Tonga - Essential Information
International Airports are located on Tongatapu – Fua’amotu International Airport is located 21km south of the capital Nuku’alofa and Vava’u – Lupepau’u International Airport lies 10km north of the capital Neiafu.
Chathams Pacific is currently the only domestic airline servicing the Kingdom of Tonga. They commenced operations in the Kingdom of Tonga in April 2008 and now have a fleet of 6 aircraft servicing 6 ports (’Eua, Tongatapu, Ha’apai, Vava’u, Niuatoputapu and Niuafo’ou).
Polynesian Blue Airlines flies to Tonga several times per week from Australia and New Zealand with connections from most cities. There is no public bus service directly to the airport, but shuttles and taxis are available on international flights. Most accommodation in Nuku’alofa provides pick-up services for their guests if you let them know in advance. Teta Tours provides transfers to and from the domestic and international airport.
The MV Olovaha travels from Nuku’alofa, Tongatapu to Neiafu, Vava’u via Ha’afeva and Pangai in the Ha’apai group, depart on Tuesday and arrive on Wednesday. The return journey from Vava’u to Nuku’alofa departs Thursday. Schedules can vary, so it is best to check with either the Shipping Corporation of Tonga or Tonga Visitors Bureau for the latest schedules. If you plan to travel straight out to the northern islands, check departure times prior to your arrival.
Visitors are required to obtain a temporary driver’s license to rent a car. The test is usually to produce your home license, your passport and a fee. People drive very slowly in Tonga, observing all the rules of 40 km/hr in towns and villages and outside these areas 65 km/hr.
Bicycles are a cheap and fun mode of transportation around the main island. Many guest houses have bicycles for hire or complimentary use. Niko’s Bicycle Rental is run from a trailer opposite the Dateline Hotel on Vuna Road.
The buses in Tonga are an inexpensive way of getting around. There is no scheduled timetable, however, buses usually start early in the morning around 8:00 and run until 17:00 and no buses operate on Sundays. It is advisable if you have travelled out of Nuku’alofa for the day that you are on a bus for return into town by 15:00.
There are two central bus stations located along Vuna Road in Nuku’alofa. Opposite the Tonga Visitors Bureau office, is the Central Bus Station that takes you to the Hospital and around the town area. To travel to the far eastern and western districts, catch a bus from the station opposite the Ministry of Education building.
Recognise a taxi by the ”T” in front of the numbers/letters of the number plate. They are not permitted to operate on Sundays. Please ensure you ask for the taxi fare to a certain place before you agree to pay or get on. There are numerous taxis on Tongatapu and Vava’u and elsewhere very few or none.
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