12 hours direct from London Heathrow or Manchester.
If you want to venture a little further, flights operate daily from Mauritius to Rodrigues, the small island that is east of the mainland. This journey takes around an hour. There are also helicopter transfers and helicopter sightseeing tours for those who want an aerial view of this stunning island.
A great way to experience the country and meet local people public transport on Mauritius is limited to buses; there is no train system on the Island. Although timetables vary, the routes cover most of Mauritius and it’s a cheap way to travel while you’re there.
The two main bus stations can be found in Port Louis: Victoria Square and Immigration Square. All buses going south originate from Victoria Station, whereas those going north depart from Immigration Square. An express bus service runs from Port Louis to the main towns, as well as to the north and south of the island. There are also standard buses, but the express option is the better choice if you can get on one; they are much faster, as the standard buses make a lot of stops.
If you’re visiting more rural areas you will find that the bus services usually run from between 6.30am and 6.30pm but this can be quite sporadic and you may find that there are few buses. In more built-up areas they run from 5.30am to 8pm and there are often buses about every 15 minutes. However, if you’re travelling between Curepipe and Port Louis, the buses do continue until around 11pm. Do check locally for individual timetables though, to be on the safe side.
Usually found at the hotels, airport and bus stations; taxis are a great way to get around without relying on public transport. There are lots of companies in Mauritius but all taxis have a square yellow box on both sides of the car and this will have their route printed on it. They are also metered and regulated.
Car and scooter rental is quite popular in Mauritius and there are many companies that offer the service, including local and larger international brands. Driving is on the left and hiring a car will offer the freedom to explore at your own leisure. You must carry your driving licence with you when driving in Mauritius.
There are quite a few companies that offer bike hire on the island at a reasonable cost, both road and mountain. If you’re enthusiastic about bikes, this could be a great way to get around and a different way to see the island; all the sightseeing possibilities of travelling on foot with the freedom to move further afield.