Getting Around the Seychelles
Getting around the Seychelles is both punctual and safe. This applies not only to the Outer Islands, but also to the four main islands of the Seychelles: Mahé, Praslin, La Digue, and Cerf Island. Buses, rental cars, and taxis are available exclusively on Mahé and Praslin. La Digue, however, is so small that there are no buses, and only a few island taxis, as well as the (slow, but traditional) ox-carts and bikes which are effective on this island.
Cerf Island is even smaller than La Digue, so there are no taxis, oxen, or bikes. Here, you can walk everywhere along the beach. The following graphic shows you the different options that connect the islands of Mahé, Praslin, La Digue, and Cerf Island.
|Distance||Means of Transport||Single Journey Cost|
|(A) (B)||Flight - Air Seychelles: Mahé – Praslin – Mahé||Approx. €140|
|(1) (4)||Ferry - Cat Cocos: Mahé – Praslin – Mahé||Approx. €50|
|(4) (5)||Ferry Cat Rose: Praslin – La Digue – Praslin||Approx. €25|
|(2) (6)||Yacht Club – Cerf Island – Yacht Club||Only available with hotel booking*|
|(3) (6)||Eden Island – Cerf Island – Eden Island||Only available with hotel booking*|
|(A) (3)||Twenty-minute taxi ride on Mahé||Approx. €30|
|(A) (3)||Twenty-minute taxi ride on Praslin||Approx. €30|
Anyone wishing to travel within the Seychelles can do this by taking a domestic flight. From Mahé, there are flight connections to Praslin, Bird Island, and Denis Island with Air Seychelles. The two islands of Bird and Denis, however, are both private, so can only be flown to in conjunction with a stay. This flight is then organised by the accommodation themselves, leaving you with nothing to worry about.
For many travellers, the flight from Mahé to Praslin is a great alternative to the ferry. This is especially true if you are staying on Praslin first. This way, after landing, you can go straight to the domestic airport, which is located at the International Airport on Mahé, and fly straight on to Praslin. If you get seasick easily, it is also better to fly from July - September and October, as the sea can be quite rough in this travel period.
The free baggage allowance for a domestic flight from Mahé to Praslin is 20 kg (33 lbs). If both flights, long-distance and domestic, are included in a single ticket, then the baggage limets of the airline with whom you booked the flight apply. The exact conditions for each traveller should be checked before departure.
Tickets can be purchased at the Inter Island Terminal. However, due to low seating capacity, we recommend booking flights in advance. You can book straight from the Air Seychelles website.
The Seychelles' two airports are abbreviated to SEZ (Seychelles International Airport) and PRI (Praslin Domestic Airport).
Flight Schedule: Air Seychelles - Mahé (A) - Praslin (B) - Mahé (A)
|Day of the Week||Mahé – Praslin||Praslin – Mahé|
|Monday - Sunday||05:30, 05:45, 06:15, 06:45 07:00, 11:15, 12:30, 15:45 16:45, 17:45, 18:45, 19:00 19:45, 20:00, 20:30||06:00, 07:30, 07:45, 08:30 09:45, 10:30, 11:45, 13:00 16:15, 16:45, 17:15, 17:45 18:15|
The Seychelles are an ideal island-hopping destination, as the three main islands of Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue are very well connected. There are daily ferry connections between these islands. We recommend booking in advance, but it is not absolutely necessary to do so.
In order to reach the other islands by sea, you have to take one of the two fast ferries, the Cat Cocos or the Cat Rose. The crossing provides excellent views of the Seychelles' different islands and the Indian Ocean itself. You can reach Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue by ferry several times each day. A trip from Mahé to Praslin costs around €50 (single fare), while Praslin to La Digue costs approximately €25 (single fare). You can also, naturally, take these transfers in the opposite direction.
Timetable for Cat Cocos: Mahé (1) - Praslin (4) - Mahé (1)
|Day of the Week||Mahé - Praslin|
|Monday||07:30, 10:30, 16:30|
|Tuesday||07:30, 10:30, 16:30|
|Wednesday||07:30, 10:30, 16:30|
|Thursday||07:30, 10:30, 16:30|
|Friday||07:30, 10:00, 16:30, 17:00|
|Saturday||07:30, 11:30, 16:30|
|Sunday||09:00, 11:00, 16:30|
|Day of the Week||Praslin - Mahé|
|Monday||07:30, 13:00, 18:00|
|Tuesday||09:00, 12:00, 18:00|
|Wednesday||07:30, 13:00, 17:30|
|Thursday||07:30, 13:00, 17:30|
|Friday||09:00, 13:00, 18:00|
|Saturday||09:00, 15:00, 18:00|
|Sunday||07:30, 15:00, 18:00|
Timetable for Cat Rose: Praslin (4) - La Digue (5) - Praslin (4)
|Day of the Week||Praslin - La Digue|
|Monday||07:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:45, 11:45*, 14:30, 16:00, 17:15, 17:45*|
|Tuesday||07:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:45, 14:30, 16:00, 17:15, 17:45*|
|Wednesday||07:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:45, 14:30, 16:00, 17:15, 17:45*|
|Thursday||07:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:45, 14:30, 16:00, 17:15, 17:45*|
|Friday||07:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:15*, 11:45, 14:30, 16:00, 17:15, 17:45*|
|Saturday||07:00, 08:45*, 09:00, 10:00, 11:45, 12:45*, 13:00, 14:30, 16:00, 17:45, 17:45*|
|Sunday||09:00, 10:00, 10:15*, 12:30, 16:00, 17:45, 17:45*|
|Day of the Week||La Digue - Praslin|
|Monday||07:00*, 07:30, 09:30, 10:30, 12:15, 12:30*, 15:30, 17:00, 17:45|
|Tuesday||07:30, 08:15*, 09:30, 10:30, 12:15, 15:30, 17:00, 17:45|
|Wednesday||07:00*, 07:30, 09:30, 10:30, 12:15, 15:30, 16:30, 17:45|
|Thursday||07:00*, 07:30, 09:30, 10:30, 12:15, 15:30, 16:30, 17:45|
|Friday||07:30, 08:00*, 09:30, 10:30, 12:15, 12:30*, 15:30, 17:00, 18:15|
|Saturday||07:30, 08:15*, 09:30, 10:30, 12:00*, 12:15, 14:00, 14:15*, 15:30, 17:00, 18:15|
|Sunday||07:00*, 09:30, 10:30, 14:15*, 14:30, 17:00, 18:15|
Another option from Mahé is the use of a helicopter, which can take you to many of the other Seychelles Islands. On the Zil Air website, you can find more precise information about the different destinations on offer, and the prices of each journey. Flying from Mahé to La Digue via helicopter, for example, avoids detouring to Praslin, but costs more. That said, those who do decide to take a helicopter during their stay can admire the Seychelles paradise from a bird's-eye view, which is a unique experience that you will likely never forget.
The inexpensive but somewhat adventurous way of exploring the Seychelles islands is to take a journey on one of the public buses. These operate on Mahé and Praslin, and have no fixed stops. In fact, buses only stop at marked areas if the driver is made aware that someone wishes to alight, or if someone wants to get on. As a rule of thumb, the buses run at half-hour or hourly intervals. If you would like to explore Mahé and Praslin by bus, it will take more time than using a rental car, as it can sometimes be more difficult to get directly from A to B.
The major advantage, however, is the price, with a bus trip costing just 5 or 10 Seychelles Rupees (about 30 - 60 Euro cents). An up-to-date bus schedule can be found on the website of the Seychelles Public Transport Corporation.
Renting a car is the easiest and most comfortable way of exploring the Seychelles. However, this is only possible on the islands of Mahé and Praslin. You can pick up your car either at the airport or at your hotel. You require an EU/International Driving Licence to do so. Please note that the speed limit on both islands is 40 km/h (25 mph) and 65 km/h (40 mph). In addition, cars in the left drive on the left-hand-side. Thankfully, this is easy to manage for the majority of visitors thanks to the low volume of traffic.
Another way to explore the islands is by taxi. That said, taxis are only available on Mahé, Praslin, and (a few) on La Digue. A taxi offers a convenient way for you to explore the island, as well as providing the opportunity for the taxi driver to tell you some stories and give you some insider tips about the islands. A twenty-minute taxi journey usually costs about €30.
Ensure that the taxis are equipped with a fixed taxi meter, and discuss the price in advance. Taxis are often the most expensive means of getting around the island, but you usually do not have to worry about being ripped off.
Finally, bicycles are another extremely popular way of exploring the islands. On La Digue and Praslin, you can borrow bikes for days or weeks, which makes for a sportier alternative to taxis.