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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Johannesburg, Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4x
  • x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
Hertz
$13.78 / per day
Johannesburg, Tambo International Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
Hertz
$15.75 / per day
Johannesburg, Tambo International Airport Car Rental
Mini
Chevrolet Spark Lite or similar
Chevrolet Spark Lite
  • 4x
  • x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
SIXT
$17.12 / per day
Johannesburg, Downtown Car Rental
Economy Elite
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
Hertz
$17.19 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Johannesburg Lanseria Airport Car Rental
Mini
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
Keddy
$17.80 / per day
Johannesburg, Tambo International Airport Car Rental
Economy
Chevrolet Spark Lite or similar
Chevrolet Spark Lite
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Thrifty
$18.48 / per day
Johannesburg Lanseria Airport Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Hertz
$18.55 / per day
Johannesburg Lanseria Airport Car Rental
Economy
Ford Figo AMB or similar
Ford Figo AMB
  • 4x
  • x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
SIXT
$19.49 / 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
10 days
Economy car rental price
$21.23 / 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 Johannesburg?

Johannesburg is one of the most impressive urban centers in Africa. From grand history to varied cultural influences and countless landmarks, this city has plenty to offer, but it’s number one attraction is its unique atmosphere. Get a rental car and see as much as you can, and then travel to nearby cities and natural areas!

Johannesburg Car Rental

Top ways to enter Johannesburg

  • Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport. With 21 million travelers served every year, Johannesburg Airport is one of the busiest in Africa. It has domestic air routes, flights to other African countries, and flights to Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The airport is about 20 km (12 mi) northeast of the city center.
  • Johannesburg Lanseria Airport. The smaller of the two international airports serving Johannesburg, Lanseria is 47 km (29 mi) northwest of downtown Johannesburg. As of 2019, the airport only has domestic flights.
  • Gaborone Airport. Serving the capital of neighboring Botswana, this international airport is just a five-hour drive from Johannesburg. Do keep in mind, however, that you’d be crossing a national border, so first, make sure that your car rental provider permits it.
  • Durban King Shaka Airport. Located on the Indian Ocean, this international airport serves Durban, South Africa’s third largest metropolis. It is about a six-hour drive east of Johannesburg.
  • By rail. If you arrive in Johannesburg by train, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at Johannesburg Park Station.

Useful city facts

Although only 957,000 people live in Johannesburg proper, its wider metro region has a population of more than 9 million, making it one of the 50 most populous urban areas in the world. It is also the fourth largest city in Africa, with only Cairo, Lagos, and Kinshasa having a higher population.

Locals sometimes say that Johannesburg is Africa in miniature. Indeed, you can find Somali, Nigerian, Ethiopian, Cameroonian, Sudanese, and many other ethnic neighborhoods in the city, each with their own culture, cuisine, and atmosphere that is fascinating to explore.

Top destinations and activities

Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden. There are many beautiful nature reserves near Johannesburg, but even within the city, you can find large green areas. Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden is home to such different animals as reptiles, jackals, and beautiful Verreaux eagles. Learn more about the opportunity to visit from the garden’s official website.

The Apartheid Museum. Telling the very important story of South Africa’s recent complicated past, the Apartheid Museum is one of the landmarks of Johannesburg. The museum includes many artifacts, testimonies, pictures, and videos from the victims and survivors of the Apartheid regime. 

Origins Centre - The South African Museum of Rock Art. Telling the story not only of South Africans, but, quite possibly, of all humanity, the Origins Center features many unique fossils, artworks, and other artifacts from prehistory. The museum is located on the campus of the University of the Witwatersrand, locally known as “Wits”.

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.
  • Plan your route around the city in advance and always ask trustworthy locals for advice. While many parts of Johannesburg are safe, certain areas are not, and you would not want to drive or get stranded in them.
  • 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 this website.

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

  • Old Kromdraai Gold Mine. One of the oldest mines in South Africa, gold was extracted in Old Kromdraai before the big gold rush of South Africa began. If you visit, also drive to the nearby Wonder Caves, a truly impressive place that’s believed to be more than 2.2 billion years old. The gold mine is located about 40 minutes northwest of Johannesburg. 
  • Lion & Safari Park. Visiting this nature area will let you see lions, as well as giraffes, zebras, antelopes, and many other animals. It is possible to drive through the lion enclosures, but for safety reasons, make sure that your windows are closed at all times. The Lion Park is about an hour’s drive north of Johannesburg.
  • Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve. A mouthful to pronounce, but a truly beautiful place, Suikerbosrand is the place to go when you want to unwind from the hustle and bustle of the city. There are many great hiking trails or spots for picnics and relaxation. The reserve’s inhabitants include aardvarks, kudus, cape foxes, and hyenas. The nature reserve is just a 35-minute drive south of Johannesburg.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental car type in Johannesburg is mini, followed by economy and compact. The most popular rental car is the Kia Picanto. Travelers also pick the Toyota Corolla and the Ford Figo AMB a lot.

Further destinations

  • Botswana. A country with perhaps even more impressive wildlife areas than South Africa (largely thanks, perhaps, to its much lower population density), Botswana is a destination you don’t want to miss if you’re in the region. Calm and relaxed, it is best enjoyed at your own pace and with the freedom of your own ride. Botswana’s capital Gaborone is just around a four-and-a-half hour drive northeast of Johannesburg. Keep in mind that you’ll be crossing a national border, so first, ask if your car rental provider permits this. Alternatively, you can drop off your 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.
  • Lesotho. A small country surrounded on all sides by South Africa, Lesotho is known as the Kingdom of the Sky thanks to its high altitude. This means that it is also one of the coldest countries of Africa, but the immense hospitality of the locals and the breathtaking views from its mountains more than make up for it. Maseru, Lesotho’s capital, is just a tad more than a four-hour drive south of Johannesburg. Keep in mind that you’ll be crossing a national border, so first, ask if your car rental provider permits it. Alternatively, you can drop off your rental car in South Africa and pick up another in Lesotho. It should also be noted that Lesotho’s entry requirements may significantly differ from those of South Africa, so be sure to check if you require a visa or not.
  • Swaziland. Recently renamed the Kingdom of Eswatini, Swaziland is another small and fascinating country bordered only by South Africa and Mozambique. An absolute monarchy, but much more accessible to citizens of most countries than Lesotho or many other African destinations, Swaziland attracts visitors with its unique culture, wildlife areas, and surprisingly diverse nature. Its capital Mbabane is just a four-hour drive west of Johannesburg. Do keep in mind that you’ll be crossing a national border, so first, ask if your car rental provider permits it. Alternatively, you can drop off your rental car in South Africa and pick up another in Swaziland. Also, be sure to check the latest visa requirements. 

How can I save money on my rental car?

These are some of the tricks you can try to land a good car rental deal in Johannesburg:

  • 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 during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Johannesburg is the cheapest in November when renting a car is about 53% cheaper than the yearly average. Come see Johannesburg in South African spring!

Top 12 Cities near Johannesburg

Durban Car Rentals from $13.70 per day
485.0 km / 301.4 miles away
Port Elizabeth Car Rentals from $13.32 per day
896.7 km / 557.2 miles away
Nelspruit Car Rentals from $17.12 per day
297.6 km / 184.9 miles away
East London Car Rentals from $15.90 per day
760.7 km / 472.7 miles away
Pretoria Car Rentals from $16.70 per day
63.1 km / 39.2 miles away
Bloemfontein Car Rentals from $16.70 per day
364.8 km / 226.7 miles away
Polokwane Car Rentals from $13.78 per day
297.9 km / 185.1 miles away
Pietermaritzburg Car Rentals from $13.70 per day
448.2 km / 278.5 miles away
Kimberley Car Rentals from $13.63 per day
434.0 km / 269.7 miles away
Upington Car Rentals from $13.63 per day
713.3 km / 443.2 miles away
Richards Bay Car Rentals from $13.70 per day
489.5 km / 304.2 miles away
Sishen Car Rentals from $17.67 per day
525.3 km / 326.4 miles away

Top 18 Locations near Johannesburg

21.0 km / 13.0 miles away
31.0 km / 19.3 miles away
63.1 km / 39.2 miles away
297.6 km / 184.9 miles away
297.9 km / 185.1 miles away
319.8 km / 198.7 miles away
364.8 km / 226.7 miles away
434.0 km / 269.7 miles away
448.2 km / 278.5 miles away
485.0 km / 301.4 miles away
489.5 km / 304.2 miles away
Sishen Airport Car Rentals from $17.67 per day
525.3 km / 326.4 miles away
Upington Airport Car Rentals from $13.63 per day
713.3 km / 443.2 miles away
760.7 km / 472.7 miles away
896.7 km / 557.2 miles away
George Airport Car Rentals from $13.32 per day
1024.5 km / 636.6 miles away
1252.2 km / 778.1 miles away

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Johannesburg?

Car rental prices in Johannesburg 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 Johannesburg
$61.90
January
$36.39
February
$57.87
March
$52.84
April
$36.19
May
$42.09
June
$51.00
July
$41.91
August
$19.48
September
$18.98
October
$18.03
November
$25.32
December
The best month to rent a car in Johannesburg is November (when prices for an Economy class start from $18.03). This is 53% cheaper than the yearly average and 71% cheaper than renting in January (when rental prices start at $61.90 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Johannesburg?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in November, travelers rent a car for an average of 14 days in May, the average rental period is 10 days.
Average Rental Length in Johannesburg
13
January
12
February
12
March
12
April
10
May
11
June
10
July
11
August
13
September
13
October
14
November
12
December

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

While travelers visit Johannesburg year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is January, and the least popular is May.
Johannesburg Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
134%
January
102%
February
99%
March
88%
April
78%
May
85%
June
103%
July
111%
August
80%
September
94%
October
114%
November
113%
December

Our Customers Reviews

March 1, 2019
Beautiful surrounding areas. Stay safe and always communicate with the locals regarding high risk areas, especially at night.
January 11, 2019
Johannesburg roads are easy to navigate but always be vigilante. The outskirts near Pretoria have hidden gems such as game sanctuaries and wilderness easy to drive to for day trips with lots of friendly helpful people. Drove from South Africa to Zimbabwe all paperwork to cross over was in order making it an easy passage. beautiful scenery Mussina South Africa to Gwanda Zimbabwe good for the thrill seekers whether hiking or cycling.
December 7, 2018
South Africa is a great place to visit, varied and beautiful countryside, I would thoroughly recommend it
November 7, 2018
Pilanesberg wonderful Dinokeng ( Pride of Africa, Siyaya Bush Lodge) fantastic
November 7, 2018
I was travelling up to Marloth park in Mpumalanga province. It was about 5 HR drive from the airport. It wouldn't have been easy to get there without a car. A map or GPS is necessary to find your way out of Johannesburg from the airport as the signs don't give much information. Better signage on the return journey but again I needed a map to find a petrol station to refill car as there is none very close to the airport.
September 15, 2018
Driving in Johannesburg is quite daunting as it seems there are no road rules and you have to have your wits about you. Pedestrians run out in front of cars which is scary. We have lived in South Africa and found it tricky to navigate the roads. Hiring a car is the only way to get around though, so grit your teeth and good luck!
July 8, 2018
Rather hectic to get out of the city. If you're not used to driving on the left sidenof the road, managing this plus the busy roads to get out of the city isn't so easy.
June 11, 2018
Rent a car the first day you arrived Johannesburg is the best option to enjoy this city and to travel around south africa

Top 5 Suppliers for Johannesburg in 2019

Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.9
+27 073 731 9966
Shop 4, 1st Floor, Car Rental Level, Park Station
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.7
0027 100 018 040
Shop No 3 North Station, Rissik Street Johannesburg Park Station, Johannesburg, 2000
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.7
+27113903909
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Bidvest
Bidvest
Excellent 8.6
0027 112 301 200
O.R. Tambo International Airport, 1 Jones Rd, Johannesburg, Kempton Park, 1627
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+27113903909
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

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