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Getting Around Mauritius

Air

Air Mauritius (www.airmauritius.com) operates daily flights from Mauritius to Rodrigues, a small island to the east of the mainland (flight time - 1 hour 30 minutes). Air Mauritius also offers helicopter transfers and sightseeing tours (www.airmauritius.com/helicopter.htm).

Road

Road Quality

One major highway runs north to south, otherwise a good network of paved, if sometimes narrow, roads cover the island.

Car Hire

Numerous car hire companies include major international and independent firms.

Taxi

These are regulated and metered and linked to provinces or hotels, printed on a yellow panel on the drivers' door. Tips are not customary for taxi drivers, but appreciated.

Regulations

Drivers are required to be over 23 years old. Speed limits are 110kph (68mph) on motorways, 80kph (50mph) on other non-urban roads and 40kph (25mph) in built-up areas. Seatbelts must be worn.

Documentation

A foreign licence is accepted.

Urban travel

Bus and taxi services are best used in urban areas. Bicycles and motorbikes are also available for hire.

Rail

Water

Mauritius Shipping Corporation runs sailings between Rodrigues Island and Port Louis (tel: +230 217 2284; www.mauritiusshipping.net).