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Car Hire in Samoa

One thing that you can be sure of when hiring a car in Samoa is that every drive is going to be scenic. Samoa’s glimmering seas, viridescent jungles and sparkling waterfalls seem to await you at every twist in the road.

You can also guarantee a warm welcome wherever you choose to pull over – Fa'a Samoa (the name used for Samoan culture) rests on a humility that avoids extravagant displays in favour of a genuine warmth that can be sincerely felt in every welcome.

This is the heart of Polynesia: the missionaries may have exerted a strong influence but the Samoan Way accommodated rather than submitted.

Wherever you drive in Samoa there is a palpable sense of authenticity and tradition. And it’s the sight of someone juggling fire because that’s what has always been done that makes car hire in Samoa such a rewarding experience.

Samoa is paradise made accessible – and hiring a car simply makes it that much easier to access.


How to Arrange Cheap Car Hire in Samoa

The Samoans like to make things easy. And we are 100% with this wonderful island nation on this.

You can book your car hire for Samoa in advance with Expedia and we’ll arrange for it to be waiting for you at Faleolo International Airport.

Located a 25-mile drive west of Apia, you can reach the capital of Samoa in about 40 minutes. Your car will be ready to drive as you stroll through the arrival lounge and you’ll be planning your island itinerary from the comfort of your Apia hotel with the minimum of hassle (which is, after all, how things should be done in Samoa).

If you want to hire a car in Samoa, but have already arranged your transfer from the airport, Expedia can also arrange for your car to be picked up at several towns, cities and resorts – and islands – on this sprawling archipelago.

Our vast network of car hire providers means that wherever you are in Samoa we can provide convenient rental options. It also means that you benefit from a great choice of vehicles and all the best car hire deals available.

Simply plug in the dates you need a car for, choose where you’d like to start your car hire and select the type of vehicle you need for your trip. There’s everything from economical mini-class cars to spacious SUVs available.

It takes just one search to compare prices for car hire – and you can arrive in Samoa with the peace of mind that your onward travel is already arranged.


Car Rental to Explore Samoa

Apia is the capital and the largest city of Samoa. It is located on the central north coast of Upolu, Samoa's second largest island.

Hang around for a few days here and you can discover the underwater delights of the Palolo Deep Marine Reserve, near Vaiala beach. This stretch of reef contains a mysterious and intriguing deep, coral-lined hole.

Back on dry land the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum is housed in the writer’s restored home and you can pay your respects at the top of Mount Vaea, where his grave can be found. If it’s Samoan culture, rather than literary heritage, that interests you, the wonderful Museum of Samoa helps bring to life the country’s natural history and culture.

A short drive west along the coast will bring you to Mulifanua Wharf. From here you can board a ferry that will take you across the Apolima Strait between Upolu and the island of Savai'i.

Savaii is the biggest island in Samoa – but it is very much Upolu’s quieter neighbour. If you thought things were already laid-back, Savaii is where you take things horizontal!

But there’s plenty to see and do here. After relaxing a while on the stunning white sand beaches you can drive to admire the Afu A’au waterfalls before taking a refreshing dip under the cooling spray. There’s the Alofaaga blowholes at Taga to experience, the pristine beaches in Manase and the bustling (by Samoan standards) market in Saletoga to experience.

A quick drive to Saletoga Wharf will see you boarding the ferry for the trip back to Upolu, where you can visit the incredibly photogenic To Sua Ocean Trench. This iconic landmark consists of two limestone sinkholes with rock walls which you can descend – via a ladder – to enjoy the aquamarine pool at the bottom.

Relax in the refreshing waters in true Samoan style!

FAQs for car hire in Samoa

What’s the best price car rental in Samoa?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is in Samoa.

What’s the average car rental price in Samoa?

On average, car rentals in Samoa are .

Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Samoa?

Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

Where can I find car rentals in Samoa?

Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.