Hilo has a major airport and is one of two on the Big Island, the other located on the other side of the island in Kona. Arriving and departing in Hilo is extremely easy; daily flight service to and from Hilo takes place at various hours throughout the day on Hawaiian Airlines.

The Hilo International Airport has everything you may need to get started on your Big Island Adventure or for your stay in Hilo. Service comes into Hilo not only comes from every island, but directly from the United States as well.

Upon arriving in Hilo, a rental car will really aid your experience. Hilo is easy to get around on foot when the sun is out, but for the rainy times you will most likely prefer having a car. More importantly, the nearby attractions such as the National Volcano Park and the beautiful waterfall parks are reached only by vehicle. The Big Island is basically a giant mountain and transporting around is done only around the edges. Car rental service is the most common way of getting around the Hilo area and the Big Island.

The airport has several companies ready to get you prepared for your drive:

  • Alamo
  • Hertz
  • National
  • Avis
  • Enterprise
  • Harper's rents 4wheel drives you can take to Mauna Kea Observatory - take a short taxi ride 2 miles away
  • U-Haul is only 2 miles from the airport and you can rent a small truck if there are no cars available (it happens!)

Of course, you may also fly into Kona on the opposite side of the island from Hilo and use your rental car to cross from Kona. Kona International Airport is very similar to that of Hilo and offers all the major rental cars as well. It is a two hour drive without stopping from Kona Airport (KOA) to Hilo Airport (ITO).

Check out other airlines besides Hawaiian Air. Try Island Air, Go! (sometimes runs a $39 interisland fare), Molulele Airlines (from Kona), Aloha Airlines