Buses in Mauritius
There are good roads throughout the island of Mauritius. Along which all bus routes run.
Here are the main points you need to know about Mauritius buses:
- Number of routes: 220
- Number of stops: 900
- All routes can be explored on the amateur site: Mauritius-buses.com
- There are many organizations that provide bus transportation, the main one being the state-owned National Transport Corporation.
- There are different bus stops on the island. From cover to just a lonely post in the middle of the field with a “ Bus Stop ” sign.
- Travel by bus is quite cheap: you can cross the island by bus for only 1-2 Euro. On some buses, you will need to pay for your luggage.
- Payment is made for 1 trip, i.e. entered – paid, the fare depends on the number of overcome zones. The fare also depends on the age of the bus, whether it is an express bus, and whether the bus has air conditioning. Also, the driver can make more money from the tourist if he sees that you left a 5 * hotel, and not from a modest three-star hotel.
- There are controllers on buses, so don’t waste your tickets.
- Buses can be seen from afar – most often they are bright red or painted in different colors.
- To get off at a stop, you must press a button that will notify the driver of your intention to get off the vehicle.
- Most of the buses run from 5-8 am to 18-19 pm. This means that if you are late for the last bus at 6 pm, you will only get out of this place by taxi.
- Depending on the route, bus intervals are 10-20 minutes. In remote resorts, only express trains can go, and the intervals can be 1-2 hours.
You can take a walk around the island. Or to other neighboring islands by ferry or boat. The price for such a trip starts at 500 rupees ($15.8). For a much lower fee, you can negotiate with the locals who will take you. By motorboat to any coast of Mauritius.
The best way to get around the island is by bicycle.
Some hotels give out a bike for their residents free of charge.
There are rental points in every city. The rental price is 30 rupees per hour ($0.9), and 150 rupees per day ($4.5). By bike, you can get to know the island perfect. Visiting its most secluded corners.
Taxi is one of Mauritius’ favorite modes of transport. As Taxis are much more comfortable than local buses. Taxis must have a Taxi sign on the roof of the car. And the company name. And the telephone number must indicate on both sides of the car. There are no counters in the taxi. So you have to negotiate the fare on the spot with the drivers.
Car rental in Mauritius
Almost every city and many hotels have car rental offices. The main requirements: the presence of international rights. Age over 23 years. A security deposit and payment for the rental period. The rental price depends on the brand of the car. And ranges from 500 to 1300 rupees ($ 19-41) per day. It will be much cheaper to rent if you rent a car from local residents. But this option is less reliable.
When choosing a car, you should pay attention to the year of manufacture. It indicated in the last two digits of the car’s license plate. For safety reasons, you should not rent a car older than 5 years.
You can rent a scooter in the same way.