The use of toll roads is a recent phenomenon in Mauritius, so avoiding them will not be too difficult for the foreseeable future; but you might consider using them to avoid heavy congestion on much-used roads and highways, or resort to public transportation. Plans are also in place for a new metro system to address the problem of chronic traffic conditions.
Parking is free and unrestricted outside of Port Louis and other major cities, which will come as a relief to anyone who decides to rent a car in Mauritius. You will need a ticket in order to park in one of the urban centers; those can be obtained from any petrol station you pass. Parking rates are generally about 10 MUR (about 0.30 USD) per half hour and fines are common, so plan accordingly.
There are few traffic lights in use in Mauritius outside of urban areas, so vigilance is required when approaching any intersections or roundabouts in rural areas. Also, there are very strict policies about driving while under the influence, so it is not recommended to drive your rental car if you have had a couple of drinks. Be safe and use a designated driver, or get a cab instead.
Among the major tourist attractions in Mauritius are Black River Gorges National Park in the south and the Le Morne Brabant peninsula in the southwest, where land meets the Indian Ocean. If you love coastal drives, take the A3 south from Port Louis, which becomes Route 89 around Black River, running parallel to the coast through Le Morne and beyond, when it becomes the A9 along the southern coast.
25% of our users found a car hire in Mauritius for €28 or less
Book your car hire in Mauritius at least 1 week before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Off-airport car hire locations in Mauritius are around 38% cheaper than airport locations on average
Mini car hires in Mauritius are around -55% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about hiring a car in Mauritius
On average a car hire in Mauritius costs €49 per day.
Mini (Hyundai i10 or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Mauritius.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at MauriConnect (€28/day), Coastal Cars (€32/day) and Autorent Mauritius (€33/day).
Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to hire a car in Mauritius are Port Louis (67% of total searches of users looking to hire a car in Mauritius), Flic en Flac (13%) and Grand Baie (13%).
On average a car hire in Mauritius costs €472 per week (€67 per day).
On average a car hire in Mauritius costs €2,022 per month (€67 per day).
Drivers must use the left side of the road when driving in Mauritius; additionally, front and rear occupants of the rental car are required by law to wear a seatbelt. A valid US license alone is sufficient to operate a rental, as long as your stay does not exceed one month. Thereafter, an International Driver’s Permit will be required.
When considering whether to rent a car in Mauritius, you should know that the minimum age to rent a car is 21, with the condition that you have been driving at least 1 year prior to renting a vehicle. Most companies will apply a fee for drivers under the age of 24, and you should be advised that this age requirement is 25 at Avis and that the fee charged is 230 MUR (6.68 USD) per day.
When you need to pull into a petrol station in Mauritius, it’s good to have an idea of the fuel prices at the pump. On average, a liter of diesel will cost roughly 35 MUR (1.02 USD) and about 3.85 USD per gallon. Cars using petrol will have to pay about 44 MUR (roughly 1.28 USD) per liter and approximately 4.84 USD for a gallon.
Driving your rental car through the countryside in Mauritius, you should not go faster than 80 km/h (about 50 mph), and if you are anywhere in a city or populated area, then you should not exceed 40 km/h or 25 mph. However, once you reach the highways, you are allowed to accelerate up to 100 km/h (62 mph).
The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for hire cars for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 24 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car hires listed or dates of travel. Some hire car providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the website of the respective hire car provider.