Car Hire from Mauritius Airport
Mauritius instantly conjures up images of island paradise; warm turquoise waters, white sandy beaches and ultimate relaxation. Beyond the big resorts, there are quaint towns, secluded coastline and a national park to explore. Hiring a car from Mauritius Airport is a great way to discover the hidden gems of this beautiful island.
Where to hire a car at Mauritius Airport
There are a number of car hire companies at Mauritius Airport. They include Avis, First, Europcar, Dollar, Budget, Hertz, Sixt and ADA.
The rental car area can be found just outside the terminal building, behind the car park to your left as you exit the airport.
Petrol Stations near Mauritius Airport
There are a number of petrol stations around the airport. For drivers heading south on route 88, there’s a Total garage around 10 minutes’ drive away, just on the other side of Plein Bois. Those travelling up the eastern coast will find both a Shell and Total garage in Mahebourg, around 15 minutes away. There are also a number of petrol stations along the A10 which travels north into the centre of the island.
There are lots of petrol stations around Mauritius but very few are open 24 hours a day. Therefore, make sure to fill up often and always before you’re running on empty.
Driving around Mauritius Airport
From the airport the A10 north and M2 go into the centre of the island. The A10 travelling east goes in the direction of Mahebourg. Route 88 takes you to routes along the southern coast while the B28 follows the eastern coastline.
In Mauritius, you drive on the left which makes things a little simpler for drivers from the UK. Some of the sights on the road may seem a little strange but generally, drivers are relaxed and laid back meaning that you’re unlikely to run into any trouble.
Parking on the island is generally very easy. However, to park in the centres of Port Louis, Rose Hill, Quatre Bornes or Curepipe, you’ll need to buy a ticket in advance. Tickets can be bought at petrol stations and are valid for a limited time.
Getting to your destination
There is so much to see around Mauritius and the island’s good road network means travelling by car is easy. Here are just a few destinations not to be missed.
Port Louis is the island’s capital city. It sits in the north west of Mauritius and incorporates a rich mix of cultures. African, European, Chinese, Indian and Middle Eastern influences can all be discerned in the various ethnic quarters around the city. Port Louis is generally quiet during the evenings but bustling with activity during the day. Its central market and the Blue Penny Museum are particular highlights.
Driving from Mauritius Airport on the M2, it takes around 50 minutes to reach Port Louis. As mentioned earlier, you need to buy a ticket in advance if you want to park in the city centre. An alternative is parking in the Caudan Waterfront car park for 50 rupees and taking the short walk into the centre.
Trou Aux Biches
Mauritius is blessed with a great number of beautiful beaches. Trou Aux Biches offers all of the facilities of a big resort but maintains a quieter and less touristy atmosphere than Grand Bay. The fine white sandy beach is protected by a coral reef which makes for calm waters and excellent snorkelling opportunities. There are a number of water sports activities available at Trou Aux Biches and, as with many beaches along the northern coast, the sunsets are spectacular.
Trou Aux Biches is around 70 minutes’ drive from Mauritius Airport, taking the M2 north. Parking at the beach is easy although it may take a little longer to find a space at weekends.
Black River Gorges National Park
Inland, Mauritius is home to some beautiful countryside. Black River Gorges National Park is a nature reserve made up of hills, dense forest, waterfalls and rivers. It is home to lots of wildlife including wild boar, deer and monkeys. There are a number of hiking trails, picnic spots and viewpoints from which to enjoy breath-taking views.
Black River Gorges National Park is just 35 minutes’ drive from Mauritius Airport, taking the M2 north and then then 881 west. There are four entrances to the park, located on the western and southern sides, with parking available at each.