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How to get to Tonga

Scattered over 7700sq km of ocean, the islands of Tonga are located 775km (481mi) south-east of Fiji, 1190km (739mi) north-east of Auckland and 3220km (2000mi) north-east of Sydney.

The most convenient route to Tonga is by air to Fuaʻamotu International Airport (TBU), which is located on the southern coast of Tongatapu, around 22km (13mi) from the capital, Nukuʻalofa.

Fuaʻamotu International Airport (TBU) receives direct flights from New Zealand, Australia and Fiji. From elsewhere, you’ll require a connecting flight.

There are separate International and Domestic terminals. Regular domestic services are operated by Real Tonga Airlines to the islands of Vava'u, Ha'apai and 'Eua; less frequent services are operated to Niuatoputapu and Niuafo'ou islands.


Flight times to Tonga

From United States: American Airlines, United Airlines, Air New Zealand and Fiji Airways operate the most convenient two and three stop flights to Nuku‘alofa, Tonga.

Atlanta to Tonga is 21 hrs 22 min, with connecting flightˆ
Boston to Tonga is 22 hrs 35 min, with connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Tonga is 20 hrs 35 min, with connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Tonga is 19 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Tonga is 22 hrs 50 min, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Tonga is 15 hrs 5 min, with connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Tonga is 15 hrs 5 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, WestJet, Fiji Airways and United Airlines offer the most convenient flights to Nuku‘alofa, Tonga.

Toronto to Tonga is 21 hrs 44 min, with connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Tonga is 24 hrs 27 min, with connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Tonga is 18 hrs 50 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Australia: Qantas, Fiji Airways and Virgin Australia offer the most convenient flights to Nuku‘alofa, Tonga.

Adelaide to Tonga is 7 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Tonga is 7 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Tonga is 4 hrs 30 min, direct flight
Melbourne to Tonga is 6 hrs 50 min, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to Tonga is 9 hrs, 45 min, with connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia operate regular flights to Nuku‘alofa, Tonga.

Auckland to Tonga is 2 hrs 45 min, direct flight


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia operate regular flights to Nuku‘alofa, Tonga.

Singapore to Tonga is 13 hrs 10 min, with connecting flightˆ


From United Kingdom: British Airways and Fiji Airways offer the most convenient flights to Nuku‘alofa, Tonga.

London to Tonga is 27 hrs 50 min, with connecting flightˆ


From France: Air France, Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia offer the most convenient flights to Nuku‘alofa, Tonga.

Paris to Tonga is 28 hrs 50 min, with connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes layover time.)


Flying in

Fua'Amotu International Airport (TBU) is located about 22km (13mi) southeast of Nuku'alofa on the main island of Tongatapu.

Hotels and resorts provide courtesy transport for arriving guests by prior arrangement. Taxi's meet incoming international and domestic flights. The standard fare for up to four passengers between the airport and Nuku'alofa is T$40.


Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay, a return/onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds. A visa is required; obtainable on arrival in Tonga, and valid for 31 days.


Getting around Tonga

Between islands: Air travel is quick and easy, but there are no flights in Tonga on Sunday. Local ferries operate from Faua Wharf in Nuku'alofa to Ha'apai and Vava'u islands.

On land: Buses, taxis and hire cars are all available. Traffic drives on the left.


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Latest update: How to get to Tonga: 24 May, 2019


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