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Top tips for hiring a car in Seychelles
Renting a car in Seychelles is often cheaper than getting a taxi, so it is the most economical way to get around. You will have the freedom to explore the diverse landscape, as well as untouched beaches, marine parks, and national reserves like the Cousin National Park, which is only a 2 km (1.24 mi) drive from the center of Mahé.
If you plan to travel with your children and are renting a car in Seychelles, then you should bring a child car seat or rent one from your car hire company. The average cost per day for a car seat or booster seat is 162 SCR (12 USD).
Since many of the roads in Seychelles are mountainous, you might decide to rent a four-wheel drive to negotiate the hills and other off-road tracks. You will also come across narrow roads with lots of bends, so it’s a good idea to opt for a smaller car if you plan to take these routes.
Navigating Mahé with your rental car is simple, as there is one ring road that encircles the island and a few roads that cross the mountains. Towards the south of the island, the road is well defined and easy to drive on, particularly when you get to the outskirts of Victoria, where you can enjoy a dual carriageway. On Praslin, you will find two roads, one of which is a ring road that takes you around the island. The other road crosses the National Park via the Valle de Mai. You will be able to get around both islands within a day in your car.
FAQs about hiring a car in Seychelles
On average a car hire in Seychelles costs €73 per day.
Intermediate (Ford Escape or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Seychelles.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Sixt (€50/day), Hertz (€52/day) and Thrifty (€54/day).
When you rent a car in Seychelles, you will need to remember to drive on the left-hand side of the road. You will be able to rent a car on the Seychelles’ two main islands, Mahé and Praslin. When driving, you must always wear your seatbelts and carry your driver’s license and travel documents. Be aware that there are no sidewalks along the roads and that few roads have streetlights.
To rent a car in Seychelles, the minimum age for drivers is 23 years old, and you must be in possession of a valid driver’s license dating back at least three years. However, a young drivers fee may be applicable for drivers under the age of 25. The maximum age to rent a car in the country is 75. You may rent a car with your national driver’s license for up to three months.
You will find that the average price of petrol is 19.11 SCR (1.40 USD) per liter, which is equivalent to 5.29 USD per gallon, when you rent a car in Seychelles. There are several petrol stations on Mahé, but only two on Praslin, which are called Seychelles Petroleum. Many stay open until 11:00 pm.
Due to the islands’ size, the national speed limit is low in the Seychelles. On the island of Mahé, in developed areas, the speed limit is 40 km/h (25 mph), while on open roads, the maximum speed limit is 65 km/h (40 mph). On Praslin, the speed limit is 40km/h (25 mph) throughout the island.
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.