For those who are planning to travel to Mauritius for the fist time, an important question will be how to I deal with transportation. Is it possible to rent a car or better to take a taxi or even go with the public transportation? In this article, I would like to give all the necessary information on this matter and break some of the misconceptions you may have.
To Rent a Car
To rent a car is super easy in Mauritius. It is a very developed country; therefore you can get such service as anywhere in the world right from the airport. There are many famous rent-a-car companies such as Avis, Sixt, Europcar and etc. Also, the tour company I was dealing with during my trip As-Siyaaha Tour Operator have rent-a-car service as well. You can check their rates on the website. The important thing to notice cars drive on the left-hand side and the wheel inside the car in on the right side. So if you are able to drive in The United Kingdom or Australis, then you will manage in Mauritius. In addition, people are driving there very fast and a little bit crazy from my point of view. So you might expect lots of honking. They use honk just to warning others that they are coming, they mean by it «Watch Out».
Cost — rs 1,200-6,000 ($34-170) a day depending on a car you want to rent.
To Take a Taxi
Another option for travelers will be to take a taxi. There are no famouse taxi system such as Uber or YandexTaxi. However, if the car has taxi sign on it, it means the driver is fully licensed. In fact, Mauritius is a very safe and well-regulated country. To find a driver there who will take you around all day long, quite easy. The important part is to agree on the price before the ride. Many people are taking a taxi to side seeing or any places they would like to visit. Also, a driver will wait for you as much as needed even if you take 3 hours. Do not be shy on this aspect, in Mauritius people will actually think you crazy if for example you are going to the zoo and agree on one ride without return. They like to wait and be happy to do it for the same price as you came to the place. Also, you can agree with a tour operator for any rides you needed. Personally, I was dealing with As-Siyaaha Tour Operator so I can recommend them for airport transfer as well as all kind of tours.
Cost — rs 500-3,000 ($14-85) per ride depending on where you like to go.
To Take a Bus
There are lots of buses and many stations around the island. In fact, if you need a short ride it is quite easy to find a bus. You will see Bus Stop signs on most of the roads. Just stand next to such sign and raise your hand!!! If you don’t raise your hand, bus not going to stop for you. I didn’t try such transportation because I was standing and didn’t raise my hand, I had no idea I supposed to do that. So a couple of busses just passes next to me with a huge speed and honk. Almost like in a movie :))) Last but not least, most of the buses have different colors, it is just because they are from different companies.
Cost — rs 50 ($1.5) per ride, not sure if it would depend on distance as well.