North Island, Seychelles Mahé and Ile au Cerf islands, Seychelles – Image courtesy of Air Seychelles

How to get to Seychelles

The Seychelles is located in the Indian Ocean north-east of the island of Madagascar and about 1600km (994mi) east of Kenya.

Of the 115 islands in the Seychelles archipelago, a group of 44 islands, collectively known as the inner islands, occupy the shallow waters of the Seychelles Bank.

These include the islands of Mahé, Praslin, Silhouette Island, La Digue, Curieuse, Félicité, Frégate and Cousin Island. The majority of the Seychelles' islands are uninhabited, with many dedicated as nature reserves.

The most convenient route to the Seychelles is by air to Seychelles International Airport (SEZ), located on Mahé Island 11km (6.8mi) southeast of the capital city, Victoria.


Flight times to the Seychelles

The following are the most convenient and quickest flight routes to Mahé, Seychelles.

Within Seychelles: Air Seychelles operates daily inter-island flights and charter flights. The route between Mahé and Praslin islands sees around 20 return flights daily.

Zil Air offers helicopter flights between Mahé and Praslin and La Digue (8 minutes) as well as to smaller resort islands.

Mahé to Praslin is 20 min, with direct flights


From United Arab Emirates: Etihad and Emirates operate daily flights to Mahé, Seychelles.

Abu Dhabi to Seychelles is 4 hrs 40 min, direct flight
Dubai to Seychelles is 4 hrs 35 min, direct flight


From United Kingdom: Emirates, British Airways, Etihad, Swiss and Qatar Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Mahé, Seychelles.

London to Seychelles is 10 hrs 15 min, direct flight
Manchester to Seychelles is 12 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ


From France: Air France offers the most convenient flights to Mahé, Seychelles.

Paris to Seychelles is 10 hrs 10 min, direct flight


From Germany: British Airways, Lufthansa, Condor Flugdeinst. Etihad, Emirates and Swiss Air offer the most convenient flights to Mahé, Seychelles.

Frankfurt to Seychelles is 10 hrs, direct flight

Munich to Seychelles is 12 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
Dusseldorf to Seychelles is 12 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
Berlin to Seychelles is 12 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ
Hamburg to Seychelles is 12 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ


From Ireland: British Airways, Etihad and Emirates offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Mahé, Seychelles.

Dublin to Seychelles is 13 hrs, connecting flightˆ


From United States: Etihad, Air Seychelles, Emirates, British Airways and Air France offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to Mahé, Seychelles.

Atlanta to Seychelles is 24 hrs 05 min, connecting flightˆ
Boston to Seychelles is 22 hrs 24 min, connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Seychelles is 25 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Seychelles is 23 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Houston to Seychelles is 24 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
New York to Seychelles is 23 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Seychelles is 23 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Seychelles is 22 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Etihad, Air Seychelles, Emirates, British Airways and Air France offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to Mahé, Seychelles.

Toronto to Seychelles is 24 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Seychelles is 24 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Seychelles is 23 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ


From Australia: Etihad, Emirates, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, SriLankan Airlines and Air Seychelles offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to Mahé, Seychelles.

Adelaide to Seychelles is 20 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Seychelles is 20 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Seychelles is 19 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Seychelles is 18 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Seychelles is 18 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Emirates, Singapore Airlines and SriLankan Airlines operate the most convenient flights to Mahé, Seychelles.

Auckland to Seychelles is 22 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ


From China: Etihad, Emirates, Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific and SriLankan Airlines operate the most convenient flights to Mahé, Seychelles.

Beijing to Seychelles is 15 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
Shanghai to Seychelles is 15 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
Hong Kong to Seychelles is 12 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: SriLankan Airlines and Singapore Airlines operate regular flights to Mahé, Seychelles.

Singapore to Seychelles is 9 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ


From Malaysia: SriLankan Airlines, Malaysian Airlines and Malindo airways operate the most convenient flights to Mahé, Seychelles.

Kuala Lumpur to Seychelles is 10 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flying in

Seychelles International Airport (SEZ), Known locally as Aéroport de la Pointe Larue, is located 11km (6.8mi) south of Victoria on the island of Mahé.


Transfer between terminals

A walkway connects the two passenger terminals. It takes two minutes to walk from one to the other.


Public transport

Taxi: Taxis operate 24/7 from the airport. Fares to Victoria start from SCR100.

Shuttle: Hotels and resorts provide pre-arranged transport for guests.

Bus: Buses operate from 5:30am to 7:30pm and depart for Victoria every 20-30 minutes, taking about 20 minutes with a fare around SCR4. Bus stops are on the main road in front of the airport.

Air: Zil Air (tel: +248 4 375 100; www.zilair.com) operates numerous helicopter and fixed-wing services between Seychelles International Airport and various islands in the archipelago.

Air Seychelles (tel: +248 4 391 000; www.airseychelles.com) operates shuttle flights to Praslin island.


Car rental

Car hire is available at the airport from Avis, Hertz and Sixt, as well as local agencies.

Car hire desks are located in the arrivals and departures areas. Most of these are open only when there is a departing or arriving flight.


Terminal facilities

Money: There are ATMs, a bank and a bureau de change in the international terminal.

Food: There are restaurants and bars in both passenger terminals.

Shopping: There are duty-free shops, which open three hours before international flight departures, in the departure halls of the international terminal. There is also a small tax-free outlet in the arrivals area. Additional shops are available in the concourse.

Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi internet access (free for the first two hours) is available throughout Seychelles International Airport. Public telephones can be found in both terminals.

Other: A VIP lounge sits in the international terminal.


Disabled facilities

Facilities for the disabled are limited, but include accessible toilets and ramps for easier access. Passengers requiring assistance should contact their airline for further information prior to travelling.


Entry requirements

All foreign nationals must have a passport valid for the duration of their visit, return or onward ticket, sufficient funds to cover their stay (a minimum of US$150 per day), and proof of accommodation.

No visa is required, instead a one-month visitor's permit is issued on arrival and may be extended on application for up to 12 months.


Getting around

There are paved roads only on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue (elsewhere the roads are sand tracks). Buses and taxis are cheap and abundant on these islands. Hire car is available. Traffic drives on the left. Bicycles are also available for hire.

Between islands: Air Seychelles (www.airseychelles.com) operates an efficient network of scheduled and charter flights within the Seychelles. Flying is also the only way to reach the more remote islands.

The route between Mahé and Praslin sees around 20 scheduled return flights a day, just a 20-minute hop.

Zil Air offers helicopter and fixed wing flights between Mahé, Praslin and La Digue as well as resort islands.

A fast catamaran ferry service operates between Mahé and Praslin and private schooners provide frequent inter-island connections between Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. Water taxis link La Digue to Praslin (15 minutes). Or you can travel to Mahé by ferry (one hour 20 minutes).

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