The two most popular ways to get to Pearl Harbor are by rental car or purchasing a tour to the battleship USS Arizona Memorial. Listed below are the advantages and disadvantages of each option.
Going by rental car gives you the most flexibility and might make economic sense if you have a weekly rate on the vehicle. If you are only renting the car for the day, it may be more expensive than a tour because, since the pandemic, rental car prices have almost tripled. Also, it takes an average of an hour to get your vehicle in the mornings due to the long check-in lines.
If you did not purchase a Pearl Harbor tour, you can secure Arizona Memorial tickets through the National Park Service website. Access to the USS Arizona Memorial is extremely limited compared to the enormous demand, and tickets become available two months in advance. Once at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, there are only three parking lots, and the lots quickly fill up in the mornings, especially on holidays and peak summer periods.