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How to get to Tahiti

Gateway to French Polynesia, Tahiti is easily accessibly by air with flights to Papeete from Auckland, Sydney and Los Angeles.

Getting to Tahiti

Tahiti sits in the heart of French Polynesia – a vast expanse of 118 islands scattered over 2.5 million sq km of the South Pacific – located around 6,120km northwest of Sydney, Australia and 4,000km northwest of Auckland, New Zealand.

From Australia: Air Tahiti Nui operates twice-weekly flights (Friday and Sunday) from Sydney to Papeete. Qantas (with Tahiti Nui) offers three flights a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday) from Sydney via Auckland to Papeete.

From New Zealand: Air New Zealand offers direct flights twice-weekly (Monday and Friday); Air Tahiti flies thrice-weekly (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday) from Auckland to Papeete.

From the UK: Air New Zealand and Air Tahiti are the most convenient flights from London.

From the USA: Air Tahiti and Air France operate daily flights direct from Los Angeles to Papeete. Hawaiian Airlines fly direct from Honolulu.

Flight time to Papeete, Tahiti

Brisbane to Tahiti is 20 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Tahiti is 10 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Tahiti is 10 hrs, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to Tahiti is 15 hrs, 40 min with connecting flight

Auckland to Tahiti is 4 hrs 55 min, direct flight
London to Tahiti is 21 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Tahiti is 16 hrs 10 min, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Tahiti is 8 hrs 20 min, direct flight.
(ˆIncludes layover time.)

Flying in

Fa'aa International Airport is located 5km west of Papeete. Hotels and resorts typically provide pre-arranged transport for guests. If you don't have a booking, you can take the public bus or a taxi.

Getting around

On Land - The famous ‘Le Truk’ open-air buses have now vanished, replaced by new air-conditioned buses that follow the same routes on a regular timetable roughly every 15 minutes. They generally stop when hailed – although there are now designated bus stops.

There are basically three routes: around Pape'ete (catch this along Rue du Général de Gaulle), the east coast and Tahiti Iti (catch this along Blvd Pomare) and the west coast (catch this along Rue du Maréchal Foch and Rue du Général de Gaulle).

Hire cars, scooters and taxis (very expensive) are available. Some resorts offer bicycles for free or to rent. Traffic drives on the right.

Between islands – by air: Air Tahiti offer daily flights from Tahiti to the neighbouring islands of Bora Bora, Huahine, Maupiti, Moorea and Raiatea as well as the remote archipelagos, including: Tuamotu East and North with Manihi, Rangiroa, Takapoto and Tikehau; Austral Islands of Rurutu and Tubuai; Marquesas Islands of Hiva Oa and Nuku Hiva.

By Ferry: Fast inter-island catamarans and regular ferries exist between Bora Bora, Huahine, Moorea, Papeete and Raiatea.

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

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