Mauritius Travel Overview

Mauritius Travel Overview

At a glance

Capital: Port Louis

Official language: English

Currency: rupee

Continent: East Africa

Vacation in Mauritius

According to Countryaah, Mauritius is a luxury destination in the southwest of the Indian Ocean. Endless white sandy beaches, excellent hotel complexes and numerous golf courses invite you to relax and unwind.

The island is east of Madagascar. In the north are the Seychelles and in the west the French overseas department La Réunion.

Important facts

Capital: Port Louis

Official language: English


Currency (sub-unit)

Rupee (100 cents)

ISO 4217 code

MUR / 480


Continent: Africa

Region: east

Geo coordinates: S -20 ° -20 ‘-54.3 “E 57 ° 33’ 7.7”

Highest mountain: Mont Piton (828 m)

Total area: 2,040 km²

Mainland: 2,030 km²

Coastline: 177 km


Dependency: Great Britain until 1968

UN member since: 1968

Other political affiliation: Commonwealth

Form of government: Parliamentary monarchy


Mauritius GDP - gross domestic product

Export goods: Textiles, raw sugar, tea

BSP: $ 6,442,000,000

GDP: $ 6,747,000,000

GDP purchasing power parity: $ 16,670,000,000

Economic growth: 2.7%

GDP share of agriculture: 5.2%

GDP share of industry: 29%

GDP share of services: 65.8%

Inflation rate: 5.2%

Unemployment: 9.3%

State budget revenue: $ 1466,000,000

State budget expenditure: $ 1.88 billion

National debt: 65.4%

Export: $ 2,083,000,000

Import: $ 2,784,000,000

Foreign debt: $ 3,074,000,000

Gold and currency reserves: $ 1,432,000,000

Electricity consumption: 1,976 million KWh

Oil consumption: 22,100 million m³

Cultivation area: 51.87%

Bovine: 32,000 pieces

Demographic data

Residents: 1,240,900

Residents in cities: 528,300

Average age: 30.8 years

0-14 years: 23.9%

15-64 years: 69.5%

> 65 years: 6.6%

Population growth: 0.82%

Birth rate: 15.43 / 1,000 residents

Death rate: 6.86 / 1,000 residents

Migration: -0.4 / 1,000 residents

Ratio men / women: 0.97

Fertility: 1.95 children / woman

Infant mortality: 14.29 ‰

Life expectancy men: 68.66 years

Life expectancy women: 76.66 years

Country codes and abbreviations

ISO 3166 Alpha 2: MU

ISO 3166 Alpha 3: MUS

ISO 3166 numeric: 480

Top Level Domain: must

IOC country code: MRI


Source: Abbreviationfinder


Telephone connections: 404,000

Cell Phones: 662,000

Radios: 500,000

TV: 572,000

Computer: 360,000

Internet users: 340,000


Number of doctors: 1,230

Daily food intake: 3,020 kcal / resident


Illiteracy: 14%


Foundation: 1968

Last sovereign since: 1968


Main religious group: Hinduists


Prison inmates: 2,700

Defense Spending: $ 12,400,000


Arriving by plane

Air Mauritius (MK) (Internet: is the national airline. Air Mauritius flies to Mauritius from Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna and Zurich. Good flight connections from Frankfurt / M. and Munich with Condor. British Airways, Swiss and other European airlines also offer flights to Mauritius.

Flight times

Frankfurt – Mauritius: 11 hours 10 minutes (direct); London – Mauritius: 12 hours

Arrival by ship

The Mauritius Pride from Mauritius Shipping Co. Ltd (Internet: Tel: (230) 242 52 55) operates several times a month between the main island, Rodrigues and Réunion. The crossing takes 24 hours.


Traveling by plane

Air Mauritius (MK) (Internet: operates daily between SS Ramgoolam Airport and Rodrigues Island (flight time: 1h30). Air Mauritius Helicopter Services offers helicopter flights over Mauritius (Tel: (230) 603 37 54).

On the way by car / bus

The island has a good paved road network (approx. 1,600 km).

There is a well-developed and reliable network of public bus routes. From the bus stations in Port Louis (at the central market and at the Line Barracks), in Mahébourg and in Curepipe, buses leave continuously in all directions of the island. In the cities they run daily between 5.30 a.m. and 8 p.m. (between Port Louis and Curepipe until 11 p.m.) and in rural areas from 6.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. Stops are marked with the notice “Bus Stop”.

can be recognized by the yellow sign on the door. They are all equipped with taximeters. Shared taxis, so-called taxi trains, are also waiting at central locations. A taxi can be chartered for a whole day at moderate prices. This has the advantage that you have a knowledgeable – and usually friendly – tour guide on board.

Car rental:
There are numerous car rental companies on the island. Car rentals are available in Port Louis, Les Pailles, Rose Hill, Quatre Bornes, Curepipe, Forest Side, Goodlands, Grand Baie, Flacq, Mahébourg and Suriname. Minimum age: 21 years.

International driver’s license recommended.

Traffic regulations:
left-hand traffic.
Seat belt compulsory.

Top speeds:
inside built-up areas: 50 km / h
outside built-up areas: 80 km / h.

Traveling in the city

There are buses and taxis in all urban areas. The buses run in the city between 5.30 a.m. and 8 p.m. (between Port Louis and Curepipe until 11 p.m.). Bicycles and boats can be rented.

Out and about by ship

A luxurious catamaran of the MR Ocean Line (Tel: (210) 70 03) connects Mauritius with Réunion within 5 hours. Limited passenger connections from Port Louis (largest port) to Rodrigues Island with the Mauritius Pride of Mauritius Shipping Co. Ltd (Tel: (242) 52 55. Internet:

The subsidiary Coraline Services of Mauritius Shipping Co. Ltd.also connects the island of Mauritius with the islands of Réunion and Rodrigues. The boat trip between Mauritius and Réunion takes between 10 and 12 hours. Those who only want to experience a sea trip as a day trip should visit one of the offshore islands of Mauritius. Catamarans call at the coral reef, the Ilot Gabriel, the Ile aux Cerfs or the Ile aux Aigrettes every day.