How to get to Northern Mariana Islands

By | May 4, 2022


The Northern Mariana Islands consist of a chain of 14 volcanic islands almost 89 km long. The landscape of the islands is diverse and includes beautiful bays, spectacular cliffs, caves and mountains. Because of their location, the Northern Mariana Islands played an important role in World War II. Even today, the many shipwrecks off the coast are silent witnesses to this past. The wrecks, numerous coral reefs and the clear water make the Northern Mariana Islands a particularly good diving area. See other countries in Oceania on constructmaterials.

Getting there

Arriving by plane

Lufthansa (LH) flies in cooperation with Asiana Airlines (OZ) from Frankfurt/M. via Incheon to Saipan; Asiana Airlines (OZ) also offers flights from Frankfurt/M. at; Feeder flights to Frankfurt/M. from Vienna and Zurich with Lufthansa (LH) or the national airlines Austrian Airlines (OS) and Swiss (LX).

Flight times

Frankfurt/M. – Saipan: 23 hours 15 minutes (with intermediate stops; the travel time can be significantly longer depending on the length of stay) Vienna – Frankfurt/M.: 1 hour 25 minutes; Zurich – Frankfurt/M.: 1 hour (non-stop)

Departure fee


Arrival by car

There is a good road network on the larger islands. The main routes are paved. Bus: Shuttle buses run between hotels and major shopping malls. Taxis are readily available in all major towns, especially in front of hotels and shopping malls. Rental cars are available in major cities, airports and the port of Saipan. US traffic regulations apply. Documents: In addition to the national driver’s license, the international driver’s license is required. Traffic regulations: Overtaking is prohibited. Speed ​​limits: On main roads: 56 km/h.

Arrival by ship

Cruise ships from Europe and the USA, among others, dock in Saipan, the international port of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Cruise ships

Phoenix also offers Saipan on cruises departing from Hamburg and Nice. Holland America Line also calls Saipan from the United States.

Ferry provider

There are daily ferry services between Saipan and Tinian.

How to get to Northern Mariana Islands