Car Rental in Mauritius: How to Rent a Self Drive Car

Roads in Mauritius are excellent, with breathtaking views, making it very convenient to hire a self-drive car for sightseeing. An international driving permit is not required to drive in Mauritius as the domestic license is valid for up to 4 weeks. This means you can easily hire a car and drive around using your driving license. The minimum age for hiring a car in Mauritius is 21 years.

Self Drive Car Rentals in Mauritius

1. Pingouin Car Rental

Contact: +230 5259 8885
Location: Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport

2. AKD Car & Scooter Rental - AKD Maurice

Contact: +230 5905 3700
Location: Indeenarain Street, St Francois, Calodyne

3. OLA Mauritius Car Rental

Contact: +230 5790 0575
Location: Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport

4. Crystal Car Rentals

Contact: +230 5800 0585
Location: Av. des Alouettes, Flic en Flac

5. Premier Mauritius Holidays Car Rental

Contact: +230 5752 0611
Location: kestrel Ave, Flic en Flac

6. MAUHIRE Mauritius Car Rental

Contact: +230 5768 8168
Location: SSR International Airport MU MU, Plaine Magnien

7. Mauriconnect

Contact: +230 5795 7149
Location: Madame Azor Rd Goodlands MU

8. Quick Car Rental

Contact: +230 5933 0007
Location: 18 bassin Road, Quatre Bornes

9. CATH Car Rental Mauritius

Contact: +230 5921 1477
Location: CEB Road Goodlands MU

10. Pleasure Drive Ltd

Contact: +230 5255 3669
Location: MU, Royal Road, Cap Malheureux


How Much Would it Cost to Rent a Car in Mauritius?

Peak Season: The peak season between October and April witnesses a spike in the rental tariffs.

Off-Season: To rent a Hyundai i20 for an off-season five-day span, expect to shell out somewhere between MURs 6000 and MURs 8000, depending on the rental organisation. This price includes comprehensive insurance, delivery and pickup at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, inbuilt GPS navigation, an additional driver and unlimited mileage.

For Top-end Models: At the higher end of the spectrum, a convertible Mini can be hired for five days at a price North of MURs 15000.

Insurance Amount: A safety amount would need to be deposited when collecting the vehicle. This amount varies from car to vehicle and is generally upwards of MURs 6000. Bring the car back in the condition you received it in, and you can surely get back your deposit.

Payments can be easily accomplished through bank transfers, credit cards, PayPal and cash. In addition, the airport picks up and drop facility significantly streamlines the rental process by providing you with a vehicle as soon as you land in the country. While leaving, you can drop off the car at the airport.

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Cars Available for Rent in Mauritius

Unless you are looking for a high-end speed machine to blast through the country at breakneck speeds, you should be able to find a vehicle suiting your needs. Indians might find themselves at home as popular cars available for hire include vehicles such as the Suzuki Alto, Ciaz, Ertiga, Hyundai i10, i20 and Honda City, which are bestsellers in India.

Those with deeper pockets might choose to splurge on higher-end options such as a convertible Mini Cooper (imagine that wind in your hair while cruising by the Indian Ocean), a Mitsubishi Sportero Pickup Truck or even a luxurious Jaguar XF! 

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Vehicle Insurance

The insurance included at this price point generally covers CDW(Collision Damage Waiver), Theft Protection and Third Party Liability. Accidents caused due to driving under the influence and violation of the rental terms are not covered under the insurance. We advise you to carefully go through the organisation's terms before making a deal.

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Things to Keep in Mind before Driving in Mauritius

  • There is only one highway in Mauritius that runs from the airport in the South East to the North of the island at Grand Baie
  • Vehicles are driven on the left-hand side of the road in Mauritius.
  • The highway speed limit is a generous 110 km/h and a reasonable 40 km/h in inhabited areas.
  • All road signs in Mauritius are generally in English
  • Drinking and driving in strictly prohibited
  • There are no road tolls
  • Wearing a seat belt is compulsory at all time
  • Mauritius's peak traffic hours are 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM and 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM.
  • Petrol in Mauritius costs approx Rs 42,7/L, while diesel costs Rs 29,5/L approx.
  • Free parking is available almost everywhere in Mauritius, except in city centres. When in Port Louis, you can park the car in the parking lot of the Caudan shopping complex.
So that's how you can get the most out of your Mauritius vacations. Traversing an unknown country on your own in someone else's car might seem a daunting task at first, but rest assured, the experience is an enriching one. Who knows what you might discover!

This post was published by Satyam Saxena

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FAQs on Mauritius

Can We Rent A Car in Mauritius?

Yes, if you're 21 and above with a valid license.

Do You Need Navigations While Driving in Mauritius?

It is easier to drive around Mauritius as most places will have a signboard, but it can be handy to also use to GPS whenever necessary.

Is Renting a Car Expensive than Private Taxis?

No, Renting a car is a much cheaper option.

Do you need a driver or a guide to take you around Mauritius?

If you're confident enough to drive then you needn't hire a driver. A guide can be useful if you would want to explore more places and know more about these places.

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