Reunion Island

Reunion Island Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

The research for this website was carried out mainly in 2011 and 2012. Therefore there is a good chance that much of the information may now be out of date. This is particularly true of countries in the developing world, especially Asia and Africa where conditions can change often. Also, the political climate in many countries has changed a lot in recent years. Therefore the information on this website should be treated with caution. You should always check with your Government’s website or the UK Foreign office travel advice website before finalising plans to drive abroad.

Driving in La Reunion-
Driving abroad in La Reunion is on the right as in France and unlike neighbouring Mauritius which drives on the left. Roads are generally in good condition though after rain there may be landslides and debris on the road causing closure of even main routes. St Denis tends to get congested and you may hot traffic jams when driving in town. Roads in the mountains are steep and winding. Most rental cars on the Island are manual so if you’re used to an automatic you may find the constant gear changing a challenge. Volcanic activity is common on Reunion and there are strict regulations on access to the Piton de la Fournaise volcano. Also, the cyclone season in Réunion normally runs from December to April. You should keep an eye on local news if planning to travel during these months.

La Reunion Car Rental
Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, Alamo, National, Avis, Budget, all have branches at Roland Garros airport. Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire and Web discount sites such as

This is website which lists local car rental companies by location on the island.

This company rents 4WD vehicles, though their website is in French and German only
Cars can be in limited supply on the Island between November and January so you should make your reservation as early as possible.

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