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Most popular cities to hire a car in South Africa

Compare car hire prices for the most popular cities in the country
Current price range
$32 - $42 per day
CHEAPEST CITY IN SOUTH AFRICA George 9% cheaper Car hire in George is usually the cheapest in South Africa at $32 per day on average.
MOST EXPENSIVE CITY IN SOUTH AFRICA Nelspruit 21% more expensive Nelspruit usually has the highest-priced car hire rates in South Africa, with rentals averaging $42 per day.
MOST POPULAR CITY IN SOUTH AFRICA Cape Town 68% more users visited More momondo users search for car hire in Cape Town than any other region in South Africa.

Car hire companies in South Africa

Below is a list of every nation-wide car hire agency, how many locations they have across the country, and what popular cities you can find them in
keddy by Europcar
97 locations
Cape Town $51/day
Sandton $68/day
Bidvest
95 locations
Johannesburg $50/day
Cape Town $51/day
Budget
90 locations
Cape Town $19/day
Johannesburg $22/day
Europcar
58 locations
Johannesburg $54/day
Cape Town $31/day
Durban $20/day
1First Car Rental
57 locations
Johannesburg $13/day
Cape Town $14/day
Durban $19/day
Firefly
41 locations
Johannesburg $15/day
Cape Town $15/day
Sixt
41 locations
Johannesburg $48/day
Cape Town $65/day

Most popular car hire types

Below are the most popular car hire types in South Africa and the cheapest cities in which to rent them
Small
Small

Best value

Johannesburg

$13/day
Small

No. 1 most popular

Port Elizabeth

$22/day
Small

No. 2 most popular

Cape Town

$28/day
Small

No. 3 most popular

Kempton Park

$18/day
Small

No. 4 most popular

Durban

$28/day
Small

No. 5 most popular

Ballito

$28/day
SUV
SUV

Best value

Johannesburg

$54/day
SUV

No. 1 most popular

Port Elizabeth

$60/day
SUV

No. 2 most popular

Cape Town

$65/day
Medium
Medium

Best value

Durban

$32/day
Medium

No. 1 most popular

Cape Town

$53/day
Medium

No. 2 most popular

Port Elizabeth

$56/day
Medium

No. 3 most popular

Johannesburg

$50/day
Large
Large

Best value

Cape Town

$68/day
Large

No. 1 most popular

Johannesburg

$94/day
Large

No. 2 most popular

Durban

$86/day
Large

No. 3 most popular

Hoedspruit

$91/day
Large

No. 4 most popular

East London

$93/day
Large

No. 5 most popular

Pretoria

$98/day
Van
Van

Best value

Port Elizabeth

$40/day
Van

No. 1 most popular

Johannesburg

$98/day
Van

No. 2 most popular

Sandton

$58/day
Van

No. 3 most popular

Cape Town

$59/day
Van

No. 4 most popular

East London

$70/day
Van

No. 5 most popular

Durban

$86/day

Hiring a car in South Africa

Before you book your car hire, here are a few tips and rules you should know about driving in South Africa

What is the cheapest car hire agency in South Africa?

According to our data, 1First Car Rental is the cheapest car hire agency in South Africa. Users who book a rental car with 1First Car Rental often find prices below the $35 average daily rate each day. Depending on the city you visit, what type of car you’re interested in, and the length of your hire, you could find prices for as low as $14 each day when booking with 1First Car Rental.

What is the most popular car hire agency in South Africa?

If you plan to hire a car in South Africa, we recommend booking with Hertz, one of the most popular agencies in the country. In the past month, 27% of our users selected Hertz for their car rental needs. The agency also has a customer satisfaction rating of 6.3 out of 10 from 168 reviewers.

What car hire company in South Africa has the most locations?

keddy by Europcar has more car hire locations within South Africa than any other agency. With 97 locations scattered throughout the country, you are bound to find one of their rental car centres either at your destination airport or within the city. If you haven’t chosen a city to travel to within South Africa, consider Cape Town, which is the most popular destination in the country. Here you will find that keddy by Europcar has 8 locations throughout the area.

What side of the road do people in South Africa drive on?

People drive on the left in South Africa. If you are travelling to South Africa from a country that drives on the opposite side of the road, then this may take some getting used to, especially if you intend to hire a car during your stay.

How good are the roads in South Africa?

According to 2019 data, South Africa ranks 34 in the world for road quality. The country has a road quality score of 5 out of 7, where 7 is the highest possible score. Keep in mind that weather and construction can also affect road conditions during your visit.

What is the drink driving limit in South Africa?

The BAC limit is 0.05% in South Africa - this applies to both visitors and residents. Your BAC level is a measurement of the percentage of alcohol in your bloodstream. This information is used to determine how inebriated an individual is. Driving a vehicle with a BAC higher than 0.05% is against the law in South Africa and you will be deemed as ‘driving under the influence’. Keep in mind that there are stricter penalties for those who drink-drive and are under the legal drinking age. In South Africa, you must be at least 18 to drink.

What is the most popular type of car to hire in South Africa?

There are plenty of different types of cars to choose from, but when it comes to visiting South Africa, the most popular type to hire is a Compact. An estimated 22% of our users chose a Compact in the past 30 days and paid on average $18 per day for their rental. Keep in mind that you are more than welcome to select a different type of car based on your budget, your planned activities, and the weather.

How much does petrol cost in South Africa?

As of last week, the average price of petrol in South Africa was $1.60 per litre. If you aren’t set on hiring a car in South Africa, then consider Algeria. Petrol prices there are some of the cheapest in the world at $0.47 per litre as of last week. Hong Kong is another great place to visit and rent a car, but keep in mind that petrol prices can be expensive at around $3.47 per litre.


Car hire in other cities in South Africa

Need more destination ideas for your trip to South Africa? Find a car hire in these popular cities across the country

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Not sure if you want to hire a car in South Africa? These other countries in Africa are also worth exploring
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