The Cost of Renting a Car in Samoa: Full Car Rental Cost Breakdown
The Cost of Renting a Car in Samoa: Full Car Rental Cost Breakdown

The Cost of Renting a Car in Samoa: Full Car Rental Cost Breakdown

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The Cost of Car Rental in Samoa

Can you afford to rent a car in Samoa? With Samoa’s main island, Upolu, offering a wide range of vehicle rental companies, along with a few others on Savai’i, you’re bound to find something that’s convenient. Not only that but from compact economy cars to premium utes, there’s something for every travel style and budget. See how much it costs to rent a car in Samoa in the guide below.

For more car rental talk, take a look at What You Need to Hire a Car in Samoa.

3 Tips for Making Your Car Rental Budget for Samoa

Before we get started on the cost of car rental in Samoa, here are a few quick tips and things to consider when making your car rental budget.

  1. Daily rental rates are often lower if hiring for 7+ days
  2. Having your car delivered to Faleolo International Airport costs about the same as an airport transfer; some rental companies even deliver to the airport for free
  3. Consider whether it is worth paying extra for insurance. Insurance is usually a daily fee or it is usually already included in the daily rate of the car rental. All you are paying for is an “excess reducer”, i.e. having to pay less if the car were to get damaged. You are not paying for a “better” insurance policy, per se.

While you’re here, don’t forget to check out the 10 Ways to Save Money on Car Rental in Samoa for more ways to save on car hire.

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The Price of Budget Vehicles

Budget cars are a popular category of rental vehicles in Samoa for obvious reasons. Most of the roads that visitors use are well-maintained and journeys are relatively short, making your standard town or touring car suitable.

Cars in a car rental company’s “budget” category are likely to be either compact cars and/or old models. The latter may come with a few minor issues; a window that doesn’t open properly, a faulty radio, etc. Although it’s unlikely that the vehicle will break down, as rental vehicles are usually maintained to a higher standard than personal vehicles, it’s more of a risk with old models. With this in mind, you may want to consider a company that also offers roadside assistance.

The Cost of Hiring a Compact Car

The typical “compact car” in Samoa is a Toyota Ractis, Toyota IST, Toyota Vitz, Nissan March, Toyota Yaris, etc. Daily rates are usually ST$90-$130.

The Cost of Hiring a Scooter

Also in the budget category are scooters. There are a limited number of rental companies that hire scooters for approximately ST$50-$60 per day. See a scooter cost breakdown in our guide to Scooter Hire in Samoa: Where to Rent, Cost & More.

For rental companies that hire vehicles at the cheaper end of the price scale, see The Cheapest Car Rentals in Samoa.

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The Price of Mid-Range Vehicles and SUVs

SUVs (sports utility vehicles) are by far the most popular category of vehicles for rent in Samoa. With high clearance, these vehicles can tackle just about any road you’re likely to find yourself on in Samoa, as some access roads to attractions such as those to the Alofaaga Blowholes, Coastal Walk and Aganoa Beach, for example, are better suited for these types of vehicles.

Compact SUVs like Toyota Rav4 are usually your most affordable option at the expense of less room, while mid-range SUVs like Hyundais are a better option for groups of 3-5 and families.

The Cost of Hiring a Compact SUV

Typical compact SUV models found in Samoa are Toyota Rav4, Toyota Rush and Kia Sportage. The price is approximately ST$130-$150 per day.

The Cost of Hiring a Mid-Range SUV

Larger SUV models available in Samoa typically consist of Hyundai Tucson, Hyundai Creta, Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan X-Trail, etc. The price is approximately ST$160-$220 per day, with late models usually being the most expensive.

Compare car rental companies hiring SUVs across the islands in the 10 Best Car Rentals in Samoa.

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The Price of Premium Vehicles

If you want to show off in Samoa, it’s usually done in a pickup truck, also known as a ute. Most come with four-wheel-drive while many also have manual transmission. The set-up is a bit much for where most tourists want to go; perhaps with the exception of the Forest Cafe on a rainy day. Otherwise, these gas-guzzlers are more likely to guzzle your travel budget than prove useful during your trip in Samoa.

That being said, those that need a 4WD know who they are, so be prepared to pay a premium rental rate for pickup trucks/utes in Samoa.

The Cost of Hiring a Pickup Truck/Ute

Typical pickup trucks/utes that you are able to hire in Samoa include Toyota Hilux, Toyota Landcruiser, Ford Ranger, Ford Ranger XLT, etc. Prices are around ST$260-$320 per day.

See which rental companies hire out pickup trucks on the main island in the 10 Best Car Rentals in Apia & Upolu.

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The Price of Vans and People Movers

If you have a whole tribe to move, people movers and minivans are also available to hire in abundance in Samoa. People movers usually sit 6-8 people, while vans typically sit 10-16.

The Cost of Hiring a People Mover

Typical people-movers are models such as Toyota Voxy, Toyota Noah, Toyota Estima, Nissan Serena, etc. Daily rates are usually around ST$160-$220.

The Cost of Hiring a Minivan

Typical minivans in Samoa are models such as Toyota Hiace. The daily rate for hiring a minivan is around ST$250-$300.

For rental companies that hire vehicles at the cheaper end of the price scale, see The Cheapest Car Rentals in Samoa.

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Additional Costs of Hiring a Car

Of course, hiring a vehicle doesn’t just include the daily rate. There are other costs to keep in mind, such as the mandatory cost of fuel and the fee for the Temporary Driver’s License. There are also optional extras, such as airport delivery, additional drivers, baby seats and insurance excess reduction.

Note that there will likely be some inclusions in your car rental that are free, such as unlimited kilometres and roadside assistance.

  • Petrol/litre – ST$3.30-$4.20
  • Diesel/litre – ST$3.60-$4.50
  • Temporary Driver’s License/month – ST$21
  • Airport delivery – ST$60-$85 (some companies offer this for free under certain conditions)
  • Ferry/return – ST$160-$190 (+ ST$25-$50 if booked through car rental company)
  • Accommodation delivery/Apia – FREE
  • Accommodation delivery/Lefaga – ST$70-$120
  • Accommodation delivery/Si’umu – ST$60-$70
  • Accommodation delivery/Lalomanu – ST$100-$180
  • Additional driver/day – ST$10
  • Insurance/day – ST$0-$30
  • Baby seat/day – ST$0-$25
  • Unlimited kilometres – FREE
  • Roadside assistance – FREE (if available)
  • Bond (refundable) – ST$300-$500
  • Credit card fee – ST$5 per day/3-5% of the payment total.
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How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Car in Samoa?

So how much does it cost to rent a car in Samoa? In other words, how much should you budget for? Below, we have calculated some approximate prices for renting a car in Samoa across three different durations.

How Much is it to Hire a Car for a Day in Samoa?

Car rental for just one day in Samoa is approximately ST$130-$150 per day.

Additional mandatory costs to take into consideration:

  • Purchasing the Temporary Driver’s License – $21
  • Fuel tank top-up at the end of your trip – Our experience shows that this roughly comes to ST$25-$35 if travelling approximately 125 km (78 mi), such as a loop on the east side of Upolu.

Total: Combining all the costs above, you can expect to pay ST$180-$210 for your transportation in Samoa for one day in a compact SUV. This does not include any additional services like vehicle delivery outside of Apia, insurance, etc.

How Much is it to Hire a Car for Five in Samoa?

Compact SUV car rental in Samoa is approximately ST$650-$750 for five days (that’s ST$130-$150 per day)

Additional mandatory costs to take into consideration:

  • Purchasing the Temporary Driver’s License – $21
  • Fuel tank top-up at the end of your trip – Our experience shows that this roughly comes to ST$40-$50 if travelling approximately 300 km (186 mi) around Upolu.

Total: Combining all the costs above, you can expect to pay ST$710-$820 for your transportation in Samoa for 5 days in a compact SUV. This does not include any additional services like vehicle delivery outside of Apia, insurance, etc.

How Much is it to Hire a Car for a Week in Samoa?

Compact SUV car rental in Samoa is approximately ST$780-$900 for seven days (that’s ST$130-$150 per day minus the common “rent 7 get 1 day free/pay for 6 days” deal that most companies offer for a compact SUV rental).

Additional mandatory costs to take into consideration:

  • Purchasing the Temporary Driver’s License – $21
  • Fuel tank top-up at the end of your trip – Our experience shows that this roughly comes to ST$80-$100 if travelling approximately 400 km (249 mi) around Upolu.

Total: Combining all the costs above, you can expect to pay ST$880-$1,020 for your transportation in Samoa for 7 days in a compact SUV.

Note that you may want to add the ST$160-$190 return ferry to Savai’i to your budget if travelling Savai’i (a loop around both Upolu and Savai’i is approximately 400 km / 249 mi when planning fuel consumption).

More About the Cost of Renting a Car in Samoa

That’s it for our complete cost breakdown of how much it costs to rent a car in Samoa. For more about renting a car, head to the following guides:

Finally, plan more of your travel budget using Samoa Travel Budget: How Much Does a Trip to Samoa Cost?

Author

Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of Samoa Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before settling in the South Pacific, so he knows a thing or two about planning the perfect trip in this corner of the world. Robin works and consults regularly with the Samoa Tourism Authority, a local government body representing the tourism industry. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides and is a regular host of webinars with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.

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