Buses, Taxis, Car Rental in Mauritius

BUSES, TAXIS AND RENTAL CARS

Mauritius is a wonderfully quaint and small island, but you will definitely need some help getting around
You can get around on foot, car, bus or taxi, but the best mode of transport for you will all depend on your preferences and budget. The duration of your stay, the distances of locations, where you will be staying and how often you need to travel will also be a deciding factor.

Short distances can be travelled by bus at a really cheap fare, but it may be time consuming or not the most comfortable. Private cars and taxis are great for long distance travelling or tours, but may not always be the most affordable option.

Read on to find out more about buses, taxis and private car rentals in Mauritius.

Buses in Mauritius

Buses can be found all around the island. Though it is not always the most comfortable, it can be considered as one of the best modes of transport on the island- being used by both local citizens and foreigners.  It  is a fun way to immerse yourself into the local lifestyle and meet friendly locals, who aren’t shy to strike up a conversation.

Schedules and timetables are generally respected, with a 5 to 10 minute leeway. It is worth noting that buses do not run past the evening- the last buses usually departing at 19h00.  You can find out more about bus routes and schedules here: http://nta.govmu.org/English/Procedures/Pages/Hidden/Bus-Timetable.aspx. If you aren’t too sure about which bus route to take or when the next bus is due, simply ask one of the locals, who can provide more up-to-date information.

Buses on the main routes can get quite crowded, especially during peak times such as in the morning and evening rush hour, where you may end up standing during the first half of the trip. Fares are cheap with most trips costing under Rs 50- short trips being as low as Rs 15.

Tip: Always keep loose change on you for bus trips. Some conductors do not accept large notes.

During the summer, if the heat is proving to much to bear, some buses are equipped with air conditioning (though it costs a little extra)- usually only buses for the most popular routes or express routes.

Taxis in Mauritius

Looking to go out at night? Or maybe you prefer travelling in a private car as opposed to public transport? Not to worry – the island  has plenty of Taxis which can help you out.

You can always ask for your accommodation hosts  (ie. hotel, guesthouse) to arrange for one, or simply step outside and look for a taxi rank.  A number of taxis can also be frequently seen waiting near points of interest, including in popular towns such as Flic en Flac, Grand Baie and Port Louis.

As in any country, when taking a taxi, negotiation is key, otherwise you’re more likely to get ripped off or in for a tour that you didn’t agree to. It is cheaper (and more convenient) to hire a taxi for a round-trip as opposed to waiting and hailing another. Taxis also charge a slightly increased rate during the evenings.

Tip: Always try to agree on a fixed rate and pay at the end of the trip.

Some taxi drivers make good local guides, so take a taxi for a full day tour and let them show you the best places. Do note that some drivers work on a commision basis with selected sites, restaurants and shops.

Car Rentals in Mauritius

Driving in Mauritius enables you to appreciate all that the island has to offer- from the pristine beaches, to the scenic natural landscapes and the vibrant nightlife. It is also the easiest and quickest way to get around the island.

You are sure to find a vehicle to suit your style since there has been an increase in the market for car rentals- from major international agencies to private rentals. Just be sure to check that the rental agency/ agent is a registered dealer to avoid any kind of trouble.

Tip: Visit https://mauritiusattractions.com/car-rental-mauritius.php for a vareity of reliable care rental services, ranging from compact cars to executive,  luxury cars

It is worth noting that the driving conditions in Mauritius may not be the best, but fairly reasonable. A motorway runs along the island, connecting the north to the south, which makes for straightforward driving. However, the less major roads may be an issue with potholes, speedbumps, cyclists and pedestrians. These roads are narrower than usual, and can sometimes struggle to accommodate two-way traffic. Reckless pedestrians and motorcyclists do not make the task any easier.