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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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500+ Trusted Providers:

Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Mini
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Bidvest
$9.16 / per day
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Economy
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 4
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Firefly
$10.03 / per day
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Compact
Hyundai Accent or similar
Hyundai Accent
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$13.98 / per day
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Mini Elite
Hyundai i10 Grand or similar
Hyundai i10 Grand
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Thrifty ZA
$14.27 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Standard
Toyota Corolla Quest or similar
Toyota Corolla Quest
  • 4x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$22.08 / per day
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Intermediate
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 4x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
First Car Rental
$23.88 / per day
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Full-size
Nissan Qasqhai or similar
Nissan Qasqhai
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
SIXT
$41.34 / per day
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Premium
Mercedes Benz C Class or similar
Mercedes Benz C Class
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Hertz
$43.59 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 03:39 on 2020-07-27. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
IsiZulu,
IsiXhosa,
Afrikaans
Currency
ZAR
Country code
27
Average car rental length
12 days
Economy car rental price
$13.97 / 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%
Rating
9.1
Cape Town Airport Car Rental

Airport Car Rental

Get your rental car at Cape Town Airport! Then drive into Cape Town to explore the city’s center and its many and diverse neighborhoods. See the colorful buildings in Bo Kaap and try delicious spicy food in the Malay quarter. Park next to Table Mountain and take the cable car for a mountaintop aerial view of the city! Take a ferry to Robben Island to visit the former prison and learn more about the country’s tragic but fascinating history. This is where South African leader Nelson Mandela spent most of the years he served behind bars.

Drive to the Cape of Good Hope—famous for its penguins—where you might encounter antelopes, zebras, ostriches, and baboons, too. If you’re really brave, you can even dive with the sharks! Cape Town has many beautiful beaches, all within easy reach by car, with countless opportunities to do watersports.

Cape Town is a great destination, but the surrounding region has even more to offer. So why not choose a longer term car rental? Then you can explore the rest of South Africa or venture into neighboring Namibia or Botswana. You can even pick up your rental car at Cape Town Airport and drop it off in a different city. Start planning your Cape Town adventure now!

Cape Town Airport was greatly expanded for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It is now the third busiest airport in Africa.

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

  • Large cars - from $33 per day
  • Medium cars - from $20 per day
  • Premium cars - from $47 per day
  • Small cars - from $14 per day
  • SUVs - from $53 per day

Top car rental companies

  • Hertz (Tel: +270219353000)
  • SIXT (Tel: +27112309999)
  • Keddy (Tel: +27219358600)
  • Europcar (Tel: +27219358600)
  • Bidvest (Tel: +27219272750)
  • Budget (Tel: +27219278800)
  • Thrifty ZA (Tel: +270219362121 / +270796878773)

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. 40.4 km / 25.1 miles away
  2. 93.6 km / 58.1 miles away
  3. 365.1 km / 226.9 miles away
  4. 663.7 km / 412.4 miles away
  5. 670.6 km / 416.7 miles away
  6. 752.4 km / 467.5 miles away
  7. 792.6 km / 492.5 miles away
  8. Car Rental at Sishen Airport from $10.30 per day
    822.8 km / 511.3 miles away
  9. 828.2 km / 514.6 miles away
  10. 877.5 km / 545.3 miles away
  11. 919.3 km / 571.2 miles away
  12. 1226.6 km / 762.2 miles away
  13. 1265.9 km / 786.6 miles away
  14. 1269.8 km / 789.0 miles away
  15. 1272.2 km / 790.5 miles away
  16. 1274.1 km / 791.7 miles away
  17. 1280.4 km / 795.6 miles away
  18. 1291.2 km / 802.3 miles away
  19. 1311.1 km / 814.7 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

When are car rental prices cheapest at Cape Town Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Cape Town Airport depends on the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best deal.
Average Rental Price at Cape Town Airport
$38.05
January
$38.41
February
$52.80
March
$46.94
April
$27.19
May
$26.81
June
$22.30
July
$31.79
August
$41.61
September
$35.32
October
$77.50
November
$77.50
December
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at Cape Town Airport is July when prices for an Economy class start from $22.30. You can see that this is 48% cheaper than the yearly average and 71% cheaper than renting a car in November (when rental prices start at $77.50 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price. But remember that these are average numbers. The exact cost of your rental will depend on your rental length and on how far in advance you book the car. Enter your travel dates at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers!

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

Travel length differs from one month to another: in September the average rental period is 17 days, while in February, the average rental period is only 11 days.
Average Rental Length
12
January
11
February
11
March
11
April
13
May
12
June
12
July
12
August
17
September
17
October
14
November
13
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 January, while the fewest number of travelers rent in June.
Popularity by Monthly Searches
143%
January
102%
February
80%
March
65%
April
82%
May
60%
June
85%
July
108%
August
97%
September
110%
October
136%
November
132%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Hertz Renault Clio 5 2 Small cars
Firefly Renault Clio 5 2 Small cars
Bidvest Kia Picanto 4 1 Small cars
Budget VW Polo 4 2 Small cars
Hertz Chevrolet Spark 5 Small cars
Hertz Toyota Corolla 4 1 Medium cars
Hertz Toyota RAV 4 5 2 SUVs
Hertz Toyota Corolla 4 2 Medium cars
Budget Kia Picanto 4 1 Small cars
Bidvest Toyota Avanza 5 1 People Carriers/Vans

FAQ

Is it possible to travel to Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, or Zimbabwe with a rental car?
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 car 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 with a debit card?
Unfortunately, all car rental companies serving Cape Town Airport require a credit card on which the deposit can be held.

Our Customers Reviews

United Kingdom
VW Polo
March 1, 2020
All easy. Good sineage so easy to navigate. Watch out for speed limits and less than courteous drivers
South Africa
Kia Picanto
February 28, 2020
To get to enjoy your CT experience, I recommend that one rents a vehicle, even better, rent with Bidvest
South Africa
Kia Picanto
February 14, 2020
Amazing place for vacation
United Kingdom
Toyota Fortuner
January 20, 2020
The rental availability and airport location are very convenient. Prices are generally higher than the US but the service is excellent.
South Africa
Toyota Corolla
July 14, 2019
Fantastic place to visit. So much to see and do.
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Corolla
June 29, 2019
keep all bags in trunk, be sensible about where you drive at night
Spain
VW Polo
March 29, 2019
Cape town is such a wonderful place to visit,so much to do and so much to see. The Constantia wine route very and the Franschhoek wine route also

Top 7 Suppliers at Cape Town Airport in 2020

Hertz
Excellent 8.9
+270219353000
Cape Town International Airport, 4 Matroosfontein Rd, Cape Town, 7525
$10 - $53
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
SIXT
Excellent 8.7
+27112309999
Cape Town Int. Airport
$15 - $136
Keddy
Excellent 8.7
+27219358600
CAR RENTAL TERMINAL
$11 - $44
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:59
Tue:06:00-23:59
Wed:06:00-23:59
Thu:06:00-23:59
Fri:06:00-23:59
Sat:06:00-23:59
Sun:06:00-23:59
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+27219358600
Car Rental Terminal, Parow East, 7501 Cape Town
$12 - $45
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:59
Tue:06:00-23:59
Wed:06:00-23:59
Thu:06:00-23:59
Fri:06:00-23:59
Sat:06:00-23:59
Sun:06:00-23:59
Bidvest
Excellent 8.6
+27219272750
Cape Town Intl Airport, Main Building Unit BG12, Central Car Rental Building, Central Boulevard 7525
$9 - $65
Working hours
Mon:06:00-21:00
Tue:06:00-21:00
Wed:06:00-21:00
Thu:06:00-21:00
Fri:06:00-21:00
Sat:06:00-21:00
Sun:06:00-21:00
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+27219278800
Cape Town International Apt
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Thrifty ZA
Excellent 8.2
+270219362121 / +270796878773
Unit BG6 Car Rental Building, Central Boulevard, Cape Town International Airport, Cape Town, 7525
$12 - $57
Working hours
Mon:07:00-20:00
Tue:07:00-20:00
Wed:07:00-20:00
Thu:07:00-20:00
Fri:07:00-20:00
Sat:07:00-20:00
Sun:07:00-20:00

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