|Pandyale||January||In January join in with the celebratations for Pandyale, a Hindu festival with fire-walking ceremonies.|
|Chinese New Year||January/February||Chinese New Year occurs in either January or February when there are parades and firework displays.|
|Parasol Shrine||August||In August the locals pray for no more volcanic eruptions at the shrine of the Virgin at Parasol.|
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There are two main airports in Reunion, The Roland Garros in St. Denis and the Pierrefonds in St. Pierre in the south of the island. All main international flights arrive in St. Denis. Flights can be taken from St. Pierre to Mauritius, Comores or Madagascar.
There are no international direct flights from the UK to Reunion. Air Austral is the national carrier and offers reliable daily flights from Paris (or several flights a day from Mauritius) to Reunion.
Air Austral operate daily flights from Paris to Reunion, and at least twice daily from Mauritius to Reunion. Flights from Paris to Reunion take 10 hours 50 minutes, and Mauritius to Reunion 40 minutes.
Air Mauritius fly three times a week from London Heathrow to Mauritius with onward connection to Reunion. Flying time approximately 18 hours 15 minutes depending on flight connections.
Air France fly daily from London Heathrow and other major UK airports to Paris with connecting flights on Air Austral to Reunion. Flight times are a minimum of 13 hours 35 minutes depending on flight connections.
British Airways fly daily from London Heathrow and other major UK airports to Paris with connecting flights on Air Austral to Reunion. Flight time is a minimum of 13 hours 35 minutes depending on flight connections.
Despite a remote Indian Ocean location, Réunion is well developed having maintained close ties with mainland France. French is the dominant language and English is not widely spoken on the island other than in large hotels and major tourist businesses. A working knowledge of French will come in very handy. The minimum drinking age is 16 years.
To get the most out of your next adventure it makes sense to consider some of the very local factors that combine to make up what you feel is the best time to travel to a destination. Many of these factors are very personal – some people prefer to travel when the weather is not too hot, or sites too crowded – others prefer to travel when a traditional local event is taking place. Taking into account the dates of public holidays can also make sense as these may have an impact on opening times of attractions, shops and restaurants, or might affect public transport or other services. Conversely public holidays can be a time of great local festivities and celebrations providing a feast of local expressionism and culture.
Like France, Reunion has the Euro as its currency. ATM cash withdrawal machines are common throughout the island and generally reliable. Credit cards are widely accepted.
British pounds and US Dollars cash can be exchanged in major banks though bank charges can tend to be high. Banks are usually open from Monday to Friday from 0800 to 1600.
Most banks and post offices have ATMs, however there are few available inland and these are not always reliable so it is always best to carry plenty of euros when travelling inland. For more information check the Visa ATM locator, theMasterCard ATM locator or the American Express ATM locator for the addresses of ATMs around the world
Credit cards are widely accepted in all major outlets but should always be used with caution due to the potential for fraud.
1 Euro = 100 Cents. Notes come in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 denominations. Coins in 1, 2 Euro and 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 Cents.
The documentation and fee required for obtaining visas varies according to both your nationality and where you are applying from. It is the sole right of each country to determine who is allowed to enter.
All passports must be valid for six months and have two clear pages free.
Some countries may charge an arrival or departure tax which may or may not be included in the price of an airline ticket, or may need to be paid in cash on arrival or departure.
|Australia||A visa is not required|
|Canada||A visa is not required for stays of up to 90 days in Reunion|
|Denmark||A visa is not required for stays of up to 90 days in Reunion|
|Ireland||A visa is not required|
|Netherlands||A visa is not required for stays of up to 90 days in Reunion|
|New Zealand||A visa is not required for stays of up to 90 days in Reunion|
|South Africa||A visa is required|
|United States||A visa is not required for stays of up to 90 days in Reunion|
|United Kingdom||A visa is not required|
Other nationalities should either contact Travcour UK (see below) or their nearest embassy for up-to-date information prior to departure.
For assistance with obtaining passports and visas UK-based ‘Travcour’ have been offering travellers a comprehensive and reliable travel document service since 1985. www.travour.com
The local bus company ‘Car Jaune’ operates throughout the island. The main St Denis bus station is on Boulevard de l’Ocean where you can obtain a current timetable and buy tickets. Tickets can also be purchased from the driver. The ‘Car Jaune’ buses are yellow and easy to spot, they operate between the hours of 0600 to 1800 with a less frequent service on a Sunday.
Taxis are available in all main towns on the island.
There are many car hire companies on the island. A self-drive tour is a highly recommended way to see the island though take care to choose a reputable company.
Driving is on the right side of the road. The island does not have any motorways and has only 74km of dual carriageway. Some of the inland roads are narrow with tight hairpin bends, notably the road to Cilaos. With Reunion’s dramatic scenery, driving around the island can be a really exhilarating experience, however always beware of local drivers who may drive far too fast and close. On some of the minor roads leading into the Cirques, beware of the sunken roadside channels that drain rain water…a tyre in these will leave you stuck!
There is no train service on Reunion.
There are no main ferry routes around Reunion. However the Mauritius Pride and the Mauritius Trochetia both operate several times monthly between Reunion and Mauritius.