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Driving in Reunion

As in France, driving is on the right and seatbelts are compulsory. There is one main road around the island (74 km of it is four-lane) and another road from Saint-Pierre to Saint-Benoit (Route des Plaines) through the inner part of the island.

Due to the high number of cars, traffic jams often occur so you should avoid travelling during peak times.
Because of the volcano, road is sometimes closed on the east side.

The four-lane highway between La Possession and Saint-Denis, known as the Route du Littoral, runs between an unstable cliff and the sea. Because of the rainy season (mostly between December and March), this highway may be "basculée", that is switched to a two-lane road. Expect traffic jams in such circumstances.

Do not underestimate driving times, even if the island seems small. The main roads, especially on the west coast, tend to jam; so do the streets of Saint-Denis. The roads in the interior are mountain roads, some with many turns and steep slopes.

Speed limits are the same as in France; 50 km/hour in the city, 130 km/hour on a freeway and 90 km/hour on a "departementale".

An International Driving Permit is recommended, though not legally required.





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