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 (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.
Where to Sleep
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.
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. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021. To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.
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.
If sleeping in Port Vila Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
- Fatumaru Lodge – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
- Moorings Hotel – (6 minutes from the airport) Airport meet & greet transfers available for AUD $20. » Check Rates
- Traveller’s Budget Motel – (10 minutes from the airport) Private and dorm rooms available. No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Port Vila 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 (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.
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.
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
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: Angelfish Cove Villas • Coral Motel & Apartments • Erakor Island Resort & Spa • Poppy’s on the Lagoon • Quest Apartments • Tradewinds Villas.
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: 2019-07-17
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.