The Best Car Rentals in Suva
The Best Car Rentals in Suva

The Best Car Rentals in Suva

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Car Rental Companies in Suva

If you want complete freedom to explore the capital of Fiji, as well as Viti Levu, then rent a car in Suva. You’ll find both international and Fijian car rental companies in Suva with fleets ranging from affordable city-moving cars to lavish 4WD vehicles to get off the beaten track. Choose the right car rental company for you using this list of the best car rentals in Suva.

While you’re here, you might as well bookmark The Guide to Renting a Car in Fiji. Plus, plan some day trips in your rental car using The Best Day Trips from Suva.

5 Tips for Comparing Car Rentals in Suva

Check the Location

Not all cars need to be rented from Nausori Airport, Suva’s local airport. Choose a car rental company with depots in convenient locations for you, which will help you keep costs down. Additionally, you can save money by choosing a pick-up location that is away from the airports, as most companies will charge a “premium location” fee. For more money-saving tips, take a look at 10 Ways to Save Money on Car Rentals in Fiji.

Don’t Only Compare Prices But Compare Inclusions!

Car rental companies in Suva have very similar basic inclusions. However, beware of some low prices advertised as it’s likely that the compulsory insurance fee is not included in the price.

Choose the Right Vehicle Type

Suva’s car rental companies tend to have a generous offering of vehicles to suit all the road types you are likely to encounter in Fiji. Nevertheless, just make sure that your chosen car rental company has the 4WD that you may need to explore Viti Levu’s inland dirt roads. On the other hand, you don’t need to overdo it with an expensive car rental with all the bells and whistles if you are just following the Queens or Kings Roads. For more tips on where to drive, see Is it Easy to Drive in Fiji?

Will You Get Good Service?

Once you have picked one or two car rental companies that you like, give them an email or a phone call and ask them a few questions. See how helpful they are in their answers. This little test will give you an idea of how helpful the company will be should anything go wrong during your rental.

Consider Your Payment Options

Not everyone has a Visa or MasterCard credit card. If that’s the case for you, check which car rental companies accept other payment methods. We make a note which ones offer more than Visa and MasterCard payments in the article below.

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Budget

This familiar and affordable rental car company can be found in Suva. Budget is well worth considering not only for the price but if you want to drop off the vehicle in a different location from where you picked it up (charges will apply). With extra features available to hire, such as baby seats and onboard WiFi, there’s the option to really make this car rental your own.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

One-way rentals may be available at an extra charge. Note that you cannot take vehicles on ferries to other islands without written permission from Budget.

Suva pick-up/drop-off locations: Nausori Airport and Walu Bay.
Other pick-up/drop-off locations: Nadi International Airport, Port Denarau, Lautoka, Sigatoka, Labasa and Savusavu.

Vehicles Available

  • Mini (Suzuki Alto)
  • Economy (Suzuki Swift)
  • Compact (Suzuki SX4)
  • Intermediate (Suzuki SX4 and Mazda 2)
  • Full-Size Wagon (Mazda 5)
  • Full-Size Sedan (Mazda 6)
  • Economy 4WD (Suzuki Jimny)
  • SUV (Suzuki Grand Vitara)
  • Full-Size 2WD (Mazda CX-5)
  • Full-Size Luxury 4WD (Landrover Discovery 4)
  • Luxury Wagon (BMW 3 Series)
  • Mini Van (Suzuki APV and Higer H5A)
  • Dual Cab Ute 4WD (Mazda BT-50)
  • Delivery Van (Higer H5A)
  • Moving Truck (Hino Dutro)

Inclusions

  • 1 driver (25+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance

Insurance

Insurance is included in car rentals with a damage excess between FJ$3,000 and FJ$10,000. The excess rate can be reduced by purchasing an excess reducer. Third-party insurance can also be purchased for around FJ$20 a day.

The Best Car Rentals in Suva© Coastal Rental Cars

Coastal Rental Cars

One of the largest car rental companies in Fiji, Coastal Rental Cars is an excellent option for car rental in Suva. They are 100% Fijian owned and have multiple locations across Viti Levu. Rent reliable late-model cars for a reasonable rate, especially with their off-season and weekend rates. Personal drivers are also available to hire with your rental. Note that tax isn’t usually included in their advertised rates.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

One-way rentals may be available at an extra charge. Drop-offs are available at Nausori Airport for an extra charge.

Suva pick-up/drop-off locations: Victoria Parade (Holiday Inn, Suva city).
Other pick-up/drop-off locations: Nadi Airport and Sigatoka (Coral Coast).

Vehicles Available

  • Group 1 Economy (Toyota Passo, Hyundai Accent, etc.)
  • Group 2 Intermediate (Toyota Yaris, Kia Rio, etc.)
  • Group 3 Wagon (Toyota Corolla INZ, Toyota Wish, Toyota Fielder, Kia Cerato, etc.)
  • Group 4 Deluxe Sedan (Chevrolet Cruze, Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, etc.)
  • Group 5 Luxury Sedan (Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, etc.)
  • Group 6 Sports Utility Vehicle (Toyota RAV4, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson, etc.)
  • Group 7 Twin Cab 4X4 (Toyota Hilux, Isuzu D-Max, etc.)
  • Group 8 Minivan (Nissan Urvan, Toyota Hiace, etc.)
  • Group 9 Full-Size SUV/Peoplemover (Toyota Prado, Chevrolet Captiva, Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota Alphard, etc.)

Inclusions

  • 1 driver (21+ years old)
  • Multiple day hires have unlimited kilometres; one-day hires have the first 300km (185 miles) free

Insurance

Insurance is a mandatory purchase of FJ$22 per day with a damage excess of FJ$2,500 (groups 1-3) and $4,000 (groups 4-9). The excess rate can be reduced by purchasing an excess reducer of FJ$20 to $25 per day to reduce the excess to FJ$1,000 (groups 1-3) and $2,000 (groups 4-9). A FJ$500 bond is held with by credit card authorisation or as a cash deposit.

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Avis Fiji

As well as for being a brand you might be familiar with, a real reason to choose Avis for your Suva car rental is that they accept a variety of charge cards, including Avis, American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Union Pay and debit card. Child boosters and baby seats are available to hire, making Avis a worthy choice for families.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

One-way rentals may be available at an extra charge.

Suva pick-up/drop-off locations: Ratu Mara Road (Suva city) and Nausori Airport.
Other pick-up/drop-off locations: Nadi International Airport, Port Denarau, Labasa Airport.

Vehicles Available

  • Compact (Toyota Yaris)
  • Intermediate (Toyota Carolla)
  • Eco-Friendly (Toyota Prius)
  • Luxury (Toyota Camry)
  • Full-Size Van (Toyota Hiace)
  • Full-Size 4WD (Toyota Landcruiser 76)
  • Intermediate SUV (Toyota RAV4)
  • Standard 4WD (Toyota Hilux Dual Cab)
  • 4WD Dula Cab (Toyota Hilux 2.8)
  • Luxury 4WD (Toyota Fortuner)
  • Luxury 4WD (Toyota Prado)
  • Intermediate Van (Toyota Innova)

Inclusions

  • 1 driver (21+ years old with at least two years of driving experience)
  • Basic insurance
  • Free-of-charge delivery to resorts and hotels on Viti Levu

Insurance

Insurance is included in car rentals with a damage excess between FJ$5,000 and FJ$10,000. The excess rate can be reduced by purchasing an excess reducer. Liability insurance can also be purchased for around FJ$17 per day.

The Best Car Rentals in Suva© Central Rentals

Central Rentals

Offering ultimate convenience with their free airport and hotel deliveries, Central Rentals is definitely worth considering. Choose from a wide range of vehicles from economy options to late-model 4WDs. You also have the option of automatic and manual transmissions, while families have baby chairs and booster seats available.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

Suva pick-up/drop-off locations: Victoria Parade (Suva city)
Other pick-up/drop-off locations: Nadi International Airport and Lautoka.

Vehicles Available

  • Group A Economy (Toyota Yaris or similar)
  • Group B Medium-Sedan (Toyota Carolla or similar)
  • Group C Economy (Toyota Fielder or similar)
  • Group D Luxury (Toyota Camry or similar)
  • Group E Family Van (Hyundai H1 or similar)
  • Group F1 SUV (Toyota RAV4 or similar)
  • Group F2 Twin Cab 4WD (Toyota Hilux or similar)
  • Group G1 Luxury (Toyota Fortuner or similar)
  • Group G2 Luxury (Toyota Prado or similar)

Inclusions

  • 1 driver (25+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Free-of-charge delivery to the airport and hotel deliveries

Insurance

Insurance is included in car rentals with a damage excess between FJ$4,500 (groups A-D) and FJ$8,000 (groups E-G2). The excess rate can be reduced by purchasing an excess reducer for FJ$24 per day to reduce to FJ$2,000 (groups A-D) and for FJ$30 per day to reduce to FJ$3,000 (groups E-G2).

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Hertz

Another international car rental company with a presence in Suva is Hertz. Members of their Hertz Gold Plus Rewards scheme may choose to rent with Hertz to gain member benefits. Otherwise, with locations also in Nadi and Sigatoka, Hertz is well located on the main tourist route through Viti Levu.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

One-way rentals may be available at an extra charge.

Suva pick-up/drop-off locations: Nausori Airport and Lacala Bay Downtown (Nukutuku Road, Suva city).
Other pick-up/drop-off locations: Nadi International Airport and Sigatoka.

Vehicles Available

  • Group B (VW Polo or similar)
  • Group C (VW Vento or similar)
  • Group D (VW Jetta or similar)
  • Group E (VW Passat or similar)
  • Group K (Jeep Compass or similar)
  • Group G (VW Amarok or similar)
  • Group F (Hyundai H1 or similar)
  • Group L (Ford Ranger or similar)

Inclusions

  • 1 driver (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance

Insurance

Third-party insurance is included in car rentals with an excess of FJ$3,000 for Groups B and C and FJ$5,000 for other car groups. Accident excess reduction can be purchased for FJ$30 a day reducing Groups B and C to FJ$1,000 and to FJ$2,000 for other car groups.

The Best Car Rentals in Suva© AAQIB Rentals

AAQIB Rentals

A family Fijian-owned business, AAQIB Rentals is another local option for car rentals in Suva. They are ideal for rental from the airport and offer some affordable rates. Hotel and airport transfers are also available with the company.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

One-way rentals are available at an extra charge.

Suva pick-up/drop-off location: Nakasi and Nausori Airport.
Other pick-up/drop-off locations: Lautoka, Labasa and Labasa Airport.

Vehicles Available

  • Small cars (Toyota Passo)
  • Medium cars (Honda Civic)
  • Intermediate cars (Honda Shuttle)
  • Intermediate SUVs (Hyundai Tucson ix35)
  • Intermediate vans (Toyota Estima)
  • Sports car (Honda CR-Z)
  • Standard 4WD (Isuzu D-MAX)

Inclusions

  • 1 driver (21+ years old)
  • Roadside assistance
The Best Car Rentals in Nadi© Europcar

Europcar

For modern vehicles, choose Europcar. The international car rental brand has a depot in Suva with a small selection of late-model vehicles. Toddler and infant seats are available to hire, as well as a local phone which can be used as a GPS.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

Suva pick-up/drop-off location: Kasaji Street (Suva city).
Other pick-up/drop-off location: Nadi International Airport.

Vehicles Available

  • Toyota Belta or similar
  • Hyundai Accent or similar
  • Jeep Compass or similar
  • VW Amarok or similar

Inclusions

  • 1 driver (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance

Insurance

Damage and collision insurance is included in the daily rental rate with an excess of around FJ$2,750. Note that there is a young driver surcharge of around FJ$30 per day for drivers under 25 years old.

Author

Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Fiji Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Fiji. She knows the islands inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Fiji’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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