Fiji Friday – Busing Around

Despite both J and I having cars here, for me it is still sometimes a lot easier (and cheaper) to catch public transport if I’m heading into the city.

Fiji’s public transport system is fairly basic and consists of buses. With no visible bus timetables that I’ve been able to find either at the bus stops, central bus station or online I just head off to the bus whenever I’m ready and usually there’s one at my stop within five minutes. The walk from out place takes about 10 minutes (depending on how hot it is) and it’s all up hill.

Similarly to how Brisbane has numbered routes which indicate which area of the city they’re heading to, Suva buses are coloured depending on the route they service. The buses that I catch from near home to the city are bright yellow (yellow = dromodromo). They take me approximately 20 minutes maximum to get into the centre of town and drop off at the main bus interchange (I haven’t taken pictures of the chaotic interchange because I don’t want to be seen as a super tourist, yet).

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My bus stop, and bright yellow bus arriving.

I haven’t done much exploring with where the other bus routes yet, however I know the green (green = drokadroka) buses that have the RnB tunes cranked to full volume so the road shakes, do a loop around the city from Nasese. Sadly despite the face I could hear the bass playing from approximately 300m away it’s not really audible in the video.

Due to the low income of many families the buses are priced so that people can afford to get to work and into town. Taxis are the only other form of transport apart from walking for those who can’t afford a car and these can be quite expensive too. For my bus it costs 70 cents each way. When compared to Brisbane bus fares it is ridiculously cheap, but when you consider that people here can be paid less than $2 an hour that’s an hour of work just to be able to afford the transport to get to and from work, before you even consider food and bills.

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Bus fare ready to go (not to mention my all purpose footwear – thongs)

Taking into consideration the low cost of catching the bus the standard of buses are not on the same level as Australia. My mum was fascinated with them and said it reminded her of the buses that she remembered from her childhood in the 60’s/70’s. Like all vehicles here maintenance doesn’t appear to be a priority for the bus companies, so there’s definitely more than a few rattles when you cruise down the bumpy Suva roads. Due to the age of the buses they only have the one door so everyone enters and exits out of the same point unlike the buses in Brisbane, in addition to this, they all have the steep stairs to get in therefore they aren’t suitable for disabled patrons.

We are yet to take any of our visitors on public transport yet, in fact I don’t think J has even taken public transport yet (he can’t be bothered walking to the bus stop when he’s got a car at the house ready to go). Regardless, it’s an easy way for me to get around and means I don’t have to worry about parking my car somewhere in town.

 

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