Transportation in Seychelles
Seychelles is easily accessible by both sea and air from many major cities across the world. Flights and cruises operate out of the main island Mahe, to and from various destinations. To move around within Seychelles, there are coaches, taxis and hired vehicles, domestic planes, helicopters, ferries, chartered boats and even bicycles.
Domestic flights provide a quick way of getting around the islands whilst offering breathtaking view of the beautiful scenery and the splendid blue ocean.
You'll have no trouble getting to and around the Seychelles with our Seychelles Transportation Guide below. You might like to consider taking one of our Seychelles tours to help you get around and experience as much of this beautiful region as possible.
Seychelles Transportation Guide
Getting to Seychelles
Many international airlines operate flights to Victoria, where the only international airport of Seychelles is located. You can also get to Victoria on any of the cruise ships that pass through, as a direct passenger service to Victoria is not yet operational. Air Seychelles and other chartered private helicopter services run regular flights from Victoria to Mahe, Desroches, Fregate, Praslin, Denis Island and Bird Island. You can also get to these islands by ferries, schooners and yachts. To get around within each island, there are mini-mokes or jeeps and buses.
The Seychelles International Airport is 10 kilometres away from the capital city of Victoria, on the main island Mahe. Air Seychelles, the national airlines, operates convenient direct flights to and from London, Rome, Paris, Singapore, Frankfurt, Mauritius and Johannesburg. Qatar Airways and Emirates operate premium flights from over 70 destinations to the Seychelles. Recently Seychelles has adopted an open sky policy, which has enabled many more international airlines to operate flights from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Africa.
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Flights to Seychelles
Getting Around Seychelles
The bus service on the main islands of Mahe, La Digue and Praslin is efficient and reliable. If you are not pressed for time, it is the best and cheapest mode of transport within each island. Routes and destination points are marked clearly on the front of the bus. The fare is a flat uniform rate, irrespective of the distance covered.
Air Seychelles operates about 20 flights everyday between Mahe and Praslin. This is a reliable service and convenient too, as the flying time is only about 15 minutes! It also operates regular flights to Denis Island, Bird Island, Desroches and Fregate, apart from chartered flights to other islands.
The IDC or Island Development Company is the only other local airline company. It runs daily flights to Alphonse and Desroches, as well as chartered flights to some of the other islands.
The best way to drink in the beauty of the islands in their magnificent surroundings is to opt for a helicopter ride. Hop on to one of the excursions or island transfers of Helicopter Seychelles, a small helicopter company, to get a bird's eye view of Seychelles.
By Car & Motorcycle
If you want to get around at your own pace, then rent a car. The roads in Praslin and Mahe are in good condition. Speed limits exist all around the islands. The limit is 40 km/hr in built up areas, 65 km/hr outside the towns and 80 km/hr on the two lane highway between Victoria and Seychelles International Airport. The limit throughout Praslin Island is 40 km/hr. In Seychelles, cars are driven on the left side of the road. Watch out for steep curves and sharp bends, and the speed at which the bus drivers negotiate them. Also watch out for sleepy brains and reckless drivers, especially on weekend nights, starting from Friday night.
The tourist department office in Victoria has a list of car rental agencies which operate on the islands. You can book your car at the airport itself where the bigger operators have their desks. You can also book it through the guesthouse or Seychelles resort where you are staying. Most of the international agencies are well represented here and their charges are fairly uniform. Do remember that only cash payment is accepted and the Euro is the preferred currency. Most agencies do accept national licences, but international licences are preferred. Drivers must be at least 23 years old and must have held their driving licence for at least one year.
There are regular, reliable and comfortable ferry services between La Digue, Praslin and Mahe. You can either use a chartered boat or take a Seychelles tour to visit the other islands.
Bicycles are the main mode of transport on the island of La Digue and Praslin. In Praslin, you can rent a bike either through your guest house or hotel in Seychelles or hire one at Anse Volbert. Mahe is hilly and not very comfortable for the casual cyclist. It is wiser to hire a car.
P.O. Box 610 Mahe, Seychelles.
Tel: +248 280280 - Fax: +248 322425
Montagne Possé, Aux Cap Mahe, Seychelles
Tel: +248 376666
Providence Industrial Estate P.O Box 595 victoria Mahe
Tel: +248 385858 - Fax: +248 373055