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Where can I use the Mauritian Rupee?

Mauritius! The Republic of Mauritius is in Africa, xxx

an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) off the southeast coast of the African continent

How much spending money do I need for Mauritius?

you can avoid high prices on Mauritius. A holiday in Mauritius isn’t as expensive as many people think. With some luck, you’ll also be able to find cheap flights to bring you to this island country in the Indian Ocean. Flights often take half the budget when it comes to travelling to Mauritius. 

Prices will vary depending on where you are in the country. Here’s how much you can expect to pay for things in bigger cities:

  • Three-course meal for 2 in a mid-range restaurant: 1,500 Rs (around £31)
  • Bottle of beer: 95 Rs (£2)
  • A meal for one at an inexpensive restaurant: 250 Rs (£5.20)
  • Cappuccino: 100 Rs (£2)
  • Bottle of water: 25 Rs (50p)

Budget your Mauritius trip

To help you budget a trip to Mauritius we have researched how much Mauritian Rupee you will need depending on your trip budget.

Low budget Medium budget High budget
Overall budget for 1 day pp: 2550 Rs (£53)

Overall budget for 1 day pp: 10,200 Rs (£212)

Overall budget for 1 day pp: More than 28,000 Rs (£580)

Food, drink & accommodation in budget

  • An inexpensive meal per one: 250 Rs (£5.20)
  • Cheap hotel room: 870 Rs (£18)
  • Beer: 95 Rs (£2)
  • Coffee: 100 Rs (£2)


Food, drink & accommodation in budget

  • Mid-range hotel: 2000 Rs (£42)
  • Two-course dinner: 750 Rs (£15.50)
  • Beer 2x: 190 Rs (£4)
  • A bottle of wine: 400 Rs (£8.30)

Food, drink & accommodation in budget

  • Luxury hotel: from 6000 Rs (£125)
  • Meal at a top restaurant: from 2080 Rs (£43)
  • Coffee 2x: 200 Rs (£4.10) 
  • A bottle of wine: 400 Rs (£8.30)

Activities in budget

  • Visit Rochester Falls: free entry
  • A single ticket for public transport: 35 Rs (70p)
  • Most beaches around Mauritius: free entry
  • Dolphin and whale spotting: 1200 Rs (£25)

Activities in budget

  • A guided tour to Le Morne Brabant: 1660 Rs (£35)
  • A car hire: 1660 Rs (£35)
  • Trou d’eau Douce underwater sea park: 1500 Rs (£31)
  • Catamaran excursions: from 2000 Rs (£42)

Activities in budget

  • A boat trip to Gabriel Island: 4000 Rs (£83)
  • Cave sea kayaking in Pointe Aux Sable: 3200 Rs (£66)
  • Skydive Austral Mauritius: 11500 Rs (£240)
  • Parasailing over Grand Bay: 1450 Rs (£30)

You may think that Mauritius is all about the beach, but on and under the water, there’s everything from diving, snorkelling and kitesurfing to kayaking, deep-sea fishing and stand-up paddling. Away from the water’s edge, there’s terrific hiking, excellent horse riding and world-class golfing to be enjoyed.

There is a plenty of things to do and see many in Mauritius:

beaches: Mauritius has lots of breathtakingly beautiful beaches, which don’t belong to hotels or take an entry fee, for example. Rent a bike or use the inexpensive public transport network to find the most beautiful beaches on the island. East and South coast. Le Morne & Tamarin Pretty beaches with dramatic mountainous backdrops in western Mauritius. Trou d’Argent Pick any beach on Rodrigues’ east coast, but this cliff-surrounded cove is our favourite. 

catamarans and yacht cruises: A catamaran day trip is one of the most popular activities in Mauritius and the excursions on offer get better with each passing year. Hundreds of tourists each day board boats to cruise around the azure lagoon and wavy seas, or stop at offshore islets and shallow reefs. Many such excursions include barbecue lunches and/or time for snorkelling. Îlot Gabriel and Île Plate Grand Baie is a major hub of cruise activity, with dozens of vessels heading for the wee islands in the north. These are probably our pick of the cruising options as the reefs are pristine and the beaches quiet, and competition keeps prices less inflated. Île aux Bénitiers On the island’s western side, this popular cruising option is a half- or full-day trip with the possibility of dolphin watching.

hiking: Black River Gorges National Park  Hiking trails through bird-rich wilderness and the island’s last great forest. Le Morne  A steep climb with extraordinary views and a soulful backstory. Lion Mountain  Underrated hike that scales the heights with great views and good birdwatching. Graviers to St François  Lovely coastal walk past Rodrigues’ best beaches. The Black River Gorges National Park: The park is in the southwest of the island. Here, you can wander around and enjoy the unique natural world of Mauritius. The paths are well-signposted, which makes finding your way around easy. The viewing points along the route let you catch a glimpse of the green side of Mauritius.

wildlife: Île aux Aigrettes An island Noah’s ark where tortoises and pink pigeons live as free as they once did everywhere in Mauritius. Black River Gorges National Park Rare bird species and old-growth forest add up to Mauritius’ premier wilderness experience.

diving: abundant marine life, dramatic seascapes, atmospheric wrecks – Mauritius has it all, not to mention well-established, high-quality dive operators. Mauritius is almost entirely surrounded by a barrier reef, creating turquoise lagoons that provide great possibilities for snorkellers, swimmers and novice divers. La Fosse aux Requins Iconic site famous for its congregations of blacktip reef sharks.

What denominations does Mauritian Rupee come in?

The Mauritian Rupee comes in the following denominations:


₨25, ₨50, ₨100, ₨200, ₨500, ₨1000, ₨2000


5 cents, 20 cents, ½ rupee, 1, 5, 10 and 20 rupees

Did you know: Coins with a value below 1 rupee are generally considered as “supermarket” small-change and won’t be accepted in bigger restaurants and hotels.

Leftover Mauritian Rupees?

No problem. We’ll buy back leftover Mauritian Rupees at excellent exchange rates, leaving you with more cash in your pocket (and a tidier desk drawer).

Mauritian Rupee FAQs

What kind of a currency is MUR?

The currency code for Mauritian Rupees is MUR, and the currency symbol is ₨.

Can I pay by a card in Mauritius?

The Mauritian rupee is the official currency in Mauritius. ATMs are widespread throughout the main island but are less common on Rodrigues. Credit cards are widely accepted by establishments such as hotels and restaurants.

Is it safe to travel to Mauritius?

Generally, Mauritius is very safe to visit. It is probably one of the safest countries in Africa to travel to, but it has its dangers. Use your common sense and keep your valuables closely by your side, since the most common type of crime is petty theft.

Pickpockets aren’t too common but they do operate. Be especially cautious at Downtown Port Louis and central tourist areas since they do have a slightly higher crime rate. Apart from that, in general, it is not too dangerous when it comes to pickpockets.

Is water safe to drink in Mauritius?

As a general rule the tap water in Mauritius is safe to drink, but always take care immediately after a cyclone or cyclonic storm as mains water supplies can become contaminated by dead animals and other debris washed into the system. Never drink from streams as this might put you at risk of waterborne diseases.

It’s not safe to drink the tap water in Rodrigues; stick with bottled water if you visit the island.

How long is flight to Mauritius?

Around 12 hours. You’ll fly direct from London Gatwick (LGW) to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU) in Mauritius.

Is food Mauritius expensive?

Meat, fish, fresh fruits, rice and noodle dishes are all on the menu in Mauritius. The choice of tasty delicacies is huge. Don’t forget to try the local Creole cuisine, which is served in an authentic way at the countless small shacks in Mauritius. Often, the locals in these small stalls only sell one or two dishes, which they prepare according to traditional recipes. My favourites are the spicy curries, which are served with vegetables, meat and rice. Another plus is that the dishes often cost a fraction of the price of what you’d pay in a restaurant

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