Mini (Hyundai i10 or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Mauritius.
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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).