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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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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Mini
Toyota Agya or similar
Toyota Agya
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Firefly
$27.12 per day
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Economy
Hyundai i10 or similar
Hyundai i10
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
BLUU
$33.85 per day
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Compact
Toyota Corolla Quest or similar
Toyota Corolla Quest
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$35.44 per day
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Intermediate
VW Polo Sedan or similar
VW Polo Sedan
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
First Car Rental
$52.01 per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Standard
Toyota Quest Aut. or similar
Toyota Quest Aut.
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$62.60 / per day
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Full-size
Isuzu Dmax Single Cab or similar
Isuzu Dmax Single Cab
  • 2x
  • 2x
  • 2x
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$62.93 / per day
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Premium
BMW 3 series or similar
BMW 3 series
  • 4x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Keddy
$89.73 / per day
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Standard Elite
Toyota Rav4 or similar
Toyota Rav4
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
BLUU
$68.46 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 02:12 on 2022-01-17. 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
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
9.2
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

  • Large cars - from $68 per day
  • Medium cars - from $44 per day
  • Premium cars - from $96 per day
  • Small cars - from $35 per day
  • SUVs - from $107 per day

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. 3.8 km / 2.4 miles away
  2. 11.3 km / 7.0 miles away
  3. 40.6 km / 25.2 miles away
  4. Car Rental at George Airport from $23.13 per day
    355.3 km / 220.7 miles away
  5. 653.8 km / 406.2 miles away
  6. 660.9 km / 410.6 miles away
  7. 741.9 km / 461.0 miles away
  8. 781.8 km / 485.8 miles away
  9. 812.2 km / 504.7 miles away
  10. 816.6 km / 507.4 miles away
  11. 866.9 km / 538.7 miles away
  12. 907.4 km / 563.9 miles away
  13. 1215.0 km / 755.0 miles away
  14. 1262.5 km / 784.5 miles away
  15. 1268.7 km / 788.3 miles away
  16. 1268.7 km / 788.3 miles away
  17. 1271.5 km / 790.1 miles away
  18. 1279.6 km / 795.1 miles away
  19. 1299.4 km / 807.4 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
$36.59
January
$36.93
February
$50.77
March
$45.14
April
$26.15
May
$25.78
June
$21.44
July
$30.57
August
$40.01
September
$33.96
October
$74.52
November
$74.52
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 $21.44. 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 $74.52 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
Firefly Toyota Agya 5 1 Small cars
Hertz Toyota Agya 5 1 Small cars
Firefly VW Polo 4 2 Small cars
BLUU Kia Picanto 4 1 Small cars
Hertz Toyota Corolla Quest 4 2 Medium cars
Firefly Toyota Corolla Quest 4 2 Medium cars
Thrifty ZA Hyundai i10 Grand 5 1 Small cars
First Car Rental Suzuki Celerio 5 1 Small cars
Thrifty ZA VW Polo 4 2 Small cars
First Car Rental Suzuki Swift 5 1 Small cars

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.

Our Customers Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

South Africa
Toyota Starlet
September 28, 2021
Loved Cape Town. Must do trips out of town as well, especially the drive to Rooi Els. The stretch between Gordon's Bay and Rooi Els. Magic. And visit places like Fish on the Rocks in Hout Bay
South Africa
Nissan Almera
September 6, 2021
Capetown is a different experience everytime . Definitely wil visit in Dec again.
Austria
Hyundai H1
January 18, 2021
Great company, super service! Will be back again next year at your desk!
United Arab Emirates
VW Polo
January 3, 2021
easy to drive around SA
South Africa
Renault Clio
October 27, 2020
Excellent beauty world class all along all coastal areas
South Africa
Renault Clio
October 10, 2020
Impressed. Will recommend.
South Africa
Renault Clio
April 27, 2020
Thank you very much for the best service
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
April 15, 2020
Kirstenbosch restaurant and gardens
United Kingdom
Toyota Quest
March 29, 2020
Lousy time to visit anywhere !
United Kingdom
Ford Ecosport
March 29, 2020
Don't bother renting a car if you're only staying in Cape Town - Uber is the best way to get around the city. We got a car to drive along the Garden Route and to a safari (recommend Inverdoorn safari, a 3 hour drive north of Cape Town). Also definitely try going to Boulders Beach, where there's a penguin colony. If you drive along the Garden Route (also recommended) then try going to Knysna Elephant Park, it's wonderful.
United Kingdom
Toyota Corolla Quest
March 17, 2020
Franschhoek well worth a visit . Hermanus well worth a visit. Capetown is fine we were there a week which was about two days too long.
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
Renault Clio
February 29, 2020
Loved it
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 26, 2020
It's cheaper and easier to get to places you live to visit
South Africa
Renault Clio
February 25, 2020
it is hertz
South Africa
Kia Picanto
February 14, 2020
Amazing place for vacation
South Africa
Renault Clio
February 12, 2020
One of the best in the world - a must visit
South Africa
Kia Picanto
February 8, 2020
no comments
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 RAV 4
January 8, 2020
Cape Town is mother city with plenty beaches, chilling spots and good vibe
Hong Kong
Ford Fiesta
January 8, 2020
Im from Cape Town, Beautiful place. Scenery is amazing and roads in western cape are good.
South Africa
Kia Picanto
January 6, 2020
Beautiful city
Mauritius
Hyundai Tucson
December 6, 2019
Will need to come again.
United Kingdom
Kia Picanto
November 22, 2019
Trouble free
South Africa
Mercedes Benz C Class
October 27, 2019
MAKE SURE YOU GET THE RIGHT VEHICLE. I PHONED AND CONFIRMED AND STILL GOT THE WRONG VEHICLE
South Africa
VW Polo
July 25, 2019
Even if it rains, make sure you inspect the vehicle properly.
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
Mozambique
VW Polo Vivo
June 26, 2019
nice place clean, secure
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
Canada
Chevrolet Spark Lite
September 5, 2018
Be sure to check the car thoroughly on picking up the vehicle - as I have been charged in South Africa before on returning the vehicle - they claimed that I made a scratch to the car which was not there when I picked up the car, but there was nobody to check the car with me when I picked it up!

Top 7 Suppliers at Cape Town Airport in 2022

Hertz
Excellent 8.9
+270219353000
Cape Town International Airport, 4 Matroosfontein Rd, Cape Town, 7525
$29 - $126
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
$33 - $163
Keddy
Excellent 8.7
+27219358600
Cape Town International Airport
$32 - $90
Working hours
Mon:00:01-23:59
Tue:00:01-23:59
Wed:00:01-23:59
Thu:00:01-23:59
Fri:00:01-23:59
Sat:00:01-23:59
Sun:00:01-23:59
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+27219358600
Car Rental Terminal, Parow East, 7501 Cape Town
$34 - $34
Working hours
Mon:00:01-23:59
Tue:00:01-23:59
Wed:00:01-23:59
Thu:00:01-23:59
Fri:00:01-23:59
Sat:00:01-23:59
Sun:00:01-23:59
BLUU
Excellent 8.6
+27219272750
Cape Town Intl Airport, Main Building Unit BG12, Central Car Rental Building, Central Boulevard 7525
$33 - $100
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:08:00-17:00
Sat:08:00-17:00
Sun:08:00-17:00
Thrifty ZA
Excellent 8.2
+270219362121 / +270796878773
Unit BG6 Car Rental Building, Central Boulevard, Cape Town International Airport, Cape Town, 7525
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
GreenMotion
Very good 7.7
+27215559561 / +27836274411
341 Koeberg Road
$39 - $116
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
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