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Car Hire at Cape Town Airport

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Cape Town Airport, Cape Town, South Africa
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Travel Information

Language
IsiZulu,
IsiXhosa,
Afrikaans
Currency
ZAR
Dialing code
27
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Speed limit out of city centre
100 km/h
62 mi/h
Speed limit within city centre
40 km/h
25 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Cape Town Airport

Airport Car Hire

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 hiring 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 hire car

Car hire 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 petrol 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 hires

  • 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 information

Score
7.7
  • Getting to the airport 7.3
  • Check-in desks 7.9
  • Facilities and services 7.3
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 5.7
  • Dining and car hire services 6.6
  • Lounge 5.2

Cape Town Airport (CPT)

  • IATA: CPT
  • ICAO: FACT
  • Name: Cape Town Airport (CPT)
  • Size: Large Airport
  • Flights per year: 99,337
  • Passengers (per year): 10,211,390
  • Distance from the city centre: 12.4 miles / 20 km SE of town
  • Working hours: 24 hours a day

Top 14 Destinations around Cape Town Airport

  1. Paarl Val De Vie starting at £ 13.27 per day
    18.2 km / 11.3 miles away
  2. Cape Town Airport starting at £ 7.56 per day
    48.0 km / 29.8 miles away
  3. Cape Town Milnerton starting at £ 20.83 per day
    54.3 km / 33.7 miles away
  4. Cape Town Century City starting at £ 13.27 per day
    56.2 km / 34.9 miles away
  5. George Airport starting at £ 7.56 per day
    301.0 km / 187.0 miles away
  6. Port Elizabeth Airport starting at £ 7.56 per day
    599.5 km / 372.5 miles away
  7. Upington Airport starting at £ 10.29 per day
    645.4 km / 401.1 miles away
  8. Kimberley Airport starting at £ 7.56 per day
    780.5 km / 485.0 miles away
  9. East London Airport starting at £ 10.29 per day
    813.3 km / 505.4 miles away
  10. Pietermaritzburg Airport starting at £ 10.29 per day
    1165.8 km / 724.4 miles away
  11. King Shaka International Airport starting at £ 7.56 per day
    1230.0 km / 764.3 miles away
  12. O.R. Tambo International Airport starting at £ 7.56 per day
    1231.0 km / 764.9 miles away
  13. Pretoria Hatfield starting at £ 13.04 per day
    1262.7 km / 784.6 miles away
  14. Wonderboom Airport starting at £ 9.59 per day
    1269.5 km / 788.8 miles away

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

Hirers picking up a car at Cape Town Airport keep them for an average of 230 days during in July, while those picking up their cars in October keep them for an average of 4.
Average Hire Length at Cape Town Airport
January
February
March
April
May
June
230
July
5
August
September
4
October
4
November
December

Which month sees the highest demand for car hire at Cape Town Airport?

Though Cape Town Airport is popular for travellers all year long, the month with the highest demand for hire cars is in October. August is the month that sees the lowest demand for hire cars.
Popularity by Monthly Searches
January
February
March
April
May
June
32%
July
13%
August
September
222%
October
133%
November
December
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