Is there Public Transport in Niue?
Niue is not a country of public transport. There are no public buses, no trains, no ferry services, no domestic flights and only one taxi. Admittedly, it means that you need to be independent by hiring your own vehicle, whether it’s a car, van, motorcycle or bicycle. Otherwise, accommodations offer airport transfers at the beginning and end of your trip, while the island’s one taxi might be available to take you from A to B. We explain your options further in this guide to public transport in Niue.
Ways to Get Around Niue
In short, here’s a quick list of the various ways to get around Niue:
- Car rental
- Motorcycle rental
- Bicycle rental
- The Taxi
- Accommodation airport transfers
- Walking and relying on the kindness of strangers…
For more details on each, see the 6 Types of Transport in Niue. Otherwise, continue reading for more information below…
Taxis in Niue
Niue has one taxi service called “The Taxi”. The eight-seater can be booked over the phone, taking you wherever you want to go on the island. Rates are per kilometre travelled and can be paid by cash or EFTPOS, i.e. bank card.
Some of Niue’s car rental companies also advertise taxi services, such as Niue Rentals and Alofi Rentals. However, this is only available on-demand subject to driver availability.
See The Guide to Taxis in Niue for more information and tips for using the taxi in Niue.
Accommodations offer the next best thing to public transport, shuttles to and from the airport. Book your airport transfer with your chosen accommodation before arrival in Niue and they will be waiting at the airport with a sign or at their kiosk. Airport accommodations are typically free for guests.
Accommodations in Niue do not provide much other transport, only some of the smaller accommodations might give you a lift into town when they are doing a town run. All in all, accommodations transfers are best relied on only for your airport transfer.
See which accommodations offer airport transfers in Niue Airport: Your Transfer Options.
Vehicle and Bike Rentals
The most reliable and efficient way of getting around Niue is to hire your own vehicle. A range of vehicles is available to hire in Niue, including cars, vans, motorcycles and bicycles. Vehicle hire is affordable and made easy with most car rental companies offering to pick up/drop off vehicles anywhere on the island, usually for no extra charge.
Cars are typically the most practical type of vehicle to hire, especially as some roads are dusty and have many potholes. Bicycles are suitable for exploring only some of the island unless you are really fit, as the road circling the island is 64km (40 miles).
Note that visitors to Niue must get a Niue Driver’s license in order to drive a motor vehicle.
Get more advice on hiring each type of vehicle in: