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Vanuatu Getting Around - Internal Travel
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Domestic services are supplied by Vanair, which operates under the umbrella of Air Vanuatu Ltd as Air Vanuatu domestic. It offers scheduled services to 29 destinations within the archipelago. Unity Airlines and Air Club Vila provide charter flights.

Vanair deducts 20 % from the standard domestic airfare to travellers with an international ticket issued outside of Vanuatu. It also offers the Vanuatu Pass which allows 4 flights to any destination for US $236.

Departure Tax

VUV 400. Children under 12 years of age are exempt from this departure tax. It must be paid in cash and in local currency (Vatu) only.

The departure tax is frequently included in airfares, please check with your travel agent when booking.

Another departure fee charges visitors and locals VUV 200 from any Shefa province domestic airport. This applies to every leg where a passenger departs from the following domestic airports: Swio Airportm- Emae, Pele Airport - Tongoa, Bauerfield - Port - Vila, Valesdir Airport - Epi and Laman Bay Airport - Epi.

Sea & Lake

Inter - island ferries occasionally operate from Port-Vila and Espiritu Santo to the northern and southern islands. Boats can also be rented.


Traffic drives on the right in Vanuatu.

Of the 1,130 kilometres (702 miles) of road, 54 kilometres (32 miles) are paved. Roads are either dense coral or dirt tracks. The road around the island of Efate is currently open however visitors are advised to check with their hotel or the police whether the road is open before attempting to drive around the island.


Private buses support the town centre and the airport in Port - Vila.


There are many taxis and all are metered, although a fixed rate can be agreed.

Numerous minibus services available. As there are no timetables for these, the most common way to catch a minibus is to flag one down and tell the driver where to go.

Car hire

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


A national driving licence is adequate.
Useful travel links
Unity Airlines 1 of Vanuatu's air carriers
Air Club Vila 1 of Vanuatu's air carriers