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Car Rental at Cape Town Airport

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Cape Town Airport, Cape Town, South Africa
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Travel Information

Language
IsiZulu,
IsiXhosa,
Afrikaans
Currency
ZAR
Country code
27
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%
Cape Town Airport Car Rental

Airport Car Rental

Fun and accessible, Cape Town is one of the most visited cities in Africa for a reason. The city has been shaped by the different cultures that call it home, making it a vibrant destination with an interesting history and plenty of atmosphere. Being in South Africa, fascinating nature is never too far away, either. These are three of the most interesting attractions in and around Cape Town:

  • The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. More similar to a national park, the Kirstenbosch has been rightly called one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world. Its peaks, savanna, and shrubland give a home to a large variety of fascinating plants from all across South Africa, and there are also displays of indigenous art. The botanical garden is just a short drive south of Cape Town’s center and you can also visit a number of other nearby natural attractions such as Newlands Forest, Table Mountain, and Skeleton Gorge.
  • Bo-Kaap. Also known as the Malay Quarter since many of its original inhabitants were brought to South Africa from Malaysia and Indonesia, Bo-Kaap is arguably the most famous neighborhood of the city. The area is best known for its many colorful buildings that feature prominently on every tourist brochure and video of Cape Town. The area remains predominantly Muslim and is home to a number of scenic mosques; another interesting place to visit is the Bo-Kaap Museum.
  • Chapman’s Peak Drive. Named after the impressive summit that is located between the towns of Hout Bay and Noordhoek, Chapman’s Peak Drive is often called one of the most impressive roads in the world. The whole drive is just 9 km (5.4 miles) long and there is a toll in place, but it is absolutely still worth it. Both Hout Bay and Noordhoek also have plenty of fun things to see and do.

Find out more about renting a car in South Africa in our complete guide.

Top international routes

  • Windhoek
  • Dubai
  • London
  • Nairobi
  • Addis Ababa
  • Amsterdam

Main airlines

Fly Safair, Airlink, Mango, South African Airways, South African Express, and Air Namibia

Terminals

The single Cape Town Airport building is divided into two terminals, domestic and international, which are connected via the check-in area located in the center.

Location

The airport is about 20 km (12 miles) from the city center. Motorway N2 is the main road connecting the airport to the city.

Most popular types of rental car

Car rental desks

Car rental offices are located across from the main airport building and can be reached via two pedestrian underground passageways.

Services and facilities

You’ll find many shops, as well as restaurants, cafés, ATMs, a currency exchange, several lounges, a medical service, and prayer rooms. Luggage storage is in the arrivals area of the domestic terminal. The airport provides assistance to travelers with reduced mobility, but you should get in touch in advance if this is needed. You can find more information on the airport's official website.

Nearest gas station

Total Airport Industria, located at Montreal Drive, Boquinar Industrial Area, can be reached in less than five minutes and is open 24/7. There are many other gas stations near Cape Town Airport and on the way to the city.

Popular one-way rentals

  • Port Elizabeth (736 km / 457 mi)
  • Johannesburg (1,397 km / 868 mi)
  • George (415 km / 258 mi)
  • Windhoek (1,489 km / 925 mi)
  • East London (1,041 km / 647 mi)
  • Maun (2,268 km / 1,409 mi)

Airport info

Rating
7.7
  • Getting to the airport 7.3
  • Departure and check-in 7.9
  • Terminal facilities 7.3
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 5.7
  • Restaurants and car rental services 6.6
  • Lounge 5.2

Cape Town Airport (CPT)

  • IATA: CPT
  • ICAO: FACT
  • Name: Cape Town Airport (CPT)
  • Size: Large Airport
  • Aircraft movements (per year): 99,337
  • Passengers (per year): 10,211,390
  • Distance from City: 12.4 miles / 20 km SE of town
  • Working hours: 24 hours a day

Top 20 Locations near Cape Town Airport

  1. 10.5 km / 6.5 miles away
  2. 13.2 km / 8.2 miles away
  3. 14.3 km / 8.9 miles away
  4. 50.6 km / 31.4 miles away
  5. Car Rental at George Airport from $10.27 per day
    361.3 km / 224.5 miles away
  6. 659.9 km / 410.0 miles away
  7. 675.1 km / 419.5 miles away
  8. 749.2 km / 465.5 miles away
  9. 789.9 km / 490.8 miles away
  10. 826.4 km / 513.5 miles away
  11. 830.0 km / 515.7 miles away
  12. 874.4 km / 543.3 miles away
  13. 920.0 km / 571.7 miles away
  14. 1225.5 km / 761.5 miles away
  15. 1275.9 km / 792.8 miles away
  16. 1281.9 km / 796.5 miles away
  17. 1289.9 km / 801.5 miles away
  18. 1312.8 km / 815.7 miles away
  19. 1319.4 km / 819.8 miles away
  20. 1417.8 km / 881.0 miles away

What’s the most popular rental length at Cape Town Airport?

Travel length differs from one month to another: in July the average rental period is 230 days, while in October, the average rental period is only 4 days.
Average Rental Length
January
February
March
April
May
June
230
July
5
August
September
4
October
4
November
December

Which is the busiest car rental month at Cape Town Airport?

Travelers are most likely to rent a car at Cape Town Airport in October, while the fewest number of travelers rent in August.
Popularity by Monthly Searches
January
February
March
April
May
June
32%
July
13%
August
September
222%
October
133%
November
December

FAQ

Is it possible to travel to Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, or Zimbabwe with a rental car from Cape Town Airport?
Yes, It is possible to travel to Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, and Zimbabwe from South Africa with a rental car. Customers need to inform the rental company in advance to get permission to cross any borders. The customer will be charged a cross-border fee for traveling to Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, or Zimbabwe.
Is it possible to drive a rental car from Cape Town Airport off-road in South Africa?
Yes, off-road driving is possible, but only a few types of vehicles are allowed to drive off-road like SUV or 4WD vehicles. Customers need to ask for permission to drive off-road in advance from the car rental company. It is possible that customers might need to purchase tire and/or gravel road insurance from the car rental company to be able to drive off-road.
Can I rent a car at Cape Town Airport with a debit card?
Unfortunately, all car rental companies serving Cape Town Airport require a credit card on which the deposit can be held.
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