Flights to Samoa: book cheap plane tickets

Samoa is open to international tourism

Samoa has lifted all travel restrictions — all passport holders can now enter the country, regardless of their vaccination status. Foreign travelers are not required to quarantine or to present a negative PCR test result on arrival. Travel insurance is not required, however, it is recommended.

Visa to Samoa is not required if you intend to stay for up to 60 days (90 days for EU citizens). Visitors should have a confirmed return or onward ticket, a copy of a bank statement, and hold a passport valid for at least 6 months.

Practical tips

  • If you are flying to Samoa from abroad, you will most likely land at one of its biggest international airportsits main international airportFaleolo International Airport APW located 35km from Apia, the capital city in the northern coast of the Upolu island. After arrival you will need to clear immigration and customs: simply follow the signs and have you passport ready.

    There are airport shuttles available that serve Samoa’s major resorts and hotels. They can be booked before arrival or organized at the airport after clearing the customs. Taxis that serve the guests arriving at the airport cost around ST$60-80 ($21-28) for a around 50-minutes ride to Apia center. Taxis in Samoa are not metered, so do agree a price beforehand.

    These are also the best (and cheapest) airports to fly into Samoa. As they are used by many airlines serving the same routes, the competition for passengers is fierce, and airfare decreases as a result.
Best airports to fly into Samoa: Faleolo International Airport (APW) in Apia, Asau Airport (AAU) in Asai, Savai'i, Lalomalava Airport (LAV) in Lalomalava, and Maota Airport (MXS) in Salelologa
Samoa has only three active airports, including one main international airport – Faleolo International Airport APW in Apia. 99% of tourists who visit Samoa arrive at Faleolo airport, mostly on direct flights from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and American Samoa.
  • Once in Samoa, take advantage of frequent intercity flights operated by domestic airlines such as Samoa Airways and Talofa Airways. Those in-country carriers typically offer lower fares, operate from smaller airports located closer to city centers (you save on ground transportation) and provide flexible schedules – with a wide range of departure times.
  • Planning to explore the region? Popular destinations near Samoa can be easily reached with regional low-cost carriers (LCCs) by the likes of Samoa Airways and Talofa Airways. If you have a layover in Samoa and plan to fly only a short distance to one of its neighboring countries, these budget airlines are an excellent way to save money.

Flights to Samoa
from United States and Canada

  • There are no direct flights from the US or Canada to Samoa. However, most major hubs in Asia have non-stop flights to Samoa, as do some larger airports in the Middle East – your journey will have at least one stop. There are no direct flights from the mainland US or Canada to Samoa. However, Fiji Airways and Hawaiian Airlines operate direct flights from Hawaii (Honolulu) to Samoa (Apia). If you are flying from one of the major American cities to Samoa, your journey will have at least one stop.
  • Samoa is well-served via one-stop flights from North America. Flights to Samoa with one layover depart from most major North American airports, including Atlanta ATL, Dallas DFW, Denver DEN, Chicago ORD, Los Angeles LAX, Las Vegas DFW, Miami MIA, Seattle SEA, Houston IAH, New York JFK, and San Francisco SFO in the United States and Toronto YYZ, Vancouver YVR, Calgary LAS, and Montreal YUL in Canada.
  • The best airlines to fly to Samoa from the US and Canada are: Air New Zealand, Fiji Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, Qantas, and Singapore Airlines,. They are top full-service carriers, offering exceptional customer service, in-flight comfort, a generous checked baggage allowance, and reliable customer support channels – all included in the ticket price.

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Flights to Samoa from Europe

  • There are no direct flights from Europe to Samoa — you’ll need to get a connecting flight from elsewhere in the Middle East or in Asia.
  • Airlines that frequently fly from the UK, Germany, France, and other European countries to Samoa include Air New Zealand, Fiji Airways, Qantas, and Virgin Australia.
  • Consider departure airports in neighboring countries to increase your chance of spotting the best deal. Especially look for large airports that serve as hubs for multiple airlines. For example, if you live in Western Europe, check air tickets to Samoa from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Paris, and Rome. Leverage frequent promotions from European budget carriers like RyanAir, EasyJet, and Eurowings to reach a major hub; from there, take a cheaper long-haul flight to your final destination, potentially saving hundreds of euros.

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Things to know before flying to Samoa
Airlines flying to SamoaAir New Zealand, Fiji Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, Qantas, Samoa Airways, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Australia
Airlines of SamoaSamoa Airways, Talofa Airways
Main airports in SamoaFaleolo International Airport (APW) — Apia, Upolu
Asau Airport (AAU) — Asai, Savai'i
Lalomalava Airport (LAV) — Lalomalava, Savai'i
Maota Airport (MXS) — Salelologa, Savai'i
Regular price (roundtrip)✈ €1200 – €1800 (from Europe)
✈ $900 – $1200 (from USA)

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The cheapest time to fly to Samoa

The best time to find cheap flights to Samoa tends to be during the low season – February to March. It’s the country’s rainy season and also an off-peak tourism season when Samoa receives the heaviest rainfall and significantly fewer visitors. Everything – including airline tickets – is cheaper.

Flights and accommodation are the most expensive between July and September thanks to the favorable weather conditions — with sunny days and low levels of humidity the country sees an influx of tourists. Book your flights well in advance to avoid inflated last-minute fares.

Samoa vs American Samoa

Samoa (formerly Western Samoa) is an independent country that consists of 10 islands on the west side of the archipelago. The eastern islands became overseas territories of the United States in 1904 and today are known as American Samoa, with the capital city of Pago Pago. Samoa is more geared to tourism and it has many more flight options than American Samoa.

Two main Samoan islands are Upolu (home to the country’s capital city of Apia and main airport Faleolo International Airport) and Savai’i (with a smaller population of just 50,000 and two local airports: Asau Airport and Maota Airport). In the Apolima Strait between Upolu and Savai’i you’ll find two other islands — Manono and Apolima — they have only tiny populations concentrated in small villages. The remaining 6 islands — Fanuatapu, Namua, Nu’ulopa, Nu’ulua, Nu’usafe’e and Nu’utele — are all uninhabited and can only be reached by private boat.

Know your time zone

When checking flights and airport transfer times, ensure you know the local time zones. The departure/arrival times on your plane ticket and boarding pass are based on the time zone of the departure/arrival airport – this also applies to the connecting (layover) airports.

Samoa has an east-west extension of just 1.1 degrees of longitude, and this corresponds to about 120 kilometers. It has only one time zone – West Samoa Time (WST) or Samoa Standard Time (SST), which is GMT/UTC+13 time zone. There are no daylight saving time clock changes.

Samoa is one hour ahead of New Zealand, and 2 hours ahead of Sydney.

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Long waiting times when calling the helpline?

Social media is usually a faster way to reach the airline when a problem arises. Use Twitter or Facebook Messenger to contact the airline customer service and get a response and solution within minutes (see detailed guides for Air New Zealand, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, and others.

When it comes to Twitter there’s one more trick to get in touch with the airline faster: mention the airline in a tweet about your issue (add “@airline_handle”, for example: “@FlySamoaAirways” if contacting national carrier Samoa Airways). The social media team will often notice it immediately, ask you for a direct message, and respond privately.

South Pacific time travel (the international date line)

The international date line (IDL) is an imaginary line on the Earth’s surface that stretches from the North Pole to the South Pole, running through the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It roughly follows a 180-degree longitude and defines the border between one day and the next.

Pacific islands: international date line
International date line crossing the Pacific Ocean

IDL is not a straight line, though. It zig-zags back and forth across the Pacific Ocean, so it is not always at the same longitude. Starting from the north, it passes west of the Hawaiian Islands and east of the Marshall Islands. As it moves further south, it reaches the Pacific island nation of Kiribati and makes a major deviation east to encompass the Kiribati and Line Islands. Then it passes between Samoa and American Samoa, keeping the former west and the latter east of the IDL. It then stays parallel to the meridian, keeping to the east of the line so that Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand are all west of the IDL.

When you cross the ID westward, you gain a day, and if you are traveling eastward, you lose a day. It may seem like you are moving forward or backward in time, but obviously, you’re just adjusting to a different time zone.

Book your flights in the local currency

Airfares that a flight search engine or airline website quotes you often vary depending on where you book from. Try to spoof your location and currency so that it looks like you’re booking the flight from the same country it departs from. For example, if you are in the US and booking a leg of your trip from Dubai to Singapore, set the country on the airline website to UAE and the currency to Emirati dirham (AED).

This simple trick doesn’t work every time (not all websites set prices the same way), but it can sometimes save you significant money.

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Airlines of Samoa

Samoa’s national flag carrier is Samoa Airways (formerly Polynesian Airlines), based at Faleolo International Airport near Apia. Currently, it operates short-haul domestic flights within the country and international flights to Australia (Brisbane, Sydney), New Zealand (Auckland), the Cook Islands, and French Polynesia.

The other Samoan airline is Talofa Airways — a small carrier that offers flights to a handful of regional destinations, including Apia in Samoa, Pago Pago in American Samoa, and Nuku’alofa in Tonga.

Flights to Samoa
from Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia and New Zealand offer robust flight networks to key APAC locations, Samoa included. While domestic carriers like Qantas, Jetstar Airways, Virgin Australia, and Air New Zealand provide solid options, several major international airlines also serve these routes. These include ANA, Cathay Pacific, EmiratesGaruda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, and Thai Airways — expanding your choices for travel between Australasia and Asia.

    There are no direct flights from Australia or New Zealand to Samoa. You’ll need a layover in one of the major hubs in Asia.
    Thanks to its location in the central South Pacific Ocean (roughly halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii), Samoa has many options for direct flights to from Australia and New Zealand. Weekly non-stop flights connect Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Auckland, and Christchurch with Faleolo International Airport in Apia, the capital city of Samoa, and you can fly with Air New Zealand, Fiji Airways, Qantas, Samoa Airways, or Virgin Australia. During the peak tourist season (between June and September), airlines usually put on more flights to meet higher demand. However, it's best to book your flights well in advance to avoid higher prices.
  • Airlines have different pricing strategies for different routes. Depending on airline partnerships, demand, and even the time of year, a flight to Samoa could be significantly cheaper from Sydney than from Melbourne.

    Compare fares from main international airports in Australia: Sydney SYD, Brisbane BNE, Melbourne MEL, Perth PER, Adelaide ADL, Cairns CNS, Gold Coast OOL, Canberra CBR, Darwin DRW, and in New Zealand: Auckland AKL, Wellington WLG, Christchurch CHC, and Queenstown ZQN.
  • If you’re looking to save, consider flying from Australia or New Zealand to a primary Asian hub, then catch a connecting flight to Samoa with a regional budget airline such as Samoa Airways and Talofa Airways.

    For the initial leg of your trip, full-service airlines such as Qantas or Virgin Atlantic offer premium comfort and exceptional service, albeit at a premium price. However, many Asian airlines, including budget carriers, operate out of Australia and frequently feature sales and promotions. For instance, AirAsia runs deals to Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore; Cebu Pacific to Manila; Scoot to Singapore; VietJet Air to Ho Chi Minh City; Jetstar to Seoul, Singapore, and Tokyo; Bamboo Airways to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Beijing; Batik Air to Jakarta and Singapore.

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Flights to Samoa
from major hubs in Asia

  • Asia is probably the best continent for short-haul and mid-haul flying. The sheer scale of this most populous region on Earth is reflected in the type of aircraft operating many shorter routes: intra-Asia flyers benefit from comfortable, wide-bodied aircraft by the likes of Boeing 777, 787 or Airbus A350, A330, and A380. When booking your flight to Samoa look for these bigger planes as they will almost always give you the best experience in every cabin, including better seat pitches, higher ceilings, and larger overhead bin space.
  • Asia is also home to most of the world’s best airlines. There are only ten airlines that received the prestigious 5-star mark of quality from Skytrax, and all of them are from Asia: ANA, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines. Choosing one of these airlines for your trip to Samoa will guarantee a pleasant journey – delicious meals served during the flight, great in-flight entertainment, and above-average airline customer service.
  • Asia is extremely well served by low-cost regional airlines. If you are visiting Samoa and want to see several other countries on a tight budget, they often have great sales with rock-bottom prices, while still offering a relatively comfortable flight experience. Among the best Asian budget airlines you can book without hesitation are AirAsiaCebu Pacific, Citilink, FlyDubai, Indigo, Jetstar Airways, Scoot, SpiceJet. The cons? Being no-frills airlines they may not provide free baggage allowance, inflight meals, or onboard entertainment. The departure times may also be quite inconvenient as they try to save money by flying at off-peak hours.

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