Getting Around Fiji
Getting around 333 remote islands can be daunting…but not in Fiji. Whether you fly, cruise or drive, you’ll find that paradise isn’t as far as you think.
Paved highways encircle the two big islands connecting villages, towns and cities so it’s fairly easy to get around.
Most hotels can arrange airport transfers. Just drop them an email with your flight arrival details and check up on their pickup policy. Some are complimentary while others charge a small fee.
Alternatively, you can take the stress out ‘getting there’ and pre-book your transfers through local inbound operators and tour/transfer companies.
Buses are a cheap option for trips to the Suncoast, Lautoka, the Coral Coast, Pacific Harbour or Suva on Viti Levu that is provided, you’re in no rush to get there! The trip takes anywhere between 1- 4 hrs and costs up to approximately FJ$20 one-way
Buses operate on an electronic ticketing system, so you’ll have to buy a disposable card ($2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100) from the bus checkers. Cards stay valid for 30 days and can be refunded in cash during that time from a Vodafone retail outlet.
Most inter-city buses travelling the Queen’s Highway make regular stops at Nadi International Airport and small towns along the way. Look out for any Pacific Transport, Sunbeam or Sunset bus outside the Departures terminal.
There’s also an Airport – Hotel Connections bus travelling the same route. It leaves the Nadi International Airport twice-daily (7.30am & 1pm) with brief stopovers at hotels along the Queen’s Highway. Book your ticket at the Rosie Holidays or TTF offices outside the International Arrivals terminal. It costs slightly higher than the regular public buses.
It’s hard to miss the four-seater yellow taxis lined up outside the Nadi Airport arrivals terminal. With fares starting at FJ$5.00, they’re an easy option for short trips to Nadi, Denarau and Lautoka. Seven-seater vans are also available for bigger groups but expect to pay a bit more.
If you flag a taxi off the street, look out for the LT or LH registrations on the license plate. LT plates are metered taxis with a base rate of FJ$2.50. LH taxis are not metered and have fixed distance rates. It’s a good idea to check with your hotel reception about general taxi costs and confirm these with your taxi driver before starting your trip.
There are roads all over Viti Levu and Vanua Levu just begging to be explored. Self-drives are perfect. Take your time in the small towns and grab a selfie or two at all the scenic spots.
Pre-book your rental online with any of the companies at Nadi International Airport. They’re located just outside the International Arrivals terminal. All you’ll need is a valid driver’s license (in English) and a credit card.
Flying is by far the fastest and easiest way to travel off Viti Levu. Stunning birds-eye views of the islands are just an added bonus!Scheduled Domestic Flights
Fiji Link and Northern Air – Fiji’s domestic airlines - fly to most small airports around the country.
Add a touch of glamour to your vacation and arrive at your resort in style. Several companies run charter flights out of Nadi Airport, ready to whisk you away on a scenic helicopter, seaplane or small aircraft.
See Island Hoppers, Joyce Aviation, Pacific Island Air
The most affordable and popular way to see the islands.
Passenger (Resort) Ferries
Escape to the stunning Mamanuca and Yasawa islands with daily connections out of Port Denarau. South Sea Cruises operators these sectors.
The Tavewa Seabus, also departs daily from Lautoka Wharf and services the route between the sugar city of Lautoka and the Yasawa Islands.
Local (Roll on-Off Ferries)
If you are cost-conscious, there’s always the inter-island ferry to consider.
Locals favour this no-frills option for cheap travel between Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. It’s also great for self-drives as you’re able to take your car onboard with you.
There are also regular ferries to Ovalau (Levuka) and Kadavu islands.
The Mamanuca and Yasawa islands are some of the most accessible islands in Fiji. If you’ve missed the regular boat, share a water taxi or charter your own to your resort. Most depart Port Denarau Marina but you’ll also find them at Vuda Marina and Lautoka Wharf too.