There are several benefits of renting a car in Fiji, the greatest one being the freedom to explore the islands. Getting around the islands with public transportation is time-consuming and is less flexible than traveling in your own rental car. Renting a car is a lot cheaper than relying on expensive taxis.
If you are leaving your hotel, where parking is usually free, you will find several parking options in Fiji. In the town of Suva, parking is regulated but spaces are limited because the town is busy. There are many paid parking lots in major towns, which charge hourly rates of around 1 USD (2.14 FDJ).
You will find that traffic is much heavier around the larger towns of Suva and Nadi and that there are many speed bumps along the inner-city roads. The majority of Fiji’s roads are found on the islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, and are ideal for exploring by car or four-wheel drive vehicle. There are no highways on Fiji, and all the road signs are in English.
Before you explore the islands of Fiji, you need to find out if your rental vehicle is suitable for some of the roads. If you want to discover Viti Levu’s inland gravel roads, you will need a four-wheel drive, and you will have to check with your car hire agency to see if you can drive your car around the highlands. You could also check to see if the rental company allows you to take the car onto the roll-on, roll-off ferries to Taveuni, Vanua Levu, or Ovalau.
Book your car hire in Fiji at least 2 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
FAQs about hiring a car in Fiji
Economy (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Fiji.
Before you rent a car in Fiji, you will need to remember to drive on the left-hand side of the road and overtake on the right. All car passengers must keep seatbelts on at all times when you are driving, and mobile phone use is prohibited. Drinking and eating while driving is also prohibited.
You have to be 21 years or older to rent a car in Fiji, and you must have possessed your driver’s license for at least two years. If you are under 25 years old, you may incur a surcharge per the young driver regulation. When you are driving, you are required to carry a valid driver’s license, registration, and insurance papers with you at all times.
When you rent a car in Fiji, you will find that the price of petrol is around 2.04 FJD (0.95 USD) per liter. You will discover that there are plenty of petrol stations in the major towns, but there are not many in rural areas. Many of the petrol stations are full-service and do not accept credit cards, so it is a good idea to carry cash when filling up your tank. Petrol is also available at village shops in the more remote areas.
The speed limits in Fiji vary depending on the type of roads you’re driving on. The maximum speed limit for residential areas is 50 km/h (31 mph), while outside of residential and urban areas, the limit increases to 80 km/h (50 mph). There are both mobile and fixed speed cameras along the Queen’s Highway and in certain areas near Suva.
The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for hire cars for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 24 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car hires listed or dates of travel. Some hire car providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the website of the respective hire car provider.