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East London car rental information

Pick-up locationEast London
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Rental locations32
Airport locations20

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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in East London

  • The South African city of East London is a vibrant and exciting place to visit at any time of year. With car hire in East London, you can leave the city confines and explore everything the area has to offer. Known around the world for the vast array of wildlife that inhabits the area, with car hire you can drive out and see some of the major sights including the Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve (around 30 miles from the city centre) or the Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve (19 miles from the city centre).
  • The Eastern Cape province of South Africa is served by East London Airport (ELS), which offers domestic, continental and international travel options. The airport sits just south of the East London Coast Nature Reserve and is a mere 5min drive from the city centre, making your car hire in East London that bit easier. A number of major car hire companies, including Europcar and Budget, operate directly from the airport, while more companies can be found in the city centre itself.
  • With East London car hire, UK drivers will feel truly at home because cars drive on the left-hand side and road signs are written in English. The major roads and motorways are well maintained and should not cause any problems. However, always be aware of pedestrians: in some areas, children walk to and from school at the sides of main roads, which can cause a hazard, especially in low light conditions. Livestock and wildlife can occasionally be found on the roads around East London and throughout South Africa in general.
  • East London is South Africa’s third most congested city, so it is always a good idea to plan your journeys outside of the morning rush hour (08:00 to 10:00) and the evening rush hour (17:00 to 19:00) whenever possible. While the city does not experience a high volume of vehicles on its roads, traffic backs up quickly and you might be surprised to suddenly find yourself in a traffic jam.
  • Book your rental car in East London at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in East London are around 34% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in East London

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in East London?

    For driving around urban areas while also having the possibility of venturing further afield, a 4x4 is an excellent choice of vehicle for your car hire in East London. The city, and the Eastern Cape in general, features many different types of roads and driving environments, so a comfortable 4x4 puts you safe in the knowledge that you are ready for anything. If you are planning on purely sticking to the central downtown area, then you may also consider a compact car for a nice and simple way of getting around.

  • What’s the speed limit in East London?

    While many aspects of South African culture are shared with the UK, speed limits and road signs in general are actually displayed in kilometres per hour instead of miles per hour. For public roads in an urban area, the speed limit is 60km/h or roughly 37mph. For public roads that are not a motorway (motorway) but are outside an urban area, the limit increases to 100km/h (roughly 62mph). On the motorway itself, the limit is 120km/h (roughly 75mph).

  • Where are the best places to park in East London?

    East London Airport offers a number of parking options, starting at around R15 (£0.71) for 1h and rising to about R75 (£3.57) for 24h in an open parking spot or around R115 (£5.47) for 24h in a covered parking spot. A number of car parks can also be found in the commercial district of East London, although these are usually reserved for customers only.

  • Can I rent an automatic car in East London?

    Based on our information, car rental agencies in East London only have manual transmission cars.

  • How much is gas price in East London?

    The average gas price in East London is C$ 7.01 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 84 and C$ 112, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in East London?

    Economy (Class Economy Car or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in East London.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in East London?

    Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • How much does an Economy car rental cost in East London?

    An Economy car rental in East London costs C$ 38 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Standard car rental cost in East London?

    A Standard car rental in East London costs C$ 80 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in East London?

    A Compact car rental in East London costs C$ 75 per day, on average.

East London car rental reviews and directory

Dollar

1.9

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1.9

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1.9

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1.9

Value for money

1.9

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East London Airport

+27 43 736 2116

Monday07:30 - 18:30
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2.0 Poor

Mar. 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The young man who eventually assisted us was helpful and cordial.

Cons:

Upon arrival, we were told by a supervisor/ manager (name beginning with P) that the car which we had reserved online (Nissan Nivara) does not exist in their EL collection! We were offered a small utility van with canopy instead . Upon declining and asking for a sedan instead, he refused, saying there were no other cars available. Eventually, he referred us to his younger colleague and we were offered the "last available" VW Polo. The car had so many scratches and bumps on its exterior, it was not worth the paper of the "pre-inspection" form. Inside, it had a damp, musty smell and graffiti on the sun shades. When driven, it had squiling brakes and suffered roll-back, even when handbrake was lifted! That we paid over R700 (excluding other costs) to hire this non-roadworthy wreck felt like daylight robbery!

1.9 Poor

Aug. 2021

KAYAK
Don’t ever use this company in East London, South Africa. We made two separate booking through Priceline and when we went to pick them up, they had no record of either booking. We had to take a car that we didn’t want because we didn’t really have a choice. We returned the car full of gas and we’re then told that we owed more money for gas as the vehicle wasn’t full. There was apparently an “airlock button” which need to be pushed to get the tank to fill to its capacity. Very bad experience overall, save yourself the frustration and pay a little extra to avoid disappointment. I will never use them again.

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Hertz

10.0

Wonderful

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Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

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10.0

Value for money

10.0

2 locations in East London

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9 Breezyvale Road Orange Grove

+27 43 702 5700

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
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Friday08:00 - 18:00

East London Airport

+27 43 736 2116

Monday06:30 - 20:00
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Europcar

10.0

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10.0

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10.0

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10.0

Value for money

10.0

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East London Airport

+27 43 736 2230

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Budget

2.0

Poor

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Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.0

Value for money

4.0

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8a Devereux Ave

+27 437 271 324

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00

Beacon Bay Motor City & Office

+27 43 748 5577

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 11:00

East London Airport

+27 43 709 8200

Monday05:30 - 20:00
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Thursday05:30 - 20:00
Friday05:30 - 20:00
Saturday07:30 - 18:30
Sunday07:30 - 18:30

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Avis

9.8

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8A Devereux Avenue

+27 437 271 324

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
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Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00

Beacon Bay Motor City & Office

+27 43 748 5577

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 11:00

East London Airport

+27 43 709 8200

Monday05:30 - 20:00
Tuesday05:30 - 20:00
Wednesday05:30 - 20:00
Thursday05:30 - 20:00
Friday05:30 - 20:00
Saturday07:30 - 18:30
Sunday07:30 - 18:30

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Firefly

10.0

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3 locations in East London

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66 Settlers Ways Greenfields

+27 437 025 700

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
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Friday08:00 - 18:00

8 Settlers Way

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East London Airport

+27 437 362 116

Monday06:00 - 21:00
Tuesday06:00 - 21:00
Wednesday06:00 - 21:00
Thursday06:00 - 21:00
Friday06:00 - 21:00
Saturday07:30 - 18:30
Sunday07:30 - 18:30

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keddy by Europcar

10.0

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2 locations in East London

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East London Downtown

+27 43 736 2230

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Settlers Way

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1First Car Rental

9.2

Wonderful

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66 Settlers Way, Greenfields, East London, Amatole, Eastern Cape

+27 437 362 900

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Tempest Car Hire

5.5

Fair

No reviews available

One location in East London

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Terminal Building, East London Airport, 66 Settlers Way

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GREEN MOTION

5.0

Fair

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2 locations in East London

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15, 9 Breezydale Rd, Orange Grove

+27 73 139 2579

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:30 - 20:00

East London Airport

+27 73 139 2579

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:30 - 20:00

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Bidvest

2.0

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32, Devereux Avenue

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East London Airport

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FlexWays

2.0

Poor

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66 Settlers Way

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Bluu

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2 locations in East London

Locations in East London

32 Devereux Ave

+27 43 721 3209

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East London Airport, 66 Settlers Way

+27 43 707 5310

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Sixt

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66 Settlers Way, Greenfields

+27 11 230 9999

Monday07:00 - 18:30
Tuesday07:00 - 18:30
Wednesday07:00 - 18:30
Thursday07:00 - 18:30
Friday07:00 - 18:30
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00

Delivery Service

+27 43 736 2900

Monday07:00 - 18:30
Tuesday07:00 - 18:30
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Thursday07:00 - 18:30
Friday07:00 - 18:30
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
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AutoEurope

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One location in East London

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East London Airport

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First Rent

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East London

+27 437 362 900

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Shouqi

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East London Airport

+86 10 6064 1387

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Sunnycars

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Breezyvale Road

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Thrifty

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Locations in East London

East London Airport

+27 43 736 2116

Monday07:30 - 18:30
Tuesday07:30 - 18:30
Wednesday07:30 - 18:30
Thursday07:30 - 18:30
Friday07:30 - 18:30
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00

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2 travellers who rented a car in East London gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.5

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Economy

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