Unless you are staying in a resort that offers free airport transfers, then you are going to need
some form of transportation.
One thing you can say about Fiji, they have plenty of buses! They don't always run on time, although I have found them
to be reasonably good in that respect. And the prices...cheap!
There are two types of buses running, the express, and local. The express buses have windows, air conditioning and if you are lucky run a move in English.The express buses only run form town to town
They stop only at designated bus stops. For example form Nadi To Suva there are 18 stops over a four and a half hour trip. whereas the local buses stop anywhere and everywhere, constantly).
There is an express bus leaving from the domestic terminal at Nadi airport to Suva every Hour,the next pick up will be at Nadi Depot
The distance from Nadi to Suva is around 190kms, and a fare will cost you about $17-25 (Fijian dollars).
Coral Sun Express run a twice daily bus service from Nadi airport to Suva, and vice versa. A one way ticket will cost you $22.00 (1/6/2015)
You can find details of timetable, prices, and stops on the transport from Nadi airport page.
Pacific Buses also run to Suva every hour For $17.00 (1/6/2015) you can call then on Nadi +679 670 0044 or +679 999 4365 www.pacifictransport.cmo.fj
You will also find details and pricing for private airport transfers on that page.
The first rule is not to hand over a $50 note. keep plenty of small change in your pocket.
To get around cheaply take a bus. The best place to catch a bus is in the main bus depot just 50 mt from the Nadi market, there is a tiny blue office at the river end of the second platform, just ask for help and they will be only too happy to help you out.
From Nadi, $2.40 will get you to Latoka, $1.15 to the Airport entrance, $0.70 to Mc Donald’s for your big Mc. $0.70 will get you from one shopping centre to the next shopping centre. If in doubt ask the person standing next to you at the bus stop, the Fijian people are exceptionally friendly. Just a few months back a bus driver was sacked for double charging a tourist.
To get the full on Fiji experience takes the bus with no windows, (The Open Bus) but do not sit on the driver side down by the rear axle. If you do, you just might die of diesel poising, you will have the pleasure of sitting above the exhaust pipe, and try and work out which side of the bus is in full sunlight as you head off, you need to be seated on the shaded side of the bus or have 1Ltr of suntan lotion with you. If you decide to just wait for an A/C bus, pick the bus with the full length tinted windows you can not open, if the windows are open it is not A/C and extremely hot inside.
Nadi to Port Denarau, only the smaller yellow bus (West Bus) with windows are allowed into Denarau. You pay your $1.00 as you disembark not on entry.
Heading North or South you can catch the cheaper open bus. The open bus will take a lot longer because you have to connect with the next bus at the next town and so on and so on plus it will pick up fifty time between towns,(you are free to eat, drink, sleep or sing in the bus)
Or take the hassle free Lay back A/C express bus for a few $$ more. (No eating or drinking in the bus)
The next option is take a mini bus. (12 to 15 people.) Not as cheap as an open bus, but faster. The mini bus will stop to pick up every man and his dog if there is a spear seat.
The mini bus will also pick up in Nadi between the shopping centers For $1.00. If you are standing at a bus stop and a van flashes it light at you,he is not saying welcome to Fiji? he is asking you, do you what to be picked up, if so just wave out and he will stop.To disembark you can call out or tap your gold coin on the window,please do not break the window and just ask how.
Mini Bus form Nadi to Suva, they will run when ever they are full. The cost is Fj,$17.00, the trip will take around 3 Hours. This if one and a half hours faster then the express bus.Do Not expect to throw on a large suitcase, you will be charged for another seat. To find the mini buses walk through the Nadi down town market and right into the Bus depot, keep walking through the bus depot to the park. Now, to the left of the park in the far left hand corner under two very large tree you should see half a dozen mini buses, good luck.
Flagfall is fj is $1.50 for a local taxi and $5 for a yellow Taxi at the airport.The rate is 10c per 100 meters... that's fj$1.00 per km, or fj$1.60 per mile.
Only the yellow Taxi are allowed to pick up at the airport. If you DO NOT want to get ripped off with a Taxi fare DO NOT let a taxi driver grab you from inside the arrival hall.
The yellow Taxi drivers all wear a company uniform and are not allowed to hassle tourist inside the hall. So Walk out through the main door,10 Mt away and Hail a Yellow taxi. All yellow Taxi have a meter that is in plain sight of the passengers.Plus the yellow taxi will be government retested and have public liability insurance.
If you take a taxi from inside the arrival hall and you can not see the meter because it is covered with a rag or a photo of the family, Well, it is hidden from you for a very good reason, you are going to be RIPPED OFF within the first hour of arriving in Fiji.
A Yellow taxi to Port Denarau (20-30 min) depending on the road works, for
The law in Fiji is that taxi drivers must use the meter...But that is not the case every time you take a taxi.so just ask is the meter on before you close the door or haggle for a fixed price before setting off.
Warning. Booking a taxi at a Resort in Port Denarua will cost you dearly. The best thing to do here is get to know your driver talk to him, if you trust him, get his phone number tell what you are planing to do in Nadi then give him a call an hour before you need him.
If I need to be driven around Nadi at a fair rate,someone always on time (not usual in Fiji!) a very safe driver and a car that is well maintained, I ring John, you can book him online, John is a walking talking encyclopedia don't bother reading brochures just talk to him.
Yellow airport Taxi to Nadi $15.00 = To Port Denarau $25.00 give or take a $1.
A little more expensive than catching a taxi, but you will be greeted as you come out of customs, and get treated like a V.I.P.
We know of several services that we can recommend... check them out on our transport from Nadi airport page.
A word of warming,
If you have booked and paid for a transfer form the airport to your accommodation, make sure you get into the right car or van. You could get nabbed by a by another driver saying he is here to pick you up and take you to your accommodation. When you arrive he is going to demand payment, now the fun starts. All you have to do is tell him to wait here while you go to the resort desk so you can ring the police and ask them come down to the resort and help you sort this matter out. DO NOT, leave any luggage in the car or pay him half the fare just to get rid of him.
SO, to save all the hassle, on your conformation voucher you should be given the name of your driver and his phone number, just look for his name tag and then ask him for his phone number.
Share transfers are Ether 4x4 and sedans with commercial Plates, they are in good condition and safe, you could call then a cheap taxi. they will take you to were ever you would like to go,ie to Suva,the going price is $100 (1/6/2015) flat rate no + +.You could sit there 30 minutes till you can pick up three other people to fill the car, so now it will only cost you $25.00. If you are in a hurry take the whole car with your six suit cases for the $100.you will be in Suva in 3 Hours,unless you stop here and there
To find the Share transfers walk through the Nadi down town market and right into the Bus depot keep walking through the bus depot to the park. Now,look to the top right corner of the park, to the T section, look across the road to the next T section, that road runs up to the Hospital. Around 0800H there would be around a dozen cars parked on that very corner and a small sign,good luck.
out of four rental car company in Nadi I have called into,this was the average pricing all in Fiji$
Booking the car for
One day $130.00 +$15 for insurance +20% for Tax + Bond, the bonds range from $500 to $1500.
To be picket up at the Airport for a one day hire $15.00. Two days or more Free
Two days $65.00 Per Day + insurance and bond
Seven Days $55.00 Per Day + insurance and bond
You will have to bring the car back with the same amount of fuel that was in the tank when you picked it up, and unlimited mileage... (1/6/2015) Regular Petrol is $1.93 PL. You do not have to book ahead, But keep and eye on the rental company booths in Nadi airport and the Resorts they add on $$.
The national open road speed limit is 80kph (50mph) and at times that can seem excessively high! Once you have driven from Nadi to Suva, you will see why the limit is unlikely to be raised anytime soon. The state of the roads make exceeding the limits a dangerous affair.
And do I really need to remind you not to park your car underneath a coconut tree?
Any self respecting travel website will advise you not to use these. They are <b>not</b> registered people carriers,
most of their vehicles are in a poor condition, and who knows if your travel insurance would cover you travelling in one of these? But the fact is, the whole Fijian rural way of life would grind to a halt without these carriers,
so the police seem to turn a blind eye to them. Almost always run by Fijian Indians, they charge the same fare as a local taxi, so it can be very cheap if you can fit in eight to ten people.
And the local population rely on these carriers to get to work and to get the produce to the local market and get to the more remote areas where there is no bus service
You will find any number of these carriers at bus depots, markets, at intersection and at side roads heading up into the highlands. and any other
places were that local gather. If you are stuck out in the middle of no where and need a ride just wave out he will stop because he wants your money. While out walking along the back roads they have pull up behind and asked me do I what a ride, when I tell them I am just out for a walk they think I am Mad.
If you are travelling to the Mamanuca or Yasawa islands, then you will probably use either the South Seas or Yasawa Flyer, which both depart
from Denarau each morning from 8.30am. Check out our page on the Yasawa Flyer for more details. We have current price lists for both the Yasawa Flyer and Tiger IV (goes to Mamanuca islands). If you are looking for a cheaper
way to get to the Mamanucas, then you can catch the Mana Flyer speedboat for only fj$80 one way.