Transport in Mauritius
The majority of the local population use the bus as a daily means of transport. There are sheltered bus stops located across the island. While it can be challenging to figure out the routes with no official posters or signage you but getting around Mauritius by bus is not too difficult if you ask conductors which bus route to use. Tickets are paid for once you get onto the bus to an operator who issues you with a ticket and can run between 30 to 60 MUR.
Mauritius has a widespread bus network with around 220 bus lines and roughly 900 bus stops. They are operated by a number of major companies (National Transport Corporation, Mauritius Bus Transport, Rose Hill Transport, Triolet Bus Service, United Bus Service, Luna Transport and Perle de la savanne) and various individual operators which are organized in regional Bus Owners Co-operative Societies (BOCS). The bus prices are regulated by the Government of Mauritius. However, there is no such thing as an operator independent ticket which could be used across the island.
Metro Express Tram Line
Roads in Mauritius
The island has a network of three main roads (The Motorway):
- M3, which links Terre Rouge to Verdun in the North, passing through Port-Louis, the capital
- M2, which links Port Louis to the tourist village of Grand Baie, in the North of the island
- M1, which links the airport in the South East to Port Louis. This is the most important road on the island since it also passes through the largest cities of Curepipe, Vacoas, Quatre-Bornes, Phoenix, Beau-Bassin Rose Hill and Moka
Mauritius is a country that recognises the Geneva Road Traffic Convention of 1949. The law stipulates that “Any person holding a valid international driving permit or driving licence issued by a competent foreign authority shall not be required to pass a test.
Your licence can be converted to a local licence by obtaining a letter from your issuing country and submitting that together with other relevant documents to the Line Barracks in Port Louis.
Traffic and parking fines
Renting a Car in Mauritius
Buying a car in Mauritius
Parking Metres – There are no parking metres in Mauritius, although some of the newer shopping centre’s are charging for undercover parking.A system of parking vouchers is operated whereby you complete a voucher and display it in your window in areas with zoning. Vouchers can be bought at the petrol stations.
There are no parking metres in Mauritius. Although some of the newer shopping centre’s are charging for undercover parking. A system of parking vouchers is operated whereby you complete a voucher and display it in your window in areas with zoning. Vouchers can be bought at the petrol stations.
Traffic and parking fines
A traffic fine ( speeding, parking illegally etc) must be paid within 10 days of receiving the fine. The payment takes place at the police station assigned to receiving traffic fine payments. If you fail to pay the fine, you will receive a letter to appear in court to plead guilty to the offence. Court appearance happen in Port Louis or otherwise stated on your summons letter, and it results in having to pay the fine at court. To avoid this make sure you pay your fine within the stipulated days. Failing payment and turning up at court the police officers may arrive at your door to arrest you – be warned