Tongatapu Airport

The Fua’amotu International Airport (TBU) is the key aviation hub for international travel into Tonga. Situated on the main island of Tongatapu, and roughly 21km from the capital city Nuku’alofa, this is the ideal airport to fly into if you are hoping to explore the charms of this South Pacific island paradise. This airport is not large, and only offers four direct flights, but all of these are international. You can reach Sydney in Australia, Auckland in New Zealand, as well as Nadi and Suva in Fiji. Auckland (AKL) and Sydney (SYD) in particular also offer excellent onward destinations if you are hoping to book a multi-flight holiday.

Facilities are a bit thin on the ground, but there are enough amenities to make transit through this airport comfortable. There are gift shops, and a couple of duty-free stores on both the inbound and outbound sides of the airport. There is a currency exchange service for changing over your money to the local currency, and you will find a VIP lounge, though this must be pre-booked. There is also a café that you can sit and dine in should you need some refreshments before or after you fly.

Air New Zealand, Fiji Airways, and Virgin Australia are the only carriers that operate flights to and from this airport, with Virgin Australia covering the direct flights to Tongatapu from Australia.

Travel Information

·         There are five well-known car hire companies operating out of the airport, and you can organise a rental as soon as you land. Of course, you can save yourself some time and money if you arrange you car hire online and in advance. The drive is pretty straightforward, at about 30-35 minutes driving time, but essentially on one or two roads. Get onto Tuku’Aho Road, the get onto Taufa’ahau Road, which will bring you into Nuku’Alofa.

·         You won’t find public transport here, but you will find that a lot of hotels and guesthouses will provide transfers for their guests, but these will need to be arranged in advance of your arrival. If your accommodation doesn’t offer transfers, or they charge for it, you may be able to find a cheaper option with transfer search tool.

·         The taxis are scheduled around incoming flights, so you should always be able to find ready transport available outside the airport. The typical taxi fare should land around 40TOP ($24).


Please note that information is correct as of March 2017

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 Airport Contact Details

Tongatapu Airport

PO Box 845,
Queen Salote Road,

Tel:+676 (0)35001


 Location Details

Longitude:175° 9' 0'' W
Latitude:21° 15' 0'' S

 Airport Location

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