The overwhelming majority of holidaymakers will come to Mauritius by plane. Thanks to the country’s well-developed tourist infrastructure, there are usually multiple options available when it comes to booking your flights, with direct and indirect flights to Mauritius from numerous locations around the world.
Flights from Europe to Mauritius are numerous, especially from western Europe. The national carrier, Air Mauritius, offer their own direct flights from London Heathrow and Paris. Customers from the UK can also make use of British Airways, who fly to Mauritius from London Gatwick.
German customers enjoy numerous different options, with direct flights from Cologne (Eurowings), Frankfurt (Condor and Lufthansa), and Munich (Condor). Meanwhile, KLM offer a direct flight three times each week from Amsterdam, while Meridana fly from both Milan Malpensa and Rome Fiumincino.
Customers from other European countries can usually find an appropriate connection to one of these services thanks to Europe’s excellent short-haul network. Emirates also fly to Mauritius via their hub in Dubai, which is another good option for those looking to break the long flight to the Indian Ocean in half. Istanbul is another good stopover option, with Turkish Airlines operating a non-stop service between Turkey’s second city and Mauritius.
The modern-day Mauritian population has been shaped by its Indian and Chinese immigrant populations, so it is perhaps little wonder that the destination is popular with tourists from both countries. Air Mauritius offer direct flights from four cities in China and two in India, ensuring good connections for residents of those countries. They also fly directly from Perth in Australia to Mauritius. Besides that, Emirates fly between Dubai and Mauritius, ensuring good links from the Middle East, as well as much of Europe and the Americas thanks to Emirate’s large global network.
Like its Indian Ocean neighbour, the Seychelles, Mauritius is part of the continent of Africa. In fact, Air Seychelles offer a direct flight between the Seychelles and Mauritius five times each week. Other options in Africa include flights with Air Mauritius from Nairobi, Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg. South African, British Airways, and Comair also offer flights from Johannesburg, while it is also possible to fly with Air Madagascar on their code-share flight from the capital of Madagascar, Antananarivo, six times per week.
The only other option of entering the country is by boat. The Mauritius Shipping Corporation offer a sporadic ferry service between Réunion and Mauritius, which takes around 11 hours in total. This is, however, far from the most popular means of entering Mauritius, and it is likely that most travellers will opt for the plane.