Driving in Mauritius
Here are Some facts, practical information, and tip for driving in Mauritius.
Tourists holding a driving license issued by a competent authority in their country are allowed to drive during their holidays in Mauritius.
Before arriving in Mauritius, please check if your country has signed an agreement with Mauritius regarding the driving license of your country.
Also, you should check with your Department of Transportation in your home country to see if your national driver’s license is correct to drive to Mauritius, or if an international driver’s license must also be presented together with your country’s national driver’s license.
Car in Mauritius
Most of the major car companies like Avis, Sixt, and Budget are represented also at SSR International Airport and the local car hire can be seen in the coastal area and the cities like Port Louis and Quatre Quatre where you can hire a car at affordable prices.
Drive on the left side
Here in Mauritius, as in most former British colonies, they drive on the left. But the priority remains for vehicles coming from the right.
If you want to rent a car, you should know that all official rental cars have a yellow license plate and must have fully comprehensive cover.
Unleaded gasoline and diesel are used in petrol stations which are opened every day from 6 am to 10 pm where some are closed until 23 pm
It is not necessary to get out of your vehicle to refuel, just park the car near a gas pump and order the amount you want to fill the tank.
In general, petrol station accepts payments by cash and credit cards, but be sure to check with the station employees.
Wearing of seat belts is compulsory. Not wearing seat belt is an offense and fines Mobile phone while driving
The use of mobile phones while driving is an offense; it is advisable to use a vehicle phone attachment or hands-free kit if you want to speak on your mobile phone.
In Mauritius, drinking and driving are prohibited you are not allowed to have more than 50mg of alcohol in the bloodstream.
There are no road tolls in Mauritius.
Rush hours & Heavy traffic
During rush hours, you are more likely to face heavy traffic: between 07:00 and 10:30 and between 15:00 and 18:00. During these times there is heavy traffic mainly in Port Louis area and at the entrances/exits of the main cities and also at Quatre Bornes St Jean until Curepipe.
Speed limits are 40 km / h in urban areas and 80 km / h on main roads. On the highway of Mauritius, the average speed limit is 100 – 110 km / h in some areas. Be sure to follow the speed signs as there are speed cameras and radars.