Getting around on Christmas Island is easy with a little bit of preparation.
Hiring a car is the best way to get around the island, letting you explore the many walks and sights at your leisure.
We recommend pre-booking as vehicles are limited.
Contact Christmas Island Tourism Association for more details on hiring a car.
- Always drive on the left side of the road.
- All visitors need a valid drivers licence to drive. International visitors can use their foreign licence for three months, but will need an International Drivers Permit (IDP) if their licence isn’t in English.
- Wearing a seatbelt is mandatory under Australian law.
- You must wear a helmet when riding a motorbike or bicycle.
- It’s illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol.
- It’s illegal to use a mobile phone while driving.
- Road conditions vary across the island, particularly after heavy rains, when roads can become slippery or damaged. Always drive carefully, especially on remote and less-used tracks.
- Slow down to avoid hitting crabs or other wildlife.
Road closures during the red crab migration
- Road closures are common during the red crab migration. Roads may close at short notice – please check with the Christmas Island Visitor Centre for the latest conditions.
Taxis and airport transfers
Join one of the island’s organised tours and let a local do the driving for you!