Taxi Culture in Mauritius

Taxi Culture in Mauritius

There is a strange taxi culture in Mauritius, well at least it seems strange to us Brits. Taxi drivers will cruise around the area “helping out” the bus service by picking up waiting passengers. For quick, short trips they will pick up passengers waiting at the bus stops and charge just a bit more than the bus fare. These are called share taxis or taxi trains. Be aware though that you may get in a taxi with a couple of other passengers, but further down the road the driver will pick up even more passengers until you are all squashed in like the proverbial sardine. Whilst waiting for the bus we saw up to 7 passengers in one taxi. Not a pleasant journey on a hot day, even if the taxi does happen to have air conditioning.

It isn’t just waiting passengers at bus stops who get picked up, taxi drivers will often shout out at travellers they see wandering around Port Louis or Grand Baie in the hope of getting  more business. Taxi drivers are everywhere and as a tourist, you will be asked if you would like a taxi several time per day.

Taxi Culture in Mauritius

Taking a taxi is very affordable in Mauritius, whether it is just to take you back to your hotel from a restaurant or to drive you around the island. When getting in a taxi, it is always best to set the price beforehand, so you know what you will be paying. Mauritian taxis do have a meter, but they are not always used. This is particularly important if you decide to hire a taxi for the day to take you around the island.  Each hotel in Mauritius will have it’s own taxi drivers or connections with taxi companies. You can easily arrange for a taxi at  reception.

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