With the freedom of having a rental car in Samoa, you should drive to Lalomanu Beach to the east of Upolu Island, and then drive 15.4 km (9.6 mi) to the To Sua Trench swimming hole on the south side of the island. On Savai'i, you can take your car off-road and visit the Saleaula lava fields, home of Mount Matavanu, which is a 10.1 km (6.3 mi) drive away from the nearest town of Safotu on the north side of the island.
Renting a car in Samoa is a comfortable way to get around, as the local buses are notoriously uncomfortable and are usually packed. Besides this, public transportation is unreliable, so your most sensible mode of transport is a car. Although an ordinary compact or saloon car will allow you to reach almost all Samoan tourist attractions, you will often come across gravel and dirt tracks, which can be harder to navigate. If you intend to travel on these roads, you should consider renting a four-wheel drive.
Although Samoa does not have any laws about child car seats, it is advised to either bring one with you on your flight or rent one from your rental car company. You can rent a car seat or booster seat for children for around 10 WST (4 USD) a day.
Samoa is made up of two islands, Savai'i and Upolu, and you likely will want to visit both. If you check with your car hire agency, they should be able to arrange for you to take your rental car across to the neighboring island. You are normally allowed to take rental cars from Upolu over to Savai’i and back, but cars rented on Savai’i cannot be taken to Upolu. The ferry costs for vehicles is between 80 and 110 WST (30-41 USD) each way, depending on the size of your car.
Intermediate (Toyota RAV4 or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Samoa.
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When you rent a car in Samoa, you will need to drive on the left-hand side of the road and overtake on the right. It is mandatory that all passengers wear seatbelts in the car. Driving under the influence is not permitted: you must have a blood-alcohol level of below 0.08 to legally drive. You must take caution when driving through villages, as children and animals are often in the roads. It is important to note that Samoa does not have any sidewalks along their roads.
If you plan to rent a car in Samoa, you will need to be at least 25 years old and have held your driver’s license for at least a year. Along with a valid full driver’s license from your home country, you will need to apply for a temporary driver’s license, which costs around 20 WST (7.64 USD) for one month. If you have an international driver’s license, you can get it endorsed by the Samoa Land Transport Authority and use it for a maximum of 90 days.
You will find that the average price of petrol is 2.58 WST (0.99 USD) per liter and 3.96 USD per gallon when you rent a car in Samoa. Petrol stations can be found in most major towns, particularly Apia, however, it is recommended that you fill up your tank before you drive to remote areas.
When you drive in Samoa, you will need to follow the national speed limits, which are slow due to the size of the islands. Within central towns like Apia and other urban areas, the maximum speed limit is 40 km/h (24 mph), while outside of towns, the speed limit increases to 56 km/h (34 mph).
The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for hire cars for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last hours. Hires are subject to change and may not be available on all hire cars listed or dates of travel. Some hire car providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the hire cars providers' sites.