Christmas Island National Park

Getting around on Christmas Island is easy with a little bit of preparation.

Car hire

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.

Driving tips

  • 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

Taxis and airport transfers

Christmas Island’s taxi service is available on weekday evenings (except Monday) and after midday on weekends. To book, call +61 (0) 439 215 644.

Airport transfers are also available through Indian Ocean Experiences. Call +61 (0) 439 215 667 to make a booking.


Join one of the island’s organised tours and let a local do the driving for you!