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Port Louis Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Port Louis Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

It’s a really nice airport…Though we didn’t had to sleep there, it has spacious spaces to rest. – just_me26

MRU Airport Overview

mauritius airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Port Louis Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport.

What to Expect

Port Louis Airport (code: MRU) serves African, Asian, and European routes out of two terminals: an older, renovated terminal and an attached, newer terminal that opened in 2013. Facilities include a several eateries and shops and travellers report great interior design and safety. WiFi is available for three hours to pass the time. Economy class passengers can pay to enter a few airport lounges, most of which have showers for freshening up! See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Sleeping in Port Louis Airport

According to a reader (April 2024), flights run through the night, so the terminal remains open. There are some armrest-free seats around the check-in counters. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s web site for current information.  For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Port Louis Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hours

According to an April 2024 review, the airport is open throughout the night.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

  • Salon Nenuphar – Location: New Terminal Building, Airside, opposite Boarding Gate 19. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.
  • Amédée Maingard Lounge – Location: Airside. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Other Lounges

  • YU Lounge – Location: VIP Building, 500 meters from the Main Building. Showers are available.

Related Pages: Port Louis Airport Lounges

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Port Louis Airport:

  • Holiday Inn Mauritius Airport – Located 700m from the terminal. Free airport shuttle is available upon request. Day rates are available. » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.


Free WiFi is available at Port Louis Airport for 3 hours. Connect to the “3Hours@MauritiusAirport” network.

If you do not have a mobile device, there are free Internet workstations at the airport. Locations and additional details are unknown.

Rest & Relaxation Zones

There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside, outside of the Tour Operators area • Airside, near Gates 4 and 7.

Baby Care Facilities – Baby change facilities are available in washrooms both Landside and Airside.

Chapel/Prayer Room – Airside Level 1, Hall A near Shops.

Currency Exchange – Currency Exchange services are available from at least 10 kiosks throughout the airport.

Drinking Water – Information is unavailable. Does the airport have water fountains or water bottle refill stations? Click here to update this guide.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available in both the Departures / Boarding area and the International Arrivals area (Baggage Claim Hall). Clothing, Mauritian goods, and more can be purchased at retail shops located throughout the airport.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, we are unable to confirm the availability of any 24-hour dining options.

Information Desk – Location: Level 0, near the Tour Operator booths.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Unavailable. If this is incorrect, click here to update this guide.

Luggage Wrapping – Protect your luggage and its contents with luggage wrapping. Location: Ground2Air (International Check-In Hall A, near Gate 13) • World Safe Wrap (International Check-In Hall A, near Gate 12 • International Check-In Hall B, near Gate 16).

Medical Services – Urgent and emergency medical care is available at First Aid stations in these two locations: Level 0 at Gate 9 (landside) • Departures Hall, airside, Level 1.

Mobile Charging – Power sockets are available the seating areas located in the departures zones, Airside.

Piano – The airport now features a piano for passengers to play and enjoy. Location: International Departures, Airside, opposite Gate 26.

Post Office – Location: Arrivals (Level 0), near Gate 3, at the right side of the terminal. Hours: 8:15AM – 4:00PM (Mon-Fri) 8:15AM – 11:45AM (Sat). Closed on Sunday. Stamps are also sold at the bookstore opposite Gate 28. Postboxes can also be found at several locations throughout the airport.

Prayer Room – Location: Departure Hall, airside, near Gate 22.

Shopping & Duty Free – Yes

Showers – Freshen up in between flights with a shower. Available inside the lounges. [ see Airport Lounges above ]

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Spa – Express Spa – Location: International Departures, Airside, opposite Gate 28.

Port Louis airport is served by the following airlines: Air Austral • Air France • Air Madagascar • Air Mauritius • Air Seychelles • Austrian Airlines • British Airways • Comair • Condor • Corsair • Edelweiss • Emirates • Eurowings • Evelop Airlines • KLM • Lufthansa • Meridiana Fly • Saudia • South African Airways • Thomson Airways • Turkish Airlines • TUIFly.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


There are three public buses that serve MRU airport. Bus 9, 10 and 198 connect the airport with a variety of destinations including, Mahebourg Bus Station, Curepipe Jan Palach South Bus Station and more. Buses depart every 10 – 20 minutes and journeys last from 70 to 120 minutes.

Car Rentals

ABC Car Rental • Avis • Dollar/Thrifty • Europcar • First Car rental • Hertz • OLA Mauritius • Sixt • and more. The car rental counters are located outside the Tour Operators Hall.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.


Taxis can be arranged at a special counter in the Tour Operators Hall. For a list of estimated fares, visit the Port Louis Airport website.

Last updated: 2024-01-31

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers, and their websites. We are not representatives of any of the above-mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.