Getting around the Seychelles is half the fun. There are regular (scenic) connections between the larger islands by boat and aeroplane.
Air There are connections between Mahé and Praslin. Other islands are served by charter flights.
Boat Fast and reliable boat services operate between Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. Other islands are not served by passenger boats.
Bus There's a reliable bus network that connects most towns on Mahé and Praslin. Prices are low.
Car On Mahé and Praslin having your own wheels makes it easier to get around. Prices drop by about 20% if you rent a car for three days or more. Cars can be rented at the airport or delivered to your hotel. Drive on the left.
Air Seychelles takes care of all inter-island flights, whether scheduled or chartered. The only scheduled services are between Mahé and Praslin, with around 25 flights per day in each direction. The fare for the 20-minute hop is about €132 return. The luggage limit is only 20kg. Air Seychelles also flies to Bird, Denis, Frégate and Desroches Islands, but on a charter basis; bookings for these flights are handled directly by hotels on the island.
La Digue and Silhouette Island (and all other islands) can be reached by helicopter.
Note that Mahé is the only hub for flights within the Seychelles.
Bicycles are the principal form of transport on La Digue. On Praslin you can rent bikes at Anse Volbert or through your accommodation. Mahé is a bit hilly for casual cyclists and most visitors rent cars, so bike rental is hard to find there.
Travel by boat is very easy between Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, with regular and efficient ferry services. In high season it's advisable to book your ticket at least a day in advance with the ferry company, through a travel agent or online at www.seychellesbookings.com.
For all other islands you have to charter a boat or take a tour.
Mahé to Praslin
The Cat Cocos catamaran makes three return trips daily between Mahé and Praslin. Departing from Victoria, the journey takes about one hour (not that much longer than a plane, if you include check-in time) and the fare starts at €50 one way for a standard seat in the air con main cabin; children under 12 pay half fare.
Mahé to La Digue
Cat Cocos runs a once- or twice-daily service to La Digue from Mahé (from €64); it makes a brief stop in Praslin before continuing to La Digue.
Praslin to La Digue
Inter-Island Ferry Pty operates a catamaran service between Praslin and La Digue. There are up to seven departures daily (five on Sunday) between 7am (9am on Sunday) and 5.15pm (5.45pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from Praslin and between 7.30am (9.30am on Sunday) and 5.45pm (6.15pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from La Digue. The crossing takes around 15 minutes.
The one-way fare is €15 per adult. Children under 12 pay half price.
Good news: if you have time, you don't really need to rent a car to visit the islands.
An extensive bus service operates throughout Mahé. Destinations and routes are usually marked on the front of the buses. There is a flat rate of Rs 6 whatever the length of the journey; pay the driver as you board. Bus stops have signs and shelters and there are also markings on the road.
Timetables and maps of each route are posted at the terminus in Victoria, where you can also pick up photocopied timetables (Rs 5) at the SPTC office. All parts of the island are serviced, but for many trips, you'll have to change buses in the capital.
Praslin boasts a relatively efficient bus service. The basic route is from Anse Boudin to Mont Plaisir (for Anse Kerlan) via Anse Volbert, Baie Ste Anne, Vallée de Mai, Grand Anse and the airport. Buses run in each direction every hour (every half-hour between Baie Ste Anne and Mont Plaisir) from 6am to 6pm. Anse Consolation and Anse La Blague are also serviced. For Anse Lazio, get off at Anse Boudin and walk to the beach (about 20 minutes; 1km). There is a flat fare of Rs 7.
Car & Motorcycle
If you want to control your own destiny, your best bet is to rent a car. Most of the road network on Mahé and Praslin is sealed and in good shape. More of a worry are the narrow bends and the speed at which some drivers – especially bus drivers – take them.
Drive on the left, and beware of drivers with fast cars and drowsy brains – especially late on Friday and Saturday nights. On Mahé the speed limit is supposed to be 40km/h in built-up areas, 65km/h outside towns and 80km/h on the dual carriageway between Victoria and the airport. On Praslin the limit is 40km/h throughout the island.
On La Digue and all other islands there are no car-rental companies – all tourists get around on foot or by bike.
There are any number of car-rental companies on Mahé and quite a few on Praslin. Due to healthy competition, the cheapest you're likely to get on Mahé is about €40 to €45 a day for a small hatchback. Rates on Praslin are about €5 to €10 higher. You can book through your hotel or guesthouse. Most apartment and guesthouse owners have negotiated discounts with car-rental outlets for their clients. A number of companies also have offices at the airport.
Drivers must be over 23 years old and have held a driving licence for at least a year. Most companies accept a national licence.
Taxis operate on Mahé and Praslin and there are even a handful on La Digue. They are not metered. Agree on a fare before departure.
There are no train services in the Seychelles.