Guide to Driving In Reunion - Drive Safe in Reunion

With our Drive Smart guide you're fully prepared to hire a car in Reunion and stay safe on unfamiliar roads.

URBAN SPEED LIMIT

50 kph

urban
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RURAL SPEED LIMIT

90 kph

rural
More info  

motorway speed limit

110 kph

speed limit
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Drink Drive Limit

 50mg

drink and drive limit
More info  
urban
You drive in Reunion on the Right side  
urban
The currency in Reunion is EUR €
urban
To rent a car is  21 years and to drive is years of age
urban

Driving Laws in Reunion

Are there any special requirements for driving or hiring a car in Reunion?

Driving in Reunion
Pocket guide to driving in Reunion
Profile:
Reunion
Saint-Denis
EUR €
Driving in Reunion
SPEED: (kph)
50
90
110
Speed limit in Reunion
Holiday:
Rush hour in Reunion
Cameras:
YES
YES
Speed cameras in Reunion
FUEL:
EUR/Litre
Fuel prices in Reunion
DRIVE:
RIGHT
Drive RIGHT in Reunion
MIN AGE:
21
Min driving age in Reunion
DRINK:
50mg
Blood alcohol content
Drink driving in Reunion
EMERGENCY:
112
Emergency phone number in Reunion
DOCUMENT:
Driving documents in Reunion
PHONES:
No
Hands free only
Mobile phone driving in Reunion
SEATBELTS:
Yes
Yes
Seat belt in Reunion
Driving on La Reunion is fairly uncomplicated - you just have to be aware of warnings about volcanic eruptions which can be frequent. In the rainy season the roads can be impassable in places as torrents of mud and rockfalls have been known to block routes. If you're considering driving at such times of year, book a 4x4 for safety.

Rules of the road

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Emergency Services Numbers

Police Police: 112

Police Fire: 112

Police Ambulance: 112

Notes:

Fuel Prices in Reunion by Month

Parking Information

Parking regulations

Parking regulations
 
Parking restrictions are few and where you are not allowed to park, you’ll find signs clearly indicating it in French and English. You will find free parking just about everywhere but avoid parking where you’ll obstruct others or narrow a road so only one direction can pass.
 
Paid parking
 
Paid parking is rare and is only found around tourist sites or where an enterprising local has set up his own parking area. On most occasions you won’t need to use these.
 
Enforcement
 
The only enforcement on La Reunion is undertaken when drivers park inconsiderately. On most occasions, parking where locals park and avoiding entrances or narrow roads will mean you’ll not encounter any trouble.
 
Disabled parking
 
Concessions for disabled drivers are virtually non-existent and it will be up to you to find readily accessible parking. This is usually not too difficult but locals are always keen to help if you are struggling.

Emergency Information

Emergency Information

Police Police: 112

Police Fire: 112

Police Ambulance: 112

The emergency number on La Reunion is 112, the same as for the EU.

What to do in an emergency

If you’ve hired a car and are having difficulties, telephone the emergency number given on the rental documentation or found on a sticker inside the windscreen or the sun visor. If you’re in a private car, you’ll need to contact a mechanic as there is no emergency assistance facility on La Reunion. 
 
As in many countries, if you are involved in a minor collision where no one is hurt, you can simply sort the matter out between the parties involved. If there is major damage or injuries, you must call the emergency services and await their arrival. In the interim, don’t move the vehicles unless absolutely necessary and then, take photographs of their position before you do. When the police attend they will give you a copy of their report for the car hire company or your insurers.  

Handy Guides

World Driving Guides

Road Signs

Handy Phrases

Driving licence- Permis de Conduite
Insurance certificate –  Carte Verte
Beware roadworks - Attention travaux
Petrol - Essence
Unleaded - Sans plomb
Diesel – Gazole
Town centre – Centre Ville
I have broken down - J'ai décomposé 
Where is the police station? - Où est le poste de police?
I have a flat tyre - J'ai un pneu à plat 
I have been in an accident - J'ai été dans un accident 
Where is? - Où est?
Where can I buy petrol? – Où puis-je acheter de l'essence?
No pedestrians - Interdit aux pietons
Exit – Sortie
One lane road - Voie unique
Turn on your lights - Allumez vos  feux (lanterns)
Closed - Ferme

Reunion Fuel Price History

Fuel Prices in Reunion by Month

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With our Drive Smart guide you're fully prepared to hire a car in Reunion and stay safe on unfamiliar roads.
Chloe Demaret
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