Car Rental at Lihue Airport

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Lihue Airport, Lihue, USA - Hawaii
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Lihue Airport
Economy
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$56.43 / per day
Lihue Airport
Standard SUV
Chevrolet Equinox or similar
Chevrolet Equinox
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$65.17 / per day
Lihue Airport
Compact
Hyundai Accent or similar
Hyundai Accent
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
NUCarrentals
$70.52 / per day
Lihue Airport
Full-size
Toyota Camry or similar
Toyota Camry
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$73.15 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Lihue Airport
Intermediate
Jeep Wrangler or similar
Jeep Wrangler
  • 4
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$74.98 / per day
Lihue Airport
Luxury
Chrysler 300 or similar
Chrysler 300
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$94.61 / per day
Lihue Airport
Mini Van
Chrysler Pacifica or similar
Chrysler Pacifica
  • 7
  • 4
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$148.08 / per day
Lihue Airport
Standard Elite SUV
Chevrolet Traverse or similar
Chevrolet Traverse
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$101.35 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 04:36 on 2024-06-13. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
English, Filipino, Japanese
Currency
USD
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+1
Average car rental price
$86 per day
Average car rental length
6 days
Speed limit within town
40 km/h or 25 mph
Speed limit out of town
72 - 96 km/h or 45 - 60 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Rating
9.0 / 10
Lihue Airport

Airport Car Rental

Lihue Airport is the main airport for the island of Kauai, which is the northernmost island of the state of Hawaii. The majority of its flights are to and from Honolulu, the capital of the state where most from the mainland and abroad arrive in the state.

The island of Kauai is the fourth-most visited island of Hawaii. It is known as the “Garden Island” as it is full of lush vegetation and tropical plants due to the large amount of rainfall the island receives.  The island also has the longest sandy coastline of the islands. Much less crowded than some of the other islands, Kauai is certainly worth exploring and a with a rental car is by far the best way to do so.

Most travelers will transit through Honolulu to reach Kauai. Since there are no ferries from the island of Oahu, travelers must arrive by air and Lihue airport is where they are most likely to land. Rental cars are available at the airport and are all but completely necessary for travelers. 

Though Hawaii’s main gateway from the mainland U.S. is Honolulu International, there are a number of direct flights from the mainland to Kauai’s Lihue Airport. 

Lihue Airport is also the place where the famous doors off helicopter rides on Kauai depart from. There is also a helipad servicing the entire island at this airport.

Top international routes

  • Vancouver (seasonal)

Main airlines

The largest airline by number of passengers is Hawaiian Airlines which serves routes between Lihue and Honolulu, Kahului, Kona, Oakland, and Los Angeles. American, Delta, Alaska, and United are the other major airlines located at the airport together serving mainland destinations including Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Phoenix, Denver, and San Jose. Westjet also has a seasonal route (November through April) from Vancouver.

Terminals

There is only one terminal in Lihue Airport which is called the Kawakami Terminal. It has eight gates, each of which is usually, but not always, dedicated to certain airlines. Arrivals and departures both take place on the ground level of the terminal. The only security checkpoint is right in the center of the check-in desks.

Location

Lihue Airport is located directly on the coast about two miles east of the downtown area, if you can call it that, of Lihue, which is itself located on the southeastern coast of the island of Kauai. From Lihue, the main roads of the island run to the south and west side as well as the east and north side. A loop around the island is unfortunately not possible due to the lack of roads at Na Pali.

Most popular types of rental car

  • Convertibles - from $94 per day
  • Large cars - from $66 per day
  • Medium cars - from $71 per day
  • Vans - from $142 per day
  • Premium cars - from $95 per day
  • Small cars - from $56 per day
  • SUVs - from $65 per day

Car rental desks

All car rental companies serving Lihue Airport have desks located at the airport. These desks can be found across the street from the center of the terminal.

Europcar partners with Advantage to serve all of its U.S. rentals. Therefore, if renting a car with Europcar, you should proceed to the Advantage desk.

Services and facilities

Note that passengers are not allowed to take any fruits (as well as plants, snails, and other agricultural items) from the islands back to the mainland. All baggage, both checked and carry-on are inspected prior to departure. The inspection stations are located at the check-in counters and the security checkpoints. Unfortunately, it won’t be possible to savor your last island fruit while waiting for your flight.

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 is one flower shop in the airport building where travelers can purchase leis but it is located past security. Sometimes a cart sells them in the baggage claim area. There is only one lounge in the airport. It is a Hawaiian Airlines Premier Club and is located across from Gate 5.

The closest hotels to the airport are Motel Lani and Kauai Palms Hotel, both located about a mile south of it near Rice Stree. No shuttle is offered, though. More hotels are located south near the beach of Kalapaki.

As the airport is quite small, there is not an overly large selection when it comes to dining and shopping. In the area of the gates, there is only one food kiosk and no shops. In the area near the check-in desk (but past the security checkpoints) there are two bars serving food, a cafe, and a Starbucks.

Visitor Information centers are located in both baggage claim areas. Both provide information about the airport and the island and can assist you with any questions you may have.

Nearest gas station

A cluster of stations south of the intersection of Ahukini Road and Kuhio Highway are the closest stations to the airport. They are 76, Shell, and Texaco stations. The prices of gas at all three are competitive and similar to that which you will find on the rest of the island (though, it should be noted that the average price on all Hawaiian islands is higher than on the mainland).
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Airport info

Rating
6.4
  • Getting to the airport 7.9
  • Check-in and departures 7.9
  • Terminal facilities 6.1
  • Wi-Fi 5.4
  • Restaurants and car rental services 5.6
  • Lounge 5.6

Lihue Airport (LIH)

  • IATA: LIH
  • ICAO: PHLI
  • Name: Lihue Airport (LIH)
  • Distance from city: 2 miles / 3.2 km

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When are car rental prices the lowest at Lihue Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Lihue Airport varies by season. This graph compares prices from month to month in order to help you find the best time of year.
Average rental costs per day at Lihue Airport
$57.94
January
$57.88
February
$47.39
March
$53.31
April
$48.51
May
$62.82
June
$63.71
July
$53.01
August
$54.84
September
$54.75
October
$57.36
November
$61.45
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car at Lihue Airport is March — when rental costs average $47.39 per day. This is 15% cheaper than the yearly average and 26% cheaper than renting a car in July (when prices average $63.71 per day).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

For how long do renters keep their vehicles at Lihue Airport?

How long travelers keep their rental cars varies by the time of year: in February the average rental period is 7 days, while in April, the average rental period is only 5 days.
Average number of rental days at Lihue Airport
6
January
7
February
6
March
5
April
6
May
6
June
7
July
6
August
7
September
6
October
7
November
6
December

What is the most popular time of year to rent a car at Lihue Airport?

Based on how many users search for a car in at Lihue Airport, travelers are most likely to rent a car at Lihue Airport in August, while they are least likely to rent in in April.
Monthly searches at Lihue Airport by pick-up date relative to the average
91%
January
81%
February
56%
March
47%
April
73%
May
118%
June
125%
July
186%
August
115%
September
132%
October
69%
November
108%
December

Car Rental Information

Popular suppliers Dollar, Thrifty, Alamo, Enterprise, Hertz
Popular car categories SUVs, Large cars, Medium cars, Small cars
Lowest price $56 per day
Cheapest supplier Thrifty

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Dollar Hyundai Accent 4 2 Medium cars
Dollar Honda CR-V 5 3 SUVs
Dollar Honda Civic 4 2 Large cars
Thrifty Nissan Rogue 5 3 SUVs
Dollar Chevrolet Spark 4 2 Small cars
Thrifty Ford Focus 3 2 Medium cars
Dollar Jeep Renegade 4 2 SUVs
Thrifty Mazda 3 5 3 Large cars
Thrifty Chevrolet Malibu 4 2 Large cars
Dollar Ford Focus 3 2 Medium cars

Our Customers' Reviews

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United States of America (USA)
Chevrolet Equinox
August 31, 2023
Restaurants and sight seein was great.
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
SIXT
8.1 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Economy rent a car
6.2 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
1
Total rental companies
13
Average daily price
$85.53
Lowest daily price
$56.43
Total cars available
328

Top 13 Suppliers at Lihue Airport in 2024

SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.1
+18887498227
3156 Oihana Street
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
Dollar
Very good 8 / 34 reviews
8082453652
3250 Hoolimalima Place
$57 - $116
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
Alamo
Very good 8 / 3 reviews
8449141551
3276 HOOLIMALIMA PL,
$58 - $191
Working hours
Mon:05:15-22:45
Tue:05:15-22:45
Wed:05:15-22:45
Thu:05:15-22:45
Fri:05:15-22:45
Sat:05:15-22:45
Sun:05:15-22:45
Enterprise
Good 7.9 / 1 review
+18082460204 / +18449141553
3073 Aukele St, Lihue, HI 96766
$61 - $206
Working hours
Mon:05:15-22:45
Tue:05:15-22:45
Wed:05:15-22:45
Thu:05:15-22:45
Fri:05:15-22:45
Sat:05:15-22:45
Sun:05:15-22:45
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.8 / 2 reviews
+18082453356
3250 Hoolimalima Pl, Lihue, HI 96766, United States
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
Budget
Budget
Good 7.7 / 1 review
+18082459031
3285 Hoolimalima Place
$70 - $188
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
National
National
Good 7.7
+18082455638 / +18449141552
3276 HOOLIMALIMA PL, Lihue
$62 - $200
Working hours
Mon:05:15-22:45
Tue:05:15-22:45
Wed:05:15-22:45
Thu:05:15-22:45
Fri:05:15-22:45
Sat:05:15-22:45
Sun:05:15-22:45
Avis
Avis
Good 7.6 / 2 reviews
+18082457995
3259 Hoolimalima Place
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
Good 7.6 / 2 reviews
8082459395
3285 Hoolimalima Place
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:00
Tue:06:00-23:00
Wed:06:00-23:00
Thu:06:00-23:00
Fri:06:00-23:00
Sat:06:00-23:00
Sun:06:00-23:00
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Good 7.6
+18084604646
4302 Rice St.
$71 - $291
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Wed:08:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:08:00-17:00
Sun:08:00-17:00
Advantage
Advantage
Good 7.5
8007775500
3273 Hoolimalima Place
Working hours
Mon:06:00-22:00
Tue:06:00-22:00
Wed:06:00-22:00
Thu:06:00-22:00
Fri:06:00-22:00
Sat:06:00-22:00
Sun:06:00-22:00
Thrifty
Good 7 / 24 reviews
+18082453652
3250 Hoolimalima Pl, Lihue, HI 96766, United States
$56 - $117
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
Economy rent a car
Economy rent a car
Satisfactory 6.2 / 1 review
+18086521985 / +18773267368
3501 Rice St #1009, Lihue, HI 96766
$240 - $385
Working hours
Mon:09:00-21:00
Tue:09:00-21:00
Wed:09:00-21:00
Thu:09:00-21:00
Fri:09:00-21:00
Sat:09:00-21:00
Sun:09:00-21:00
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