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How to get to Mauritius

Mauritius, officially the Republic of Mauritius, lies in the Indian Ocean due east of Madagascar and about 2000km (1200mi) off the southeast coast of Africa.

Mauritius also includes the islands of Rodrigues, Agalega and St. Brandon. The capital and largest city, Port Louis, is located on the main island of Mauritius.

The most convenient route to Mauritius is by air to Mauritius Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU), previously known as Plaisance Airport, located 48km (26mi) southeast of Port Louis.


Flight times to Mauritius

The following are the most convenient and quickest flight routes to Port Louis, Mauritius.

From Australia: Qantas, Virgin Australia and Air Mauritius offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Mauritius.

Perth to Mauritius is 8 hrs 40 min, direct flight

Adelaide to Mauritius is 16 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Mauritius is 15 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Mauritius is 15 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Mauritius is 14 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Air New Zealand and Air Mauritius operate the most convenient flights to Mauritius.

Auckland to Mauritius is 25 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ


From China: Air Mauritius and Cathay Dragon offer the most convenient flights to Mauritius.

Shanghai to Mauritius is 11 hrs 20 min, direct flight
Hong Kong to Mauritius is 9 hrs 45 min, direct flight

Beijing to Mauritius is 14 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: Air Mauritius offers the most convenient flights to Mauritius.

Singapore to Mauritius is 7 hrs 10 min, direct flight


From Malaysia: AirAsia and Air Mauritius operate the most convenient flights to Mauritius.

Kuala Lumpur to Mauritius is 9 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ


From United Arab Emirates: Emirates operates daily flights to Mauritius.

Dubai to Mauritius is 6 hrs 35 min, direct flight


From United Kingdom: Air Mauritius offers the most convenient scheduled direct flights to Mauritius.

London to Mauritius is 11 hrs 55 min, direct flight


From Ireland: Aer Lingus and British Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Mauritius.

Dublin to Mauritius is 14 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ


From France: Air France and Air Mauritius offers the most convenient daily direct flights to Mauritius.

Paris to Mauritius is 11 hrs, direct flight


From Germany: Lufthansa, Condor Flugdeinst, Eurowings, Air France and Swiss Air offer the most convenient flights to Mauritius.

Frankfurt to Mauritius is 11 hrs 20 min, direct flight
Munich to Mauritius is 11 hrs 5 min, direct flight

Berlin to Mauritius is 13 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
Dusseldorf to Mauritius is 14 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Hamburg to Mauritius is 13 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ


From United States: Delta, Lufthansa, KLM, Air France, British Airways, Emirates, United Airlines and Air Mauritius offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Mauritius.

Atlanta to Mauritius is 22 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Boston to Mauritius is 21 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Mauritius is 21 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Mauritius is 25 hrs, connecting flightˆ
New York to Mauritius is 19 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Mauritius is 23 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Mauritius is 23 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, British Airways, Air France, Air Transit and Air Mauritius offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Mauritius.

Toronto to Mauritius is 21 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Mauritius is 20 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Mauritius is 24 hrs, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flying in

Mauritius Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is located 48km (30mi) southeast of the capital, Port Louis.


Public transport

Taxi: Taxis are available outside the terminal building. It is recommended to agree on a price before setting off. The journey into Port Louis takes about 45 minutes and costs around MUR1,500. A taxi service desk (+230 5 250 5349) is situated in the Tour Operators Hall section of Arrivals.

Hotel shuttle: Arriving guests can be met by courtesy transport from the respective hotels and resorts, by prior arrangement.

Bus: Bus services (Number 9, 10 and 198) between Mauritius Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, Mahebourg, Rivière des Gallets and Port Louis run every 10-20 minutes throughout the day, taking around 60-105 minutes, with a fare of MUR30. However, these buses are often impractical for travellers with luggage.

The bus stop is situated in the airport’s car park area.


Car rental

International car hire companies represented at the airport include Avis, Budget, Dollar, Europcar, First, Hertz and Sixt, as well as a few local operators. Car rental counters are situated in the Tour Operators' Hall in Arrivals.


Terminal facilities

Money: There are ATMs outside the arrivals hall. Currency exchange services are available in the pre-security departure area and in the arrivals area. There are bank offices in both Arrivals and Departures. VAT refunds are available for eligible departing visitors.

Food: There are several places to eat and drink at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, including in both the arrivals and departures area.

Shopping: Duty-free shops are available in both departures and arrivals area. These offer a wide range of products including spirits, perfumes, tobacco and chocolates.

There are also a selection of gift shops selling local products including clothes, accessories, local spices and crafts, as well as newsagents selling books, magazines, cigarettes and basic pharmaceutical products.

There is also a flower shop (international check-in hall), a bookstore (international departure), and luxury stores (international departures).

Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout Mauritius Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (free for the first 3 hours). Mobile charging stations are located throughout the terminal.

A post office is located outside Arrivals and is open every day except Sunday. Post boxes are available on level 1. Pay phones are available by the Tour Operators Parking.

Other: A first aid service is located in the arrivals area, and a children’s play area, a spa, baby changing rooms and prayer rooms in the international departures area.

Two VIP lounges are available, which offer shower facilities as well as internet access, fax and photocopy services and magazines.


Disabled facilities

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport has accessible toilets and parking spaces reserved for disabled travellers. Passengers who may require additional assistance are advised to contact their airline before travelling.


Entry requirements to Mauritius

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay as well as a ticket for return or onward travel. Australian citizens do not need a visa for a stay of up to six months.


Mauritius bus tour

How to get around Mauritius

The easiest way to get around Mauritius is to hire a car or take a bus tour. One major highway runs north to south and a good network of paved, if sometimes narrow, roads cover the entire island.

Taxis, motorbikes and bicycles are also available for hire.

In general the roads are well maintained, but be wary of potholes and Mauritian drivers, who tend to have little consideration for each other, let alone for two-wheeled traffic.

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Latest update: How to get to Mauritius: 19 March, 2020


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