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How to get to Tonga

The most convenient direct flights to Tonga are from New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and Hawaii. From anywhere else, you’ll need a connecting flight.

Getting to Tonga

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

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

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

From the UK: The most convenient flights (2-stop) are on Air New Zealand or Qantas via Hong Kong and Auckland.

From the USA: From New York, the most convenient 2- and 3-stop flights are on Continental to Los Angeles connecting with Air Pacific via Nadi. From Los Angeles, the most convenient 1-stop flights to Tongatapu are via Auckland on Air New Zealand or via Nadi on Air Pacific.

Flight time to Tongatapu, Tonga

Brisbane to Tongatapu is 7 hours 5 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Tongatapu is 4 hours 30 minutes, direct flight
Melbourne to Tongatapu is 6 hours 50 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to Tongatapu is 10 hours, with connecting flightˆ

Auckland to Tongatapu is 2 hours 50 minutes, direct flight
London to Tongatapu is 29 hours 15 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Tongatapu is 28 hours 35 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Tongatapu is 14 hours, with connecting flightˆ
(ˆIncludes layover time.)

Flying in

Fua'Amotu International Airport is located 24km southeast of Nuku'alofa on the main island of Tongatapu. Hotels and resorts provide courtesy transport for arriving guests. Taxis and hire cars are also available.

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.

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

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