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How to get to Samoa

The nine islands of Samoa are located in the Pacific Ocean, around 5632km northeast of Australia, and are accessible by air with direct flights to Apia from Honolulu, Auckland, Brisbane, Sydney and Nadi.

Getting to Samoa

Formerly known as West Samoa, Samoa comprises several islands including Upolu and Savai’i, the two main islands that lie separated by an 18km-wide strait.

Getting to Samoa generally includes either one- or two-stop flights, unless you are coming from Honolulu, Auckland, Brisbane, Sydney or Nadi, in which case you can fly direct to Apia.

From Australia: Virgin Australia Airlines operates direct flights to Apia from Brisbane and Sydney, and 1-stop flights from Melbourne and Perth.

From New Zealand: Virgin Australia Airlines and Air New Zealand operate direct flights to Apia from Auckland.

From the UK: The most convenient flights (2-stop) are on United Airlines or American Airlines to Chicago or San Francisco connecting with Air Pacific to Apia via Honolulu.

From the USA: From New York, the most convenient 2- and 3-stop flights are on United Airlines or American Airlines to Los Angeles or Continental to San Francisco connecting with Air Pacific to Apia. From Los Angeles, the most convenient 1-stop flights to Apia are via Auckland on Air New Zealand or Honolulu on American Airlines.

Flight time to Samoa

Brisbane to Apia is 4 hrs 45 min, direct flight
Sydney to Apia is 5 hrs 15 min, direct flight
Melbourne to Apia is 7 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to Apia is 10 hrs, with connecting flightˆ

Auckland to Apia is 3 hrs 50 min, direct flight
London to Apia is 33 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Apia is 28 hrs 35 min, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Apia is 17 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ
(ˆIncludes layover time.)

Flying in

Faleolo Airport is 34km from the capital, Apia. Typically, hotels and resorts provide pre-arranged transport for guests. 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

Polynesian Airlines operates daily flights from Faleolo Airport (Apia) on Upolu to Maota and Asau on Savai’i Island. Frequent ferries operate between Upolu and Savai’i. Taxis and hire cars are easily available. Traffic drives on the right.


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Latest update: How to get to Samoa: 18 November, 2018


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