Uber does operate on Maui, along with other ride-sharing services such as Lyft, but the availability of ride-sharing services may be limited in certain areas of the island; it is a good idea to check the Uber app or the Lyft app to see if there are any drivers available in your area.
What to know about using Uber on Maui
Here are a few things you should know about using Uber for the first time on Maui:
Uber availability in Maui
Uber is available in several areas of Maui, including the busier tourists areas of Kahului, Wailuku, and Kihei. However, the availability of drivers may be limited in certain areas on the east side of the Island, and particularly in more rural or remote parts of the island.
In which areas of Maui is Uber reliable?
Uber is generally reliable in more urban areas of Maui, such as Kahului, Wailuku, and Kihei.
On the east side or in rural areas of the island, you may not get a ride when you need it. It is a good idea to check the Uber app or the Lyft app to see if there are any drivers available in your area before requesting a ride.
If you are unable to find a ride, there are also many other transportation options available on Maui, such as taxis, shuttles, and good ol’ hitchhiking.
First time using Uber?
You will need to have the Uber app installed on your smartphone and create an account in order to request a ride. You can do this by downloading the app from the App Store (for iPhone) or the Google Play Store (for Android).
- When you open the app, you will need to enter your pickup location and your destination. The app will then show you the estimated cost of the ride and the estimated time of arrival for the driver.
- You can choose from several types of vehicles on Uber, including UberX (a standard sedan), UberXL (a larger vehicle that can accommodate up to 6 passengers), and UberPool (a shared ride option that allows you to share your ride and the cost with other riders going in the same direction).
- Payment is handled through the app, so you will need to have a valid payment method linked to your Uber account. This can be a credit card, debit card, or PayPal account.
If you are unable to find a ride, there are also many other transportation options available on Maui, such as Maui Bus, taxis and other drivers going in the same direction. You could also rent a car and explore more of the island by yourself, which I recommend.
How much is the fare from the airport (OGG) to Lahaina?
Once installed, you can easily get an estimate of the fare by using the Uber app. Or use the Uber price estimator.
Just enter your pickup location (the airport) and your destination (Lahaina, Kaanapali, Wailea, etc.) and the app will show you an estimate of the fare.
Keep in mind that the actual fare may vary depending on various factors such as the type of vehicle you choose, the distance of the trip, and the time of day.
Reserve your rideshare ahead of time
You can reserve a ride with Uber in Maui by requesting a ride up to 30 days in advance, at any time and on any day of the year with the Uber app or at the online estimator and scheduler page.
How do locals get around on Maui?
Locals on Maui generally get around using their own personal vehicles, such as cars and trucks. Maui has a well-developed road network that makes it easy to travel around the island by car. Many locals also use motorcycles and scooters as a more economical and convenient mode of transportation.
Public transportation is also an option for locals on Maui. The Maui Bus is the island’s public bus system, which provides service to various areas of the island. The Maui Bus operates on a fixed route schedule and has various fare options, and is wonderful if you don’t mind spending a lot of time sitting on a bus.
What is the cheapest way of getting around Maui?
The cheapest way to get around Maui is probably by using the Maui Bus, the island’s public bus system. The Maui Bus has various fare options, including a one-way fare for $2, a daily pass for $4, and a monthly pass for $45. These fares are generally much cheaper than the cost of renting a car or using a taxi or shuttle service, but the travel time takes much longer.
If you will not be renting a car, some of the more urban places you may consider taking a bus to explore:
These are also the populated areas in which Uber and Lyft ride-shares will be more reliable.
Another inexpensive option for getting around Maui is to rent a bicycle or use your own personal bike. Maui has a number of bike rental shops and some hotels and resorts also offer bike rentals. Biking is a fun and healthy way to explore the island and can be a more economical option compared to other modes of transportation.
If you prefer to have your own personal vehicle, you might consider renting a scooter or motorcycle instead of a car. These vehicles tend to be less expensive to rent and operate, and they are also more fuel-efficient.
Is it best to rent a car, or Uber in Maui?
Bottomline: You need to rent a car in Maui to save money and time. Maui Bus offers an economical way to get around with $2 fares (each transfer counts as a new bus trip) but buses leave every hour, and your time is precious. A rental car will pay for itself compared to taking Uber or taxis if you drive to the Road to Hana, Haleakala National Park, want to go snorkeling for a morning or two, or head over to a different part of the Island for dinner. Driving in Maui is more expensive but offers more independence and flexibility to create your own adventure.