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Our general advice for visiting Mauritius is that when compared with some other tropical destinations, this spectacular island is relatively small. If you do choose to hire a car, it’s unlikely to get a great deal of usage.

Please note that is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Mauritius car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Mauritius is in car rental price band: 4/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Mauritius? 

Sometimes. Car rental is slightly cheaper than global averages.


Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Mauritius between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 1/10

Non car score:3/10

Balance: 2

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -


Many of the most impressive resorts in Mauritius are built on stilts out into the Indian Ocean, and parking in some places can be very limited, especially as there is little need for it.

Why? Visiting Mauritius using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Mauritius ?

  • A rental car can be useful for a single day excrusion around the island.
  • Otherwise there is little real need, but a car provides flexibility for going to different beaches, etc.

Why not? Visiting Mauritius without a car

Why don't you need a car in Mauritius ?

It’s easy enough to get resort transfers by bus or taxi, and the capital Port Louis is also served by a reasonable range of bus services. However, no visit to Mauritius can be complete without some sort of venturing inland. Again, you will still find a hire car is of limited use, when local tour or taxi options are widely available. Now this interior can’t really be appreciated without at least doing some sort of hiking, so guided tours tend to make a lot more sense.

Ratings: How does Mauritius compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Mauritius? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Mauritius, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?



Do you need to hire a car in Mauritius? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Mauritius (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Mauritius? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

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Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel


Car hire basics:


Public transportation basics:


Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):


As you start ....

Does Mauritius airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No






Has our advice for Mauritius car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 2

2019 - 3

2021 - 2

Average score - 2



If you do plan to hire a car in Mauritius, then it might be something to consider for a day or two, but it’s unlikely to be worth doing for the whole duration of your stay. Even short term rentals don’t tend to be particularly good value either.

Do you need a car in Mauritius? No!


Do you or don't you need a car in Mauritius ?