Car Hire in Mauritius
It’s easy to rent a car at Mauritius's airport and car hire in Mauritius is available all over the island. Mostly, you'll find car rental agencies all along the M2 motorway and connecting routes northwest from the airport up to Port Louis. Car rental agencies in Mauritius include ABC, A-Car, Smile, Budget, Destiny Valley, Highway, Quick, Sixt, Endeavor, Syn Car Hire, Royal Car Rental Mauritius and Taj Car Rental. When searching for a car hire in Mauritius, you can find virtually any car or vehicle you're looking for, including sedans of every size, SUVs, minivans, and pickup trucks. You can book your car hire in Mauritius through Skyscanner before you travel.
Car Hire at Mauritius Airport
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU) is the airport serving the island. You can hire a car in Mauritius's airport region from OLA Mauritius Car Rental, Pingouin Car, POP Car Rental Mauritius, Tipoa Car Hire or Sixt Rent-a-Car. Just outside the airport, on the A10 motorway toward the eastern coastline, there's also an Ada car rental agency. On the coast, you'll find Colony and ONS car rental agencies. To get from the airport to the rest of Mauritius island, just take the M2 motorway northwest as far as it will take you and then branch off to whichever roads you'd like.
Driving in Mauritius
Before you hire a car in Mauritius, you should be aware of the driving do's and don'ts of the area. You must check to ensure that the country from which you possess a valid driver's license has signed an agreement with Mauritius permitting you to drive on the island. The average speed limit on Mauritius is 62 miles per hour, but in more built-up areas, the speed goes down to 24 miles per hour. Vehicles drive on the left side of the road in Mauritius. There is only one major highway, running southeast to northwest, and there are no toll roads on the island.
Parking in Mauritius
You'll find free parking readily available throughout Mauritius except in the major city centers. In places like Curepipe, Quatre-Bornes, Rose-Hills and Port-Louis, street parking is still available but for a fee that ranges between 15p and 25p per hour. Paid parking spaces are well-marked and labeled as either Zone 1 or Zone 2. You can buy tickets at petrol stations to allow you to park in these zones, but you must buy the right ticket corresponding to the zone.
Where to Go and What to See in Mauritius
After you rent a car in Mauritius, there are many fun and scenic road excursions you can take. The island is just 788 square miles in area, so getting from your hotel to any other site on the island is a relatively short jaunt. Some of the most popular attractions to visit on the island include Black River Gorges National Park in the southwestern region, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden and the Château de Labourdonnais sugar estate in the northern region, the seaside town of Flic-en-Flac on the western tip, and the Tamarind Falls and Trou aux Cerfs Volcano in the center of the island.