Fiji: flights, accommodation and transport


Flights to Fiji, airports, key destinations, transport, car hire, road rules, accommodation, tours and more.

Flights

Flight time from Australia: 4+ hours

  • Virgin and Qantas fly non-stop from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Nadi International Airport.
  • Fiji Airways has non-stop flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide to Nadi.
  • Fiji Airways also flies direct from Sydney to Nausori International Airport, near Suva.
  • Jetstar flies direct from Sydney and the Gold Coast to Nadi.

At the airport

Fiji has two international airports, Nadi (pronounced 'Nandi') and Nausori (also known as Luvuluvu), both situated on the main island, Viti Levu. 

Domestic flights and boats connect Viti Levu with Fiji's many islands. Only some islands have air strips, but many can be accessed by seaplane, helicopter or boat.

  • Fiji's main airport, receiving more than 95 per cent of international flights.
  • Situated on the western coast of Fiji's main island, Viti Levu. 8km from Nadi town. 12km from Port Denarau (for boat connections to islands). 192km from the capital, Suva.
  • There is one terminal for both international and domestic flights.
  • Taxis leave from outside the terminal. All taxis should be metered and include an airport surcharge of FJD$5.
  • Car rental companies operating out of Nadi Airport include include Budget, Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Bula Car Rentals and Carpenters Rentals.
  • Public buses and air conditioned coaches connect with Suva, Port Denarau and many other towns and villages. e-ticketing disposable cards for the public bus are available from the Vodafone outlet in the arrivals area.
  • Airport shuttles and private cars (with child seats if requested) can be booked in advance.
  • Many hotels and resorts offer airport transfers – be sure to arrange these in advance.
  • Airport website: airportsfiji.com
  • Situated on the eastern coast of Fiji's main island, Viti Levu. About 20km from the capital, Suva. 212km from Nadi.
  • Some airlines operate domestic shuttle flights to Nadi (30 minutes) to connect with international flights.
  • Taxis are available outside the arrivals terminal.
  • Car hire companies operating out of Nausori International Airport include include Budget, Avid, Hertz and Khan's Rental Cars.
  • There are no direct bus services between Nausori Airport and Suva, but shuttle buses or private cars can be arranged via your hotel or travel agent.
  • Airport website: airportsfiji.com/nausori_airport

Departure tax will be included in your airline ticket, so you won't need to pay in cash, as is the case in some countries.

VAT refunds can be claimed at Nadi Airport on some purchases made in the country.

Key destinations

Viti Levu Fiji's main island. Home of the capital, Suva, the country's two international airports and many tourist resorts and beaches.
How to get to…
The Mamanuca Islands Around 15 minutes by light plane or up to an hour by boat from Port Denarau, Nadi. Tip: Many hotels and resorts will pick up guests from Port Denarau (near Nadi) in high-speed catamarans.
The Yasawa Islands Around 35 minutes by seaplane or two to four hours by boat from Port Denarau, Nadi.
Ovalau and the Lomaiviti Islands Around 15 minutes by light plane or three hours by bus and boat from Suva.
Kadavu Around 45 minutes by plane from Nadi or 30 minutes from Suva (flights from Suva are less frequent), or seven hours by boat from Suva (boats only run once a week).
Vanua Levu Around one hour from Nadi or Suva by plane or around 12 hours from Suva by boat.
Taveuni Around 60/90 minutes by plane from Suva/Nadi or 16 hours by boat from Suva.
The Lau Islands Around 70 minutes by plane from Suva to the main island Vanua Balavu. Infrequent boat and ferry services.

Getting around

Pre-booking transport in Fiji can be tricky since there's no unified national public transport system and many providers can't be found online. However, almost all hotels and resorts in Fiji will offer to arrange your airport transfers for you.

Buses

Most Fijians get around by bus, so you'll find a bus stop in almost every town and village. Timetables are loose, as buses tend to run on 'Fiji time', but locals should be able to help you with the when and where. Air conditioned tourist coaches run on a tighter schedule; companies include Sunbeam, Coral Sun (on Vitu Levu) and Pacific Transport (Vitu Levu and Taveuni).

Taxis

Taxis are cheap and easy to find in towns, cities, ports and airports. All licensed taxis should be metered - make sure your driver switches theirs on so you get a reasonable fare. There is no central number to call for a taxi so if you find a driver you trust, take their card so you can book them again. Taxis organised through your hotel or travel agent may be private drivers who charge a set fare instead of using a meter.

Tip: Licenced taxis and minibuses have new colour-coded number plates which have been introduced to help reduce the number of fake taxi number plates.

Domestic flights

Domestic flights link Nadi and Nausori airports with outlying islands. Major carriers include Fiji Airways, Northern Air, Aviana Airways, Island Hoppers and Pacific Island Air (planes, seaplanes, helicopters).

Ferries and boats

Ferries and boats link many of Fiji's 320+ islands. Different companies service different routes, and some smaller operators may not be searchable online. Main operators include:

  • South Sea Cruises (Port Denarau, Nadi to various resorts in the Mamanuca Islands)
  • Awesome Adventures (the Yasawa Flyer high-speed catamaran from Port Denarau, Nadi to the Mamanuca and Yasawa islands)
  • Patterson Brothers Shipping (Suva to Ovalau and Vanua Levu)
  • Goundar Shipping (Suva to Koro, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and Kadavu)
  • Venu Shipping (Suva to Kadavu and Vanua Levu).

Making advanced bookings can be tricky – some companies may be contactable by email or phone, or you can ask your hotel to book for you.

Private boats and water taxis can be chartered, but be aware that some may not be up to scratch on safety standards. Ask your hotel or travel agent for a quality recommendation.

Car hire

  • Car hire is available on the main island in Suva, Sigatoka, Denarau, Lautoka and the Coral Coast, as well as Nadi Airport (Budget, Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Bula Car Rentals and Carpenters Rentals) and Nausori Airport (Budget, Avid, Hertz and Khan's Rental Cars). 
  • On the island of Vanua Levu you'll find car rental companies in the towns of Savusavu and Labasa. 
  • Some major hotels also have car hire desks.
  • If you're travelling off the beaten track, consider a 4WD. Dirt roads are common in Fiji, particularly outside of Viti Levu. (Tip: make sure your insurance covers you for driving on dirt roads.)
  • On smaller islands, ask your hotel about car hire. If it isn't an option, you'll need to hire a taxi or driver, take a boat, or walk (particularly in places where there are no roads!)
  • You don't need an international permit to drive in Fiji, you can use your Australian licence (or any other licence from an English-speaking country).
  • Tip: Book with a well-known international car hire company. They're likely to be easier to deal with if you get into a dispute.
  • Car hire prices in Fiji are quite expensive because of high taxes.

Always make sure both you and the vehicle are adequately insured. Check your travel insurance to see what's covered when it comes to car hire – it may save you paying for extra insurance with the rental company.

Read more advice in our car hire guide.

Driving in Fiji

Road rules

  • Vehicles drive on the left side of the road.
  • You don't need an international permit to drive in Fiji, you can use your Australian licence (or any other licence from an English-speaking country).
  • The blood alcohol limit is .08.
  • Seat belts must be worn by law.
  • Mobile phones can only be used hands-free.
  • It is illegal to eat or drink while driving.
  • The speed limit in villages is 50km/h.

Safety and other driving tips

Most Fijians have had very little driver training, so they can be unpredictable on the road. Drivers often break the speed limit, overtake on blind corners, make sudden stops and park in unexpected places.

  • Farm animals such as goats, cattle and horses can stray onto the road. 
  • Villagers sometimes sit dangerously close to the side of the road. 
  • Speedbumps in and around villages are often unmarked.
  • The quality of roads can vary – watch out for potholes. You may need a 4WD if you're travelling on unpaved roads.
  • There are no cats' eyes or reflectors on roads, and street lights are rare, so be careful driving at night or avoid it if possible.
  • Petrol stations are common in the populated areas of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, but make sure you fill up before you go off the beaten track.
  • In the outer islands, petrol can be extremely expensive.
  • Most petrol stations do not accept credit cards.

Accommodation and tours

Accommodation

Accommodation options range from five-star resorts to eco-friendly beach shacks. Bookings can be made on the usual international sites, or you may find a more competitive rate through the hotel's own website (if available). Check customer reviews online before you book.

Gay travellers

Homosexuality has been legal in Fiji since 2010, but it's still not widely accepted. Same-sex couples can search for gay-friendly hotels using filters on booking sites such as Wotif and Lastminute or on travel sites such as purpleroofs.com and globalgaylodging.com.

Tours

Tours can be organised in advance through a travel agent or travel booking site, or through companies such as Wanderlands Travel, Discover Fiji Tours, Fiji Tours or Local Fiji Tours. Search online for recommendations from other travellers. You may find a greater (and cheaper) range of tours and day trips available if you wait until you're on the ground.

Package tours are a low-stress option for travellers who don't want to organise their flights, accommodation and on-the-ground transport separately. For deals, check airline and travel booking sites, travel agents, or local businesses such as Tourism Fiji and Rosie Holidays.

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