Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Papeete Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit. Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.
Off to the left of the main terminal was a small pavilion with roof, and three wooden benches, it was almost too good to be true! – Heather
PPT Airport Overview
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Papeete Fa’a’ā International Airport.
What to Expect
Papeete Airport (Code: PPT) consists of two small, interconnected terminals (Domestic and International) under one roof and a smaller domestic terminal within walking distance. The airport has a few snack bars, cafes and a cafeteria, along with a couple of shops, though all but one fast food/bar and duty free shops are on the landside. WiFi is available to help pass the time. Additional comfort can be found through fee-based access to the airport’s first class lounge. See Airport Lounges below for locations and rates.
Sleeping in Papeete Airport
The airport is open 24 hours per day, though sleeping options are apparently limited to floor space or a couple of metal and wooden benches located landside. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller reviews for more tips.
Good to Know
There have been reports of credit card scams and long-past-due-date food served at some concessions stands at the airport, so make any purchases with care.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours. Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. If you have some time to spare please write a review, send a tip or share photos to help future travellers.
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In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security. For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.
If sleeping in Papeete Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
- Tahiti Airport Motel – (5 minute walk from the airport) Located across the street from the airport. » Check Rates
- InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
- Hotel Sarah Nui – (10 minutes from the airport) Free airport transfers are available from the airport to the hotel only, reservations required. » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Papeete Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships
Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!
- Air Tahiti Nui Lounge – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, upstairs. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
Free WiFi is available at Papeete Airport for 15 minutes. For access, connect to the “Wi-Tahitiairport” network. After the free period is up, you can opt to purchase additional service for a period of 1 hour (300F) or 6 hours (900F), online or by purchasing a prepaid card at Snack Express or Atrium Restaurant in the public area.
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
Banking Services – Banque Socredo Location: T1/Domestic, Landside Hours: 8:00AM – 11:45AM and 1:30PM – 4:30PM (Mon-Fri).
Business Center – Location: T1/Domestic, Landside Hours: 7:30AM – 6:00PM (Mon-Fri), 7:30AM – 1:00PM (Sat) and 7:30AM – 12:00PM (Sun).
Currency Exchange – Tahiti Exchange operates landside in the International Terminal. Hours: 8:00AM – 11:30AM (Mon-Fri) and three hours before every international flight departure.
Duty Free and Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available airside in International Departures and Arrivals Hall / Baggage Claim areas. In addition, some souvenir shops, gift boutiques, and newsstands are also available. Check out the fragrant flower leis and shell necklaces at the Fare Hei traditional Polynesian marketplace!
Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate on varying schedules, with some open as early as 4:30AM. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options, but Atrium Revanui bar & snack shop is open for each international departure. Food options include:
» Terminal 1/Domestic, Landside – Atrium Terrace • Atrium Lounge • Atrium Express • McDonald’s
» Terminal 1/Domestic, Airside, Boarding Area – Snack Kuriri
» International Terminal, Boarding Area – Atrium Revanui
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Luggage storage is available landside in the International Terminal. Rate: Cabin Roll-On (55cm) 700XFP • Medium Bag (64cm) 800XFP • Large (75cm) 950XFP • XL (86cm) 1100XFP • Surfboard 2200XFP. Hours: 6:00AM – 12:00PM and 1:30PM – 10:00PM every day except Thursday when it closes at 11:00PM.
Luggage Storage open 7 days a week 6:00-12:00 13:30-22:00
Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.
Postal Services – Postal and telecommunication services are available at OPT. Location: T1/Domestic, Landside Hours: 6:30AM – 11:00AM/12:00PM – 3:00PM (Mon-Thurs) and 6:30AM – 11:00AM/12:00PM – 2:00PM (Fri).
Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.
Showers – Showers can be found in the Air Tahiti Nui Lounge. [ see Airport Lounges above ]
The airport is open 24 hours.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
The following car rental agencies provide services at the airport: Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Tahiti Easy Car.
Several area hotels provide airport transportation service to their guests either for a fee or as a courtesy. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Le Meridien Tahiti • Pension Ahitea Lodge • Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort.
Taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area. There are no meters, so negotiate a fare with the driver before starting your journey.
Last updated: 2020-10-20
This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning. All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or write a review.