Hawaii Bicycle Shipping: The Cheapest Way to Ship a Bike to Hawaii

Hawaii Bicycle Shipping: The Cheapest Way to Ship a Bike to Hawaii

What is the cheapest way to ship a bike to Hawaii? Is it cheaper to check your bike with the airline or ship with a parcel delivery service like FedEx or UPS? These are the frequently asked Hawaii bicycle shipping questions from cycling enthusiasts looking for the most affordable and convenient way to take their bicycle with them from the continental U.S. to Hawaii.

Fortunately, it’s not as expensive as you might think to ship a bike to Honolulu, the capital city of Hawaii, in spite it being almost 2,500 miles from the coast of California. Affordable Hawaii bicycle shipping is due in large part to the rise of bicycle shipping services like Overnight Bikes, BikeFlights and ShipBikes who cater to avid cyclists, triathletes (IRONMAN and Lavaman) and industry professionals.

In this article, we will introduce the most popular bicycle shipping services and provide rate and service speed comparisons for each. But to find the cheapest way to ship a bicycle to Hawaii, we will also compared rates between these services and airlines so we can determine if it is less expensive to fly a bike to Hawaii as a checked bag, or ship it prior to your arrival in The Aloha State. We concede that if convenience is the determining factor, a bicycle shipping service is by far the best way to ship a bicycle to Hawaii.

So, here’s our take on Hawaii bicycle shipping. Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Hawaii Bicycle Shipping Services

We’ll begin with a brief overview of the top three bicycle shipping services: Overnight Bikes, BikeFlights, and ShipBikes. For each service, we have also created a sample shipment going from New York to Hawaii.

For each of the three services, we calculated the rate to ship a bike from New York to Hawaii in a conventional size package no greater than 130-inches length plus girth, as well as an oversize package of 149-inches length plus girth. This is an important distinction because both FedEx and UPS (and USPS) apply a substantial oversize surcharge for packages exceeding 130-inches length plus girth.

So, by calculating the cost for both conventional and oversize shipments, we are able to give you the most accurate estimate, even if you own a bicycle travel case that exceeds domestic shipping restrictions.

Overnight Bikes

Through an innovative membership model, Overnight Bikes specializes in flat rate, next day shipping for avid cyclists and industry professionals. Members receive unlimited $99 flat rate shipping with priority overnight service to any destination within the United States, including Hawaii!

The $99 flat rate from Overnight Bikes only applies to packages that don’t exceed FedEx or UPS domestic size restrictions of 130-inches length plus girth. Read, Shipping a Bicycle, to learn more about packing services and where to find a bike-specific box or travel case that meets FedEx and UPS domestic size restrictions. The estimated cost to ship a bike to Hawaii with Overnight Bikes is as follows:

Conventional Package Dimensions

Ship To: Honolulu, HI
Ship From: New York, NY
Dimensions: 44″ x 11″ x 32″
Length + Girth: 130-inches (Girth = 2W + 2H)
Delivery Speed: 1 to 2 business days
Cost: $99

Oversize Package Dimensions

Ship To: Honolulu, HI
Ship From: New York, NY
Dimensions: 55″ x 13″ x 34″
Length + Girth: 149-inches (Girth = 2W + 2H)
Delivery Speed: 1 to 2 business days
Cost: $340

BikeFlights

Competing with ShipBikes for the number of bicycles shipped annually, BikeFlights specializes in ground shipping. Plan about 5-6 business days for delivery when shipping a bike to Hawaii with BikeFlights. See below for BikeFlights Hawaii bicycle shipping rates and delivery speed.

Conventional Package Dimensions

Ship To: Honolulu, HI
Ship From: New York, NY
Dimensions: 44″ x 11″ x 32″
Length + Girth: 130-inches (Girth = 2W + 2H)
Delivery Speed: 5 business days
Cost: $225

Oversize Package Dimensions

Ship To: Honolulu, HI
Ship From: New York, NY
Dimensions: 55″ x 13″ x 34″
Length + Girth: 149-inches (Girth = 2W + 2H)
Delivery Speed: 5 business days
Cost: $351

ShipBikes

ShipBikes also specializes in ground shipping and competes directly with BikeFlights for ground shipping rates on 6 business day delivery to Hawaii. And similar to BikeFlights, ShipBikes offers bike-specific boxes for sale ranging from $40 to $100. See below for the number of days and cost to ship a bike to Hawaii with ShipBikes.

Conventional Package Dimensions

Ship To: Honolulu, HI
Ship From: New York, NY
Dimensions: 44″ x 11″ x 32″
Length + Girth: 130-inches (Girth = 2W + 2H)
Delivery Speed: 6 business days
Cost: $197

Oversize Package Dimensions

Ship To: Honolulu, HI
Ship From: New York, NY
Dimensions: 55″ x 13″ x 34″
Length + Girth: 149-inches (Girth = 2W + 2H)
Delivery Speed: 6 business days
Cost: $287

Cheapest Hawaii Bicycle Shipping

The cheapest way to ship a bicycle to Hawaii is Overnight Bikes. Their $99 flat rate shipping and 1 to 2 business day delivery is clearly the best value. Even with the cost of a membership ($250 yearly), Overnight Bikes offers the fastest delivery speed which means less potential for damage to occur in transit, not to mention cyclists don’t have to ship their bike 10 days prior to arrival to account for non-business days.

Hawaii Bicycle Shipping

The next cheapest option is ShipBikes at $197 for 6 business day delivery, followed by BikeFlights at $225 for 5 business day delivery.

If you are shopping for the most convenient and affordable way to ship a bicycle to Honolulu, Hawaii. Overnight Bikes is your best option.

Flying vs Shipping a Bicycle to Hawaii

Anyone who has ever lugged a bicycle through an airport knows how much of a hassle it can be. Not only is it physically demanding, but there is also the real issue of TSA bag checks. This means your travel case or bike box may be opened, adjusted, and examined by airport security personnel who are not overly concerned with repacking your bike in the same condition you packed it before you checked it at the counter.

So, there is an obvious convenience factor when shipping a bike with FedEx or UPS as compared to flying. And, there is also a legitimate question of quality control. Having said that, we were still curious to know how much it costs to fly with a bike to Hawaii.

Hawaii Airline Bicycle Baggage Fees

Major airlines serving Honolulu and Maui charge additional fees to bring a bicycle on board. We found that airline fees range from $75 and $200 each way. Below, we’ve listed the cost to fly a bicycle to Hawaii (Honolulu) with the major carriers along with size and weight restrictions for each.

Ship a Bike to Hawaii

Hawaii Airlines
$100 up to 50 pounds; 51-70 pounds add $150, 71-100 pounds add $250

American Airlines
$150 each way up to 50 pounds; 51-70 pounds add $100, 71-100 pounds add $200

United Airlines
$200 each way up to 50 pounds

Alaska Air
$75 each way up to 50 pounds

Continental Airlines
$100 each way up to 70 pounds

Delta Airlines
$200 each way up to 50 pounds

Results

As we’ve covered in this article, you have two options to ship a bike to Hawaii:

  • A bicycle shipping service
  • Through an airline as a checked bag

After considering the cost and delivery speed from three bicycle shipping services and six airlines,  Overnight Bikes was found to be the cheapest way to ship a bicycle to Hawaii, as well as the most convenient choice.

If you have any questions about Overnight Bikes or our bicycle shipping service for cyclists, we’d love to chat with you. If this was article helpful, please share it and leave a comment below.

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