Car Hire and Car Rental in Fiji

The thrill of exploration is within us all. We are born with a sense of adventure, and a desire to learn new things. While in Fiji, there truly is no better way to embrace your ‘explorer spirit’ than to head out on the road and experience many of the spectacular and charming treasures that our beautiful island nation has to offer.

What is required to drive a rental vehicle in Fiji?

Always read the Terms and Conditions of the respective Rental Compay, so the whole process runs smoothly upon arriving in Fiji.  The process should only take 15 minutes if all the paperwork is completed correctly.  

Advice on Driving safely on Fijian roads

Left-Hand Driving

Fiji drives on the left-hand side of the Road – The reason for this dates back to the British Crown,  Left-hand traffic became the law of the land in Britain in 1773 and 1835 and later exported their driving styles to their respective colonies, which is why many former British territories such as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, and Fiji still drive on the left.

If you are unfamiliar with driving on the left side of the road, spend the first few hours taking it slowly, with several refreshments breaks, customize yourself with the local environment, and only travel during good weather.  The Fijian roads were completely refurbished over the last few years to connect the two sides of the islands economically, so you should be a pro in no time at all.

Familiarize yourself with the road signs and Speed Limits | Using the phone when driving is illegal

Over the last few years, the Fijian Government and the governing body, the Land and Transport Association (LTA), started increasing the number of Traffic patrol officers on the roads, with the primary intention to stop people speeding and using their mobile phones whilst driving.

At the start of the campaign, the police patrols were easily noticed by motorists a long distance away, so they simply slowed down during that specific stretch of the road, and when they passed the temporary patrol post sped up again, duly warning the oncoming traffic the other side of the road with a few flashes of their headlamps symbolizing to slow down and keep your eyes open over the next few miles.

This continued for several months until the police raised their game and became more stealth, literally hiding along the sideroads, the undergrowth along the side of the roads were used as camouflage, with a small traffic gun pointing out from the scrubs catching the unaware motorist, and then radioing to a patrol car further down the road to stop a specific car and to book them for the offense, they even charged cars warning other motorist of their new hideouts.

After all these games played out, with a lot of Fijian people out of pocket, we started to slow down and started to become more responsible, especially around built-up areas and schools.

So if your phone rings, simply pull over to the next safe place and then phone them back, less than 25 years ago, people had to go to a phone box on the side of the road to check into the office or family, your on Fiji time now, your safety is most important.

Fiji Road Sign Poster
Fiji Road Sign Poster (Courtesy of LTA Fiji)

Weather Conditions & Night Driving

The Fijian weather can change very quickly, from a beautiful sunny day to clouding over in a few minutes followed by a torrential downpour.  This normally lasts for only a few minutes, it disappears as fast as it came.  Our suggestion is simply; to pull over the vehicle and take a break, and when you return on your journey just be aware of the new conditions, drive slower, and keep a greater distance between the vehicle in front.

Night Driving – if you traveling at night or early evening as the sun goes down, try to keep it to a short journey on familiar roads, especially on the weekends, as a lot of people will be out and about starting to enjoy their weekend.

Common Road Hazards and How to React to Them

Overtaking – Designated overtaking areas along the main highways around Fiji have been added to the road network allowing you to pass safely; larger trucks, coaches, minibusses, and sugar cane trucks to name a few; all use this main road artery between Lautoka and Suva.  Only pass at these locations (signposted), as there are many blind corners, add this to the worldwide phenomena of erratic drivers, heeding this advice makes your journey more pleasurable. We recommend adding a few extra minutes to your journey plan, at the start of your adventure, this mentally slows down the pace of every action thenceforward

Road Humps (oh the glorious sleeping policeman) – these are everywhere especially as you enter built-up areas,  approaching villages, schools, or public recreational areas as you do at home, slow down in plenty of time to avoid any damage to the undercarriage of the rental vehicle.  In the Nadi area, these are found prior to entering Nadi town from the airport and in Viseisei Village, between Nadi and Lautoka.

Unsealed Roads – Traveling further away from the main roads you will come to encounter many unseal roads, slow down and drive carefully to avoid damage to your vehicle.  Note that some firms do not allow their cars to be driven on unpaved roads, thus taking your vehicle to a place such as the Nausori Highlands is off-limits. Likewise, you should determine if the agency permits taking the vehicles on roll-on, roll-off ferries to Vanua Levu, Taveuni, or Ovalau if that’s on your agenda. Taking a car on to Vanua Levu or Taveuni is best done with a 4WD vehicle, particularly if you’re planning to get off the beaten track.

Pedestrians & Livestock Hazards – You will encounter horses, cattle, goats to name a few, all along the road networks, enjoying the beauty of Fiji, so just be aware and keep your wits about you, and act accordingly, if they momentarily cause you to slow down or stop, start your hazard lights to make other people aware of the situation.  Motorists should also be aware of villagers who sometimes walk dangerously close to passing vehicles or sit in groups at the edges of roads that pass through communities.

How to choose the right car rental Operator Online. 

You’re all packed for your trip to Fiji, and all that’s left is to choose a car rental company.  Technology is a wonderful tool that lets you do this right in the comfort of your own home. However, you shouldn’t just pick the first car rental service you see- here are several considerations that will help guide you through this process, so you can choose the right establishment best suited to your specific needs, and ultimately a pleasurable experience.

What type of vehicle do you require for your Fijian adventure? 

If you’re thinking about the best car you need for driving in Fiji, the answer depends on where you want to go and how many people are with you on your trip. You can choose from various vehicle types that suit well with your solo trip, small group tour, family vacations, and even group travel. You can also note the driving distances in Fiji and find the best vehicles to use on adventures.

Check Online Reviews | Not just the ones displayed on their respective website

The next step is checking online reviews, keeping in mind that every business will have its share of good and bad reviews. The important thing to look for is multiple reviews describing the same experiencesAlso, most review websites allow businesses to respond to reviews. A venue picking an argument with a past customer over a bad experience is a red flag, while measured responses that show a willingness to solve the problem are a good sign.

Car Cleaning Protocols | Servicing 

Since the Covid-19 pandemic, tougher more strict cleaning protocols have been implemented by several car rental firms across Fiji.  The respective government at the time,  provided guidance on how they could ensure the health and wellbeing of all their customers.   For example, Avis released a short educational video and diagrams to illustrate their new protocols.  A quick message via social media or email to a respective establishment prior to booking might be a wise move if this concerns you.

Price comparison and payment options

Car rental can be pricey in Fiji. On average, rental cars cost $66 per day or $460 per week, so plan your budget accordingly. You might also incur additional fees for extra features. You also need to note Fiji’s gas prices (Details below). There are plenty of gas stations in main towns, and most do not accept credit cards. Always carry cash when filling up a tank. Here are the day rates for car rentals in Fiji:

Important Information 

Car Rental Companies across Fiji

 International Airport  Nadi Town   Coral Coast  Suva City
Avis Fiji

Budget Rental Cars

Bula Car Rentals

Central Rentals

Coastal Rental Cars



Thrifty Car Rental

AAAK Rentals

Aims Rent-a-Car

Angels Car Rentals

Go Dirty Tours

Satellite Rent-a-Car

Budget Rental Cars

Coastal Rental Cars


Thrifty Car Rental

AAQIB Rentals

Avis Fiji

Budget Rental Cars

Central Rentals

Coastal Car Rental



The table above displays Rental Car Companies distributed around Viti Levu, Fiji, we have detracted all the small venues that have not got a presence online, so although it is not definitive, it provides a mixture of the larger international companies alongside the locally-owned businesses.

Distances between Major Cities & Towns

Kings and Queens Road
Queens Road (White) | Lautoka – Sigatoka – Pacific Harbour – Suva | Kings Road (Orange) | Lautoka – Rakiraki – Suva

Lautoka – Suva via Queens Road | (Kilometres (km)

Lautoka Nadi Denarau Sanasana Sigatoka Korotoga Pac.Har. Suva
Lautoka 0 26 35 75 90 97 170 215
Nadi 26 0 9 58 65 72 145 190
Denarau 35 9 0 52 67 75 147 192
Sanasana 75 58 52 0 33 40 112 158
Sigatoka 90 65 67 33 0 7 80 125
Korotoga 97 72 75 40 7 0 73 118
Pac.Har. 170 145 147 112 80 73 0 49
Suva 215 190 192 158 125 118 49 0

Lautoka – Suva via Kings Road | (Kilometres (km)

Lautoka Ba Rakiraki Korovou Nausori Suva
Lautoka 0 36 107 158 233 236
Ba 36 0 73 124 199 218
Rakiraki 107 73 0 68 143 162
Korovou 158 124 68 0 99 118
Nausori 233 199 143 99 0 20
Suva 236 218 162 118 20 0

Savusavu - Labasa Road Map
Savusavu – Labasa Road Map

Savusavu – Labasa | (Kilometres (km)

Labasa Savusavu Buca Bay Nabouwalu
Labasa 0 85 163 135
Savusavu 85 0 78 147
Buca Bay 163 78 0 220
Nabouwalu 135 147 220 0

Petrol Stations & Fuel Costs around Fiji

Retail Fuel Prices | From Tuesday, 1 February 2022 

The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) has determined the new regulated prices of Unleaded Petrol, Premix, Kerosene, Diesel, and LPG – Source for updated information