Airfare to Papeete, French Polynesia
Located on the infamous island of Tahiti, Papeete is the capital and largest city of French Polynesia. It is where most travelers to the French overseas territory arrive, and serves as transit hub to more remote resorts and locales.
Airfare to Papeete will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into the Cook Islands. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a ferry, yacht or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Sydney, Australia, or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Air Tahiti Nui is the national airline. However, Air Tahiti, Hawaiian Airlines, Air France and other airlines also stop in Papeete.
The most expensive air tickets to Papeete are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into Cook Islands and traveling overland to Papeete
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Papeete, check out BootsnAll’s French Polynesia Guide.