Getting around Vanuatu


Air Vanuatu ( operates domestic routes in Vanuatu. From Port Vila there are daily flights to the islands of Tanna and Espiritu Santo and less regular scheduled services to other islands within the archipelago. Unity Airlines ( offers charter flights.

Departure tax

A departure tax of VUV200 per adult must be paid in cash and in local currency for each leg of travel on domestic flights.

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Car hire

Major car hire operators have offices in Port Vila. Cars, 4-wheel drive vehicles and jeeps are available.


These are plentiful and are metered (costing around VUV100 per km) although a fixed rate can be agreed on.


Some resorts have pushbikes for guest use. Vanuatu Ecotours offers mountain bike tours. You can hire scooters from a company located near the markets.


A current driving licence from your country is acceptable. Normally drivers need to be 25 years or over.

Getting around towns and cities

Local buses are plentiful (look for a ‘B’ on the number plate). They drop door-to-door so you may get a ‘scenic route’ depending on where other passengers are going. 

By water

Inter-island ferries operate very infrequently from Port Vila and this mode of travel is not recommended for visitors.

Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.