Renting a car in Mauritius is a fantastic choice if you want to fully explore this breathtaking island.
Why rent a car in Mauritius
Public transportation in Mauritius may not cover all areas and be available at all hours. Taxis are generally a costly way to explore the island. Driving is the most convenient way to access remote and less touristy destinations.
With its diverse landscapes, including stunning beaches, lush forests, and charming towns, having your own vehicle provides the freedom to go off the beaten path, discover hidden gems, and enjoy the scenic beauty at your own pace.
Requirements to rent a car in Mauritius
To rent a car in Mauritius, you typically need to meet a few requirements.
- You need to be at least 21 years old.
- You'll need a valid driver's license from your home country, held for at least one year, and which should be in Latin characters or accompanied by an official translation if not. While an International Driving Permit (IDP) may not be mandatory, it's a good idea to have one if your license isn't in English.
- You will also need an identification document, such as your passport or national ID card.
- You may also need a payment card to secure deposits and deductibles.
Driving using your home country’s licence
As a short-stay visitor, you can drive on your home country's driver's license for up to four weeks. An International Driving Permit (IDP) is not always required during that period, but it can be beneficial, especially if your license is not in English.
After 4 weeks, you will need an International Driving Permit for driving in Mauritius.
How to make bookings
It’s convenient to book rental cars online and in advance of your trip to Mauritius. Many rental car agencies have user-friendly websites that allow you to compare prices, choose your preferred vehicle, and make reservations.
Booking online in advance can help secure the vehicle you want and often comes with discounts or special offers.
You can find more useful information from the International Driver Association's Mauritius Driving Guide page.