You probably already know that Tahiti is an island of French Polynesia, it’s in the South Pacific Ocean and its pretty much paradise; but if you’re considering visiting, do you know how to get to Tahiti?

The good news is that since you have to fly pretty much round the world to get there from Europe, there are plenty of interesting stopovers you can include along the way. So whether you’re planning a Tahiti stopover as part of a round the world trip,  or you’re thinking about a tailor-made holiday, we can plan the ideal route for you to reach the magical islands of Tahiti.

How to get to Tahiti on your round the world trip

Rising out of the vast Pacific Ocean, French Polynesia can be reached in a number of ways. If you’re flying, you’ll arrive in to the capital Papeete, the only international airport, which is on the island of Tahiti.

Some example flight itineraries

These are a few examples of multi-stop itineraries that include Tahiti and you can see more multi-stop flights with French Polynesia, or ask us for a more direct route.

Route: 

96

Economy Class

London
Hong Kong
Sydney
Christchurch
Auckland
Tahiti
Los Angeles
San Francisco
London

From

£1,710

Route: 

1401

Economy Class

London
Zanzibar
Colombo
Phuket
Koh Samui
Perth
Sydney
Brisbane
Cairns
Auckland
Rarotonga
Tahiti
Los Angeles
San Jose (Costa Rica)
Havana
London

From

£3,265

Route: 

76

Economy Class

London
Guayaquil
Lima
Cuzco
Santiago
Easter Island
Tahiti
Auckland
Christchurch
Sydney
Ayers Rock
Johannesburg
Victoria Falls
Cape Town
London

From

£2,845

Route: 

166

Economy Class

London
Singapore
Auckland
Noumea
Tahiti
Los Angeles
London

From

£1,695

Fly via North America or New Zealand

The most common way to include French Polynesia in a round the world ticket is as a Pacific stopover between North America or Australasia (in either direction).

From the USA you can fly direct from Los Angeles, or from New Zealand you can fly direct from Auckland. Why not break the journey half way and spend some time enjoying the bright lights of LA, Hollywood Boulevard, the many theme parks or California’s sun-kissed beaches? Or fly via Auckland and spend some time in New Zealand discovering the endlessly beautiful landscapes, Maori culture, glaciers and spectacular wildlife?

In contrast to other Pacific islands, French Polynesia has no direct flights from Australia, so you’ll need to connect through New Zealand to get there from Australia.

Stopover and trip ideas for LA and Auckland
 

Fly via Asia

If you’re travelling via Asia and don’t want to visit Australia or New Zealand on the way to Tahiti, you have the option to fly direct from Japan, twice per week. The dazzling skyscrapers and buzzing city life of Tokyo will make a fascinating contrast to laid back island life in the Pacific!

Stopover and trip ideas for Tokyo

 

Fly via other South Pacific islands

If you'd like to spend even more time exploring the South Pacific, it’s worth knowing that you can also fly to French Polynesia from other palm-fringed paradise Pacific islands! Direct flights to and from Rarotonga (Cook Islands), Noumea (New Caledonia) and Honolulu (Hawaii) are available once per week (in both directions). We can help you plan your time to make the most of these flights.

Trip ideas for Hawaii, the Cook Islands & New Caledonia

 

Fly via South America or Easter Island

You could also take advantage of the weekly, direct flight from Papeete to Easter Island (in both directions) and spend some time discovering the mysterious Moai heads scattered across the island’s rugged and isolated landscape. Easter Island connects French Polynesia to Chile’s capital city, Santiago – the gateway to South America. From here you could easily move across the continent to Mendoza’s winelands in Argentina, the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru or Rio de Janeiro’s samba filled streets in Brazil.

Stopover ideas for Easter Island
 

Include French Polynesia in a tailor-made holiday

If you have less time on your hands and want to fly to Tahiti for a shorter holiday, there are plenty of appealing options to help you discover paradise - like our amazing value Authentic French Polynesia: 4 island hop holiday which gives you 2 weeks to explore paradise. Have a look at our top 10 things to do in French Polynesia for some more ideas.

Whether you dream of Bora Bora or are intrigued by the lesser known islands; if you want to stay in budget friendly “pensions” or luxury overwater bungalows, there’s something for everyone.

 

Interested in exploring Tahiti and French Polynesia?

If you want advice on how to get to Tahiti, or want to plan a French Polynesia holiday, our South Pacific experts can help. You don’t have to worry about routes and times, we can  talk you through flight itineraries, accommodation and trip ideas – whatever your style or budget. If you're thinking of flying via Tahiti on your round the world ticket - have a look at our trip ideas which ar exclusive of flights.

To start planning your trip, call us on +44 1273320580 or request a quote by email.