Car Hire at Nadi International Airport
This information is correct as of July 2015.
If you book really early, you'll be able to save plenty of money for car hire in Fiji. Getting around the main island Viti Levu from the primary airport in Nadi should be a breeze with a rental car at your disposal! You'll have utmost independence and flexibility in terms of the journey. There so many notable attractions and sightseeing spots on the island, but feel free to explore it at your own pace.
Where to hire a car at Nadi International Airport
Booking in advance would be the best way to go, but rental cars are also readily available at the Nadi International Airport for those who didn't make reservations. However, the cars are subject to availability. Car hire agencies at the airport include Budget, Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Thrifty, Central Rentals, Khan's Rental Cars, and Sharmas Rentals. The desks are in International Arrivals. Before renting a car check with at least two companies to compare rates, vehicles available, and terms. Also keep in mind the duration you want to keep the car, as most companies can usually offer daily, weekly, monthly, short or long term car hire services.
What to expect when hiring a car from Nadi International Airport
In order to be eligible to rent and drive a rental vehicle from Nadi international Airport, travellers are required to have a valid driver's licence from their own country. An International Driving Permit may also be required, as well as other documents such as your passport and documents related to the vehicle that will be provided to you by the car hire company of your choice.
More often than not, when dropping off the vehicle, it is required that you return it with a full fuel tank to avoid any additional fees. It is best to fuel up first before heading back to the airport to return the car. Petrol stations are available in and near all the major towns, but are practically non-existent in some of the rural areas. If you find yourself stuck off the beaten track, check village shops as some sell fuel from drums.
Driving around Nadi International Airport
Despite being the primary airport serving the country, Nadi International Airport is far away from the capital Suva, about 197 kilometres northwest of the city. It is located nine kilometres north of central Nadi.
Driving in Fiji is on the left-hand side of the road. The maximum speed limit on highways is 80 kilometres per hour and in built-up areas is 50 kilometres per hour. Viti Levu contains majority of the sealed highways. These are generally well-maintained, but drivers are advised to keep an eye out for potholes. Also be careful with speedbumps on roads near some of the villages that are larger than they appear.
Getting to your destination
From Nadi international Airport, there are so many tourism opportunities on the main island of Viti Levu that you must not miss. Hop on your rental vehicle and continue on your journey!
Suva is the capital of Fiji, located on the southeast coast of the island. The city hosts many of the regional, national, and local events, concerts, and arts, music and trade festivals, with plenty of venues to choose from such as the Vodafone Arena and the ANZ National Stadium. It also features a number of parks and gardens. Nightlife in Suva starts early, as most nightclubs and bars are open from late afternoon until 5AM. Low-key entertainment is also available. Suva offers affordable and unique shopping opportunities in Suva Central, Cumming Street, Marks Street, Terry Walk, and a few other shopping areas.
Suva is 197 kilometres away from the airport. There are two ways to get there: via Kings Road or, the shorter way, via Queens Road. The journey takes three to four hours.
Coral Coast is one of the most iconic tourist areas in Fiji, an 80-kilometre stretch of coastline between Sigatoka and Suva. The centre of tourism and the largest town in Coral Coast is Sigatoka. There are several resorts for accommodation, and activities include golfing, diving, and beach activities.
Sigatoka is 69 kilometres from Nadi International Airport. Head south to Wailoaloa Road, then get on Saravi Road. Turn right onto Queensroad, all the way to Sigatoka. The drive takes approximately an hour.
Lautoka, the second largest city of Fiji, is also known as Sugar City because it lies in the heart of the city's sugar cane growing region. Lautoka also has beautiful Botanical Gardens containing a wide variety of tropical plants. Other points of interest are the Sugar Mill and the Hare Krishna Temple.
The drive to Lautoka from the airport should take less than an hour without traffic. Take Wailoaloa Road to Queens Road in the Western Division. Continue on to Tavakubu Road in Lautoka.