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Can You Rent a Motorcycle in Tonga?

Can You Rent a Motorcycle in Tonga?


Motorcycle Hire in Tonga

Can you rent a motorcycle in Tonga? The short answer is no. You can, however, rent scooters/mopeds, mountain bikes and cars to make your way around the beautiful islands of Tonga. With scooters being the closest thing to renting a motorcycle in Tonga, we go over some scooter hire tips in this guide.

Before we jump into whether you can rent a motorcycle in Tonga, be sure to bookmark our Tonga Transport Guide: 10 Ways to Get Around Tonga for even more transport tips.

What Vehicles Can You Hire in Tonga?

While unfortunately, motorcycle hire is not on the list of vehicles you can hire in Tonga, here are a few vehicles you can rent:

  • Compact cars
  • Medium cars
  • Minivans
  • SUVs
  • 4WDs
  • Trucks
  • Scooters/mopeds
  • Mountain bikes

Learn more about your vehicle hire options in What You Need to Hire a Car in Tonga.

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Scooter/Moped Hire in Tonga

The closest vehicles to motorcycles that you can hire in Tonga are scooters, otherwise known as mopeds.

Where to Hire a Scooter in Tonga

Scooters are available to hire in the island group of Vava’u. Find out more about these scooter-hire companies in Scooter Hire in Tonga: Where to Rent, Cost & More.

Scooter Hire Inclusions

Scooter rentals in Tonga typically come with the following inclusions:

  • A full tank of fuel
  • A helmet
  • Unlimited kilometres

Note that insurance is not usually included, so you will need to organise your own through your credit card or travel insurer if desired.

What Types of Scooters are Available in Tonga?

The scooters available in Tonga are 90 cc scooters, so are usually easy to drive. Get advice on driving scooters in Tonga in the 10 Tips for Riding a Scooter in Tonga.

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What Do You Need to Hire a Scooter in Tonga?

To hire a scooter or any motor vehicle in Tonga, you will need to have either a full valid driving license from a visitor visa-exempt country or a Visitor’s Driving License. With the correct overseas license, you are allowed to drive in Tonga for up to 12 months, while the Visitor’s Driving License allows you to drive in Tonga for up to three months. Learn about the application process for Visitor’s Driving Licenses in How to Get a Tonga Visitor’s Driving License.

Although the legal driving age in Tonga is 18 years old, most vehicle rental companies will only hire to those aged over 18 years and over.

Travellers wishing to hire a vehicle will also need to be prepared to pay a bond, which can either be in cash, preauthorised with a credit card, or some scooter rental companies prefer to hold onto your passport while you hire the vehicle. The bond/passport will be returned to you upon return of the vehicle providing there is no damage to the vehicle.

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Alternative Self-Drive Options in Tonga

So maybe your dream of road-tripping around Tonga on a motorbike isn’t coming true anytime soon, and perhaps scooters are not quite your style. What other ways can you enjoy a self-drive tour of Tonga?

Car Rental

Car rentals can be found across the four main island groups in Tonga. While some fleets are small, typically offering a compact car, SUV and minivan, rental companies, especially on Tongatapu, have a wider choice of vehicles. Check out your car rental options in The 10 Best Car Rentals in Tonga and get tips from What You Need to Hire a Car in Tonga.

Bicycle Hire

While you might not be able to get quite as far as with a car or scooter, you’ll be surprised just how far you can go when hiring a bicycle on the small islands of Tonga. Bicycle hire is available in Tongatapu, Ha’apai and Vava’u and is significantly cheaper than hiring a car. Find out more about renting a bike in The Guide to Cycling in Tonga.

More About Renting a Motorcycle in Tonga

That’s it for our guide to renting a motorcycle in Tonga. For more about getting around the islands, check out the following guides:

Finally, be sure to bookmark our Tonga Transport Guide: 10 Ways to Get Around Tonga for even more transport tips.


Robin (Lopini) C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of Tonga 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 Ministry of Tourism of Tonga. 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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