I have scanned every room in the starport and i can't find anything. I know I must be missing something. and anytime i find an npc with the little off planet transport icon thing, i can't talk to him/her. any ideas?
from the planet guide we can see that NPC transport is available from FFC Budnick 5 9.
I am not sure which city you are in at the moment but it should be worthwhile renting a speeder if it is quite far as that is the only place with an NPC starport which allows transport off the planet. I am not sure of the cost of getting off the planet so you may still be better off joining a faction and getting them to pay!