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Getting Around Seychelles

Air

Flying is the only way to reach the more remote islands of the Seychelles. Air Seychelles (www.airseychelles.com) operates a scheduled shuttle service between Mahé and Praslin, taking around 15 minutes. It also provides domestic chartered services from Mahé to Alphonse, Bird, Denis, Desroches Islands and Frégate.

Zil Air (www.zilair.com) operates inter-island transfers, excursions and chartered scenic flights throughout the Seychelles. The Islands Development Company (www.idc.sc) specialises in charter flights mostly to the Outer Islands.

As flights to the more remote islands are often infrequent, it is essential to book in advance.

Air Note

All flights operate from Seychelles International Airport, Mahé, which is 8km (5 miles) south of the capital, Victoria.

Road

The standard of main roads on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue is good and they are well sign posted. Apart from Victoria, roads are generally quiet.

Side of the road

Left

Road Quality

There are paved roads only on La Digue, Mahé and Praslin; elsewhere the roads are sandy tracks. Mahé’s roads are often narrow and steep.

Car Hire

Saloon cars and 4-wheel drives are available on Mahé, and there are a limited number on Praslin. Advance reservations are advisable. The minimum age for drivers is 18.

Taxi

Independently-operated taxis are widely available on Mahé and Praslin and a handful on La Digue. Fares are controlled by the government and are reasonable.

It's advisable to use a metered taxi or negotiate the fare beforehand. You can hail taxis from the street and taxi stands. Many drivers offer sightseeing tours for a set tariff.

Bike

Bicycles are widely available for hire on Praslin and La Digue. Mahé is quite hilly but cycles are available at tourist hotels. The narrow main roads on Mahé are also busy and best avoided.

Regulations

There is a speed limit of 65kph (40mph) on the open road, 40kph (25mph) in built-up areas and throughout Praslin and 80kph (50mph) on the dual carriageway between Victoria and the airport.

Breakdown services

In the event of a breakdown contact your car hire company.

Documentation

A valid EU or international driving licence is required to hire vehicles.

Urban travel

Victoria, the capital, is small enough to walk around, as are all the main towns in the Seychelles.

The Seychelles Public Transport Corporation (www.sptc.sc) operates bus routes throughout Mahé and Praslin. Single flat-rate fares are paid to the driver. The service on Mahé and Praslin is reasonably reliable with up to four buses an hour depending on your destination. Find timetables from tourist offices or online.

Rail

Water

Cat Cocos offers fast crossings between Mahé (Inter-Island Quay of Victoria) and Praslin (Baie Ste Anne Jetty). The journey takes an hour.

Inter Island Ferry (www.seychelles.net/iif) runs high-speed catamarans which operate between Praslin (Baie Ste Anne Jetty) and La Digue (La Passe Jetty) and take 15-30 minutes.