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Durban, South Africa
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

King Shaka International Airport
Mini
Renault Kwid or similar
Renault Kwid
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Carwiz
$16.02 / per day
King Shaka International Airport
Economy
Hyundai Grand i10 or similar
Hyundai Grand i10
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$18.26 / per day
King Shaka International Airport
Compact
Toyota Corolla Quest or similar
Toyota Corolla Quest
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$21.49 / per day
King Shaka International Airport
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
$23.82 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

King Shaka International Airport
Economy Elite
Volkswagen Polo or similar
Volkswagen Polo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$29.40 / per day
Downtown
Standard
Toyota Quest or similar
Toyota Quest
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
First Car Rental
$38.03 / per day
King Shaka International Airport
Premium
Audi Q2 or similar
Audi Q2
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
BLUU
$60.02 / per day
King Shaka International Airport
Compact Elite SUV
Volkswagen T-Roc or similar
Volkswagen T-Roc
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Keddy
$75.85 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 00:14 on 2024-04-18. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
IsiZulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, English
Currency
ZAR
Drive on
Left-hand side
Country code
+27
Average car rental price
$35 per day
Average car rental length
9 days
Speed limit within town
60 km/h or 37 mph
Speed limit out of town
100 - 120 km/h or 62 - 75 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.2 / 10
Average gasoline price
$1.24 per liter or $4.68 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$1.15 per liter or $4.36 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$1.36 per liter or $5.16 / 1 gallon

Why rent a car in Durban?

Durban is a great place to visit. As known for its beautiful beaches and exciting tourist attractions as it is for its history and multicultural environment, the city is considered by many to be one of the most interesting metropolises in this part of Africa. Getting a rental car will also provide you with access to a number of nature preserves that can be found in the area.

One-Way Car Rentals in Durban

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Durban and drop off in another city include:

  • From Durban to Johannesburg - 117 offers from $20.60 per day
  • From Durban to Cape Town - 199 offers from $21.72 per day
  • From Durban to Hoedspruit - 14 offers from $21.72 per day
  • From Durban to Margate - 14 offers from $17.93 per day
  • From Durban to Richards Bay - 46 offers from $18.44 per day

Top ways to enter Durban

  • Durban King Shaka Airport: Open since the 2010 Fifa World Cup and nowadays serving more than 5 million passengers every year, this is one of the busiest international airports in South Africa. Named after a Zulu leader, the airport is located about 35km (22 miles) north of Durban’s city center.
  • Pietermaritzburg Airport: Located in the city of the same name, Pietermaritzburg Airport is a small airport that only has domestic flights. The airport is about 78km (48 miles) northwest of Durban, a distance that can be driven in about one hour.
  • Richards Bay Airport: Another small domestic airport, Richards Bay Airport is located in the northwestern corner of South Africa. The distance between here and Durban is 177km (110 miles) and takes about 2 hours of driving along the coast of the Indian Ocean.
  • Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport: With 21 million travelers every year and plenty of flights to other African countries, as well as to all the other parts of the world, O.R. Tambo Airport is the busiest in Africa. Flying here is often the best way to reach South Africa. The airport is about a six-hour drive northwest of Durban.

City facts

  • Durban has a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and mild, short winters. The average temperature is 24°C  (75°F) in February, the hottest month, and  16.5°C  (61.7°F) in June and July when it’s winter in the Southern hemisphere. Summers are significantly more humid than winters, with June and July especially dry.
  • Durban is an ethnically and culturally diverse city, having one of the largest Indian diasporas in Africa. Around every fourth inhabitant of Durban is of Indian or other Asian descent. This influence can be observed in the city’s many cultural centers, Hindu and Buddhist places of worship, and local cuisine.

Top destinations and activities

  • The Golden Mile. A collective nickname for a number of beaches that stretch along the coast near Downtown Durban, the Golden Mile is one of the city’s symbols. It is characterized by a sandy shoreline and beautiful promenades, as well as beachside restaurants, inland pools, and great opportunities for surfing and other watersports.
  • Durban Botanic Gardens. The oldest botanical gardens in Africa, this green area has many native tropical plants, as well as unique flora from the rest of the continent and the world. If visiting during September, don’t miss out on the Indigenous Plant Fair that takes place here every year. Even if you visit at some other time, the gardens hold frequent public events, gatherings, and concerts.
  • uShaka Marine World. A large theme park with a huge aquarium, uShaka is home to many unique water creatures such as short-rail stingrays, different types of sharks, Nile crocodiles, Burmese pythons, and bearded lizards. It is possible to snorkel or scuba dive, as well as to go on river rides or simply enjoy the uShaka beach.
  • Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve. There are a number of famous national parks and protected areas somewhat near Durban that you can reach with a rental car (more on them below), but if you’re short on time, Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve is a place where you can enjoy nature without leaving the city. Located southwest of the city center, the reserve is fairly small, but has a number of nature trails and provides a home to wildlife species such as zebras, duikers, bushbabies, and impalas.
  • KwaZulu Natal Society of Arts. Despite its very hard-to-pronounce acronym, KZNSA is one of the most prominent cultural institutions in Durban. Open since 1902, it showcases important works of South African creators that have been made over the last century, as well as the most recent contemporary art. It also frequently hosts various events, not least the Durban International Film Festival.
  • Indian culture. Facing the Indian Ocean, Durban has always had special ties with the Indian subcontinent, having by far the most notable diaspora of people originating in that distant part of the world. There are many opportunities to enjoy Indian culture in Durban, whether by taking a trip to the Mahatma Gandhi Settlement (the world-famous peace activist spent 21 years of his life in South Africa), visiting the Hare Krishna Temple, or eating in one of the city’s many Indian restaurants.

Traffic and parking

  • Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits are 120km/h (74.5mph) on freeways, 100km/h (62mph) on any public road outside of an urban area that is not a freeway, and 60km/h (37mph) on any public road within an urban or built-up area.
  • Plan your route around the city in advance, consulting the latest information online and asking your hotel, local tourism authority, and trustworthy locals for advice. While most parts of Durban 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 are the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.

Toll roads

There are many toll roads in South Africa. 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 license 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 day trips

  • Crocodile Creek. Located on the Tongaat River, Crocodile Creek is a unique sanctuary that has more than 7000 crocodiles, caimans, alligators, and other types of snakes and reptiles. Many of these magnificent beasts can be closely observed from the tree-top walkways. Crocodile Creek is less than 1 hour’s drive north of Durban.
  • Umhlanga Lagoon Nature reserve. A tranquil and picturesque scenic area, the nature reserve consists of a lagoon and a forest. Within picnic spots and hiking trails, it is the perfect place to spend the day outdoors. Although Umhlanga doesn’t have any large animals like some other nearby nature reserves, you can still spot some interesting birds and small mammals. The reserve is just a 20-minute drive north of Durban.
  • Pietermaritzburg. A quiet and picturesque city, Pietermaritzburg offers a nice escape from the more upbeat and crowded Durban. The city has some interesting architecture, as well as a number of museums, art galleries, and cultural centers. A bit further afield in the hills above the city is the Queen Elizabeth Park where you’ll find zebras, bucks, and other animals. About 78km (48 miles) northwest of Durban, Pietermaritzburg can be reached by car in an hour.
  • The Hibiscus Coast. Hibiscus Coast, or simply the South Coast, is the collective name for the beautiful shoreline of the state of KwaZulu-Natal. Durban is located near its northern end, so the best way to explore is by simply traveling the road south along the Indian Ocean. Some of the Hibiscus Coast’s attractions, like the scenic beach town of Amanzimtoti, are just a short drive away, while other attractions like the spectacular Oribi Gorge and its neighboring Valley of the 1000 Hills, Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, and a number of cultural villages are about a two-hour drive away.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car in Durban is the Kia Picanto, followed by the Chevrolet Spark and the Ford Fiesta. The most popular rental car types are the mini, economy, and intermediate.

Further destinations

  • Johannesburg. Often said to contain all of Africa inside its many neighborhoods, this large metropolis is a destination like no other. Although some find it intimidating at first, with some prior preparation of where to go or with the assistance of a local friend, you’ll soon start to see Johannesburg’s more charming and hospitable site. The city is about 566km (351 miles) northwest of Durban.
  • Lesotho. Surrounded by South Africa on all sides, the mountainous Kingdom in the Sky remains one of the most mysterious destinations on the continent. Those who dare to go there will be amazed by the impressive highlands, ancient rock art, and the extreme generosity of locals. Lesotho is not an easy place to get to, so before going, check to see the entry requirements. Also, if coming from Durban, you’ll have to cross an international border, so first, ask your rental car provider if they permit it. Alternatively, you can enter by plane and pick up another rental car in Maseru, Lesotho’s capital. The nearest border crossing is in Qachas Nek that is about a five hours drive southwest of Durban. On your way, you can visit the Maloti-Drakensberg Park and the Mkhomazi Wilderness Area that are still on the South African side.
  • The Wild Coast and the rest of the Eastern Cape. A large province between KwaZulu-Natal (Durban’s state) and the Western Cape, the Eastern Cape has an amazing variety of attractions. These include the city of Port Elizabeth; some of the best surfing beaches on the planet; Addo Elephant, Mountain Zebra, and Tsitsikamma National Parks; and much more. Most of these attractions are divided from KwaZulu-Natal by the so-called Wild Coast, a vast sparsely populated area of stunning shoreline. It’s a good idea to stock up on provisions before traveling there. The Wild Coast can be just as fascinating to visit as some of the more famous Eastern Cape attractions farther west. 
  • Mozambique. Unique among its neighbors, Portuguese-speaking Mozambique is another fascinating country near South Africa. With amazing surfing and diving opportunities on its coast and impressive mountain chains and lush jungle inland, it has the potential to be one of the world’s top destinations for adventure tourism. Still raw and with its fair share of troubles, Mozambique is not for everyone, but most of those who go there will be richly rewarded. Maputo, Mozambique’s capital city, is about a 7-hour drive north of Durban. Keep in mind that you’ll have to cross a international border, so first make sure your rental car provider permits it. Alternatively, you can make the trip by plane or other public transportation and pick up another rental car in Mozambique. Also, as Mozambique's immigration requirements are quite different than that of its neighbors, check in advance to see if a visa is required for your nationality and if it can be obtained at the border or must be obtained in advance.

Car Rental Prices in Durban

  • Large cars - from $23 per day
  • Medium cars - from $21 per day
  • Vans - from $44 per day
  • Premium cars - from $60 per day
  • Small cars - from $16 per day
  • SUVs - from $26 per day

Money-saving tips

Try these simple tricks to get a good car rental deal in Durban:

  • 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 Durban is the cheapest in May when renting a car is about 41% cheaper than the yearly average and an entire 67% cheaper than renting a car in Durban in November when it’s springtime in the Southern hemisphere.
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Map of Car Rental Locations

What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Durban?

Car rental prices in Durban vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Durban
$30.44
January
$32.28
February
$31.29
March
$41.83
April
$36.86
May
$33.14
June
$40.45
July
$38.66
August
$31.87
September
$27.73
October
$31.38
November
$28.59
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Durban is October (when prices average $27.73 per day). This is 18% cheaper than the yearly average and 34% cheaper than renting in April (when prices average $41.83).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Durban?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in June, the average renter keeps their car for 11 days, and in October, they keep their car for 5 days.
Average number of rental days in Durban
8
January
7
February
7
March
7
April
9
May
11
June
10
July
9
August
9
September
5
October
8
November
8
December

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

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Durban is December, and the least popular is June.
Monthly searches in Durban by pick-up date relative to the average
142%
January
114%
February
112%
March
75%
April
77%
May
50%
June
60%
July
51%
August
56%
September
94%
October
125%
November
244%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 7
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers GreenMotion, First Car Rental, Hertz, Firefly, Enterprise
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Large cars
Lowest price $16 per day
Cheapest supplier Carwiz

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
First Car Rental Suzuki Celerio 5 1 Small cars
GreenMotion Hyundai i20 4 2 Small cars
Hertz Suzuki Swift 4 2 Small cars
GreenMotion Hyundai Grand i10 4 1 Small cars
Firefly Toyota Agya 5 1 Small cars
Firefly Toyota Corolla Quest 4 2 Medium cars
First Car Rental Proton X50 5 3 SUVs
GreenMotion Hyundai Venue 5 2 SUVs
GreenMotion Volkswagen Polo Vivo 5 1 Small cars
First Car Rental Nissan Almera 5 2 Medium cars

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 car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

South Africa
Hyundai i20
February 12, 2024
Beautiful scenery, Midmar Mile Swimming Event
South Africa
Suzuki Swift
January 7, 2024
Familiar destination so nothing new.
New Zealand
Suzuki Celerio
January 6, 2024
Didn't travel much as we needed the vehicle for bare necessaties
South Africa
Hyundai i20
July 18, 2023
Much fun was had, from seeing animals on the reserve, to spending time with friends on a farm.
South Africa
Hyundai Grand i10
May 29, 2023
Business
Australia
Suzuki Celerio
November 12, 2022
Easy car to park and get around in
United States of America (USA)
Suzuki Celerio
September 8, 2022
Having a car was helpful in getting around the greater Durban area, and it was fairly easy to navigate, if not quite as easy as in other parts of South Africa due to less signage than in Gauteng.
South Africa
VW Polo
September 1, 2022
ran the comrades marathon
South Africa
Renault Clio
December 24, 2020
Service at your finger tips. Trustworthy cars
South Africa
Renault Clio
July 20, 2020
Durban very quiet ...miss Tigers Milk and its Vibe
South Africa
Mercedes Benz C Class
March 25, 2020
Hillside (Sibaya) is the new gem, will give Ballito a run for its money shortly!
South Africa
Kia Picanto
February 21, 2020
Ballito crock farm
South Africa
Hyundai i10
September 29, 2019
It was easy to rent in Durban.
South Africa
Kia Picanto
September 16, 2019
Stress free and user friendly
South Africa
Datsun Go
August 23, 2019
Durban is and always be will be my first place of choice for a holiday, it has a fully package
South Africa
VW Polo Vivo
August 13, 2019
i have only rented i durban
South Africa
Toyota RAV 4
March 6, 2019
Very Good Service. Quite Safe Location Hilton Hotel
Australia
VW Polo
March 5, 2019
Umhdloti was great
Zambia
Audi A3
September 27, 2018
7mshlanga hotels are nice and some restaurants too...Gateway shopping mall offers good variety for shoppers and pay a visit to a Sharks board, informative.
Australia
VW Polo
July 31, 2018
The beaches all along Durban are fabulous. My wife & I loved Balito on the north coast. We also stayed on Durban's Marine parade. where there are many activities for both young & old. There are a variety of excellent food outlets, restaurants and hotels. Shopping is also excellent. A point to remember is to be very careful of the surroundings while driving especially at night, also in your everyday activities. Fortunately, I did not encounter any problems. The crime is high but be careful of your personal belongings. Inquire before you venture out to any unknown places. Casio fanatics will love Sun Coast along Durban's beachfront and Sibaya on the north coast. The Mangwanani spa at Sibaya is a must do for the spa lovers. Check out the various offers and promotions.
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
First Car Rental
8.7 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Carwiz
7.4 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
25
Total rental companies
17
Average daily price
$35.36
Lowest daily price
$16.02
Total cars available
561

Top 17 Suppliers in Durban in 2024

First Car Rental
First Car Rental
Very good 8.7 / 81 reviews
2 locations
$19 - $187
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8.4 / 79 reviews
3 locations
$22 - $83
BLUU
BLUU
Very good 8.4 / 69 reviews
2 locations
$19 - $103
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 8.3 / 57 reviews
1 location
$18 - $85
Thrifty
Thrifty
Very good 8.2 / 46 reviews
1 location
$32 - $139
Firefly
Firefly
Very good 8.2 / 45 reviews
2 locations
$20 - $79
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 8.2 / 12 reviews
3 locations
$20 - $112
Budget
Budget
Very good 8.2 / 5 reviews
3 locations
$24 - $135
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8 / 16 reviews
3 locations
$36 - $143
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 8 / 14 reviews
3 locations
$20 - $115
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8 / 5 reviews
2 locations
$18 - $111
Avis
Avis
Good 7.8 / 6 reviews
4 locations
$25 - $138
National
National
Good 7.8 / 1 review
1 location
$22 - $134
Bidvest
Bidvest
Good 7.7 / 3 reviews
1 location
Alamo
Alamo
Good 7.7 / 1 review
1 location
$17 - $106
Dollar
Dollar
Good 7.7
1 location
$27 - $106
Carwiz
Carwiz
Good 7.4 / 1 review
2 locations
$16 - $100
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