Car Rental at Kona International Airport

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Kona International Airport, Kailua-Kona, USA - Hawaii
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$143.90 per day
Intermediate
Mazda 3 or similar
Mazda 3
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$162.39 per day
Economy
Mitsubishi Mirage or similar
Mitsubishi Mirage
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$181.55 per day
Standard
Ford Mustang Convertible or similar
Ford Mustang Convertible
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$199.78 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Full-size
Chevrolet Malibu or similar
Chevrolet Malibu
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$214.93 / per day
Luxury
Cadillac XTS or similar
Cadillac XTS
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$221.61 / per day
Premium
Nissan Maxima or similar
Nissan Maxima
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$232.43 / per day
Minivan
Chrysler Pacifica or similar
Chrysler Pacifica
  • 7
  • 4
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$275.65 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 03:01 on 2022-06-20. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
USD
Country code
1
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
72 - 120 km/h
45 - 75 mi/h
Speed limit within town
40 - 120 km/h
25 - 75 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.0
Kona International Airport Car Rental

Airport Car Rental

Kona International Airport is one of two airports on the island of Hawai’i (the Big Island). Located on the western side of the island, it is much busier than Hilo Airport on the eastern side. The Big Island is a great island to spend some of your vacations on and with connections to both other Hawaiian islands and cities on the mainland of the United States, Kona Airport makes getting to it very easy.   

The largest island of the group is also the most southerly too. Given its size, there is, of course, much to explore. The Kailua-Kona serves as a great base with all of the amenities of a resort destination available. The real adventure, however, lies in the rural parts of the island. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park hosts the island’s most famous landscape with the Crater Rim and Chain of Craters Roads. Visitors shouldn’t miss the Green Sand Beach even though a short hike is required to reach it. The most southerly point of any U.S. state is also nearby the beach and there is a spot where many dive off the cliffs there which is great for watching if you aren’t brave enough to take the risk. 

Top international routes

  • Los Angeles
  • Phoenix
  • Seattle
  • Oakland
  • Denver
  • Tokyo

Main airlines

Hawaiian Airlines is the main airline serving Kona with connections to Honolulu, Kahului, and Lihue in Hawaii along with Los Angeles and Tokyo. All major American carriers also fly to and from the airport. This includes Alaska, America, United, and Delta. Southwest Airlines will begin service at the airport in January of 2020 with flights to and from Honolulu along with Oakland and San Jose in California.

Terminals

The airport is a small island airport but has two terminals. Each terminal has just five gates.

Location

Kona Airport is located on the northwestern part of the island of Hawai’i (the Big Island). It is a few miles north of the town of Kailua-Kona, but the rest of the island is within easy reach (for example, Hilo is about 2 hours and 15 minutes away).

Most popular types of rental car

  • Convertibles - from $199 per day
  • Large cars - from $194 per day
  • Medium cars - from $170 per day
  • Vans - from $280 per day
  • Premium cars - from $230 per day
  • Small cars - from $177 per day
  • SUVs - from $211 per day

Car rental desks

Unfortunately, none of the rental companies have desks in the terminals. Instead, customers must board a shuttle which can be found in the center median of the road outside the baggage claim areas. Fortunately, the shuttle ride will only take a few minutes as all of the rental companies are located on the grounds of the airport.

Services and facilities

Though the unimaginative pun for it may have long ago lost its humor, lei greeting is still a popular, culturally relevant tradition in Hawaii. Visitors can organize, or someone can organize for them, a lei greeting service to welcome them to the islands. Alternatively, there are flower shops and lei stands in each terminal where travelers can purchase leis.

Being a smaller airport, there is not as large of a selection of dining and shopping as there would be in larger airports. Each terminal has newsstands and gift shops. A snack shop can be found in the center between the terminals. Terminal 1 has the Laniakae Cafe and Terminal 2 has the Laniakae Resturant.

There are ATMs but there is no currency exchange available at the airport. Currency can be exchanged if transiting through the Honolulu Airport, but using an ATM or paying with your card most often provide better rates.

Visitor Information desks are located throughout the airport and provide visitors with all of the information they need regarding travel and accommodation.

Nearest gas station

Multiple stations can be found south of the airport. The closest one to the airport is an Ohana Fuels station located at the intersection of Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway and Hulikoa Drive. If you have a Costco membership, then the Costco on Maiau Street is the best station; even though it is farther away, its prices are significantly lower. Note that if traveling to the airport from the northern part of the island, you will have to pass the airport and make a circle as there are no gas stations within 30 miles of the airport to the north.

Airport info

Rating
7.7
  • Getting to the airport 7.4
  • Departure and check-in 5.4
  • Terminal facilities 5.3
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 3.2
  • Restaurants and car rental services 3.8
  • Lounge 3.1

Kona International Airport (KOA)

  • IATA: KOA
  • ICAO: PHKO
  • Name: Kona International Airport (KOA)
  • Size: Medium Airport
  • Distance from City: 6 miles / 9.7 km NW of town
  • Working hours:

Top 7 Locations near Kona International Airport

  1. Car Rental at Hilo Airport from $144.53 per day
    104.4 km / 64.9 miles away
  2. 135.1 km / 83.9 miles away
  3. Car Rental at Kapalua Airport from $181.37 per day
    151.0 km / 93.8 miles away
  4. Car Rental at Molokai Airport from $181.37 per day
    191.6 km / 119.0 miles away
  5. 252.6 km / 157.0 miles away
  6. 262.8 km / 163.3 miles away
  7. Car Rental at Lihue Airport from $152.06 per day
    423.0 km / 262.9 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

When are car rental prices cheapest at Kona International Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Kona International Airport depends on the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best deal.
Average Rental Price at Kona International Airport
$42.22
January
$55.95
February
March
April
$64.39
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at Kona International Airport is January when prices for an Economy class start from $42.22. You can see that this is 22% cheaper than the yearly average and 34% cheaper than renting a car in May (when rental prices start at $64.39 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price. But remember that these are average numbers. The exact cost of your rental will depend on your rental length and on how far in advance you book the car. Enter your travel dates at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers!

What’s the most popular rental length at Kona International Airport?

Travel length differs from one month to another: in September the average rental period is 14 days, while in November, the average rental period is only 4 days.
Average Rental Length
7
January
7
February
7
March
April
7
May
7
June
7
July
7
August
14
September
14
October
4
November
9
December

Which is the busiest car rental month at Kona International Airport?

Travelers are most likely to rent a car at Kona International Airport in January, while the fewest number of travelers rent in September.
Popularity by Monthly Searches
158%
January
102%
February
93%
March
April
96%
May
78%
June
92%
July
76%
August
63%
September
95%
October
111%
November
137%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Thrifty Ford Focus 3d 3 2 Medium cars
Dollar Mazda 3 2 2 Large cars
Dollar Ford Focus 3 2 Medium cars
Thrifty Mazda 3 5 3 Large cars
Thrifty Nissan Rogue 5 3 SUVs
Dollar Chevrolet Equinox 4 3 SUVs
Dollar Nissan Rogue 5 3 SUVs
Dollar Jeep Wrangler 2 2 Large cars
Dollar Mazda 3 5 3 Large cars
Thrifty Chevrolet Malibu 2 2 Large cars

FAQ

How can I get from the island of Hawaii to other islands in the state?
The best way to do this is to fly. There are very few ferries and boats between the islands.
Are there any toll roads on the big island?
No, there are no toll roads anywhere in Hawaii.
Do I need a 4wd vehicle on the big island?
You may think that having a 4wd vehicle would be nice to drive to the summit of Mauna Kea, but keep in mind that rental companies do not allow any of their vehicles to be driven on unpaved roads. So having a 4wd vehicle won't make much of a difference.
Do I need to rent a car even if staying at a hotel in Kona?
Yes, unless you are staying in the very center of the city, you will need a car simply to get to grocery stores or restaurants.
Car rental statistics
Highest rated company
Alamo
8.69 / 10
Lowest rated company
Payless
8.34 / 10
Total number of reviews
1
Total rental companies
7
Average daily price
$168.59
Lowest daily price
$37.96
Total cars available
83

Top 7 Suppliers at Kona International Airport in 2022

Alamo
Excellent 8.7 / 4 reviews
+808449141550
73 106 Aulepe Street, 73-200 Kupipi St
$181 - $276
Dollar
Excellent 8.6 / 11 reviews
8664342226
73-200 Kupipi Street
$151 - $160
Working hours
Mon:05:30-22:30
Tue:05:30-22:30
Wed:05:30-22:30
Thu:05:30-22:30
Fri:05:30-22:30
Sat:05:30-22:30
Sun:05:30-22:30
Enterprise
Excellent 8.6
+18083341810 / +18449141549
73-107 A'Ulepe Street, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
$187 - $281
National
Excellent 8.5
+18888266890
73-109 A'Ulepe Street, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
$192 - $286
Thrifty
Excellent 8.4 / 6 reviews
+18772830898
73-200 Kupipi Street
$161 - $251
Working hours
Mon:05:30-22:30
Tue:05:30-22:30
Wed:05:30-22:30
Thu:05:30-22:30
Fri:05:30-22:30
Sat:05:30-22:30
Sun:05:30-22:30
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.3 / 3 reviews
+18083273000
73-361 Kupipi Street Suite One
Working hours
Mon:05:00-23:00
Tue:05:00-23:00
Wed:05:00-23:00
Thu:05:00-23:00
Fri:05:00-23:00
Sat:05:00-23:00
Sun:05:00-23:00
Payless
Payless
Excellent 8.3
8083269805
73-361 Kupipi Street
Working hours
Mon:05:00-23:00
Tue:05:00-23:00
Wed:05:00-23:00
Thu:05:00-23:00
Fri:05:00-23:00
Sat:05:00-23:00
Sun:05:00-23:00
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