Transportation in Fiji
Nadi is Fiji’s main international airport with Air Pacific and Air New Zealand operating regular services from Australia, New Zealand, Cook Islands, Japan, and the USA. Other carriers servicing Fiji including Korean Air, Air Vanuatu, Polynesian Air, Marshall Air, Air Nauru, AirCalin, Air Niugini and Pacific Blue. Domestic services to air strips around Fiji are provided by Pacific Sun and Air Fiji. Charter seaplane and helicopter operators fly from Nadi.
Air Pacific (Nadi), phone 672 2182
Air Pacific (Nausori), phone 347 8859
Air New Zealand, phone 672 2955
Air Fiji (Suva), phone 331 3666, email Air Fiji
Air Fiji (Nadi), phone 672 2521
Pacific Sun (formerly Sun Air), phone 672 3555, email Pacific Sun
Flights to airstrips are by small plane. Keep luggage to a minimum and be prepared for delays in arrivals and departures.
Bus services come in three categories and are priced accordingly. The local buses with open windows and padded seats provide a regular, cheap service to all parts of Fiji. They stop where required and can be waved down. Express buses only stop at designated areas and towns. They depart from the bus terminals in each town and from bus shelters along the way. Air-conditioned coaches run between Nadi and Suva along the Coral Coast to a twice daily schedule, with pick-up and drop-offs at hotels and resorts.
Car, Bike & Scooter Hire
Car hire is available in a variety of price categories. Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar and Thrifty Rentals are all available plus local agencies such as Aims, Carpenters, Central, Coastal, Khans, Quality, Satellite Rentals. Visitors are advised to use an established car rental company, and not to hire private rental vehicles. (See the Yellow Pages of the local directory for a full list of rental companies.) Pick-up and drop-offs at airports and major hotels is generally provided. Cars, vans and 4WDs are all available. Scooters are available from Westside Motorbike Rentals (phone 672 6402). Helmets are compulsory when hiring a scooter/motorbike. An international drivers licence or valid drivers licence with a minimum driver’s age of 25 or 21 (depending on the agency) is required to hire a vehicle.
The Mamanuca and Yasawa islands are serviced by daily ferries departing from Denarau Marina near Nadi. Ferries to the Mamanuca Islands depart three times a day. Beachcomber Cruises, Pattersons Ferries and Consort Shipping run regular services to Vanua Levu departing from Suva, Natovi Jetty (north of Suva), Ellington Wharf (Rakiraki) or Nadi/Lautoka. Patterson Ferries and Emosi Ferries provide weekly services between Suva and Kadavu - these are mainly for cargo. Local boats may offer their services. However, they are generally unlicensed and do not carry safety equipment.
Service stations and petrol pumps are located throughout Fiji including BP, Shell and Mobil. Credit cards are not generally accepted so cash is usually required.
Taxis are inexpensive and plentiful. Negotiate the price prior to the journey. Your hotel will be able to give you a rough cost estimate for the journey. Taxis wait at taxi stands or can be flagged down. If you require a taxi to wait for you, the charge will be minimal. Make sure you have small change as the taxis carry very little.
Driving Fact File
- Be aware of wandering stock, animals sleeping on the warm road surface, speed bumps in villages and pedestrians, particularly at night when visibility is poor.
- Driving is on the left.
- Maximum speed limit is 80km/h on the open road and 50km in towns.
- Give way to your right.
- Legal driving age is 17 years.
- Parking meter wardens are vigilant with a parking ticket costing F$20.