Samoa Transport

Beach Fale Samoa © SPTOAirlines International & Domestic

  • Polynesian Blue, Air New Zealand and Air Pacific operate international services to Samoa from New Zealand, AustraliaFiji and the United Sates of America.
  • Polynesian Airlines, Inter Island Air and South Pacific Express (SPEX) operate services between Samoa and American Samoa.
  • Samoa's national airline Polynesian Airlines also operate charter only services from Faleolo to Maota on the island of Savaii.


Local Bus © SPTOAirport Bus Service

Airport transfers must be pre-booked. Most of the tour operators offer transfer facilities at reasonable prices. Also most accommodations can arrange to have a transfer waiting for you. If you do not wish to pre-book, a taxi to Apia costs around WS$50.


Ferry Services

  • A passenger and vehicle ferry service operates between Upolu and Savaii.
  • Book with the Samoa Shipping Corporation in Apia (phone (685) 20 935, fax (685) 22 352, email
  • Passenger fare one way between Upolu and Savaii – adult WS$9, child (2-12 years) WS$4.
  • Vehicle charges one way between Upolu and Savaii range from WS$40-$75.
  • Cruiser © Salani Surf ResortPlease check schedule and fare prices with the Samoa Shipping Corporation before departure.
  • The Lady Naomi ferry operates between Upolu and American Samoa once a week.

Manono Island Boats

The boats to Manono Island do not operate to a set timetable, but can be arranged on site at Manono-uta at the western end of Upolu Island, down the road from the Mulifanua Wharf. If you wish to take a charter ferry, you will need to pay $25 one-way. If not, you can wait for other passengers and pay $2.



Relaxing © Coconuts Beach ClubThe division of the Transport Control Board at Savalalo (Apia) will validate your driver’s licence for WS$12. There are also some rental agencies which can also now endorse your licence. Drive on the left-hand side of the road at 40km p/h in town and 56km p/h between villages. Please take care and watch for children and domestic animals in and around the villages.


Car Rentals 

It is the law that your licence is endorsed by the Transport Control Board (TCB) prior to collecting your rental vehicle. Some rental car agencies can now validate your license. Contact the TCB on 26 740 for details. Rental car company offices are located in Apia and at the international airport. You may ask the car rentals for assistance regarding validation of your driver’s license.


Apia © SPTOBike Hire
Cycles and mountain bikes are available for hire from several beach resorts and hotels, and from Autopro Rentals in Apia, phone (685) 30 770, fax (685) 29 556. Cycles, motor-scooters and jet skis can now be rented from Apia Jet Ski & Scooter Rentals, phone (685) 29 444.


Petrol Stations

Refer to your Jasons free Samoa Visitor Map (order below) for locations. Fill up in town before driving to remote areas.



Taxis charge a minimum of WS$2.50. A copy of the taxi fare rates can be obtained from the Transport Control Board. Always ask for the taxi fare to a certain place before you start your journey.



  • The bus service on Upolu provides inexpensive transport for the locals, and an experience to remember for visitors.
  • All buses are named with their destination so ask the driver which bus you need to catch. In Apia, the bus terminals are located next to the food market in Fugalei and also opposite the flea market at Savalalo. 
  • Samoa Visitor GuideSamoa Visitor MapPlease verify schedules with the bus drivers before leaving Apia and Salelologa.
  • Bus schedules are independently set by the bus operators.
  • A copy of a bus schedule to specific places and villages is available from the Samoa Tourism Authority, email

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