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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Cape Town Airport Car Rental
Mini
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4x
  • x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
Hertz
$13.08 / per day
Cape Town, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
Hertz
$15.59 / per day
Cape Town, Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Suzuki Alto or similar
Suzuki Alto
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Bidvest
$16.78 / per day
Cape Town Airport Car Rental
Mini
Chevrolet Spark Lite or similar
Chevrolet Spark Lite
  • 4x
  • x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
SIXT
$17.20 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Cape Town Airport Car Rental
Mini
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
Keddy
$17.89 / per day
Cape Town, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Bidvest
$17.91 / per day
Cape Town Airport Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Hertz
$18.26 / per day
Cape Town Airport Car Rental
Mini
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
Europcar
$18.35 / per day
The above prices are approximate only. They are based on bookings made during the last 48 hours and depend on booking dates, length of rental and car class.

Travel information

Language
IsiZulu,
IsiXhosa,
Afrikaans
Currency
ZAR
Country code
27
Average car rental length
6 days
Economy car rental price
$23.20 / per day
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Speed limit out of town
100 km/h
62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
40 km/h
25 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%

Why rent a car in Cape Town?

Cape Town is a great city for renting a car. Mixing European and African influences when it comes to architecture, cuisine, and lifestyle, it really is a place like no other. It has often been named as the number one travel destination in the world for a reason. Having your own ride will let you see this vast and diverse city in its fullness, as well as to travel to nearby beaches and nature reserves. 

Cape Town Car Rental

Top ways to enter Cape Town

  • Cape Town Airport. Among the five busiest airports in Africa, Cape Town Airport serves more than 10 million passengers every year. The airport hosts many domestic flights, as well as flights to other African countries, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. The airport is located about 20 km (12 mi) east of the city center. Cape Town has frequently been named the best airport in Africa.
  • George Airport. A small and cozy airport that only has domestic flights, George Airport is located in a beautiful holiday spot on the Indian Ocean and is about a five hours drive east of Cape Town.
  • Port Elizabeth Airport. Although it is an eight-hour drive between the two cities, Port Elizabeth Airport is one of the closest international airports to Cape Town. It serves about 1.6 million travelers every year.
  • By public transportation. If you’re arriving in Cape Town by public transportation, you can also conveniently pick up a rental car at car rental centers in Cape Town’s city center or in neighborhoods like Parow and Rondebosch.

Useful city facts

Located at the very southwestern edge of Africa, Cape Town enjoys a pleasant Mediterranean climate. The winters are mild and humid while summers are warm and wet (as South Africa is in the southern hemisphere, the summers here last from December to March).

Cape Town is a city of great linguistic diversity. Afrikaans, a language similar to Dutch, Xhosa, a local, tonal Bantu language, and English are all spoken widely, and a number of other African languages can also be heard in the city.

Top destinations and activities

  • Bo-Kaap (Malay Quarter). Famous for its colorful houses, Bo-Kaap is an area where Malay Muslims lived in Cape Town. Traces of those times can still be found throughout the neighborhood in things like the Nurul Islam Mosque and the unique food sold on street corners. Many places in Bo-Kaap also offer stunning views of the rest of Cape Town.
  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Home to many unique flowers and plants from such varied biotypes as savanna, jungle, and desert, this green area is often named among the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world. In addition to the flora, the botanical garden also hosts frequent outdoor exhibitions, many of them dedicated to the native African cultures of South Africa and its neighboring countries.
  • Surfing. Cape Town has some of the best surfing waves on the planet. There are opportunities for surfers of every level - starters will appreciate the more relaxed Muizenberg beach where it is also easy to find an instructor while pros will be glad to challenge themselves at Kalk Bay. There are also great options for kitesurfing, snorkeling, and many other water sports in and around Cape Town.

Traffic and parking tips

  • Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits are 120 km/h (74.5 mph) on freeways, 100 km/h (62 mph) on any public road outside of an urban area that is not a freeway, and 60 km/h (37 mph) on any public road within an urban or built-up area.
  • When putting fuel in a car in Cape Town, the driver is required to remain in the car. Just park in the right area and the employee of the fuel station will soon come to you to find out which type of fuel and how much of it would you like to have.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% per 100ml of blood and 0.24% per 1000 ml of breath for experienced drivers and is 0.00% for novice drivers. Exceeding the allowed limit can lead to large fines, deportation, or imprisonment.
  • Proof of insurance and the car’s registration needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The emergency number, like elsewhere in the EU, is 112.

Toll roads

There are many toll roads in South Africa. However, unlike in most of the world, no payments are made on the highway, neither in cash nor by credit card. Instead, a vehicle is identified either by an electronic tag that is on the vehicle or by the vehicle’s licence plate number. 

Many rental cars are equipped with an e-tag that will be used for making toll payments. Some rental car providers will charge an additional fee for this service. Ask your car rental provider about it beforehand. 

The exact fee for using the toll roads depends on the type of road. See more information about the latest toll road fees on here.

If your rental car is not equipped with an e-tag, the bill for using the toll roads will be sent to your car rental provider. Due to delays in the South African toll road system, you could be billed and charged after the end of your rental period.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Table Mountain. Once an important reference point for early seafarers, and offering the best views of Cape Town, Table Mountain is one of the city’s most famous landmarks. It’s possible to go up the mountain with a cable car, but if you’re up for a challenge, climbing is also possible. The mountain is home to a really unique animal, the rock rabbit (also known as hyrax, or, as the locals call it, “Dassie”). It looks similar to a rodent, but its closest relatives are actually elephants and manatees. 
  • Boulders. A small, but popular beach sheltered by huge boulders, Boulders is famous for its permanent inhabitants, the African penguins that have a colony there. Boulders Beach is part of Table Mountain National Park that also has conversation programs for other animals like caracals, ostriches, and the klipspringer antelopes. Boulders Beach is about 45 km (27 mi) south of Cape Town.
  • De Hoop Nature Reserve. Only accessible by car, De Hoop is a remote and pristine natural area about three hours drive east of Cape Town. Animals that live here include baboons, elands, leopards, and many others, but the reserve’s number one attraction is the Southern Right Whales who pass its beaches every year. Combine a visit here to the nearby, and equally interesting, Bontebok National Park.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental car in Cape Town is the Kia Picanto, although travelers also tend to choose the Ford Fiesta and the Toyota Corolla a lot. The most popular rental car types in Cape Town are the mini, economy, and compact classes.

Further destinations

  • Port Elizabeth. A picturesque city known for its museums, beaches, and large natural areas, Cape Town is one of the nicest and most relaxing places in the country. It takes about eight hours to reach it by car, with 700 km (430 mi) to cover. The long distance is well worth it, though. 
  • Namibia. A northern neighbor that only got its independence from South Africa in 1990, Namibia impresses with its long, sparsely populated beaches, and more than anything, the moon-like landscapes of the Namib and Kalahari Deserts. Like South Africa, Namibia is one of the most accessible countries of Africa. Luderitz, its nearest coastal city, is about an eleven-hour drive north of Cape Town. Do keep in mind that you’ll be crossing a national border, so first, ask your rental car provider if it is permitted. Alternatively, you can drop off your rental car in South Africa and pick up another in Namibia. Also, check to see if you require a visa to enter Namibia and the process for obtaining one if so. 
  • Botswana. With both the Okavango Delta, the Kalahari Desert, and many national parks Botswana is one of the most diverse countries in South Africa. The country is especially fascinating to experience if you have your own ride. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, a nature reserve located in both South Africa and Botswana, is about 11 hours away from Cape Town. Do keep in mind that you’ll be crossing a national border, so first ask your rental car provider permits it. Alternatively, you can drop off one rental car in South Africa and pick up another in Botswana. Also, check to see if you require a visa to enter Botswana and the process for obtaining one if so. 

How can I save money on my rental car?

Try these tricks to get a great car rental deal in Cape Town:

  • Compare the rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit Cape Town when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Frankfurt is the cheapest in May when renting a car is about 40% cheaper than the yearly average and a whole 70% cheaper than renting a car in November. 

Top 7 Cities near Cape Town

Port Elizabeth Car Rentals from $13.38 per day
646.8 km / 401.9 miles away
George Car Rentals from $13.38 per day
348.3 km / 216.4 miles away
East London Car Rentals from $15.97 per day
861.2 km / 535.1 miles away
Bloemfontein Car Rentals from $16.78 per day
908.3 km / 564.4 miles away
Upington Car Rentals from $13.70 per day
668.5 km / 415.4 miles away
Kimberley Car Rentals from $13.70 per day
819.3 km / 509.1 miles away
Sishen Car Rentals from $17.75 per day
818.1 km / 508.3 miles away

Top 18 Locations near Cape Town

George Airport Car Rentals from $13.38 per day
348.3 km / 216.4 miles away
646.8 km / 401.9 miles away
Upington Airport Car Rentals from $13.70 per day
668.5 km / 415.4 miles away
Sishen Airport Car Rentals from $17.75 per day
818.1 km / 508.3 miles away
819.3 km / 509.1 miles away
861.2 km / 535.1 miles away
908.3 km / 564.4 miles away
1212.7 km / 753.5 miles away
1265.1 km / 786.1 miles away
1270.9 km / 789.7 miles away
1277.0 km / 793.5 miles away
1308.6 km / 813.1 miles away
1405.0 km / 873.0 miles away
1514.1 km / 940.8 miles away
1537.2 km / 955.2 miles away
1541.7 km / 957.9 miles away

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Cape Town?

Car rental prices in Cape Town vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Cape Town
$36.38
January
$31.12
February
$37.05
March
$30.55
April
$21.80
May
$28.90
June
$28.65
July
$25.83
August
$39.27
September
$33.33
October
$73.14
November
$55.68
December
The best month to rent a car in Cape Town is May (when prices for an Economy class start from $21.80). This is 41% cheaper than the yearly average and 70% cheaper than renting in November (when rental prices start at $73.14 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Cape Town?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in January, travelers rent a car for an average of 19 days in May, the average rental period is 7 days.
Average Rental Length in Cape Town
19
January
10
February
9
March
10
April
7
May
11
June
10
July
11
August
10
September
9
October
10
November
11
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Cape Town?

While travelers visit Cape Town year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is January, and the least popular is May.
Cape Town Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
150%
January
107%
February
83%
March
68%
April
59%
May
62%
June
88%
July
112%
August
87%
September
102%
October
142%
November
138%
December

Our Customers Reviews

April 28, 2019
Cape Town is a world city and a must for every traveler. Just do NOT leave your car unattended on the street overnight - chances are good it might be damaged or gone the next morning.
April 26, 2019
Cape town is a nice city and seems to be an Europ city. Driving a car by yourself when you travle to Cape town is a good trip.
March 22, 2019
Cape Town is a pretty city. We enjoyed the Garden Route, and the Cape too. But you don't need a car to get around Cape Town
March 5, 2019
Best city in the world..... thats says enough :-)
March 4, 2019
Im from CT so I always recommend it.
March 1, 2019
As an American I had to get used to driving on a different side of the road.
February 12, 2019
Obviously table mountain and the waterfront are big ones, however Chapman drive to all the smaller towns is also amazing.
January 28, 2019
Nice city , and also nice landscape , country site that can be visited easily with a rental car , as the roads network is very good
January 3, 2019
Great destination. Easy to drive around.
December 6, 2018
Enjoy the beautiful Capetown and renting a car makes it easier to experience each and every location in detail. The roads are fantastic and the city is very well connected.
October 7, 2018
Explore Cape town with a car, there is so much to see and do and a cat gives you that much more freedom
September 18, 2018
Cape Town is a well organized city and roads all over is in very reasonable condition. Renting a car gives you the freedom to come and go as you pleases. It is safe to drive to main tourist attractions as long as you adhere to speed limits and do not drive under the influence of alcohol or other substances. Finding parking can be challenging during peak tourist season and leaving early is highly recommended.
September 3, 2018
Love Cape Town but it’s easy to get lost. Also, as a single female driver, I was made to feel somewhat worried about security and driving alone at night.
August 31, 2018
The rental vehicle provided us with the freedom and possibilities in order to achieve a fantastic holiday. Cape Town Peninsula Garden Route Port Elizabeth (Safari Park) Thank you, Matthew
August 20, 2018
Cape Town is great. Just make sure when renting a vehicle from Hertz that you are not overcharged for fuel not used when returning the vehicle.
August 14, 2018
This is a beautiful city with many perks. I love the scenery, food, wines, weather and people.
July 21, 2018
To see the beautiful places in Cape Town, like Cape of good hope/Cape Point, Boulder, L'Aguhlas, Safari, one really need a car. And especially I enjoyed a lot of scenery driving along N1 to Aquila and N2 to L'Aguhlas.

Top 5 Suppliers for Cape Town in 2019

Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.9
0027 0 214 106 800
40 Loop Street, Cape Town, 8000
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.7
+27-21-4221480
49 Loop Street
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.7
0027 214 252 382 / 0027 214 215 190
34 Prestwich St, De Waterkant, Cape Town, 8001
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
0027 214 252 382 / 0027 214 180 670
1 Lower Buitengracht, Foreshore, Cape Town
Bidvest
Bidvest
Excellent 8.6
0027 0214 185 232
8005, 33 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000

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