Cheap Flights to Mauritius
Planning a trip to Mauritius?
Mauritius remains one of South Africa’s favourite island holiday destinations and for good reason. Flights to Mauritius from SA are short haul, only taking a little more than 4 hours if you’re flying direct from Durban and Johannesburg; and just over 5 hours if you’re travelling from Cape Town. The island is also Visa free! That means you don’t have to go through the hassle of getting a Travel Visa if you’re travelling to Mauritius on a South African passport.
"God first made Mauritius and from it, he created Paradise." – Mark Twain, 1896
Search the latest Mauritius flight prices right now. Simply use the online flight booking engine above to find the flights that best suit you and your holiday budget, and then book it!
Set your Watch
Mauritius uses MUT (UTC +4 hours) meaning South Africa is 2 hours behind Mauritius all year round.
While Mauritius used Daylight Saving Time in 2008 where clocks were put forward to UTC +5 on October 26, the time change is no longer applied.
Best time to visit Mauritius
Mauritius’ position in the Tropics means there are 2 definite seasons – a warm humid summer from November to April, and a relatively short, cool and dry winter period from June to September. The hottest months are January and February though the possibility of cyclones is higher. The coolest months are July and August when the evenings can be chilly. Although there is no marked rainy season, most of the rainfall occurs in the summer months.
Mauritius’ cyclone season has been known to wreak havoc on some unsuspecting tourists’ vacations. Cyclones while destructive don’t usually last long and they generally happen between January and March. Mauritius cyclones are characterised by gloomy skies, lots of rain and wind so get ready to batten down the hatches if your trip coincides with this weather phenomenon.
Emergency Medical Assistance: 114
Police: 999 or 112
Police HQ, Port Louis: (230) 208 12 12
Fire Brigade: 995 or 115
Coast Guard: (230) 212 27 47
Tourist Info: 152
Airline Info: (230) 603 3030
Whenever you travel overseas, Travelstart strongly recommends taking travel insurance prior to departing South Africa to cover any medical expenses you might incur abroad.
Warm sandy beaches and cocktails with little straw hats are no longer a pipe dream. You can get cheap flights to Mauritius on Travelstart by comparing ticket prices on all the airlines flying to MRU from South Africa.
Direct flights between South Africa and Mauritius cover a distance of 3071km and flight duration is approximately 4 hours if you’re flying from Johannesburg (about 5 hours from Cape Town).
Schedules for nonstop flights from South Africa to Mauritius provided on this page are valid at time of publishing (July 2013). For the most up-to-date times and prices we recommend using the online flight search tool above. Simply select the date and destination you are interested in, and click ‘Search’.
You can get direct flights to Mauritius from South Africa from the following cities:
- Durban (King Shaka Airport) on Air Mauritius.
- Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo International Airport) on multiple airlines.
- Cape Town International Airport on Air Mauritius.
Travel Editor’s Note: Be sure to check the flight ticket prices of other airlines flying to Mauritius from SA on Travelstart.co.za. You may find cheaper options on the likes of Emirates and Kenya Airways; though these will not be the quickest options.
Mauritius Flights from Durban
Lucky for Durbanites, Air Mauritius has resumed twice weekly direct flights between Durban and Ile Maurice effective 5 July 2013.
|Airline||Departs Durban (DUR)||Arrives Mauritius (MRU)||Days||Flying Time|
|MK846 (Air Mauritius)||12:10pm local time||18:00pm local time||Twice Weekly – Friday & Sunday||4 hours|
Mauritius Flights from Johannesburg
You can get direct flights between Johannesburg and Mauritius on Air Mauritius, SAA and Kulula (flights operated by BA Comair):
|Airline||Departs Johannesburg (JNB)||Arrives Mauritius (MRU)||Days||Flying Time|
|MK852 (Air Mauritius)||13:35pm local time||19:35pm local time||Daily flights available||4 hours|
|SAA||Multiple times available (see booking engine)||Multiple times available (see booking engine)||Daily Flights Available||4 hours|
|BA6399 (Kulula)||09:00am local time||15:10pm local time||Saturday only||4 hours 10 minutes|
Mauritius Flights from Cape Town
Air Mauritius operates direct flights to and from MRU from Cape Town International Airport (CPT) three times a week. The flight schedule is as follows:
|Airline||Departs Cape Town (CPT)||Arrives Mauritius (MRU)||Days||Flying Time|
|MK844 (Air Mauritius)||13:40pm local time||20:55pm local time||Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday only||5 hours 15 minutes|
Travel Editor’s Note: The schedules above are for direct flights to Mauritius. For flights from Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and other major airports in South Africa you will need to travel with a stopover in at least 1 airport. Use Travelstart.co.za to see airline ticket prices from your nearest airport.
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport (code MRU) is the only international airport in Mauritius and the hub for national carrier – Air Mauritius. Its name is certainly a mouthful which is why many refer to is simply as SSR. The airport is located approximately 48km southeast of the capital Port Louis, however, the island is quite small so you’ll never have too far to drive after landing.
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is one of the only airports in the world where access to the terminal building is restricted unless you’re a passenger. As such, you’ll only find duty-free shopping and more facilities in the departure lounge. The departures area is located on the upper level and the arrivals area is on the lower floor at SSR Mauritius Airport..
South African passport holders do not require a Visa to visit Mauritius. As with all overseas trips, you must ensure your passport has at least 6 months validity remaining on it on returning from your Mauritius trip, as well as 2 blank pages available for stamps.
South African High Commission in Mauritius
The South African High Commission to Mauritius is located in the capital Port Louis. It is open on Monday – Thursday from 08:00am to 16:30pm, and on Friday from 08:00am to 13:30pm.
South African High Commission
4th Floor, British American
25 Pope Hennessy Street
Tel: (230) 212 6925 / 6926 / 6928 / 6929 / 6930
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (General enquiries)
Currency: Mauritian Rupee (MUR)
Official Languages: Mauritian Creole, French & English
Driving: Keep Left
Dial Code: +230
Country Level Domain: .mu
Known for: Beautiful beaches and resorts, sugar cane, coloured sand, a favourite honeymoon destination for newlyweds, the Dodo (now extinct) and Sega dancing.
Travel Adaptor: Plug points in Mauritius are one of the two European standard electrical socket types: The "Type C" 2-prong plug and the "Type G" 3-prong plug in a triangular configuration. Travel adaptors and converters are widely available throughout South Africa so you’ll be able to stock up before you leave.
Voltage: The mains voltage in Mauritius is 230 V which is compatible with most South African devices and appliances (Frequency: 50 Hz).
As a general rule, different voltages are sometimes used within the same country. Be mindful of this before plugging in and always check your device voltage against the voltage of the power point you’re using.