Sleeping in Airports

Papeete Airport Guide

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

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Papeete Faa’a International Airport.

What to Expect

Papeete Faa’a Airport 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.

Where to Sleep

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 airport guide below.

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.

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.

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 (ie. Priority Pass). 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!

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
  • Ahitea Lodge – (10 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available. for 1300 CFP per person, each way. » 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.

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.

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: unknown. Hours: 6:00AM – 12:00PM and 1:30PM – 10:00PM every day except Thursday when it closes at 11:00PM.

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 – Not available.

Showers – Showers can be found in the Air Tahiti Nui Lounge. [ see Airport Lounges above ]

The airport is open 24 hours.

As of June 2019, Papeete airport is served by the following airlines: Air Calin • Air France • Air New Zealand • Air Tahiti • Air Tahiti Nui • French Bee • Hawaiian Airlines • LATAM • United Airlines.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies provide services at the airport: Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Tahiti Easy Car.

Hotel Shuttles

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 of the airport. There are no meters, so negotiate a fare with the driver before starting your journey.

Last updated: 2019-07-16

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.