The Cheapest Car Rentals in Samoa πŸš™πŸ’Έ [2023]
The Cheapest Car Rentals in Samoa πŸš™πŸ’Έ [2023]

The Cheapest Car Rentals in Samoa πŸš™πŸ’Έ [2024]

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A Guide to the Cheapest Car Hires in Samoa

Would you rather spend more on guzzling cocktails than your car rental guzzling your savings? We hear you. Luckily, Samoa is home to some very affordable rental vehicles to make exploring its little piece of paradise just that little more frugal. Compare the car rental companies with the best daily rates, deals and inclusions in this guide to the cheapest car rentals in Samoa!

Before we begin, be sure to open up Samoa Transport Guide: 14 Best Ways to Get Around Samoa to check out some alternatives that are even cheaper than car rental! Also, note that there are a few requirements to hiring a car in Samoa, from the minimum rental age of 21 to the essential Temporary Driver’s License, so be sure to wise up with our guide, What You Need to Hire a Car in Samoa.

5 Things to Look For When Comparing Cheap Car Rentals in Samoa

Before we dive into our comparison of the cheapest car rentals in Samoa, know what to look for with these car rental comparison tips.

1. Location

Contrary to popular belief, not all cars need to be rented from Faleolo International Airport (which incurs an extra fee in most instances). Most car rental companies in Samoa offer free delivery in Apia. That said, vehicle deliveries to Faleolo Airport are comparable with taxi and shuttle transfers, so getting a vehicle delivery may just make both logistical and financial sense. Check out more ways to shave the cents off your car rental in the 10 Ways to Save Money on Car Rental in Samoa.

2. Prices and Inclusions

Car rental companies in Samoa have varying inclusions, such as insurance and baby seat hire included in the rate, for instance. We make sure to list inclusions in the comparison below, where available. To see the average cost of additional fees, like insurance, airport delivery, etc., check out our Full Car Rental Cost Breakdown.

3. Vehicles Offered

Samoa’s car rental companies tend to have a generous offering of vehicle types. The size of your vehicle will matter depending on how many people you are travelling with, while high-clearance vehicles are recommended for visiting some attractions like Aganoa Beach, the Coastal Walk and Alofaaga Blowholes. However, 4WD pickup trucks (utes) are not always necessary unless you’re truly going off-road, while those just sticking to Samoa’s well-maintained main roads will find that compact cars and scooters will suit just fine. Learn more about what it is like to drive on Samoa’s roads in our guide, How to Drive in Samoa + 10 Road Rules You Need to Know.

4. Payment Options

Not everyone wants to have a credit card. If that’s the case for you, double-check which car rental companies accept other payment methods. Note that most car rental companies in Samoa require a bond payment, but most will accept (and prefer) cash – see where the closest ATMs are located in Information, Shops & Services in Samoa. Plus, learn more about paying for things in What is the Best Way to Pay in Samoa?

5. Service

Once you have picked one or two car rental companies to compare, give them an email or a phone call and ask them a few questions. See how helpful they are in their answers. This little test will give you an idea of how helpful the company will be should anything go wrong during your trip.

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Jetz Rentz

Offering the largest fleet of vehicles on Savai’i and some of the cheapest rental rates in Samoa, no wonder Jetz Rentz is often sold out! And with a convenient location just a short walk from the ferry terminals (not to mention, free delivery to Salelologa Wharf) combined with the option to go even cheaper by hiring a scooter, what have you got to lose? Your Temporary Driver’s License is sorted with the ability to complete applications at their office located at the Jet Over Hotel.

See how Jetz Rentz compares to other Savai’i rentals in the 5 Best Car Rentals on Savai’i.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

Jet Over Hotel, Salelologa, Savai’i (approximately a 10-minute walk north of the ferry terminal).
Delivery/drop-off is available anywhere on Savai’i for a fee or free to Salelologa Wharf.

Vehicles Available

Vehicles offered by Jetz Rentz include compact cars, scooters, SUVs, vans and 4WD pickup trucks. Most vehicles have automatic transmission except 4WD pickups.

  • Toyota Vitz
  • Toyota Passo
  • Nissan Note
  • Toyota Rav4
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Mazda BT-50
  • Ford Ranger
  • Yamaha Mio Scooter.

See more places to rent scooters in Scooter Hire in Samoa: Where to Rent, Cost & More.

Further Services and Inclusions

  • Temporary Driver’s License applications available
  • Child seats available
  • Free vehicle drop-off/pick-up at Salelologa Wharf
  • Vehicle delivery (fee applies)
  • Free unlimited kilometres
  • Free liability insurance.

Approximate Price

Prices are subject to change. Cars with Jetz Rentz cost approximately ST$90 per day, SUVs ST$150, 4WD pickups ST$250-$300 and scooters ST$50.

Insurance

A bond is taken for all vehicle rentals via pre-authorised MasterCard/Visa or cash of around ST$500 until the vehicle is returned. Liability insurance is included in all hires.

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Funway Rentals

Offering a price-beat guarantee, why not see what Funway Rentals is all about? The closest car rental to the Apia Harbour, Funway Rentals is also a convenient option if you’re coming off a cruise ship. Otherwise, the team can deliver to you for free in Apia (delivery to resorts outside of Apia is not the best deal with this company, however).

The company prides itself on the “cleanest cars on the island” but you will get charged if you return the vehicle dirty! They’ll also take you to the nearest licensing authority for the Temporary Driver’s License, making the whole process as easy as an island breeze. Oh, and rent for 7+ days and you’ll get to sport one of the company’s iconic T-shirts or lavalava!

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

Funway Rentals is located on Beach Road, Matautu-tai, Apia.
Free delivery/drop-off is available anywhere in Apia. Faleolo Airport office is only open for prearranged bookings – fees apply for rentals from the airport. Delivery for a fee is also available for Upolu’s resorts.

Vehicles Available

Vehicles offered by Funway Rentals include SUVs, people movers, vans and 4WD pickup trucks (utes). Most vehicles have automatic transmission except some vans.

  • Toyota Rav4
  • Toyota Hilux
  • Toyota Voxy/Noah
  • Toyota Hiace.

Further Services and Inclusions

  • Temporary Driver’s Licenses assistance
  • Price beat guarantee
  • Ferry booking assistance (fees apply)
  • Child/baby seats (when available, fees apply)
  • Private driver service available
  • Free vehicle drop-off/pick-up in Apia
  • Vehicle drop-off/pick-up at Faleolo Airport and resorts (fees apply)
  • Discounts for hires over 6 days
  • Free T-shirt and lavalava if hiring for 7+ days
  • Free unlimited kilometres
  • Insurance available for a daily fee.

Insurance

Liability insurance is not included but can be purchased at a daily rate for an excess of ST$3,000.

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Island Rento

A small family business operating out of Apia, Island Rento provides affordable car hire with irresistible 4-day and 7-day deals. They’re easy to get in touch with, and then they’ll do their hardest to attend to your car rental needs from there. They also offer assistance with obtaining the essential Temporary Driver’s License.

For more rentals out of Apia, take a look at the 10 Best Car Rentals in Apia & Upolu.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

Island Rento’s main office is in Vaivase-uta, Apia.
Free delivery/drop-off is available anywhere in Apia. They’ll also deliver to Faleolo Airport for a reasonable fee.

Vehicles Available

Vehicles offered by Island Rento include compact cars, 4WD SUVs and people movers. All vehicles have automatic transmission.

  • Hyundai Getz
  • Kia Sportage
  • Daihatsu Terios
  • Toyota Estima (8-seater).

Further Services and Inclusions

  • Temporary Driver’s Licenses assistance
  • Vehicle drop-off/pick-up at Faleolo Airport (fees apply)
  • Deals such as rent for 4 or 7 days get 1 day free deals
  • Free unlimited kilometres.

Approximate Price

Prices are subject to change. Cars with Island Rento cost approximately ST$90-$100 per day, 4WD SUVs ST$130-$150 and people movers ST$170.

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AA Rent-a-Car

Certainly one of the most prominent car rental companies in Samoa, AA Rent-a-Car boasts a wide range of vehicle models, including a small range of affordable compact cars and scooters. With a price-beat guarantee and boasting rates starting at ST$88, they’re worth considering if you’re on a tight budget.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

AA Rent-a-Car has three locations: Main West Coast Road, Lepea, Apia; Lotopa, Apia; and Faleolo International Airport, Faleolo, west side of Upolu.
Free delivery/drop-off is available anywhere in Apia.

Vehicles Available

Vehicles offered by AA Rent-a-Car include compact cars, scooters, SUVs, vans and 4WD pickup trucks (utes). Most vehicles have automatic transmission except the odd 4WD pickup.

  • Subaru Impreza Sport
  • Subaru Impreza Sedan
  • Subaru XV
  • Subaru Forester
  • Toyota Rav4
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Hyundai Creta
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Toyota FJ Cruiser
  • Toyota Hilux
  • Ford Ranger
  • Ford Ranger XLT
  • Toyota LandCruiser 4×4
  • Isuzu D/max 4×4
  • Hyundai IMAX (8-seater)
  • Toyota Hiace (10-15 seater)
  • Yamaha Mio Scooter.

Further Services and Inclusions

  • Free child/baby seats available
  • Free vehicle drop-off/pick-up in Apia
  • Deals such as rent for 7 days get 1 day free/weekly rates
  • Free unlimited kilometres
  • Free liability and third-party insurance.

Approximate Price

Prices are subject to change. Cars with AA Rent-a-Car cost approximately ST$100-$130 per day, SUVs ST$160-$220, 4WD pickups ST$290-$320, people movers/vans ST$220-$300 and scooters ST$55.

Insurance

A bond is taken for all vehicle rentals via pre-authorised Visa or MasterCard or cash of around ST$500 until the vehicle is returned. Liability insurance is included in all vehicle hires with an excess of ST$2,000 plus third-party bodily injured of ST$50,000 in the aggregate.

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USO Rentals

If you’re looking for a rental vehicle to be ready upon arrival in Samoa, USO Rentals has you sorted. One of the rare car rental companies in Samoa offering free airport pick-up and drop-off, they offer a pretty convenient service. Having Temporary Driver’s Licenses available to sign up for upon picking up your vehicle is also pretty handy.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

USO Rentals’ main office is at the Tuanaimato Sports Complex, Gym 2, Talimatau Road, Vaitele, Apia.
Free delivery/drop-off is available anywhere in Apia and Faleolo International Airport.

Vehicles Available

Vehicles offered by USO Rentals include compact cars, SUVs, vans and 4WD pickup trucks. Most vehicles have automatic transmission except the odd 4WD pickup.

  • Nissan March
  • Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Toyota Hiace
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Hyundai Creta
  • Ford Ranger.

Further Services and Inclusions

  • Temporary Driver’s Licenses available
  • Free vehicle drop-off/pick-up in Apia and Faleolo Airport
  • 24/7 roadside assistance
  • Free unlimited kilometres.
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SouthPac Rentals

The cheapest car rental company in Samoa when it comes to the all-popular SUV, SouthPac Rentals offers reasonable rates with long-term deals and even half-day rates. They offer a great selection of high-clearance vehicles for some of those rougher roads across Samoa, but not at extortionate prices.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

SouthPac Rentals’ main office is on Vaitele Street, Vaimoso, Apia.
Free delivery/drop-off is available anywhere in Apia. They’ll also deliver to Faleolo Airport for a reasonable fee.

Vehicles Available

Vehicles offered by SouthPac Rentals include compact cars, touring cars, SUVs, people movers, vans and a light-duty cab-over truck. All vehicles have automatic transmission.

  • Mazda Demio
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Toyota Rav4
  • Subaru Forester
  • Toyota Avensis
  • Toyota iSt
  • Toyota Voxy (8-seater)
  • Nissan Serena (8-seater)
  • Toyota Hiace (10-15-seater)
  • Toyota Dyna.

Further Services and Inclusions

  • Temporary Driver’s Licenses available
  • Free vehicle drop-off/pick-up in Apia
  • Vehicle drop-off/pick-up at Faleolo Airport (fees apply)
  • Deals such as rent for 7 days get 1 day free/weekly rates
  • Private driver options available
  • Free unlimited kilometres
  • Free liability insurance.

Approximate Price

Prices are subject to change. Cars with SouthPac Rentals cost approximately ST$130-$140 per day, SUVs ST$120-$140 and people movers/vans ST$160-$250.

Insurance

A bond is taken for all vehicle rentals via pre-authorised Visa or MasterCard or cash of around ST$300-$500 until the vehicle is returned. Liability insurance is included (a mandatory ST$10 a day) in all vehicle hires with an excess of ST$5,000.

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Blue Pacific Car Hire

Finally, although not the cheapest car rental in Samoa upfront, their inclusions and option for free delivery along the south coast of Upolu when hiring for at least three days make Blue Pacific Car Hire one of the best-value car rentals on the islands. Not to mention, providing only premium late-model vehicles, this is a car rental company in Samoa that prides itself on quality. We do not recommend hiring from this company if you’re under 25 years old, however, as additional fees will apply. 

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

Blue Pacific Car Hire’s main office is on Vaitele Street, Vaitele, Apia.
Free delivery/drop-off is available anywhere in Apia and Si’umu (Coconuts, Sinalei, etc.). They’ll also deliver free to Saletoga Sands Resort and Lalomanu for free if hired for 3+ days. Otherwise, for delivery elsewhere across Upolu like Faleolo Airport, Mulifanua Wharf and other resorts, a delivery fee applies.

Vehicles Available

Vehicles offered by Blue Pacific Car Hire include SUVs and 4WD pickup trucks (utes). Most vehicles have automatic transmission except the odd 4WD pickup.

  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Hyundai Creta
  • Hyundai Venue
  • Ford Ranger
  • Ford Ranger XLT.

Further Services and Inclusions

  • Temporary Driver’s Licenses available
  • Free vehicle drop-off/pick-up in Apia and Si’umu area
  • Vehicle drop-off/pick-up around Upolu (fees apply)
  • Deals such as rent for 7 days get 1 day free/weekly rates
  • Free unlimited kilometres
  • Free liability insurance.

Approximate Price

Prices are subject to change. SUVs with Blue Pacific Car Hire cost approximately ST$150-$190 per day and 4WD pickups ST$280-$320. Note that daily rates decrease the longer you rent.

Insurance

A bond is taken for all vehicle rentals via pre-authorised Visa or MasterCard or cash of around ST$500 until the vehicle is returned. Plus, an extra fee of ST$500 applies if the driver is under 25 years old. Liability insurance is included in all vehicle hires with an excess of ST$2,000 (or ST$2,500 if under 25 years old). Excess reduction options are available for a daily fee.

More About the Cheapest Car Rentals in Samoa

That’s it for our list of cheap car rentals in Samoa! For more ways to save on car hire, check out the tips in the following articles:

For a complete guide to renting a vehicle, check out What You Need to Hire a Car in Samoa.

Author

Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor-in-chief and co-founder of Samoa Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Samoa. She knows the islands inside out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Upolu and Savai’i’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also the editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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