Mauritius Currency: All you need to know about money and the cost of things in Mauritius

If you’ve planned out your Mauritius holiday to a T, including finding the perfect resort for you and your family, you’ve probably checked off all your ‘what to pack’ boxes, from sunscreen to insurance! But have you considered the Mauritius currency? What is the rate of the Mauritius Rupee to the South African Rand and how much will you require for your holiday? 

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Here are a few tips on planning your finances for your holiday in the sun. 
  • Mauritian Rupees cash are not available for purchase in South Africa 
  • Exchange Rand to Rupees at the Bureau de Change in the arrivals hall at the airport. 
  • There is also an ATM where you can purchase Rupees on your cards. 
  • Most hotels have Rupees in cash available should you run short during your stay. 
  • You will require cash when shopping at markets or for local vendors on the beach. 
  • Master Card and Visa are widely accepted in hotels, restaurants and boutiques. 

Check the exchange rate for the Mauritius Rupee before your departure to prepare a rough budget. If your holiday package is all-inclusive of meals and drinks (highly recommended!) you will only require Rupees for shopping at the local markets and from vendors.  

The Mauritian currency coins are available in 5, 20 and 50 cents. Notes are available in 25, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 2000 denominations. You won’t be able to use your Rands in Mauritius, but luckily you can get some good deals at the airport when you exchange your Rands for Rupees. 

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Have a wonderful holiday and remember that most visits to Mauritius lead to another visit so if you have a few Rupees left in your pocket keep them for your next trip to the island! Browse our Mauritius deals and get even more bang for your buck! 

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