Carrentals.co.uk offers simple and straightforward car hire comparison services. We don't add a penny to your quotes!
Fiji Airport, officially known as Nadi International Airport, is the main international airport for the island paradise that is Fiji. The airport is located six miles north of the city centre of Nadi, on the western side of the main island, Viti Levu. The airport is 120 miles away from the capital, Suva. Car hire in Fiji is easy to arrange and a popular way to explore the main island. Public transportation options are not up to western standards, but visitors use buses and taxis to get from the airport to the city centre.
Who to Book With
There are plenty of car hire suppliers at Fiji Airport. Car hire firms include both international and local suppliers. The following firms have desks right at the airport: Avis, Budget, Central Rentals, Europcar, Hertz, Khan’s Rental Cars, Sharmas Rentals and Thrifty. Many of the car firms operate on a 24-hour basis.
Need to Know Essentials
To hire a car, visitors will need the following documents:
- Fiji recognises driver’s licences from English-speaking countries – licence holders from non-English speaking countries require an international driver’s licence
- Credit card
- Passport or ID with a photograph to prove identity
- Reservation number
Fiji has both paved and unpaved roads. Visitors should take care when driving on unsealed roads, which can be treacherous during rain. Generally, the driving level in Fiji is low so visitors should drive defensively to avoid accidents – this also means watching out for animals and pedestrians crossing roads. Maximum speed limits should be adhered to, even if they are not strictly enforced: 50mph on large roads and 30mph in residential areas. Driving at night should be avoided as most rural roads are unlit and drunk drivers are common. Seatbelts are only compulsory for front seat passengers but for safety, all passengers should wear seatbelts. Petrol stations are common in the large towns but sparse in rural areas, so long-distance driving should be planned in advance.
Self-driving is a popular option in Fiji as relying on public transportation can be frustrating. Car hire is readily available at the airport on a 24-hour basis. Other transportation options include buses and taxis.
Taxis are readily available at the airport and are reasonable in price. Only authorised taxis are allowed to offer services to passengers at the airport and are yellow in colour. All taxis are metered and visitors should make sure the driver turns the meter on. The meter price starts at around £1.80. Payment must be made in local Fiji dollars. The trip to Nadi from the airport takes less than 10 minutes.
Fiji Airport to Nadi city centre is about £5
Fiji Airport to Suva is about £60
Fiji Airport to Denarau is about £10
Fiji Airport to Newton Beach is about £6
There are both public and private buses that provide transportation to and from the airport. The public buses are not air-conditioned and tend to be rather run down. The private buses are newer and tend to be more reliable. Several private bus companies offer services from the airport, including Sunbeam buses and Coral Sun buses. There is also the Airport Shuttle Fiji, which offers 24-hour service from the airport to various destinations, such as Nadi, Port Denarau Marina and Suva, as well as major resorts on the island. A bus ticket from the airport to Denarau Island costs around £12.
The airport has one terminal, with arrivals and departures split on the ground floor and second floor. The airport is the main international airport in Fiji and handles over two million passengers a year. It is a hub for Air Pacific, which offers direct connections to Los Angeles, Honolulu, Brisbane, Hong Kong and Sydney. Those travelling from Europe will have to fly via New Zealand or Australia to reach Fiji.
There is open-air parking adjacent to the airport for 263 vehicles. The car park offers both short- and long-term parking, with hourly, daily, weekly and monthly rates available. There is also a special six-month rate for unlimited parking. The first hour is charged at approx. £0.35 while the daily rate is approx. £5.
There are several wireless internet hot spots throughout the terminal building. Travellers can purchase internet airtime at the various cafés and duty-free shops in the terminal; 30 minutes costs about £2. There are also several PC terminals in the terminal, in both the Departures and Arrivals areas, providing internet access.
There is a tourist information desk on the ground floor of the terminal building.
Airport Information: +679 672 5777
Customer Service: +679 672 5777/158
There airport is not fully equipped for passengers with reduced mobility. It is important that passengers who need assistance contact their airline in advance.
Restaurants and Bars
There are both cafés and restaurants in the Domestic Terminal’s Arrivals area and in the International Departures area. There are also eateries after the security check-in area of the International Departures area. Coffee shops include the Oasis Café at the Arrivals concourse and Domestic Café, Esquires Café and International Café in the Departures concourse.
Air Pacific Lounge
Air New Zealand Lounge
Government VIP Lounge
Money and ATMs
Travellers can find foreign exchange services at an ANZ Bank branch on the second floor, one ATM on the ground floor and money transfer services from Western Union on the ground floor.
International travellers will find plenty of duty-free shopping options at the two duty-free shops in the International Departures and Arrivals areas: Prouds and Tappoos. Items on offer include spirits, cosmetics, jewellery, electronics and perfumes. There are also retail shops in the terminal, such as UGG Boots, Beach Culture, Fiji Bitter Merchandise, SPR Music Culture and Jacks.