Driving In Mauritius

Driving in Mauritius

Find some facts, tips, and advice for Driving in Mauritius

1. Driving license

In Mauritius tourists with a valid driving license have the right to drive. Check if your country has signed a convention with Mauritius about driving licenses.

Things to make sure to check with your ministry of transportation in your country:

  • If the national driving license is enough for driving in Mauritius.
  • Need of an International driver’s license.

2. Drive the left-hand side of road
But the priority remains for vehicles coming from the right.

3. Speed limitation
Speed limits in Mauritius are 40 km / h in urban areas and 80 km / h on main roads. On the highway, the average speed limit is 100 – 110 km / h in some areas. – make sure to obey the speed signs

4. Fuel/Petrol
Petrol stations are daily open from 6:00 a.m. to 20:00 p.m. (some are open until 22:00)

There is no need to get out of the car to fill up the gas tank. When you park your car near a gas station, an attendant will come to your window and ask how much you want to fill up.

Most gas stations accept credit cards but, confirm this with the station’s attendants.

5. Seatbelts
Wearing seat belts is compulsory. Not wearing the seat belt is an offense and fines.

6. Cellophane while driving.
It is an offense to use a mobile phone while driving.

You should use a vehicle phone accessory or a hands-free kit.

7. Road Tolls
There are no road tolls in Mauritius.

8. 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 in Port Louis (at the entrances/exits of the main cities.) and also at Quatre Bornes St-Jean until Curepipe.

10. Speed Camera in Mauritius
Speed limits are 40 km / h in urban areas and 80 km / h on main roads.

Driving in Mauritius, on the highway the average speed limit is 100 – 110 km / h in some areas.
Make sure to follow the speed signs as there are radars and speed cameras.

Driving Tips

Mauritius is a small island in the Indian Ocean. It measuring around 60 km in length and less than 50 km in width. This is why it is possible to travel to all four corners of the island in a single day.

When planning your driving course in Mauritius, you should consider factors such as:
Speed limitations, small roads, and traffic jams.
Allow enough time in your itinerary to visit many of the sites and attractions. Viewpoints encountered along the way.