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How to get to Samoa

Samoa, officially the Independent State of Samoa, is located in the Pacific Ocean, around 5632km (3500mi) northeast of Australia.

Formerly known as West Samoa, Samoa comprises two main islands, Savai'i and Upolu, separated by an 18km-wide strait, and four smaller islands: Manono, Apolima, Fanuatapu and Namua.

The most convenient route to Samoa is by air to Faleolo International Airport (APW), located about 30km (18mi) west of Apia, the capital of Samoa.

The smaller Fagali'i Airport (FGI) is used only on the Apia-Pago Pago route, and is located near Fagali'i (or Fagali'i-uta) village, around 5km (3mi) southeast of Apia.


Flight times to Apia, Samoa

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Fagali'i Airport (FGI), Upolu Island, Samoa.

From American Samoa: Samoa Airways offers frequent daily direct flights from Pago Pago on Tutuila Island to Fagali'i Airport (FGI).

Pago Pago to Apia is 35 min, direct flight


The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Faleolo International Airport (APW), Apia, Samoa.

From New Zealand: Air New Zealand and Samoa Airways operate regular direct flights to Apia, Samoa.

Auckland to Apia is 3 hrs 45 min, direct flight


From Australia: Virgin Australia, Qantas, Jetstar and Samoa Airways offer the most convenient flights to Apia, Samoa.

Brisbane to Apia is 4 hrs 45 min, direct flight
Sydney to Apia is 5 hrs 15 min, direct flight

Adelaide to Apia is 8 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Apia is 7 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Apia is 9 hrs, 5 min, connecting flightˆ


From United States: Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, Fiji Airways (from Honolulu), Samoa Airways, American Airlines and United Airlines operate the most convenient daily flights to Apia, Samoa.

Honolulu to Apia is 5 hrs 40 min, direct flight

Atlanta to Apia is 20 hrs 59 min, connecting flightˆ
Boston to Apia is 22 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Apia is 20 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Apia is 18 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ
New York to Apia is 23 hrs 6 min, connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Apia is 14 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Apia is 14 hrs 41 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Westjet, Fiji Airways and American Airlines offer the most convenient flights to Apia, Samoa.

Toronto to Apia is 21 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Apia is 23 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Apia is 15 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia operate regular flights to Apia, Samoa.

Singapore to Apia is 13 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ


From United Kingdom: British Airways, United Airlines, American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines offer the most convenient flights to Apia, Samoa.

London to Apia is 28 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Manchester to Apia is 28 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ


From France: Air France, Virgin Australia, Qantas and Samoa Airways offer the most convenient flights to Apia, Samoa.

Paris to Apia is 27 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes layover time.)


Flying in

Faleolo International Airport (APW) is located about 30km (18mi) west of Apia.

Fagali'i Airport (FGI) is located near Fagali'i (or Fagali'i-uta) village on Upolu, around 5km (3mi) southeast of Apia.

Hotels can provide transport for guests by prior arrangement. Buses, taxis and hire cars are also available.


Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay as well as a ticket for return or onward travel. A visa is required and can be issued on arrival for a maximum stay of 60 days.


Getting around Samoa

Exploring Samoa by car, bicycle and foot is fairly easy. Traffic drives on the left-hand side of the road. The coastal roads on Upolu and Savai'i are sealed, and most of the other main roads are in reasonably good condition.

Drivers should be alert though, especially at night, to the hazard of roaming dogs, pigs, chickens and people.

Frequent ferries operate between Mulifanua, Upolu and Salelologa, Savai’i, taking 1 hour, three times daily. Taxis and hire cars are easily available.

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Latest update: How to get to Samoa: 12 March, 2020


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