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Cheap flights to Apia

What's Apia like?

Apia is Samoa's capital, but with a population similar to Gisborne, it's hard-pushed to call itself a city. This is a big appeal for many travellers, who want to get away from the hustle of daily life and relax on the palm-fringed beaches of Samoa.

Apia is found on the island of Upolu, which is home to many natural wonders. The island itself is formed from a volcanic eruption and features attractions like To Sua Trench, Papaseea Sliding Rocks and the Piula Cave Pool.

Which airlines fly to Apia?

Both Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia offer direct flights from Auckland to Apia. The only other airline that flies from New Zealand to Samoa is Fiji Airways , with 1 or more stops along the way.

How long is the flight to Apia?

Auckland to Apia

3 hours 50 minutes (direct)

Christchurch to Apia

6 hours 35 minutes (1 stop)

Queenstown to Apia

7 hours (1 stop)

Wellington to Apia

6 hours 15 minutes (1 stop)

What is the best time to visit Apia?

Apia experiences warm weather throughout the year. Like many tropical countries, it has a wet season. For Samoa, this happens from November to April. It can be safe to travel during this period, but you may experience extreme downpours which can put a real dampener on your holiday if tours get cancelled.

Do I need a visa for Apia?

No, New Zealand citizens are granted a 60-day visa on arrival for Samoa.

How expensive is Apia?

Apia, and Samoa in general, is a lot cheaper than New Zealand. When dining out, you'll find that food and drink is roughly a third of the price it is in Auckland. Hotels and taxis also tend to be cheaper, although some resorts may have more familiar price tags.

The currency in Samoa is the tala.

Arriving in Apia

Samoa's only international airport, Faleolo Airport (APWW), is 25km to the west of Apia. The airport has a single terminal and sparse facilities. For your return trip, it's recommended that you bring a book or another form of entertainment to see out the wait.

A taxi to Apia is likely to cost around WS$60. Tickets for shuttle buses to hotels in Apia can be bought in the arrivals hall. These cost WS$20. Public buses are available from the street outside the airport, with a one-way ticket set at WS$5.

Useful tips about Apia

Samoa uses the same plugs as New Zealand, so there's no need to pack a travel adapter.

Although Samoan is the official language, English is widely understood.

Save money when exchanging your New Zealand dollars for Samoan tala .

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Please note: all information is correct as of September, 2017.

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