Walking is a great way to get around in Port Vila. You'll see a lot more of the town and get to chat to the locals on the way. We walked a lot during the day and at night and didn't have a problem anywhere in Vila.
Buses are the easiest way to get around in Vanuatu... You find the buses everywhere...just look for a "B" on the number plate. It costs 100 vatu for trips around Port Vila or 200 vatu for trips a little further out. Longer trips need to be negotiated before leaving.
smithsgen's transportation are almost right, if you after a real adventure take an island trading boat from the centre of port vila (next to the Iririki wharf this is the main way that locals travel to and from their native islands
Buses here are beautiful, because there are NO schedules, the price is constant, and it is the most convient way i have ever discovered. it beats owning your own car, cause you dont pay for petrol, dont worry about parking or safety, or knowing your way around town. It costs 100 vatu (AUD$1) to go anywhere in town and 200 vatu (AUD$2) to go anywhere in efate.
the buses will come to most major hotels, and can be picked up anywhere by standing on the side of the road. in the town, there are blue signs where you can get picked up.
There is only one airline servicing Vanuatu and that is Air Vanuatu.
Make sure to use the local buses. These buses are constantly on the move. Just look for a mini-van with a red B on the number plate. It costs 100 vatu one way and can be a great way to see Port Vila.
We flew frist from Melbourne to Sydney with Annsett and then changed to Air Vanuatu. The flight took about 3 hours Sydeny. The trip accross was very smooth and the beer cold.
Coming home we flew direct from Port Villa to Melbourne.
Driving is on the right-hand side of the road. Cars, 4WDs and jeeps are available for hire. Taxis are plentiful and are all metered. Mini buses offer a frequent though not timetabled service, merely flag one down and tell the driver where you want to go,
the fare is 100 vatu a trip. Inter-island travel is mainly by air, inter-island boats taking deck passengers are irregular. Cruise ships regularly call at Port Vila.
Buses which are actually just vans, will take you anywhere around Vila for 100VT.
Taxi's are available but for a higher price. If the taxi's are having a slow day they will offer to take you into town for the same price as a bus.
The only realistic option is plane from Honiara, Brisbane, Sydney, Suva or Auckland.
The only other option is going with a yacht.
No public buses outside Port Vila. Not many roads either. Can hire a car or go by taxi. Between island, plane is the only option.
Van Air do domestic flights for Vanuatu. They have a few smaller planes like the 20 seater we went on to Tanna Island.
In and around Port Vila, mini buses are convenient and safe and cheap!
You can find them everywhere in Port Vila. and just tell them where you want to go.
We travelled by cruise and it really was great fun. Don't be put off by organised tours. We had a blast and met lots of cool people.
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