Fiji: accommodation and transport


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

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Getting there and around


Getting from Nadi and Nausori (or Luvuluvu) airport to your hotel, and the best sites for hiring a car or booking accommodation in Fiji - download the Fiji travel guide.

Flights

Flight time from Australia: 4+ hours

  • Non-stop flights are available from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Nadi International Airport with Virgin, Qantas, and Fiji Airways.
  • Jetstar flies from Sydney, Melbourne (Tullamarine) and the Gold Coast to Nadi.
  • Fiji Airways flies from Sydney to Nausori International Airport, near Suva.

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 90 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 $5 FJD.
  • Car rental companies operating out of Nadi Airport include Budget, Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Thrifty, Central Rentals, Khan's Rental Cars, and Sharma's Rentals.
  • Public buses and air conditioned coaches connect with Suva, Port Denarau and many other towns and villages.
  • 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 Budget, Avis, Thrifty, Hertz and Sharma's Rentals.
  • 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

Australian tourists can apply for a visa on arrival at Nadi or 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 and 30 minutes from Suva, or three to eight hours by boat from Suva.
Vanua Levu Around 40/45 minutes by plane from Suva/Nadi to Labasa or 60/70 minutes to Savusavu, or 6.5/11.5 hours from Natovi (north of Suva)/Lautoka (north of Nadi).
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 (weekly) from Suva to the main island Vanua Balavu. Infrequent boat and ferry services. More info on how to get to the Lau Islands.

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 and Coral Sun (on Vitu Levu), and Pacific (on 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 a yellow number plate.

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:

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.

Transport tip: rome2rio.com is a great resource for working out how to get from A to B by any means of transport, anywhere in the world (although it may not have information on all local transport services in Fiji).

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, Thrifty, Central Rentals, Khan's Rental Cars, and Sharma's Rentals) and Nausori Airport (Budget, Avis, Thrifty, Hertz and Sharma's Rentals). 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.

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.

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.

Tip: The insurance offered by many car hire companies may not cover you for driving on dirt roads.

Ninemsn Travel warns: "High taxes cause rental cars to be expensive. Collision damage waiver (CDW) insurance is extra and there's usually a "non-waivable excess" amount for which you'll be liable – insurance or no insurance. This can be as high as $6,000 Fijian, and since many cars on the road have no insurance, you could be charged even if you are not responsible for the accident."

Read more advice in our car hire guide.

Driving in Fiji

  • 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.

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 options range from five-star resorts to eco-friendly beach shacks. Bookings can be made on the usual sites, such as booking.com, hotels.com, airbnb.com, expedia.com or hostels.com, or you may find a more competitive rate through the hotel's own website (if available). Check customer reviews on tripadvisor before you book.

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

Tours can be organised in advance through a travel agent or travel booking site, or through companies such as discoverfijitours.com, fijitours.com or local-fiji-tours.com. Search tripadvisor.com or Viator 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 tourismfiji.com and rosiefiji.com.

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