Do you need a car in Mauritius?

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Mauritius Introduction

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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.

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 should you rent a car in Mauritius?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Mauritius?

Mauritius Car hire summary

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Total 99 - of which 78 have free parking. [full notes - parking]



  • Can be useful for a single day excrusion around the island.

Why not? Visiting Mauritius without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Mauritius public transport quick facts

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Walking and Cycling Overview

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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.


Car rental in - Mauritius Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Mauritius?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.

Is it worth hiring a car in Mauritius?

Based on value for money

Should you rent a car in Mauritius?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Mauritius if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?


Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Mauritius if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?


What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Mauritius if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?



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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

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!

Would you hire a car in Mauritius?

Have you driven in Mauritius? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Mauritius?
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