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Fans of traveling with a breeze through the vast expanses in search of new discoveries will be disappointed. Car rental is relevant only on two Seychelles islands. Simply because the Seychelles are mostly small. And only two of the islands are big enough to get around by car. Renting a car is the easiest and most practical way to discover Mahe and Praslin.

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  • Mahe and Praslin have excellent roads that take you to all corners of the island.
  • Unlike buses that do not run after 18-19 hours, car rental allows you to travel at any time of the day or night.
  • Several rental companies offer their vehicles (often Mini-Mokes), including air-conditioned cars and jeeps.


What motorists need to know about the Seychelles

  • First of all, get ready to drive on the left. Yes, be prepared for the fact that it will take time to adapt.
  • Priority is given to vehicles driving on the right.
  • Mahe and Praslin have a 400 km road network that is in very good condition, but the roads are often narrow. Two thirds of them are asphalted.
  • The trails are well maintained, but narrow and winding, sometimes steep. Therefore, the speed limit is 65 km/h on the road in general (sometimes 80 km/h). The speed limit in busy and urban areas is 40 km/h. It's not much, but climbs and turns do not allow you to go faster. In Victoria, the speed limit is 40 km/h.
  • Signs are everywhere in the Seychelles to guide drivers and prevent speeding.
  • Seat belts are mandatory for drivers and front seat passengers.
  • A full tank will allow you to go around the island several times.
  • It is important to always drive carefully, especially at night or in the rain, and obey speed limits.
  • On Mahe, traffic on Victorian roads may increase from 7:00 am to 8:30 am and from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm.
  • It goes without saying that drunk driving is prohibited. If you are stopped by law enforcement, the alcohol level must be no more than 0.08%. However, auto insurance conditions require drivers to be 100% sober.
  • Mahe has service stations in Victoria, Beau Vallon (north), Anse Royale (east), Baie Lazare (southwest) and Port Glaud (west). Two serviced resorts in Praslin: Grand Anse and Baie Sainte-Anne.
  • The local police phone number is 999.


Seychelles rules

  • To rent a car in the Seychelles, you must be at least 21 years old.
  • You must have a valid driver's license (can be national) issued at least two years ago. A driver's license can be used in the Seychelles for 3 months. If you wish to extend your stay, you must obtain permission from the Seychelles authorities.
  • If it is possible to rent a car at the port or airport, it is advisable to do so online before your holiday. This way you will get the best price and will not have to spend money on the transfer upon arrival.
  • Some hotels offer their guests to rent a car for a day. This will allow you to explore the island at your own pace while maintaining maximum flexibility.
  • It is worth renting a car with an automatic transmission. For local roads, it is better to choose a small car, but still make sure it can fit all your luggage.
  • Cars offered for rent are usually in good condition, fresh and air-conditioned, and therefore more comfortable than buses. But avoid mini jeep cars Moke, they are often in disrepair and dangerous.
  • Ask for a rental agreement, it is drawn up in French or English.
  • Pay attention to cases that are not covered by the warranty.
  • Don't fill your tank full: the largest of the islands is only 27 km long. To get started, ten euros is enough.


The cost of renting a car in the Seychelles

Many agencies are located at the airport when you exit the arrivals terminal (left). You can also provide cars in all hotels on Mahe or Praslin. Calculate about 50 € per day (cost is lower for long-term rentals).

The rental price depends on the category of car you want to rent. Average prices depending on the category:

  • 37 euros per day for a Mini car
  • 39 euros per day for an economy car
  • 75 euros per day for an Intermediate car

The cost of renting a car can also vary depending on the city:

  • 40 € per night when renting in Victoria
  • 39 € per night when renting in Mahe
  • 46 € per night when renting on Praslin Island


Cars on the island of La Dig

It's an eco-capital Seychelles, where there are very few cars - about a hundred. You do not need to rent a car: you can choose club cars that are used as taxis. E-bikes are also allowed, but petrol motorcycles and scooters are banned.

Book hotels in the Seychelles upon prior request at WIOTTO.

If you have the opportunity to rent a car, use it to look into all the most remote corners of the islands of Mahe and Praslin. Learn more about transport in the Seychelles in this article.


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