Cheap Vanuatu flights to book in 2022

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The South Pacific paradise of Vanuatu is made up of 80 islands, but most flights come into the country's largest airport located in the capital, Port Vila.

If you're looking for a deal, flying to Port Vila will be your best bet, as there are more options available, including flights with Virgin Australia and Air Vanuatu, which often discount fares between Australia and Vanuatu during sale periods.

Today's available deals on flights to Vanuatu

How much are flights to Vanuatu?

According to Skyscanner data, on average, flights to Vanuatu's Bauerfield International Airport in Port Vila tend to go for $600-$700 return from cities along the east coast of Australia. We've also often seen fares in the $350-$450 range from Brisbane and Sydney during a sale.

If you're flying to another destination in Vanuatu, expect to pay at least $100-$200 more for a return flight.

When is the cheapest time to fly to Vanuatu?

On average, February followed by May tend to be the cheapest months to fly to Vanuatu. Although May is slightly more expensive than February, it does fall within the best months to visit Vanuatu as there is less rain, which means it's win-win for both weather and price.

How far in advance should I book my flight to Vanuatu?

Sale fares, which can be as much as half the price of the average fare, tend to be sold about five to six months in advance of the travel period, based on recent sales that we've seen. If you're able to plan this far in advance, the hundreds of dollars you can save on fares (and use toward a hotel or activities) is definitely worth it.

If a sale isn't available, to get the cheapest fares, it's best to book a flight to Vanuatu at least six weeks in advance, as prices tend to go up the closer to the departure date you get.

Frequently asked questions about flights to Vanuatu

How long does it take to fly to Vanuatu?

The following travel times are the quickest ones available, however, your preferred dates and certain flight availabilities may mean longer travel times, especially on routes that have a connection.

To Port Vila:

  • Brisbane: 2.5 hours (direct)
  • Sydney: 3.5 hours (direct)
  • Melbourne: 4.5 hours (direct)
  • Adelaide: 7 hours (one stopover)
  • Perth: 9.5 hours (one stopover)

To Luganville (Espiritu Santo):

  • Brisbane: 3 hours (direct)
  • Sydney: 5 hours (one stopover)
  • Melbourne: 8.5 hours (two stopovers)
  • Adelaide: 10.5 hours (two stopovers)
  • Perth: 12 hours (two stopovers)

Which airlines fly to Vanuatu from Australia?

You can fly direct from Australia into Port Vila (VLI) and Luganville on Espiritu Santo (SON) with these airlines:

Air Vanuatu

  • To Port Vila: From Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney

Nauru Airlines

  • To Espiritu Santo: From Brisbane

Virgin Australia

  • To Port Vila: From Brisbane

If you're after Qantas Frequent Flyer points, Qantas does codeshare with Nauru Airlines and Air Vanuatu, and these flights can be booked via the Qantas website.

Where is the airport in Vanuatu?

Port Vila's Bauerfield International Airport is Vanuatu's largest airport with the most frequent flights from Australia. Many of Vanuatu's popular resorts, including Warwick Le Lagon, Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu and Iririki Island Resort are best accessed by flying here.

Luganville's Santo-Pekoa International Airport on Espiritu Santo also offers international flights.

How long does it take to get to the airport from Vanuatu?

Port Vila:

Bauerfield International Airport is about 5km, or a 10-minute drive, from Port Vila's town centre.

Most of the island's resorts lie within a few kilometres of Port Vila, but if you're travelling from other areas on the island, expect the following travel times:

  • From Erakor Lagoon: 9km (18-minute drive)
  • From Devil's Point Road: 11km (15-minute drive)
  • From Erakor Beach: 14km (28-minute drive)
  • From Port Havannah: 27km (31-minute drive)


Santo-Pekoa International Airport is about 5.5km from the town centre, and you should be able to make the trip by car in less than 10 minutes.

To get to the airport from some of the island's resorts, most of which lie along the east coast, expect the drive to be longer:

Do I need a visa to travel to Vanuatu with an Australian passport?

You don't need a visa if you're travelling to Vanuatu with an Australian passport and staying for 30 days or less.

The same rules apply if you're travelling with a passport from New Zealand, the UK, the US and Canada.

Am I required to book an onward or return flight from Vanuatu?

Vanuatu immigration does require you to have an onward ticket booked to a country that you are permitted to enter dated before your 30-day entry period has ended.

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