The country may be entered by air or by sea, and there are regular flights between Mahe and Europe or Africa. Internal transportation between islands is also done via scheduled flights or ferry services. While being on the islands you may choose between taxis, buses, bicycles or renting a car.
• Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, operates weekly flights between Mahe and seven major cities: Frankfurt (partnership with Condor), Johannesburg, London, Mauritius, Paris (codeshare with Air France), Rome, Singapore. There are also multiple daily flights between Mahe and Praslin and once a day or several times per week between Mahe and the islands of Bird, Denis, Fregate, Desroches and Alphonse.
Seychelles International Airport (SEZ) is located 6 miles (10km) south of Victoria on Mahe. The airport consists of an international and domestic terminal featuring duty free shopping, banking and currency exchange, a restaurant and lounge. Car rental, taxis and coaches are also available.
• Helicopter Seychelles, a privately-owned company, provides shuttle services between Mahe, La Digue and Praslin, chartered flights and specialised services such as search and rescue, aerial surveys and filming/photography.
• Cat Cocos, a high speed catamaran, operates two or three daily roundtrips between Mahe and Praslin or La Digue, while privately owned schooners can run five or six.
It is also possible to take small boats from Mahe to La Digue, although departures can be unreliable and limited by sea conditions. The journey takes about 3 hours.
In Seychelles, one drives on the left side of the street. Roads are generally well maintained but are narrow and winding. Paved roads can be found only on Mahe and Praslin and speed limits range from 25 to 50 miles an hour.
• Car rental is only available on Mahe and Praslin and an advance booking is almost a necessity, especially in the high season. A national driving license is sufficient and minimum age is 21. The average daily rental rate of a car is US$60.
• Taxis can be found at the airports and outside the larger hotels. There is a surcharge for taxi fares on Praslin between 19.00 and 06.00. Taxis are a safe mode of transport in Seychelles and rates are fixed by the government.
• There are also local buses on the islands of Mahe and Praslin which run from morning through the late evening hours. Every village and hotel is served by at least one bus route. Public transportation by bus is good but usually requires several transfers to reach a desired destination.
• Bicycles for hire can be found on Praslin and La Digue.
• Ox carts are also common, especially on La Digue.