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Lae Guide


Overlooking Papua New Guinea's Huon Gulf, the city of Lae is the island's second largest with a population of 120,000. Found in the province of Morobe, it is viewed by many as a centre of industry for the country. This gold rush town was established in the inter-war years. Soon after a cargo port was created that is the island's largest today.

The city found global fame in July 1937 when aviatrix Amelia Earhart flew from Nadzab airstrip on what was to be her last flight. She was never heard of again. While she may be gone, the people of this friendly city have not forgotten her as there is a memorial to her in the city centre worth seeing during your trip.

Lae makes an ideal base for travel while exploring Papua New Guinea. Public transportation can be restricting as can organised coach tours, so many visitors to this beautiful island prefer to use a car hire service. Within the city of Lae are car hire depots. To book a vehicle the suppliers will require; credit card, passport and driving license. Visitors from the UK should provide both parts: your photo card and paper counterpart. Pre-book your rental online with us and browse through a larger selection of cars from over forty different car hire suppliers, and save time wondering the streets of Lae in search of depots. Save on airport transfers and arrange to collect and drop-off your vehicle at the airport. Nadzab Airport is located only half and hour's drive north west of the city of Lae. 

With its location at the start of the Highlands Highway, Lae provides access to many of Papua New Guinea's most beautiful locations. Provinces accessed by the highway include: Madang, Simbu Province, the East Highlands Province, West Islands Province, Enga and Southern Islands Province. Throughout your journey, you will be treated to panoramic views of the island's stunning scenery which includes lush green valleys, waterfalls and high volcanic peaks.

Practical information

  • Currency
    Papua New Guinean kina
  • Driving direction
  • City speed limit
    60 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    75 km/h
  • Language

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Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.

What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.

How can I change or cancel my reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).

When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).