Getting around Tonga

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Road quality

There is a good network of metalled roads, although with some potholes.

Horses are often used.

The low speed limits are strictly obeyed.

Car hire

Car hire: May be arranged through various agencies. Self-drive or chauffeur-driven cars are available.


Taxi: Saloon-car taxis, minimokes and minibuses are available.



Regulations: The minimum driving age is 18.


Documentation: A current local driving licence is required, available from the Police Traffic Department in Nuku'alofa on production of a valid national or international licence, the fee and a passport.

By water

Local ferries sail between all the island groups. There are regular sailings from Faua Wharf in Nuku'alofa to Ha'apai and Vava'u. Ferry schedules are subject to change according to demand or the weather.