Hilo travel guide

Hilo Tourism | Hilo Guide

You're Going to Love Hilo

With a population of 43,263, Hilo is a must-see destination in Hawaii, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. We recommend you stay at least 3 days in order to fully appreciate everything Hilo has to offer.

Where to Eat in Hilo

If you’re looking for affordable options, Hilo Bay Cafe (123 Lihiwai Street) and Hula Hulas (93 Banyan Drive) are great picks.

When to visit Hilo

Hilo in October
Estimated package price
$515
2 travelers
Flight to Hilo
3 nights at hotel
Hilo in October
Estimated package price
$515
2 travelers
Flight to Hilo
3 nights at hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Hilo in July, when the average temperature is 77 °F, and the highest can go up to 82.4 °F. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 64.4 °F, with an average temperature of 71.6 °F. You’re likely to see more rain in November, when precipitation is around 15.5″. In contrast, June is usually the driest month of the year in Hilo, with an average rainfall of 7.4″.

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How to Get to Hilo

Plane

When flying to Hilo, you’ll arrive at Hilo Intl (ITO), which is located 3 miles from the city center. Airlines that fly from the United States to Hilo include American Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and Philippine Airlines. The shortest domestic flight to Hilo departs from Honolulu and takes around 54m.

Car

Another option to get to Hilo is to pick up a car rental from Kahului, which is about 120 miles from Hilo. You’ll find branches of Ace and Sixt, among others, in Kahului.

Plane

When flying to Hilo, you’ll arrive at Hilo Intl (ITO), which is located 3 miles from the city center. Airlines that fly from the United States to Hilo include American Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and Philippine Airlines. The shortest domestic flight to Hilo departs from Honolulu and takes around 54m.

Car

Another option to get to Hilo is to pick up a car rental from Kahului, which is about 120 miles from Hilo. You’ll find branches of Ace and Sixt, among others, in Kahului.

Airlines serving Hilo

Lufthansa
Good (4,685 reviews)
KLM
Good (844 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,724 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,470 reviews)
Air France
Good (969 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,950 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,377 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,201 reviews)
Finnair
Good (790 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,902 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (769 reviews)
JetBlue
Good (1,553 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Good (188 reviews)
Korean Air
Excellent (771 reviews)
Avianca
Good (1,335 reviews)
Japan Airlines
Excellent (946 reviews)
China Eastern
Good (70 reviews)
Aeromexico
Good (778 reviews)
Copa Airlines
Good (754 reviews)
China Airlines
Excellent (630 reviews)
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Where to stay in Hilo

Average rates range from around $233 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $350 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Hilo

Most booked hotels in Hilo

Hawaiian Ohana Home
3 stars
Excellent (9.3, 316 reviews)
$81+
Keaau Place
0 stars
Excellent (9.1, 86 reviews)
$125+
The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls
3 stars
Excellent (8.9, 281 reviews)
$129+
SCP Hilo Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.3, 1722 reviews)
$189+
Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
3 stars
Good (7.8, 1691 reviews)
$183+
Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a DoubleTree by Hilton
4 stars
Good (7.3, 471 reviews)
$183+

Renting a car in Hilo

Renting a car in Hilo costs $67 per day, on average, or $202 if you want to rent if for 3 days. Alamo, Payless and Hertz are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in Hilo is the Dollar branch at 1 General Lyman Field, which is 1 mile from the city center.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 4% more expensive than at Hilo Intl.

Expect to pay $3.79 per gallon in Hilo (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $45.42 and $60.57. The most frequently booked car type in Hilo is Full-size (Volkswagen Jetta or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy rental cars (Ford Fiesta or similar) are, on average, 56% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Renting a car in Hilo costs $67 per day, on average, or $202 if you want to rent if for 3 days. Alamo, Payless and Hertz are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in Hilo is the Dollar branch at 1 General Lyman Field, which is 1 mile from the city center.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 4% more expensive than at Hilo Intl.

Expect to pay $3.79 per gallon in Hilo (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $45.42 and $60.57. The most frequently booked car type in Hilo is Full-size (Volkswagen Jetta or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy rental cars (Ford Fiesta or similar) are, on average, 56% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.