Car rental Papeete


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Prior to our rebrand from Airport Rentals and Motorhome Republic
Europcar French Polynesia
Hertz French Polynesia
Avis French Polynesia

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Experience the island of Tahiti with a Papeete car rental

Papeete, on Tahiti, is the capital of French Polynesia, a group of islands in the South Pacific. Stunning turquoise waters, white-sand beaches and swaying palm trees are just some of the dreamlike features you have to look forward to when you book a holiday on the French Polynesian island of Tahiti. Rent a cheap hire car in Papeete to make the most of your tropical getaway.

Begin that tropical escapade on a Papeete rental car

Spend your days meandering along beaches, visiting market stalls and sampling fresh, local cuisine. This will be a holiday you will never forget.

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Secure a cheap car rental deal in Papeete with GoSee

Save time, energy and money when you book your rental car in Papeete through GoSee. Cars from Avis, Hertz, and Europcar are all available at Fa'a'ā International Airport, and we bring you all the best deals in one spot so you can compare them side by side without any hassle.

To get started, enter travel dates for your upcoming trip to Papeete and hit ‘search’. Sort the results by price, group size, style or transmission preference until you narrow your choices down to one preferred vehicle. Instant confirmation is just a few clicks away.

With no additional booking costs, free benefits and 24/7 customer service, GoSee is the one-stop-shop for all of your car rental needs.

An overview of Fa'a'ā International Airport

Fa'a'ā International Airport in Papeete offers basic passenger amenities, including eateries, souvenir outlets and duty free shops. You can enjoy 15 minutes of free WiFi but must pay after that.

Head to the domestic terminal to pick up your rental car keys from your designated supplier’s rental kiosk. If you made arrangements to pick up your rental car in town, taxis and public buses are available for transport to Papeete.

Driving a car hire in Papeete

You’re on island time in Tahiti. Take it slow and enjoy the ride! We recommend taking a road trip around the entire island; it’s just 120km long and a fantastic day trip out.

Driving to and from the airport

Fa'a'ā International Airport is located just 9 kilometres west of Papeete’s waterfront. From the airport, head southwest and take a left at the roundabout. Follow the road along the coast until you reach Ave du Prince Hīnoi, the main street which runs right into Papeete.

Road rules and tips for driving your rental car in Papeete

  • Motorists in French Polynesia drive on the right.
  • The speed limit in urban areas is 40km/hr and up to 80km/hr on open roads.
  • You don’t need an international driving permit to drive in French Polynesia; your license from home is acceptable.

Parking your rental car - at the airport, in the city

Short-term parking rates at the Fa’a’a International Airport begin at 220 CFP per hour, while long-term rates begin at 300 CFP per hour. If you’re planning to stay a while, long-term parking is cheaper in the longer run.

It can be difficult to find parking in the main centre of Papeete but if you do happen to find the few scattered around downtown, they cost around 100 CFP per hour. You can pay for it at nearby stores which say Parc Chec. Pop your ticket on the dash inside the car.

What our customers say

The whole booking experience was alright. The necessary information was given to find the right choice.
Rene Beyer
Online booking process was nice and easy, no complications at all. Confirmation email sent soon after booking is completed.
There was no problems from the initial on line booking to returning the car to Perth Airport.
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Barbara Linton
Patiience of operator. she had to exxplain a lot of things twice.
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