Car Rental in Durban

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

King Shaka International Airport Car Rental
Mini
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Avis
$9.83 / per day
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King Shaka International Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Avis
$10.52 / per day
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King Shaka International Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Avis
$11.61 / per day
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King Shaka International Airport Car Rental
Mini
Datsun Go or similar
Datsun Go
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Thrifty ZA
$12.64 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Downtown Car Rental
Mini Elite
Hyundai i10 Grand or similar
Hyundai i10 Grand
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Thrifty ZA
$15.56 / per day
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King Shaka International Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
$17.60 / per day
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Downtown Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo Vivo or similar
VW Polo Vivo
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Thrifty ZA
$18.66 / per day
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King Shaka International Airport Car Rental
Economy
Hyundai I10 or similar
Hyundai I10
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Thrifty ZA
$19.36 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 19:33 on 2020-04-07. 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
5 days
Economy car rental price
$15.91 / 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
9.3

Why rent a car in Durban?

Durban is a great place to rent a car. Boasting a varied history and inhabited by different groups of people, it is considered by many to be one of the most interesting large cities of Africa. With a rental car, you can also easily travel to nearby nature reserves and beaches on the Indian Ocean.

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 21.06 USD per day
  • From Durban to Cape Town - 199 offers from 22.21 USD per day
  • From Durban to Hoedspruit - 14 offers from 22.21 USD per day
  • From Durban to Margate - 14 offers from 18.33 USD per day
  • From Durban to Richards Bay - 46 offers from 18.86 USD 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.

Useful 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.

Traffic and parking tips

  • 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 a day-trip

  • 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.

Most popular rental types and 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.
  • 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-location}}

  • Large cars - from $31 per day
  • Medium cars - from $20 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $41 per day
  • Premium cars - from $40 per day
  • Small cars - from $14 per day
  • SUVs - from $36 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

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.

Top 13 Cities near Durban

  1. Johannesburg Car Rentals from $8.63 per day
    478.6 km / 297.4 miles away
  2. Port Elizabeth Car Rentals from $8.49 per day
    711.7 km / 442.2 miles away
  3. Nelspruit Car Rentals from $9.26 per day
    457.4 km / 284.2 miles away
  4. Pretoria Car Rentals from $8.19 per day
    524.1 km / 325.7 miles away
  5. East London Car Rentals from $8.49 per day
    492.7 km / 306.1 miles away
  6. George Car Rentals from $12.64 per day
    959.0 km / 595.9 miles away
  7. Bloemfontein Car Rentals from $12.64 per day
    470.3 km / 292.3 miles away
  8. Kimberley Car Rentals from $9.77 per day
    622.9 km / 387.1 miles away
  9. Upington Car Rentals from $10.93 per day
    967.7 km / 601.3 miles away
  10. 69.6 km / 43.2 miles away
  11. Polokwane Car Rentals from $7.96 per day
    661.8 km / 411.2 miles away
  12. Sishen Car Rentals from $13.49 per day
    821.6 km / 510.5 miles away
  13. Richards Bay Car Rentals from $12.64 per day
    135.3 km / 84.1 miles away

Top 18 Locations near Durban

  1. Downtown Car Rentals from $12.64 per day
  2. 69.6 km / 43.2 miles away
  3. 135.3 km / 84.1 miles away
  4. 457.4 km / 284.2 miles away
  5. 470.0 km / 292.1 miles away
  6. 470.3 km / 292.3 miles away
  7. 478.6 km / 297.4 miles away
  8. 492.7 km / 306.1 miles away
  9. 514.9 km / 320.0 miles away
  10. 524.1 km / 325.7 miles away
  11. 622.9 km / 387.1 miles away
  12. 661.8 km / 411.2 miles away
  13. 711.7 km / 442.2 miles away
  14. Sishen Airport Car Rentals from $13.49 per day
    821.6 km / 510.5 miles away
  15. George Airport Car Rentals from $12.64 per day
    959.0 km / 595.9 miles away
  16. Upington Airport Car Rentals from $10.93 per day
    967.7 km / 601.3 miles away
  17. 1277.0 km / 793.5 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Durban 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 Durban
$43.13
January
$34.54
February
$35.04
March
$24.34
April
$21.63
May
$33.77
June
$27.94
July
$28.17
August
$33.14
September
$26.45
October
$65.87
November
$65.87
December
The best month to rent a car in Durban is May (when prices for an Economy class start from $21.63). This is 41% cheaper than the yearly average and 67% cheaper than renting in November (when rental prices start at $65.87 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Durban?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in November, travelers rent a car for an average of 16 days in September, the average rental period is 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Durban
12
January
9
February
6
March
8
April
10
May
12
June
14
July
11
August
4
September
4
October
16
November
6
December

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

While travelers visit Durban year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is February, and the least popular is September.
Popularity of Car Rental in Durban by Monthly Searches
150%
January
417%
February
364%
March
32%
April
37%
May
21%
June
27%
July
32%
August
September
October
75%
November
45%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Hertz Renault Clio 5 2 Small cars
Hertz Chevrolet Spark 5 Small cars
Bidvest Kia Picanto 4 1 Small cars
Hertz Toyota Corolla 4 2 Medium cars
Hertz Toyota Corolla 4 1 Medium cars
Hertz Toyota RAV 4 5 2 SUVs
Hertz Toyota Fortuner 5 1 SUVs
Bidvest Toyota Etios 4 2 Medium cars
Hertz Mercedes Benz C Class 4 3 Premium cars
Hertz Ford Ecosport 5 2 Medium cars

Our Customers Reviews

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
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.

Top 8 Suppliers in Durban in 2020

Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.9
+270324360300
King Shaka International Airport, La Mercy, Durban, 4399
Working hours
Mon:05:00-22:30
Tue:05:00-22:30
Wed:05:00-22:30
Thu:05:00-22:30
Fri:05:00-22:30
Sat:06:00-22:30
Sun:06:00-22:30
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.7
+27112309999
King Shaka International Airport Mdloti St, Durban, La Mercy, 4405
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.7
+27324369500
BUILDING 1, KIOSK 2,KING SHAKA
Working hours
Mon:05:30-23:30
Tue:05:30-23:30
Wed:05:30-23:30
Thu:05:30-23:30
Fri:05:30-23:30
Sat:06:30-23:30
Sun:07:00-23:30
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+27324369500
The Farm King Shaka Airport No. 15124, 1270 Coins Temp Road, Canelands, Durban, 4405
Working hours
Mon:05:30-23:30
Tue:05:30-23:30
Wed:05:30-23:30
Thu:05:30-23:30
Fri:05:30-23:30
Sat:06:30-23:30
Sun:07:00-23:30
Bidvest
Bidvest
Excellent 8.6
+27324365500
King Shaka International Airport, La Mercy, Durban, 4405
Working hours
Mon:05:00-23:00
Tue:05:00-23:00
Wed:05:00-23:00
Thu:05:00-23:00
Fri:05:00-23:00
Sat:06:00-22:00
Sun:06:00-22:00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+27324368400
King Shaka Dr, La Mercy, 4407, South Africa
Working hours
Mon:05:00-23:00
Tue:05:00-23:00
Wed:05:00-23:00
Thu:05:00-23:00
Fri:05:00-23:00
Sat:05:00-23:00
Sun:05:00-23:00
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+27324367800
King Shaka Int Airport La Mercy
Working hours
Mon:05:00-23:00
Tue:05:00-23:00
Wed:05:00-23:00
Thu:05:00-23:00
Fri:05:00-23:00
Sat:05:00-23:00
Sun:05:00-23:00
Thrifty ZA
Thrifty ZA
Excellent 8.2
+270324363042 / +270793145575
Unit 8 KSIA, La Mercy, King Shaka International Airport, La Mercy, Durban, 4399
Working hours
Mon:05:30-23:00
Tue:05:30-23:00
Wed:05:30-23:00
Thu:05:30-23:00
Fri:05:30-23:00
Sat:05:30-23:00
Sun:06:00-23:00

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