Transportation in Tahiti

How to travel to Tahiti? / How to book a flight to Tahiti?

Several airlines operate to French Polynesia and land at the Tahiti-Faaa International airport (PPT)

Air Tahiti Nui

Air Tahiti Nui is the French Polynesian flag carrier. It operates direct flights from :

  • France – Paris Charles de Gaulle (with a technical stop in Los Angeles): 4 to 7 flights per week.
    Air Tahiti Nui also has special rates agreements with the main French and European cities. Please ask our travel experts for more information.
  • The United States (Los Angeles) : 4 to 8 flights per week
  • Japan (Tokyo) : 2 flights per week
  • New Zealand (Auckland) : 2 to 3 flights per week

Baggage policy (per passenger)
– Moana Economy Class : One 50 lbs/23 kg checked baggage – Combined dimensions per piece : 62″ / 158 cm + One 22lbs/10kg carry-on baggage per passenger
– Poerava Business Class : Two 70 lbs/32 kg checked baggage – Combined dimensions per piece : 62″ / 158 cm + One 22lbs/10kg carry-on baggage per passenger

From October 1st, 2019, Air Tahiti Nui will develop an “a la carte” seat program thanks to which you will be able to choose between:
– Extra Comfort seats, located on the front row of the Moana Economy Class or near the emergency exits, offer more space.
– Preference seats , located on each side of the aircraft, in the Moana Economy Class. You can choose to be seated next to the window, by the corridor or make sure to be placed next to your friends and relatives.

French Bee

Since May 2018, the brand new low-cost French airline offers regular flights from Paris Orly to Tahiti aboard its Airbus A350-900 and A330-300.

  • France – Paris Orly (with a technical stop in San Francisco): 2 flights per week.

Useful information before heading to the airport:

Classes : Economy & Premium
Cabin setting : 3-4-3 in economy class, 2-3-2 in premium class

Baggage policy (per passenger)
– Economy Class : One 50 lbs/23 kg checked baggage – Combined dimensions per piece : 62″ / 158 cm + One 26lbs/12kg carry-on baggage
– Business Class : Two 50 lbs/23 kg checked baggage – Combined dimensions per piece : 62″ / 158 cm + One 26lbs12kg carry-on baggage

Special meals are available upon request.

Other airlines operating to Tahiti

Air France from Paris Charles de Gaulle and Los Angeles

Air New Zealand from Auckland

LATAM from Santiago de Chile

Hawaiian Airlines from Honolulu

Air Calin from New Caledonia (Nouméa)

Inter island transportation

With a territory as wide as Europe, air transportation is the most practical and fastest way to travel in remote islands and archipelagoes from Tahiti.

However, boat transportation between the islands has improved, especially in the Leeward islands where it is now possible to discover the islands at one’s own pace.

By plane: inter-island flights

Air Tahiti operates regularly scheduled flights out of Tahiti over a network of 47 islands and atolls.

The airline company has also implemented inter island passes which allows anyone to benefit from special fares for any combination of islands : Bora Bora Pass, Lagoon Pass…

Our travel experts will include in your package the best possible offers.

So as to ensure a safe and comfortable travel, Air Tahiti limits the number, weight and size of the checked baggage allowed on its operated flights. Besides, your baggage allowance may vary, based on your departure airport and destination.
For most islands, your complimentary checked baggage allowance is the following :

  • Maximum weight allowed :50lbs/23kg per person.
  • Maximum dimensions: Combined dimensions (length + width + height) < 150 cm

In addition to that, you can carry-on baggage allowance is :

  • 1 carry-on baggage per person
  • Maximum dimensions : 45 x 35 x 20 cm
  • Maximum weight : 11 lbs/5 kg

By boat

The Apetahi Express company now links the Society islands thanks to its power catamaran, the Aremiti 5.
In order to run from Tahiti to Huahine, one must allow about 3h30, 1h to link Huahine and Raiatea, 1h between Raiatea and Taha’a and another hour from Taha’a to Bora Bora. A half hour stop-over is planned on each island to allow passengers to alight from the boat and take on board. During this time, you will be able to gett of the catamaran for a few minutes if necessary. However, we highly advise passengers to remain on board to make sure everything runs smoothly and quickly.

Some cargos and cruise ships also provide a shuttle service just like the Aranui, which operates in the Marquesas islands.

Transportation on the islands

On the island of Tahiti, buses and taxis are available for those who do not own a car.
However, if you want to make your vacation easy as pie, car rentals are also available on the main islands. Book the motor vehicle of your choice, store your luggage, include the insurance and enjoy the ride… All you need to do is return the car as you stop by the airport.

Even though there are fewer and fewer typical local “trucks”, you still have the opportunity to enjoy an island tour aboard this original means of transportation. Depending on the island you are visiting, biking or riding a horse are also very convenient and pleasant options.

On the Tuamotu islands, the boat is the most practical way of transportation, especially when you want to go from one “motu” (small islet) to another.


Welcome to Tahiti! When organizing your trip , you can choose between 2 types of transfer : The standard (or regular) transfer or the private one.

As far the standard transfer go, a guide will welcome you with a flower lei, give and explain to you your travel documents (vouchers, itinerary, etc….) upon your arrival at Tahiti International airport. With this option, all guests must be present before going to the hotel by van.

For the private transfer, there is no waiting time! You’ll be immediately transfered to your hotel with a private car. Of course, all documents will be given to you before.

Depending of the islands, all transfers are operated either by one of our service providers or directly by the hotel.