Nadi International Airport on the main island of Viti Levu is the entry point for all flights from North America to Fiji. From Nadi, you can connect to flights within in Fiji, to Samoa and other South Pacific islands, and to Australia and New Zealand.
If you’d been to Nadi’s airport several years ago, you’ll find huge changes in the services and amenities now offered due to recent renovations and upgrades. The airport has one terminal for both international and domestic flights. On the ground floor you will find check in, retail shops and baggage claim. To the left of check-in you will find the domestic gates. On the second floor you will find arrival/departure gates for international flights and more retail opportunities.
Nadi Airport is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We recommend that you allow about three hours before your flight’s scheduled departure for customs and security checks, processing and unexpected delays. Flight information displays are located at numerous places throughout the terminal.
Nadi Airport is very small compared to the international airports in Australia, New Zealand and the departure airports in North America, so finding assistance is fairly easy. There is a tourist information desk in the arrivals hall as well.
Nadi Airport’s renovations and upgrades will continue until mid-2013. Work still to be completed includes extending the departure lounge and baggage claim area, and adding more shops. Airport management recommends allowing for extra time for check-in due to delays these renovations may cause.
Traveling To And From The Airport
Nadi Airport is accessible by bus, rental car, shuttle and taxi. The airport is about 10 minutes drive from Nadi city, and about 40 minutes from Lautoka. The drive to Denarau Island to reach the luxurious resorts there or to Port Denarau Marina for ferry connections to the outer island resorts takes about 20 minutes.
Suva, the Fijian capital, is about a 2 hour and 40 minute drive through the countryside, along the Fijian coast – domestic flights are available to Suva to get you there faster, but you’ll miss the scenic drive.
Numerous companies offer taxi and shuttle service. Fares are currently $20 – 30 FJD one way to Nadi city, and $180 FJD to Suva. Drivers should use their meters to calculate fares, but if they do not, you should establish the prices before leaving the airport. You can pre-book shuttles and taxis, but both are available on arrival. An airport-exit fee of $5 FJD is required for both taxis and shuttles – check if this fee is included in the quoted price when you make your arrangements.
And there are lots of options for rental cars – many companies offer services from within the airport, and there are also a number of services available in the surrounding town. Prices vary; check the provider websites for more information.
Nadi’s roads may be difficult to traverse, so watch out for potholes, narrow roads, pedestrians and wandering animals. For short distances, we recommend public transportation or a private driver as the driving culture in Fiji differs greatly from that in North America.
There are several buses that travel to and from Nadi Airport. The public buses are found at signposted stops; but will also pull over if you catch the drivers’ attention. Fares are about $1 FJD one way. The buses have canvas windows, which are left open when not raining, in true island style. However, there are private companies that offer bus services with a more reliable schedule:
- Sunbeam Transport Ltd has a limited-schedule bus running from the airport every few hours throughout the day. For more information, see http://www.sunbeamfiji.com/.
- Coral Sun Express bus. Runs twice a day. For more information, see http://www.touristtransportfiji.com.
- Pacific Transport offers a limited-schedule bus running every few hours throughout the day. For more information, see http://www.pacifictransport.com.fj.
In planning your vacation to Fiji, you certainly do not want to spend more time at Nadi’s airport than you must. But if you find you have a lengthy connection or unexpected delay at the airport, refer to our handy insider’s guide to the services you’ll find while you wait.