There is only one airport on the island and it is situated in the southeast corner of the island, at Plaisance, close to the coast. There are no trains in the country so the only public transport you can take is a bus, or a taxi. Depending on where you are heading, you might not always find a bus to your final destination. Furthermore, if you have a lot of luggage, you will find it very inconvenient to take the bus – buses in Mauritius have several high steps to get in so you will not be able to wheel in your suitcase. Your best alternative to the bus is an affordable taxi or else a car hire.
If you will be staying for two weeks or less on the island and you will be residing in a plush hotel which will provide you with a lot of activities, then you might not need your own transport. Furthermore, you can chose to go on several guided tours in groups which is more fun. In that case, pick a taxi from the airport. Taxis are not that expensive and as the island is small, you can reach any corner quickly by car – no further coaches, domestic flights or trains to take to visit a far-away region like other bigger countries on continents. All Mauritians are bilingual and speak French and English fluently, albeit with a local accent. So your taxi driver will be able to converse with you in English or French and most Mauritian taxi drivers are chatty, unwilling to let go of an opportunity to showcase their language skills to foreigners and tell them a little about the island. Why not use this occasion to get a little inside information from them about the best places to visit?
Hire a car
If on the other hand, you intend to stay quite a while in Mauritius, you will want to have your freedom and go out and about when it pleases you. You will have time to learn the roads and the driving conditions on the island. For all this, you need a car and what better way than to hire a car as soon as you land at the airport. There are also other locations over the island to hire a car, especially in tourist hot spots such as Grand Bay and Flic en Flac but why not get your car from day one? Before driving off by yourself, you should know that driving is on the left in Mauritius, following the British custom and there is a motorway connecting the airport in the south directly to Grand Bay in the north, where many hotels and villas are situated.
Source by Ania Kobetla