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Touch down in island paradise

Flight time from London

11hrs 55 mins

Distance from London

6050 miles

Set off from London on a direct flight to Mauritius with British Airways, and you’ll be soaring over the Indian Ocean before you know it. Simply sit back and picture the islands’ pristine beaches and turquoise waters, or tune into the in-flight entertainment system. Whichever way you choose to spend your time with us, you can relax during your journey with our friendly cabin crew. Indulge in that holiday feeling as soon as you step on board.

Embark on a well-deserved Mauritius holiday and unwind as you make your way to this picturesque island nation. Enjoy outstanding service in addition to complimentary food and drinks during your flight. You will glide through the skies with comfort when you travel with British Airways.

Flights to Mauritius

You can fly direct from London to Mauritius with British Airways.

12-hour direct flights to Mauritius depart from London three times per week – on Monday, Thursday and Saturday evenings. They arrive at Plaine Magnien around noon the following day. Direct flights form Mauritius to London depart on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday evenings.

If you want to stretch your legs on a connection in Johannesburg, South Africa, choose from additional flights to Mauritius from London Heathrow. It has never been more convenient to arrive in Mauritius for a luxury Indian Ocean holiday.

Fly direct from London Gatwick (LGW) to the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU) in Mauritius. When you fly with British Airways, select a cabin to match your preferences, whether you book travel in First, business (Club World), premium economy (World Traveller Plus) or economy (World Traveller).

See our Mauritius timetable here

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A flyer’s guide: Mauritius flight tips

Everything you need to know about flying to Mauritius with British Airways

When is the cheapest time to fly to Mauritius?

Throughout the year, Mauritius offers a mild tropical maritime climate. The cheapest time to fly to Mauritius is from October to March, which spans part of the humid summer season. January and February are typically the warmest months, while February and March are the wettest months. Luckily, the rain only lasts from few minutes to a few hours, still allowing you plenty of sunshine. Flight prices rise from April through September during the wedding and honeymoon season. To find our cheapest flights to Mauritius, use our lowest fare finder.

How long is the flight from London to Mauritius?

Around 12 hours. You’ll fly direct from London Gatwick (LGW) to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU) in Mauritius. British Airways direct flights to Mauritius depart three times a week from March to November and increases to five times a week from November to March. Additional flights, via Johannesburg, South Africa, depart from London Heathrow (LHR).

How do I get from the Mauritius airport to my resort?

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU) is located on the main port island of Mauritius. While the public buses on Mauritius are very affordable, the journey times can be especially long. For a quicker and less stressful journey to your hotel, pre-book an airport transfer before you travel. You can add the door-to-door transfer once you have booked your Mauritius flight or holiday. For more flexibility throughout your entire trip, book car hire, in partnership with Avis. Car hire will allow you to independently explore the scenic island.

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Do I need a visa to travel to Mauritius?

If you have a British passport, you won’t need a visa for your Mauritius holidays. You will receive a visitor’s permit upon arrival, which is valid for 60 days. (The same is true for holders of US passports.) Remember to check your passport is in date for your period of travel.

How many bags can I check in?

We offer a generous baggage allowance for your holidays. When you travel in British Airways standard economy (World Traveller), you can check in one bag weighing up to 23kg; if you travel in premium economy (World Traveller Plus), you can check in two 23kg bags. Travelling in business (Club World) will allow you two checked bags at 32kg each, while travelling in First will afford you the luxury of checking three hold bags weighing 32kg each.

Read our baggage guide to answer your specific queries.

Our partner airline, Air Mauritius, allows two checked bags of up to 20kg for economy (World Traveller) travellers and two pieces of luggage weighting up to 32kg for business (Club World) ticketholders. See the Air Mauritius baggage policy.

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Which cabins can I book when I fly to Mauritius?

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Which cabins can I book when I fly to Mauritius?

Our economy (World Traveller) cabins offer great value if you’re looking for cheap flights to Mauritius. The fare includes meals and bar service, in addition to use of the personal entertainment system with complimentary headphones. For an extra fee, you can select your seats in advance to cadge a quieter seat near the front of the plane. Otherwise, sit directly above the wings to reduce the effects of any turbulence. Alternatively, choose standard economy and select seats for free 24 hours in advance when online check-in opens.

Enjoy more leg room and a smaller, more private cabin with premium economy (World Traveller Plus). Get comfortable with cosy cushions, blankets and eye masks on your long haul journey.

Our business (Club World) cabins have fully flat beds for total comfort. This cabin serves meals designed by top chefs and provides fast track priority through the airport.

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Three tips for long haul flights to Mauritius

Travelling can be tiring, so follow these three tips to make your flight to Mauritius easier:

1. Combat dehydration during a flight by drinking plenty of water, juice and soft drinks. If you avoid dehydration, you will also avoid its negative side effects like headaches, fatigue and listlessness.

2. Keep the blood flowing in your body by completing some gentle exercises in your seat during the flight. Shrug your shoulders, stretch your neck and flex your toes. Take a walk down the aisle when you can.

3. Beat jet lag by living according to your new time zone as soon as you can. Mauritius is south of the equator and four hours ahead of GMT. Use our jet lag calculator for advice from our sleep expert.

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Mauritius tips

Our insider Mauritius tips will help you navigate the island like local – even if you’re exploring the island for the first time.

When to tip

Tipping isn’t compulsory in Mauritius. A value added tax of 15% is payable on goods and services, including hotel and restaurant bills, so extra tipping isn’t obligatory. However, if you experienced excellent service, an additional tip would be warmly welcomed as a gesture of appreciation.

Free things to do

Get your fill of culture and stunning nature in Mauritius – without spending a cent. Trek a forested mountain range in Black River Gorges National Park or relax on the island’s enchanting white sand beaches. Surfers prefer the beach in Tamarin, while Flic en Flac Beach attracts snorkelers to the lagoon’s colourful coral reef. Gain insight into local life in the Port Louis Bazaar and stroll through the nearby Chinatown.

Travel money

The Mauritian Rupee (MUR) is used on the island, but you still may want to bring your own currency on your Mauritius holidays. Some travel forums suggest exchanging a majority of your money after you arrive in Mauritius to trade at better exchange rates.

Plan your perfect Mauritius trip

Activities in Mauritius

Although the beaches likely lured you to Mauritius, there’s more to see on the scenic island. Keep a lookout for local wildlife and summit Le Morne Brabant, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, take it easy with a game of golf on lush greens.

See our top Mauritius activities

Hit the beach

A beach is a beach – but in Mauritius, each offers something different. Bring children to Flic en Flac beach with the shallow, gentle water. You’ll find Mauritius’ most famous snorkelling spot just off Blue Bay Beach and kitesurfers zipping across the water at La Morne. Visit the outlying Ile aux Cerfs for another island beach experience.

Read about Mauritius' best beaches

How about a road trip?

To see the most of Mauritius, it is most convenient to hire a car. After all, the locals drive on the left side of the road. They also use the same road signs as the British, which makes the island very navigable. Hiring a car will afford you the most freedom and flexibility to explore the varied terrain; and it’s much faster than public transportation.

Discover the best beaches in Mauritius

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Eloise Barker.

Pick any point on your compass –north, south, east and west,and you’ll find a great beach.

Eloise Barker,  for British Airways