Getting around Maui without a car – use an e-bike!
Visiting Maui without a car is a great way to save money on your vacation, reduce your carbon footprint and avoid potential stresses such as traffic jams, road closures and parking shortages. Many travellers choose to navigate the island using a combination of the transit modes Maui has to offer including the Bus, the trolley, and by bike! You’ll still be able to experience the best activities Maui has to offer.
With rental car prices recently exceeding $1000 per day, now is a better time than ever to go car-less during your trip to paradise.
Getting to and from RideSmart Maui Electric Bikes:
Our new bike shop location, 2530 Kekaa Drive in Kaanapali, is conveniently located near Whalers Village and some of the most popular resorts such as the Sheraton, Hyatt, the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Kaanapali Alii Resort and Kaanapali Maui at the Eldorado. Many travelers may be able to walk to our shop straight from their hotels!
Kaanapali Trolley – A complimentary shuttle runs within the resort area on Kaanapali every 30 minutes from 10am – 5pm. The trolley can bring you straight from any Kaanapali hotel to the RideSmart Bike Shop. You can schedule an appointment online.
Staying at the Westin?
A free shuttle services Marriott Maui resorts. RideSmart Maui’s e-bike shop is just a short walk up the hill.
Not staying in Kaanapali? If you are coming straight from the airport or another spot on the island, the bus can easily bring you to our shop to pick up your electric bike. We also offer mobile delivery for an additional fee.
Navigating Maui’s Public Bus System
Maui’s public transportation consists of 14 bus routes through various Central, South, West, Haiku, Kula and Upcountry Maui communities. Buses run in frequent intervals starting as early as 5:30am until as late as 10:30pm. Check out the bus schedule here.
Ridesmart Maui is located within a short walk from the Whalers Village Stop along the #28 West Maui Islander Route. Other popular stops along the #28 include Napili Village, Honokawai Shopping Center, Lahaina Cannery Mall, Wharf Cinema Center.
You can plan your route online by entering the time, date and location of your starting point, and the location of your end destination. You can also view each bus route and check the real-time status of Maui’s public buses online.
Bus Fare: $2 per boarding, $4 daily pass, $45 monthly pass. There are discounts for adults aged 55 and older.
Uber & Lyft
Uber and Lyft do operator on the island of Maui, however rides can be costly based on where and when you are trying to go, and how many drivers are available. Rideshare is a good last resort, and rides can be scheduled in advance so you don’t have to wait until the App finds you a driver. Save money by splitting the fare with your travel buddies!
Must-See Maui Destinations
Whether you get to our bike shop by bus, uber or trolley, once you pick up your e-bike rental, you’ll find that many of Maui’s top destinations can be explored by bike! Scroll to see some of our visitor’s favorite attractions, or ask us about our self-guided e-bike tours.
Things to do in Kaanapali
- Explore Whalers Village, a beachside mall with boutiques, a whaling museum and lots of dining options. We love Monkeypod Kitchen and Leilani’s on the Beach for refreshing cocktails and delicious cuisine with a local flair.
- Visit Pu’u Keka’a (Black Rock Beach) and watch the locals cliff jump into the ocean. This is also a great place to snorkel!
- Play a round of golf at the picturesque Kaanapali Golf Course
- Go to a luau! Drums of the Pacific is one of Kaanapali’s most popular Luau’s with delicious local fare, polynesian fire dancers and more.
A cliff jumper at Black Rock Beach. Photo Credit: MauiNews.com
Lahaina Town Center:
4 miles south of RideSmart Maui. 30 minutes by public bus, 15-20 minutes by e-bike. Approximately $15-$20 Lyft Ride.
Best things to do in Lahaina:
- Hop on a boat and go whale watching! Many 2-3 hour tours are available during whale season in the winter months. There are also other ocean activities that leave from Lahaina Harbor such as sailing, sport fishing, scuba diving and more!
- Stroll around Front Street. This quaint town center has many art galleries, restaurants and boutique stores. We recommend dining at Down the Hatch for fresh fish and then grabbing a sweet treat at Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop in Olowalu!
- History buff? Be sure to take a free Historic Lahaina Walking Tour where you will visit 28 sites and learn more about Maui’s rich past along the way.
Take a photo with 60ft trees in the Banyan Tree Park
Historic Front Street in Lahaina. Photo Credit: AJC.com
Kapalua Bay Beach:
7.5 miles North of RideSmart Maui. 24 minutes by Bus, 40 minutes by e-bike. Approximately $25 Lyft Ride.
Things to do in Kapalua:
- Ride up to the Nakalele Blowhole to witness gallons of water shooting out of old lava tubes. While exploring the trail down to the blowhole across from mile market 38.5, see if you can locate the famous Heart Shaped Rock, a heart-shaped hole in one of the rock formations.
- Strap on your hiking boots and tackle a portion of the 10 mile Mahana Ridge Trail in D.T. Fleming Park. You can expect stunning ocean views, wildflowers and a reservoir.
- Take photos of the famous Dragon’s Teeth at Makaluapuna Point, a wild geological site that resulted from a force of lava, fierce wind and ocean.
Nakalele Blowhole. Photo Credit: MauiInn.com
As you can see, there is so much to do here in West Maui and much of it can be accomplished without the expense and hassle of a rental car. We have noticed that more and more visitors are interested in going green while visiting our ‘aina, and we appreciate those who go multi-modal to help reduce traffic and carbon emissions.