A Brief Guide to the Cabs in Fiji
Cabs are an easy go-to when visiting a foreign country. You often know what to expect, which is also the case in Fiji. There may be a few things you’re not used to, however, from cab drivers offering long-distance trips to knowing the difference between a licensed and unlicensed cab and what that means. We’ll go over all of the things you need to know in this quick guide to cabs in Fiji.
Tips for Catching a Cab in Fiji
- Licensed taxis have an “LT” at the beginning of the vehicle number plate
- Taxis must use a meter within town areas
- It is acceptable to negotiate a price for long-distance trips and day hires
- Pay the driver with cash
- Taxis are a reliable transport method in Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and Levuka only.
Check out more tips in the 10 Things You Need to Know About Taxis in Fiji.
Where to Catch a Cab in Fiji
There are only four islands where you can catch a cab: Viti Levu (the main island), Vanua Levu, Taveuni and Ovalau.
Fiji’s largest island is where you will find most cabs, especially from the main towns of Nadi, Suva, Lautoka and Sigatoka. Yellow taxis are permitted to pick up passengers from Nadi International Airport, while “Denarau Taxi” is the only taxi company permitted to pick up from Denarau Island. Learn more in The Guide to Taxis in Fiji.
Taxis can be hailed down in the towns of Labasa and Savusavu or booked through accommodations.
Taxis are available but less abundant on the island of Taveuni. Cabs here are not permitted to have a taxi meter, so negotiate the cab fare, using the tips we give in How to Negotiate a Taxi Price in Fiji.
Cabs line the waterfront of Levuka opposite the Church of the Sacred Heart. Cabs here are not permitted to use a meter, so negotiate a cab fare.
What do Cabs in Fiji Look Like?
Cabs in Fiji are a mix of old vehicles and not-so-old vehicles. They are usually cars or people-movers, although minivans can sometimes be requested for an additional fee. Baby seats are not typically available.
Licensed taxis in Fiji have “LT” at the start of their registration number, as well as a “Taxi” sign on the roof. Licensed cabs are permitted to use taxi meters in Fiji’s town areas.
It is common in Fiji that when you ask an accommodation to call you a cab, you seemingly get a random driver than is not in a taxi vehicle. Instead, they might be in a branded vehicle saying “tours & transfers” or with a license plate starting in “LH”. These are not official cabs but more like a “private driver”, which is another popular way to get around Fiji – just make sure you arrange a price before accepting a ride.
What are the Cab Fares in Fiji?
Apart from Korovou, Taveuni and Ovalau, cabs in Fiji use a meter to determine the cab fares within Fiji’s town areas. The flagfall is around FJ$5 from the airports and FJ$1.50 elsewhere between 6am and 10pm. It is FJ$2 outside of these hours. It is then FJ$1 per km/FJ$1.60 per mile.
Cab drivers are permitted to set fares or negotiate a price if instigated by the passenger for trips that exceed 16km or if outside of town areas. Some typical fares for longer journeys include:
- Nadi to Sigatoka: FJ$80-$130
- Nadi to the Pacific Harbour: FJ$170-$200
- Nadi to Suva: FJ$200-$230
- Nausori Airport to Suva: FJ$30-$50
- Suva to the Pacific Harbour: FJ$40-$60
- Labasa to Savusavu: FJ$75-$100
- Matei to Waiyevo: FJ$20-$50.
For more information on cab fares, check out Taxi Prices in Fiji: The Costs You Need to Know.
Alternative Ways to Get Around
What other ways are there for getting around on land in Fiji? Here are a few alternatives worth considering linking to further information:
- Car rental – Check out The Guide to Renting a Car in Fiji
- Private drivers – Check out How to Hire a Driver in Fiji
- Airport transfers – Check out the 10 Best Airport Transfers in Fiji
- Express buses – Check out How to Travel Around Fiji by Bus
- Public buses – Check out How to Travel Around Fiji by Bus
- Guided tours – Check out The Best Multi-Day Bus Tours of Fiji.