Public transportation around Cape Town is quite limited. For this reason it will be more convenient for you to rent a car during your stay. Having a rental car will enable you to visit exciting places such as De Hoop Nature Reserve, Groote Post Country Market, and Table Mountain, where you can hike and enjoy a variety of other outdoor activities.
You’ll also enjoy a number of modern conveniences when flying into the Cape Town Airport. This includes access to several rental car companies. Located in the center of the airport, there are rental desks for Hertz, Avis, Dollar, and a number of local agencies. Rent an economical car or a luxurious vehicle during your stay in Cape Town -- it’s all up to you.
Driving in Cape Town will require an adjustment for you since drivers there must drive on the left side of the road. You’ll also need to become familiar with the metric system as gas levels, speed limits, and road signs will be in liters and kilometers as opposed to gallons and miles.
Traffic can be a little busy during rush hour on weekdays. To avoid getting caught in traffic jams, you’ll want to drive during non-peak hours. Morning rush hour in Cape Town runs from around 6:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (especially 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.). The evening commute also begins at around 4 p.m. but is most congested between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
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Economy rental cars in Cape Town are around 48% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in Cape Town
Some car rental companies in Cape Town which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Budget, Hertz and Avis
On average a hire car in Cape Town costs C$ 25 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Dollar (C$ 34/day), 1First Car Rental (C$ 37/day) and Budget (C$ 56/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Dollar Unit Bg6 Car Rental Building 7525 (14 kilometers from city center).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Cape Town are Avis (7.9, 92 reviews), Hertz (6.6, 95 reviews), and Dollar (6.6, 72 reviews).
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Cape Town. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.
The average gas price in Cape Town is C$ 5.52 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 66 and C$ 88, depending on the car size.
Mini (Hyundai i10 or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Cape Town.
A Mini car rental in Cape Town costs C$ 16 per day, on average.
A Intermediate car rental in Cape Town costs C$ 26 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in Cape Town costs C$ 16 per day, on average.
In Cape Town, cars are most frequently rented at Woodford Cape Town Airport (13 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Cape Town costs C$ 173 per week (C$ 25 per day).
On average a rental car in Cape Town costs C$ 741 per month (C$ 25 per day).
A standard car will suffice while driving around the city of Cape Town. However, if you plan on driving through one of the national parks, a 4x4 might be best for tackling the rough terrain. Consider renting a Jeep or a mid-size SUV. Be sure to make reservations for your car in advance so you can ensure that you get the car you want.
When driving on the freeway, you’ll be able to drive at a maximum speed of 75 mph (or 100 km). While you are driving in residential areas of Cape Town, be careful to stay under 35 mph (or 60 km). Keep an eye out for signs as speed limits drop when you are around churches or schools.
To fill up your rental car you’ll have to pay about $4.54/gallon (or 16.79 South African Rands per liter). This is much lower than in Norway or the United Kingdom but slightly higher than the cost of gas in most of the large cities that are in the United States or Canada.
There are many eclectic shops, boutiques, and chic restaurants to dine in around downtown Cape Cod. While in the city center however, you will have to find a place to park. There is paid street parking in the central business district. Additionally, there are several parking garages close to the waterfront.