulu International Airport
- From Perth: Approximately 16 hrs + when flying direct to Honolulu International Airport
Airlines that fly to Honolulu
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Virgin Australia
National carrier, Hawaiian Airlines, is known for its generous check-in baggage allowance. Travellers from Australia can check in two items weighing up to 64 kilograms in total and surfers can also check in a surfboard as part of this allowance. Hawaiian Airlines flies from 11 Australia airports, including direct flights from Sydney and Brisbane.
If you don't need to take that much with you, Jetstar offers cheap flights with seat-only fares (including seven kilos of carry-on luggage). Jetstar flies between Honolulu and nine Australian cities via Sydney or Melbourne. You can check in baggage and add on in-flight meals and/or entertainment for an extra fee.
Hawaiian Airlines, Island Air and Mokulele Airlines offer inter-island flights which take only 30-60 minutes. The aircraft used by Island Air fly at lower altitudes so you can enjoy a bird's-eye view of the scenery. There are direct flights from Honolulu to all of the neighbouring islands but not between all of them. Plan in advance which islands you want to visit and schedule accordingly so you don't lose too much time in transit.
If you plan to visit the Big Island from Honolulu then it's a good idea to fly into one side of the island and out of the other so that you can travel across and explore. Kona International (KOA) is on the west coast and Hilo (ITO) is on the east.
Honolulu International (HNL) is the main gateway to Hawaii and it’s only 10 minutes to downtown Honolulu and another 10 minutes to Waikiki. If you like the convenience of having someone meet you at the airport, see if your hotel offers airport transfers. Taxis are generally a pricey option but they are readily available and dispatchers are on hand to call them for you. TheBus is Oahu’s public bus operator with cheap fares all around the island, which you can pay for individually or with a multi-day pass. You are only allowed one item of hold luggage per passenger though.
There are also several private airport shuttle services from Honolulu Airport to downtown or to Waikiki. They have a more generous luggage allowance than public buses and don’t require reservations. Just look for a shuttle attendant and let them know where you are going. Major car rental companies have counters inside the baggage claim area or there are shuttles outside to off-site car rental providers.
Ask an Expert