Two ferries operate on a daily schedule between the islands, for passengers and vehicles. The crossing takes approximately 60-90 minutes.
The Upolu ferry terminal is at Mulifanua on Upolu's west coast, not far from Faleolo International Airport, and about an hour’s drive from Apia.
On Savai’i the terminal is at Salelologa, the main township in the south-east.
For a more private and comfortable experience on board, you can upgrade your fare to the VIP Lounge (Business Class). VIP passengers have priority boarding and are served with a free snack and cold/hot beverage. The VIP lounge also has bathrooms and a TV.
If you want to take a car on the ferry to Savai’i, tickets for vehicle and driver must be booked and paid for in Apia.
This can be done at Shipping House, Matautu-tai, Apia (beside Paddles Restaurant). If you intend to go on the ferry without going to Apia, ask your rental car company if they could do this for you.
Vehicle charges (depending on the size of the vehicle) are between ST$80–$110 each way.
Allow an hour for the drive from Apia to the ferry terminal at Mulifanua, or longer if you’re coming from the south coast. Vehicle check-in closes an hour before each scheduled sailing.
Once at Mulifanua Wharf, you will need to go to the ticket office to purchase tickets for all other passengers except the driver - who is covered in the vehicle ticket. If you wish to sit in the VIP lounge onboard, it’s best for the driver to also purchase a full passenger ticket.
Drive-on ferry tickets can't be purchased at the ferry terminal and must always be pre-booked in Apia or through your rental car company. Check also with your rental company whether they allow their vehicles on your planned ferry - some prefer you to book only on the larger ferry, Lady Samoa III.
For walk-on ferry passengers, tickets can be purchased at the Mulifanua and Salelologa (Savai'i) ferry terminals.
It pays to arrive early to purchase your tickets to avoid queues.
One way passenger fares are ST$6 for child 2–12 years and adults ST$12. You'll need to pay in cash.
For an extra ST$18 per person you can purchase tickets to the onboard VIP lounge. This gives you access to an air-conditioned room onboard the ferry, where tea, coffee, water and a snack (sandwich or hot noodles) are served as part of the fare.