Réunion in detail

Flights & getting there

Although it's just a tiny speck in the Indian Ocean, Réunion is fairly straightforward to get to, though access is limited to flights only. Flights and tours can be booked online at lonelyplanet.com/bookings.


Direct flights connect Réunion with China, Comoros, France, India, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mayotte, Thailand, the Seychelles and South Africa. For further afield, you'll need to take a connecting flight from South Africa, Mauritius, Asia or France.

Airports & Airlines

Réunion has two international airports. The vast majority of flights come into Roland Garros International Airport about 10km east of St-Denis. Coming from Mauritius, you have the option of landing at Saint-Pierre-Pierrefonds International Airport, in the south of the island near St-Pierre.

Air Austral is the national carrier. It has a good safety record and a decent international network.

Departure Tax

Departure tax is included in the price of a ticket.


It is not possible to travel here by land.


The Mauritius Trochetia ferry used to run between Mauritius and Réunion but this service has been suspended.