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Port Vila Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Port Vila 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.

they had the band playing in the arrivals hall whilst you were waiting for immigration/customs. – simmoni

VLI 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 Port Vila’s Bauerfield International Airport.

What to Expect

port vila airport guidePort Vila Airport (code: VLI) has two small terminals, international and domestic, that serve South Pacific routes. Facilities are limited to a couple cafes. WiFi may be free in designated areas. Otherwise, you can access WiFi inside the airport lounge, which economy class passengers can pay to enter. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Sleeping in Port Vila Airport

The airport seems to close nightly, so have a backup plan if you’re camping out. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are nearby. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s web site for current information.  For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Port Vila Airport Guide.

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.

Airport Lounges

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. Priroity 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!

  • Harry Bauer Club Lounge – Location: International Terminal, Airside. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: Port Vila Airport Lounges

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Port Vila Airport:

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in Port Vila, search deals and read traveller reviews.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Unity Airlines offers WiFi in the Domestic Terminal.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

Currency Exchange – Yes available at the airport.

Food & Drinks – Flight Cafe (International Terminal) and Island Spirit Cafe (Domestic Terminal).

Information Desk – An Arrivals Information Booth is available and the airport is staffed with customer service officers to assist you.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Luggage Storage is available at a cost of Vt 200 per item.

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

Observation Area – Relax and watch planes taking off and landing from the vantage point of the airport’s observation deck. Location: International Terminal, on the upper floor.

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 – Not available.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Airport Hours

While it appears that this airport closes for several hours at night, as of this update, we were unable to confirm airport hours of operation.  If you know the airport hours, click here to update this airport guide.


Port Vila airport is served by the following airlines: Air New Zealand • Air Niugini • Air Vanuatu • Aircalin • Fiji Airways • Qantas • Singapore Airlines • Solomon Airlines • Virgin Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Hotel Shuttles

At the time of this update we were unable to find any hotels that provide an airport shuttle.

See also Airport Hotels above.


Fixed-rate taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area. Travelling to the airport from the city center, you may have to negotiate your fare before boarding your taxi.

Last updated: 2022-10-28

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is 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 websites. 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.