What is required to drive a rental vehicle in Fiji?
- To rent a car, a driver must be at least 21 years old and have held a driver’s license for two years.
- Drivers must carry while driving their valid driver’s licenses, car registration, and insurance documents
- You need to submit the required documentation before you can rent a car in Fiji. You need to have your local driving license in the English language for at least two years. If it’s written in another language, you need to acquire an International Driver’s Permit. If you are below 25 years old, a surcharge per young driver regulation may incur. Take note that you will be required to pay for your car using your credit card.
- Third-party insurance is obligatory. Some agencies include it in their daily rates whereas others tally it on at the end. Figure on another $30 at least. It’s suggested that you get personal liability insurance if you are not already covered. (Renters are liable for the first $500 damage).
- Always read the Terms and Conditions of the respective Rental Company, 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
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.
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 simple; 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.
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 from 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 side roads, the undergrowth was 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 motorists of their new hideouts with a fixed financial penalty.
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 (these can still be seen across the main towns of Fiji in different states of disrepair), you are on Fiji time now, and your safety is most important.
During this same period, the government at the time placed billboard advertisements across all the main road arteries, images below are originally from the blog article called ‘Driving In Fiji 101: Everything You Need To Know‘ from the chantae a well-known travel blogger, they depict a wildly uncomfortable message.
4 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.
- Car / Sedan – This is the best choice if you’re looking for an affordable rate and excellent fuel economy. It can accommodate at least five passengers. You can stow your luggage and still be at ease and comfortable during your travel journey
- SUV – Rent an SUV if you’re looking for an ultimate outdoor adventure. The SUV has a spacious interior and smooth drivability that is fit for your next experience. The SUV can accommodate 7 to 8 passengers
- Van – If a seven-passenger space is not enough for you and your luggage, consider renting a van that has a twelve to fifteen-passenger capacity. You need to travel without feeling too packed for the day. A 4-wheel drive is also great if you’ll be traveling on roads that are in slightly poor condition.
- Luxury car – If you can afford to rent this type of car, then why not? Aside from great comfort and high-quality travel, this type of car has many unique features that fit your personality
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 experiences. Also, 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 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.
10 Important ‘MUST KNOWS’ before driving in Fiji
- The speed limit in residential areas is 50 km/h, while in urban areas, the speed limit is 80 km/h
- The maximum alcohol blood content must be only up to 80 mg.
- Using a phone while driving is prohibited unless you are using a hands-free device
- Eating and drinking while driving is illegal
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is forbidden
- The front driver and passenger are required to wear seatbelts
- Seatbelts are mandatory when driving a rental car
- There are no toll roads in Fiji
- When parking in an urban area, purchase a ticket where necessary and display on the front windscreen for parking meter wardens.
- Drivers need to carry a valid driver’s license, registration, and insurance documents all the time
Car Rental Companies & Average Daily Price
The table below 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.
|International Airport||Nadi Town||Coral Coast||Suva City|
|Avis Fiji||AAAK Rentals||Budget Rental Cars||AAQIB Rentals|
|Budget Rental Cars||Aims Rent-a-Car||Coastal Rental Cars||Avis Fiji|
|Bula Car Rentals||Angels Car Rentals||Hertz||Budget Rental Cars|
|Central Rentals||Go Dirty Tours||Thrifty Car Rental||Central Rentals|
|Coastal Rental Cars||Satellite Rent-a-Car||Coastal Car Rental|
|Thrifty Car Rental|
|AAAK RENTALS - If you’re looking for an affordable rental car to hire in Fiji, AAAK Rentals is the place to come. With a wide range of the latest model and well-maintained vehicles, we endeavor to provide our clients with the best possible service. Enjoy unlimited mileage, air-conditioning, and full insurance. Feel free to check out our fleet of vehicles to pick one suitable for your needs; we guarantee that we will have something for you. We've been based in Nadi for the last few years providing safe, reliable cars at affordable prices. AAAK Rentals guarantees reliable service that will make your holiday more memorable in Fiji Islands.|
|AIMS RENT A CAR - We are proud to be a Fiji-owned company. When you rent a car from Aims Rent-A-Car, you’re guaranteed great service from our staff who know the mainland like the back of our hands. Our team is all passionate travelers, and we are flexible enough to meet your specific requirements. Our aim is to make your hire car experience painless, easy, and the perfect start to your trip. All year round we have a fleet of 4WD, cars, and minivans for hire, perfect if you are planning to hit the mountains, visit the interior, or take a cruise along the beach.|
|ANGELS CAR RENTALS - At Angels Rental Cars, you receive the quality and service you expect from a leader. You can rest assured that, with Angels Rental Cars, you will enjoy the rides in the most comfortable way. At Angels Rental Cars, the customer always comes first because YOUR BEST RIDE, IS OUR PRIDE.|
|SATELLITE RENT-A-CAR - We invite you to experience Fiji’s First Choice Rental Car Company. With a wide range of the latest models and well-maintained vehicles, we endeavor to provide our clients with the best possible service. We believe that we have a vehicle appropriate for everyone. We have been based in Nadi for the last 20 years providing safe, reliable, and late-model cars at affordable prices We ensure that we will provide you with a service that will make your holiday more memorable in Fiji Islands. We provide all types of Cars, Scooters, 4 Wheel Drives, Twin Cabs, Luxury Vehicles, and also Budget Vehicles all at reasonable cost|
|BULA CAR RENTALS - Explore Fiji as you have never done before! We are built around doing things “THE BULA WAY” providing customers with exceptional service and respecting the different cultures we work with every day. Our focus is on providing friendly, personal service and safe, clean, economical car rentals at affordable prices.” Bookings | Packages | Services | FAQ’s | Contact Us|
|THRIFTY RENTAL CAR - With over 45 vehicles in 3 primary categories, Thrifty Car Rentals has a car to suit your needs. Video Playlist. Book Your Car | Discover Fiji | Our Fleet | Our Locations | Our Terms | Contact Us|
|HERTZ FIJI - Hertz offers unique car hire services for those who wish to avail themselves of the freedom of a self-drive holiday here.|
|COASTAL RENTAL CARS - Coastal Rental Cars is a 100% Fijian-owned business that has operated in Fiji for more than 10 years. As one of the leading car rental companies in the country and with our adept experience in the industry, you can rest assured that you will be met with a wide range of vehicles and excellent quality service that we are renowned for nationwide. Coastal Rental Cars are one of Fiji’s largest and best rental and transfer agencies with locations all around the country and a fleet of cars in various models and designs to perfectly match your traveling style. We welcome you to visit us at one of our Coastal Rental Cars office locations or contact us for affordable rates and quick processing. In no time, you will be cruising along our roads from Coast to Coastal!|
|BUDGET RENTALS - Budget Rentals has all your car rental needs covering Fiji and all at a Budget price. With ten easy-to-find rental locations throughout Fiji, including Suva Airport and Nadi Airport- Budget rent a car is never far away. From economical compact cars to the luxury of the BMW 5 series car, Budget car rental has the hire car for you. Budget prides itself on its fleet of new cars and famous Fiji service, including delivery and pick-up service. Not sure about driving in Fiji –use Budget’s chauffeur drive service, direct from your door.|
|AAQIB RENTALS - is a leading Car Rental, Hotel, and Airport Transfer operator in Fiji. We provide rental cars to domestic and international travelers who want to travel around Fiji for either business or leisure purposes. Our services also extend to picking up tourists and travelers from Nadi, Nausori, and Labasa Airports and dropping them off at their Hotels or destinations and vice-versa. With Branches in Nakasi, Nausori, Lautoka, Tailevu, Labasa, and Airport Pick Ups & Drop Offs to Nadi, Nausori, and Labasa Airports, AAQIB RENTALS is never far away.|
|ARIES RENTAL CARS - is a limited liability and licensed car rental business offering a wide range of car rental services in Fiji to its growing local and global customer base. We pride ourselves in offering our customers every reason to always rent or lease our cars through our customized services. Aries, your trusted rental car company in Fiji truly cares for your car rental needs, safety, and comfort. Feel free to contact our customer services team to take care of your car rental needs. If this is your first visit to our beautiful shores and you would rather have someone else on driving duties while you relax and take in the scenery, discuss our ‘throw in a driver’ package. Our friendly staff will meet you as you step out of the Nadi International Airport terminal.|
|CENTRAL RENT-A-CAR - has been in operation for nearly 50 years providing exceptional service and affordable cars for domestic and international passengers. Central is ideally located around Viti Levu, with its head office located at 293 Victoria Parade, Suva, and attending to clients at Nausori Airport. Our office next to the Nadi International Airport is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Central has a large fleet of vehicles, offering cars, family vans, and 4WDs of all major makes and models, air-conditioned with manual and automatic transmissions. We take the utmost care in providing cars of excellent quality and condition. All our vehicles are serviced after every hire by our two large service centers at Nadi Airport and Lami, Suva.|
|AVIS - is the leading car rental company in Fiji, servicing both leisure and business travelers. Avis has five locations, covering both international airports as well as downtown locations. Whether you require a rental car from the airport, hotel, or place of business, Avis will be conveniently located nearby. Fiji is known for its immense beauty and is regarded as having some of the best beaches in the world. Enjoy everything Fiji has to offer, experience the finest Fijian culture, dine in some of the best restaurants in the South Pacific. Whatever your reason for visiting Fiji, let Avis be your guide.|
Average Price Rentals
Car rental can be pricey in Fiji, with an average, rental car costing $66 per day or $460 per week, so plan your budget accordingly, additional features and a newer vehicle may incur additional fees.
Here are the day rates for car rentals in Fiji:
- Small car/day – FJ$65-$170
- Medium car/day – FJ$85-$180
- Premium car/day – FJ$150-$250
Petrol Stations & Fuel Costs around Fiji
When coming to Fiji and renting a vehicle, one of the main topics of question is petrol stations, where are they? what is the price of the fuel? and are the stations distributed around Fiji proportionally? , let me put your concerns at rest…
Living with my other half for the last 8 years she is known locally as the Petroleum Queen and has steadily worked her way up the industry, working in all the different fuel companies, if you are on any of the two main islands of Viti Levu or Vanua Levu, you will be literally falling over them, the frequency of the different stations is very comical, you see one ablaze with colour with all its neon lights, lighting up the surrounding forecourt, then you drive for another 2-3 miles and blow-me-down there is another the other side of the road, designed to catch that market…, as the idea is that people don’t normally stop and cross the oncoming traffic to fill up their tank, this has always baffled me, but that is the state of the game. With three main companies operating on the islands Pacific Energy, Total Energies Ltd, and Mobil, a week doesn’t go by when you don’t hear of another station popping up, with supermarkets adjoined. So you can rest assured, running dry will never ever be an issue.
As you go further into the center of the island, away from the circular road system hugging the coastline; the petrol stations do become less frequent, with smaller dealers operating single-pump gas stations with an attached local convenience shop that services the local villages, as these are not profitable for the larger international companies listed above.
Concerning Fuel costs The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) determines the new regulated prices of Unleaded Petrol, Premix, Kerosene, Diesel, and LPG every month, this is the official link to the government source for updated fuel information.
5 Potential Money-Saving Practices to Consider
- Avoid the rush hour – which is normally between 7 am and 9 am in the morning and between 4.30 pm and 6 pm in the evening, with the local schools releasing hyper-excited kids between 2.30 and 3 with rows of school busses across the nation lining the streets outside the gates to escort them safely home. This has been added to the money-saving list because fuel costs can fluctuate and every liter saved whilst not sitting in traffic is money in your pocket. This is normally associated with the larger towns and cities of Suva and Lautoka and surrounding districts.
- Always, Always read the small print – I know it is monotonous, and with the size of the font they are normally printed in, causing eye strain, inducing annoyance, and followed with a slight migraine to finish the trio of emotions, but it is worth it in the long run, the objective is to get the legal requirements out of the way before you set out, so every second can be about the special experience between you, your friends and family, savoring every moment of your new home away from home.
- Check the fuel dial before departing on your adventure – normally the rental firm will automatically provide a full tank of fuel, and document the level when going through your vehicle inspection (Video below). Upon returning the vehicle just make sure you fill the tank to the same level, as they will charge for the deviation and some charge an additional fee for the inconvenience.
- Always wash the Car and clean the interior – removing all the Fiji Water bottles, and snack wrappers that have accumulated in the side pockets. Most of the larger stations offer a car washing facility, and some offer it at a reduced price if you fill a full tank, so a combo deal could be available. Keep the receipt in hand, ready to present to the rental firm. This avoids you from having to pay a small fee normally between 10-20 dollars when returning the vehicle to the vendor. Anything for a simple life.
- Multiple Days Booking and Booking in Advance – Although these do not guarantee you saving, there are opportunities of getting an extra day free if you book multi-days all together in one transaction, with greater savings potentially if you book way in advance.
Distances between Major Cities & Towns
Lautoka – Suva via Queens Road | (Kilometres, KM)
Lautoka – Suva via Kings Road | (Kilometres, KM)
Savusavu – Labasa | (Kilometres, KM)
Our team came across a short locally produced youtube video detailing the best practices for checking the condition of the car prior to leaving the forecourt – this is definitely worth a few moments of your time, especially if you are renting from a less well-known rental firm, but should not be ignored even if you choose to rent from the internationally recognized vendors.
Lautoka City Council just released this info diagram to detail the way to use Pay and Display Metres in Fiji. They are typical for most countries, but it’s worth a quick glance.