French Polynesia’s capital (and largest) city, Papeete is the first stop for most travellers visiting Tahiti. The city is an administrative centre, and a good place to get a feel for typical life on the island. It’s a small city, easy to get around on foot, and has a lively port and a wonderful array of colourful marketplaces. There are lots of great shops, restaurants and bars to discover, but if you’re looking for luxury resorts and pristine beaches you’re better heading elsewhere on the island.
Airports in Papeete
Fa'a'ā International Airport (PPT) is just a few miles from the city of Papeete, and is the only international airport in French Polynesia.
Airlines that fly to Papeete
There are no direct flights to Papeete from the UK. You can fly from Europe with Air France and Air Tahiti Nui, both from Paris-Charles de Gaulle. Other airlines offering flights to Papeete include Air New Zealand, LAN Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Air Tahiti, and Aircalin.
Getting into Papeete
Le Truck, the city’s famous hop-on hop-off transport system, serves the airport. The trucks go to a range of different destinations in Tahiti, with information about their direction painted on the side of the truck. Trip prices range from CFP 120-200* (about 75p- £1.20)* depending on your destination and the time of day.
Taxis from the airport into the city generally cost CFP 1500-2500* (about £9.10-£15.15).*Car hire is available at the airport for those who would prefer to have their own private mode of transportation during their trip. Avis, Hertz, Daniel Rent a Car, Tahiti Renta Car, and Robert Rent a Car all have offices on site.
*Prices subject to change
When to fly to Papeete
Tahiti benefits from gorgeous weather all year round, with temperatures rarely dropping below 20°C even in the coolest months. Winter (May-October) is generally considered the best time of year to visit, as it’s less humid and less rainy. This is the peak tourist season, so hotel rates can be quite high. Of course, Tahiti is a luxury destination so you might struggle to find cheap rooms even during the low season.
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Airports near Papeete
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