How to get to Vanuatu

The Vanuatu Islands are located in the South Pacific Ocean some 1750km (1087mi) east of Australia.

The most convenient route to Vanuatu is by air to Bauerfield International Airport (VLI), located around 6km (3.7mi) north of Port Vila, on the island of Efate.

The airport receives direct flights from New Zealand and Australia.

Air Vanuatu also offers a weekly direct flight from Brisbane to Santo-Pekoa International Airport (SON) on Espiritu Santo Island.


Flight time to Espiritu Santo & Tanna islands

Within Vanuatu: Air Vanuatu operates daily direct flights from Port Vila to Espiritu Santo Island and Tanna Island.

Port Vila to Espiritu Santo is 55 min, direct flight
Port Vila to Tanna is 40 min, direct flight


Flight times to Vanuatu

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Bauerfield International Airport (VLI), Port Vila, Vanuatu.

From Australia: Air Vanuatu and Virgin Australia offer the most convenient flights to Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Brisbane to Port Vila is 2 hrs 20 min, direct flight
Melbourne to Port Vila is 4 hrs 30 min, direct flight
Sydney to Port Vila is 3 hrs 15 min, direct flight

Adelaide to Port Vila is 6 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Port Vila is 10 hrs, 40 min, connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Air Vanuatu offer the most convenient flights to Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Auckland to Port Vila is 3 hrs 15 min, direct flight


From United States: American Airlines, United Airlines, Qantas, Air Vanuatu and Fiji Airways operate the most convenient two stop flights to Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Atlanta to Port Vila is 22 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Boston to Port Vila is 23 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Port Vila is 21 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Port Vila is 20 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ
New York to Port Vila is 23 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Port Vila is 16 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Port Vila is 18 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Air Vanuatu and Air New Zealand offer the most convenient flights to Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Toronto to Port Vila is 23 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Port Vila is 25 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Port Vila is 19 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Air Vanuatu and Virgin Australia offer the most convenient flights to Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Singapore to Port Vila is 13 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ


From United Kingdom: British Airways, Air Vanuatu and Virgin Australia offer the most convenient flights to Port Vila, Vanuatu.

London to Port Vila is 28 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ


From France: Air France, Air Vanuatu and Virgin Australia offer the most convenient flights to Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Paris to Port Vila is 29 hrs, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes layover time.)


Flying in

Bauerfield International Airport is located 6km (3.7mi) north of Port Vila on Efate Island.

Santo-Pekoa International Airport (SON) is located 7.4km (4.6mi) from Luganville on Espiritu Santo Island.

Whitegrass Airport (TAH), also known as White Grass Airport or Tanna Airport, is located 8km (5mi) north of Lénakel township on Tanna Island.

Hotels and resorts provide courtesy transport for guests. Taxis, hire cars and shuttle transfers are available from the airport.


Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay, a return/onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days.


Getting around Vanuatu

The best way of getting around Vanuatu is by air. While on land, car hire and taxis offer the opportunity of exploring some of the main islands – but not all islands have roads.

In remote areas, including the west coasts of Santo and Malekula, and the east coasts of Maewo, Pentecost and Ambrym islands, the only access is by foot or speedboat.

Inter-island travel is often by small cargo and passenger boats that operate out of Port Vila and Luganville.

More about how to get around Vanuatu


Latest update: How to get to Vanuatu: 27 April, 2022



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