Car Rental Johannesburg

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Johannesburg, Tambo International Airport Car Rental
Mini
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Budget
$11.33 / per day
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Johannesburg, Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$12.69 / per day
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Johannesburg, Tambo International Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Budget
$13.24 / per day
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Johannesburg, Tambo International Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Budget
$14.49 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Johannesburg Lanseria Airport Car Rental
Mini
Datsun Go or similar
Datsun Go
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Thrifty
$14.89 / per day
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Johannesburg, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$15.13 / per day
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Johannesburg Lanseria Airport Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$15.55 / per day
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Johannesburg, Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Bidvest
$16.44 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 03:46 on 2019-11-21. 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
9 days
Economy car rental price
$22.90 / 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

Why rent a car in Johannesburg?

Johannesburg is one of the most impressive urban centers in Africa. From grand history to varied cultural influences and countless landmarks, this city has plenty to offer, but it’s number one attraction is its unique atmosphere. Get a rental car and see as much as you can, and then travel to nearby cities and natural areas!

Johannesburg Car Rental

Top ways to enter Johannesburg

  • Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport. With 21 million travelers served every year, Johannesburg Airport is one of the busiest in Africa. It has domestic air routes, flights to other African countries, and flights to Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The airport is about 20 km (12 mi) northeast of the city center.
  • Johannesburg Lanseria Airport. The smaller of the two international airports serving Johannesburg, Lanseria is 47 km (29 mi) northwest of downtown Johannesburg. As of 2019, the airport only has domestic flights.
  • Gaborone Airport. Serving the capital of neighboring Botswana, this international airport is just a five-hour drive from Johannesburg. Do keep in mind, however, that you’d be crossing a national border, so first, make sure that your car rental provider permits it.
  • Durban King Shaka Airport. Located on the Indian Ocean, this international airport serves Durban, South Africa’s third largest metropolis. It is about a six-hour drive east of Johannesburg.
  • By rail. If you arrive in Johannesburg by train, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at Johannesburg Park Station.

Useful city facts

Although only 957,000 people live in Johannesburg proper, its wider metro region has a population of more than 9 million, making it one of the 50 most populous urban areas in the world. It is also the fourth largest city in Africa, with only Cairo, Lagos, and Kinshasa having a higher population.

Locals sometimes say that Johannesburg is Africa in miniature. Indeed, you can find Somali, Nigerian, Ethiopian, Cameroonian, Sudanese, and many other ethnic neighborhoods in the city, each with their own culture, cuisine, and atmosphere that is fascinating to explore.

Top destinations and activities

Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden. There are many beautiful nature reserves near Johannesburg, but even within the city, you can find large green areas. Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden is home to such different animals as reptiles, jackals, and beautiful Verreaux eagles. Learn more about the opportunity to visit from the garden’s official website.

The Apartheid Museum. Telling the very important story of South Africa’s recent complicated past, the Apartheid Museum is one of the landmarks of Johannesburg. The museum includes many artifacts, testimonies, pictures, and videos from the victims and survivors of the Apartheid regime. 

Origins Centre - The South African Museum of Rock Art. Telling the story not only of South Africans, but, quite possibly, of all humanity, the Origins Center features many unique fossils, artworks, and other artifacts from prehistory. The museum is located on the campus of the University of the Witwatersrand, locally known as “Wits”.

Traffic and parking tips

  • Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits are 120 km/h (74.5 mph) on freeways, 100 km/h (62 mph) on any public road outside of an urban area that is not a freeway, and 60 km/h (37 mph) on any public road within an urban or built-up area.
  • Plan your route around the city in advance and always ask trustworthy locals for advice. While many parts of Johannesburg 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’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The emergency number, like elsewhere in the EU, is 112.

Toll roads

There are many toll roads in South Africa. However, 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 licence 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

  • Old Kromdraai Gold Mine. One of the oldest mines in South Africa, gold was extracted in Old Kromdraai before the big gold rush of South Africa began. If you visit, also drive to the nearby Wonder Caves, a truly impressive place that’s believed to be more than 2.2 billion years old. The gold mine is located about 40 minutes northwest of Johannesburg. 
  • Lion & Safari Park. Visiting this nature area will let you see lions, as well as giraffes, zebras, antelopes, and many other animals. It is possible to drive through the lion enclosures, but for safety reasons, make sure that your windows are closed at all times. The Lion Park is about an hour’s drive north of Johannesburg.
  • Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve. A mouthful to pronounce, but a truly beautiful place, Suikerbosrand is the place to go when you want to unwind from the hustle and bustle of the city. There are many great hiking trails or spots for picnics and relaxation. The reserve’s inhabitants include aardvarks, kudus, cape foxes, and hyenas. The nature reserve is just a 35-minute drive south of Johannesburg.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental car type in Johannesburg is mini, followed by economy and compact. The most popular rental car is the Kia Picanto. Travelers also pick the Toyota Corolla and the Ford Figo AMB a lot.

Further destinations

  • Botswana. A country with perhaps even more impressive wildlife areas than South Africa (largely thanks, perhaps, to its much lower population density), Botswana is a destination you don’t want to miss if you’re in the region. Calm and relaxed, it is best enjoyed at your own pace and with the freedom of your own ride. Botswana’s capital Gaborone is just around a four-and-a-half hour drive northeast of Johannesburg. Keep in mind that you’ll be crossing a national border, so first, ask if your car rental provider permits this. Alternatively, you can drop off your rental car in South Africa and pick up another in Botswana.  Also, check to see if you require a visa to enter Botswana and the process for obtaining one if so.
  • Lesotho. A small country surrounded on all sides by South Africa, Lesotho is known as the Kingdom of the Sky thanks to its high altitude. This means that it is also one of the coldest countries of Africa, but the immense hospitality of the locals and the breathtaking views from its mountains more than make up for it. Maseru, Lesotho’s capital, is just a tad more than a four-hour drive south of Johannesburg. Keep in mind that you’ll be crossing a national border, so first, ask if your car rental provider permits it. Alternatively, you can drop off your rental car in South Africa and pick up another in Lesotho. It should also be noted that Lesotho’s entry requirements may significantly differ from those of South Africa, so be sure to check if you require a visa or not.
  • Swaziland. Recently renamed the Kingdom of Eswatini, Swaziland is another small and fascinating country bordered only by South Africa and Mozambique. An absolute monarchy, but much more accessible to citizens of most countries than Lesotho or many other African destinations, Swaziland attracts visitors with its unique culture, wildlife areas, and surprisingly diverse nature. Its capital Mbabane is just a four-hour drive west of Johannesburg. Do keep in mind that you’ll be crossing a national border, so first, ask if your car rental provider permits it. Alternatively, you can drop off your rental car in South Africa and pick up another in Swaziland. Also, be sure to check the latest visa requirements. 

Car Rental Prices in Johannesburg

  • Large cars - from $46 per day
  • Medium cars - from $23 per day
  • People Carriers / Vans - from $67 per day
  • Premium cars - from $63 per day
  • Small cars - from $19 per day
  • SUVs - from $56 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

These are some of the tricks you can try to land a good car rental deal in Johannesburg:

  • 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 Johannesburg is the cheapest in November when renting a car is about 53% cheaper than the yearly average. Come see Johannesburg in South African spring!

Top 12 Cities near Johannesburg

  1. Durban Car Rentals from $11.79 per day
    485.0 km / 301.4 miles away
  2. Port Elizabeth Car Rentals from $12.99 per day
    896.7 km / 557.2 miles away
  3. Nelspruit Car Rentals from $17.48 per day
    297.6 km / 184.9 miles away
  4. Pretoria Car Rentals from $16.44 per day
    63.1 km / 39.2 miles away
  5. East London Car Rentals from $12.99 per day
    760.7 km / 472.7 miles away
  6. Bloemfontein Car Rentals from $11.33 per day
    364.8 km / 226.7 miles away
  7. Pietermaritzburg Car Rentals from $11.33 per day
    448.2 km / 278.5 miles away
  8. Polokwane Car Rentals from $11.33 per day
    297.9 km / 185.1 miles away
  9. Upington Car Rentals from $11.33 per day
    713.3 km / 443.2 miles away
  10. Richards Bay Car Rentals from $11.33 per day
    489.5 km / 304.2 miles away
  11. Kimberley Car Rentals from $11.33 per day
    434.0 km / 269.7 miles away
  12. Sishen Car Rentals from $17.94 per day
    525.3 km / 326.4 miles away

Top 18 Locations near Johannesburg

  1. 21.0 km / 13.0 miles away
  2. 31.0 km / 19.3 miles away
  3. 63.1 km / 39.2 miles away
  4. 297.6 km / 184.9 miles away
  5. 297.9 km / 185.1 miles away
  6. 319.8 km / 198.7 miles away
  7. 364.8 km / 226.7 miles away
  8. 434.0 km / 269.7 miles away
  9. 448.2 km / 278.5 miles away
  10. 485.0 km / 301.4 miles away
  11. 489.5 km / 304.2 miles away
  12. Sishen Airport Car Rentals from $17.94 per day
    525.3 km / 326.4 miles away
  13. Upington Airport Car Rentals from $11.33 per day
    713.3 km / 443.2 miles away
  14. 760.7 km / 472.7 miles away
  15. 896.7 km / 557.2 miles away
  16. George Airport Car Rentals from $12.99 per day
    1024.5 km / 636.6 miles away
  17. 1252.2 km / 778.1 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Johannesburg 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 Johannesburg
$61.38
January
$36.08
February
$57.39
March
$52.40
April
$36.10
May
$41.74
June
$50.58
July
$41.56
August
$19.31
September
$23.51
October
$17.88
November
$25.11
December
The best month to rent a car in Johannesburg is November (when prices for an Economy class start from $17.88). This is 54% cheaper than the yearly average and 71% cheaper than renting in January (when rental prices start at $61.38 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Johannesburg?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in May, travelers rent a car for an average of 16 days in October, the average rental period is 7 days.
Average Rental Length in Johannesburg
13
January
12
February
12
March
12
April
16
May
11
June
10
July
11
August
13
September
7
October
14
November
12
December

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

While travelers visit Johannesburg year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is October, and the least popular is September.
Johannesburg Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
122%
January
94%
February
90%
March
81%
April
92%
May
78%
June
94%
July
101%
August
73%
September
167%
October
104%
November
103%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agent Make / Model Doors Luggage Type
Hertz Renault Clio 5 2 Small cars
Hertz Toyota Fortuner 5 1 SUVs
Hertz Toyota Corolla 4 1 Medium cars
Hertz Toyota RAV 4 5 2 SUVs
Hertz Chevrolet Spark 5 Small cars
Hertz Toyota Corolla 4 2 Medium cars
Bidvest Toyota Avanza 5 1 People Carriers / Vans
Hertz VW Polo 5 1 Small cars
Hertz Toyota Avanza 5 2 People Carriers / Vans
Hertz Toyota Quantum 5 4 People Carriers / Vans

Our Customers Reviews

India
VW Kombi
September 29, 2019
It is a long drive to Kruger park. Allow at least 5 hours from airport. The roads to the park and in the park are good roads. Have cash as there are many tolls to pay.
South Africa
Toyota Corolla
September 27, 2019
It was great having my own transport in Johannesburg, the car provided comfort and space. GPS helped us get where we need to be, promptly while driving in Johannesburg and Pretoria. However trying to return the car to the Hertz drop off point, should be programmed into the GPS systems that work underground.
India
Toyota Fortuner
June 18, 2019
A great place, centrally located which gives good access to numerous tourist attractions around the wider locality.
Australia
Honda BR-V
May 28, 2019
Johannesburg makes for challenging driving, otherwise trips to the coast and to Kruger Park are to be highly recommended. Stopping at service stations in South Africa is a real treat 😎
United Kingdom
Chevrolet Spark Lite
March 1, 2019
Beautiful surrounding areas. Stay safe and always communicate with the locals regarding high risk areas, especially at night.
United Kingdom
Toyota Corolla
January 11, 2019
Johannesburg roads are easy to navigate but always be vigilante. The outskirts near Pretoria have hidden gems such as game sanctuaries and wilderness easy to drive to for day trips with lots of friendly helpful people. Drove from South Africa to Zimbabwe all paperwork to cross over was in order making it an easy passage. beautiful scenery Mussina South Africa to Gwanda Zimbabwe good for the thrill seekers whether hiking or cycling.
United Kingdom
Toyota Corolla
December 7, 2018
South Africa is a great place to visit, varied and beautiful countryside, I would thoroughly recommend it
United Kingdom
Toyota Avanza
November 7, 2018
Pilanesberg wonderful Dinokeng ( Pride of Africa, Siyaya Bush Lodge) fantastic
Ireland
VW Polo
November 7, 2018
I was travelling up to Marloth park in Mpumalanga province. It was about 5 HR drive from the airport. It wouldn't have been easy to get there without a car. A map or GPS is necessary to find your way out of Johannesburg from the airport as the signs don't give much information. Better signage on the return journey but again I needed a map to find a petrol station to refill car as there is none very close to the airport.
United Kingdom
Toyota Avanza
September 15, 2018
Driving in Johannesburg is quite daunting as it seems there are no road rules and you have to have your wits about you. Pedestrians run out in front of cars which is scary. We have lived in South Africa and found it tricky to navigate the roads. Hiring a car is the only way to get around though, so grit your teeth and good luck!
Slovenia
Ford Fiesta
July 8, 2018
Rather hectic to get out of the city. If you're not used to driving on the left sidenof the road, managing this plus the busy roads to get out of the city isn't so easy.
Argentina
Toyota Corolla
June 11, 2018
Rent a car the first day you arrived Johannesburg is the best option to enjoy this city and to travel around south africa

Top 7 Suppliers for Johannesburg in 2019

Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.9
+270737319966
Shop 4, 1st Floor, Car Rental Level, Park Station
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.7
+27100018040
Shop No 3 North Station, Rissik Street Johannesburg Park Station, Johannesburg, 2000
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.7
+27113903909
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Bidvest
Bidvest
Excellent 8.6
+27112301200
O.R. Tambo International Airport, 1 Jones Rd, Johannesburg, Kempton Park, 1627
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+27113903909
O.R. Tambo International Airport Kempton Park, O.R. Tambo, Johannesburg, 1627
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+27115735000
O.r. Tambo Int Apt
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
27116591415
Lanseria Airport

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