South Africa

Cheap Car Hire in South Africa from R229

Cape Town, South Africa
Apr 18 — Apr 25
Driver's age: 26-65
Cape Town, South Africa
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South Africa car hires in 2024

Get helpful information to start your search for the perfect car hire in South Africa. The average price data is based on the last 12 months and was last updated on 11 April 2024.

Most popular company

GREEN MOTION

Most common car type

Mini

Average price per day

R792

Cheapest price per day

R229

What are the car hire prices for popular cities in South Africa?

Discover the price range for hiring a car in popular cities across South Africa, helping you budget and make informed decisions for your upcoming travel. There are 757 pickup locations in South Africa to choose from. Price data has been averaged over the last 12 months and was last updated on 11 April 2024.

Price

R445 - R588

Out of all the popular cities in South Africa, Bloemfontein is the cheapest city to hire a car in at just R445/day. Hiring a car in Bloemfontein is 24% cheaper than hiring one in Richards Bay where the per day rate is around R588. Other fairly inexpensive cities in South Africa to get a car hire in are: Upington (R490/day), Phalaborwa (R492/day), and Cape Town (R494/day). While these cities typically have cheaper prices than the rest of the country, travellers looking to hire a car in Cape Town should expect to spend around R494/day on their transportation. The most popular city to hire a car in South Africa is Cape Town.

What is the cheapest time to rent a car in South Africa?

Discover the most affordable period to rent a car in South Africa and save money on your trip. The monthly average price data is based on historical data over the last year and was last updated on 11 April 2024.

January

R487

February

R600

March

R600

April

R543

May

R468

June

R468

July

R487

August

R487

September

R468

October

R468

November

R468

December

R525

Currently, the cheapest month to rent a car in South Africa is May. The most expensive time to rent a car is February. The cheapest prices for each month are shown above, but prices will vary based on availability, how far out you book your rental car, and of course, car type.

Popular car types in South Africa

Explore the most popular car models available for hire in South Africa and choose the one that suits your needs. The price data is sourced from various car hire companies and was last updated on 11 April 2024.

There are, in total, 1 245 car hire locations in South Africa that are operated by 33 companies. In the past week, small car is the cheapest car type users can hire (cheapest price last found: R265/day). Explore 5 car types currently offered from South Africa hire providers:

Economy

Economy

Compact

Compact

Intermediate

Intermediate

Full-size

Full-size

R1 153+

People carrier

People carrier

Full-size SUV

Full-size SUV

Mini

Mini

Premium

Premium

R1 442+

Compare available car types for rental in South Africa

Compare and contrast the various car types offered for hire in South Africa to find the perfect fit for your trip. Price data is based on averages over the last 12 months and was last updated on 11 April 2024.

Small cars

R481 - R789

All Car Types

R1 007 - R1 839

To hire a small car in South Africa, you would pay an average price of R575/day. August is the cheapest month to hire a small car in South Africa (~R481/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is December (~R789/day). In fact, August is about 17% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a small car hire for South Africa. When comparing with other car types available for hire in South Africa, renting a small car saves you 54% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best South Africa small car hire prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To hire a medium car in South Africa, you would pay an average price of R1 304/day. August is the cheapest month to hire a medium car in South Africa (~R1 102/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is February (~R1 891/day). In fact, August is about 16% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a medium car hire for South Africa. When comparing with other car types available for hire in South Africa, renting a medium car is 6% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity.

To hire a large car in South Africa, you would pay an average price of R2 355/day. September is the cheapest month to hire a large car in South Africa (~R1 906/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is December (~R3 075/day). In fact, September is about 20% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a large car hire for South Africa. When comparing with other car types available for hire in South Africa, renting a large car is 48% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best South Africa large car hire prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To hire a SUV in South Africa, you would pay an average price of R1 546/day. June is the cheapest month to hire a SUV in South Africa (~R1 144/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is February (~R2 021/day). In fact, June is about 27% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a SUV hire for South Africa. When comparing with other car types available for hire in South Africa, renting a SUV is 21% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best South Africa SUV hire prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To hire a van in South Africa, you would pay an average price of R1 867/day. September is the cheapest month to hire a van in South Africa (~R1 480/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is February (~R2 439/day). In fact, September is about 21% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a van hire for South Africa. When comparing with other car types available for hire in South Africa, renting a van is 35% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best South Africa van hire prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To hire a pickup truck in South Africa, you would pay an average price of R1 831/day. September is the cheapest month to hire a pickup truck in South Africa (~R1 280/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is January (~R2 676/day). In fact, September is about 31% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a pickup truck hire for South Africa. When comparing with other car types available for hire in South Africa, renting a pickup truck is 33% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best South Africa pickup truck hire prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To hire a luxury car in South Africa, you would pay an average price of R2 660/day. July is the cheapest month to hire a luxury car in South Africa (~R2 170/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is December (~R3 270/day). In fact, July is about 19% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a luxury car hire for South Africa. When comparing with other car types available for hire in South Africa, renting a luxury car is 54% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity.

Ford FiestaR265/day
2
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A/C
Ford Fiesta
Volkswagen Polo VivoR325/day
2
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A/C
Volkswagen Polo Vivo

Tips for hiring a car in South Africa

Browse helpful tips for hiring a car in South Africa including age restrictions, car type suggestions and more. Tips were last updated on 11 April 2024.
  • South Africa boasts an extensive network of well-maintained roads, making it an ideal destination for travellers looking to hire a car. The N1 is the country's longest road, spanning from Cape Town to Johannesburg, offering a scenic journey through diverse landscapes. The N2 runs along the beautiful Garden Route, showcasing coastal splendour. The N3 is the primary route between Johannesburg and Durban, often travelled for business and leisure. Additionally, the N4 connects Pretoria to Mozambique, passing through Mpumalanga's scenic panoramas. These major routes are just a glimpse of the country's road network, ensuring that hiring a car in South Africa opens up a world of exploration, from breathtaking coastlines to lush national parks.
  • Tolls are a common feature on many major highways and roads in South Africa. One of the most well-known toll routes is the N1 between Johannesburg and Pretoria. Other major toll routes include the N3 between Johannesburg and Durban, the N4 between Pretoria and Nelspruit and the N2 along the Garden Route. In addition to these highways, various other roads and bridges across the country may also have tolls. These tolls help fund road maintenance and development. Travellers looking to hire a car in South Africa should be prepared to pay tolls when using these routes, and it's advisable to carry cash for this purpose, as not all toll booths accept credit cards.
  • In South Africa, having a credit card is often a standard requirement when hiring a car. Most hire agencies prefer credit cards because they can pre-authorise funds for the hire deposit and any potential additional charges, such as fuel, insurance or damage fees. However, some hire companies may accept debit cards, provided they have the necessary funds available for the pre-authorisation. It's essential for travellers to check with their chosen hire agency regarding their specific payment policies and requirements. Having a credit card can make the process smoother, but it's possible to find agencies that accommodate debit card hires with certain conditions and restrictions.

Top rental agencies in South Africa

Explore the leading car hire agencies in South Africa known for their outstanding service and extensive range of vehicles to choose from. There are currently 8 car hire companies in South Africa. Reviews were last updated on 11 April 2024.
Book your reservation with one of the top car hiring agencies located in South Africa, including those serving the greater Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban area. Browse through some of the top car hire agencies in South Africa, including locations around Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.

keddy by Europcar

134 locations

Avis

106 locations

Bluu

101 locations

Bidvest

100 locations

Budget

94 locations

Europcar

75 locations

Sunnycars

74 locations

1First Car Rental

73 locations

Best South Africa car hire deals found

Browse through a selection of recently found affordable car hiredeals in South Africa. Plan your trip with ease and find the perfect rental option for your needs. There are currently 8 hire car agencies in South Africa with an average daily rate of R1 187. Data was last updated on 11 April 2024.
These are some of the most attractive deals we've found on car hires within the South Africa region, including options close to Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. If these deals don't match what you're looking for, not to worry -- deals are updated on a regular basis.
Ford FiestaR265/day
2
M
A/C
Ford Fiesta
Volkswagen Polo VivoR325/day
2
M
A/C
Volkswagen Polo Vivo
Nissan AlmeraR424/day
2
M
A/C
Nissan Almera

Car hire FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions about car hires in South Africa, including policies, requirements, and more. FAQs were last updated on 11 April 2024.
  • Should I hire a car in South Africa?

    Hiring a car in South Africa is often a smart choice, primarily due to the limited availability and reliability of public transport in certain areas. While major cities like Cape Town and Johannesburg have decent public transit systems, many of South Africa's most captivating attractions, like Kruger National Park, the Garden Route and Drakensberg Mountains, are located in more remote or less urbanised regions where public transport options are limited. Having a hire car provides the freedom to explore these picturesque areas at your own pace. You can embark on safari adventures, visit quaint coastal towns and enjoy scenic drives through the country's diverse landscapes.

  • What is driving like in South Africa?

    Driving in South Africa offers a mix of experiences. While major highways are well-maintained, rural roads may have potholes and rough surfaces. Adherence to road rules varies, with some drivers following diligently while others exhibiting risky behaviour. Defensive driving is recommended. Minibus taxis, a popular mode of public transportation, can be unpredictable, often stopping abruptly and sometimes disregarding road rules. Despite these challenges, driving allows you to explore South Africa's diverse landscapes and attractions at your own pace, making it a rewarding way to experience the country. Staying vigilant and adaptable is crucial for a safe and enjoyable journey.

  • How old do I have to be to hire a car in South Africa?

    In South Africa, the minimum age requirement to hire a car is typically 18 years old, although some hire companies may require hirers to be at least 23 or 25 years old, depending on the agency and the car category. Drivers under the age of 25 often face an additional charge known as the "young driver surcharge" due to the perceived higher risk associated with younger drivers. To hire a car, you will need a valid driver's licence, and international visitors should have an International Driving Permit (IDP) if their licence is not in English. It's essential to check with your chosen hire agency for specific age policies to understand any associated fees or restrictions before making a reservation, as they can vary between companies.

  • Which car hire company is considered to be the best in South Africa?

    Taking our users’ ratings and reviews into consideration, Thrifty (10,0 rating), Alamo (10,0 rating) and keddy by Europcar (10,0 rating) seem to be the best car hire companies in South Africa.

  • What is the most popular car hire provider in South Africa?

    The most popular car hire company at South Africa is Hertz. With prices on MINI starting at R314/day about 130% more people book with Hertz than other companies in the country.

  • What is the cheapest city to get a rental car in South Africa?

    At R631/day, it is 35% cheaper on average to rent a car in Cape Town than any other city in South Africa. The cheapest price found in South Africa was for R326/day in Cape Town.

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

    Cars in South Africa are to be driven on the left side of the road.

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Small car hires in South Africa

Find small car hire deals in South Africa from well-known providers in the area and save on gas mileage with the options provided below. small car hires in South Africa cost an average of R439 per day. Price data was last updated on 11 April 2024.
Renault KwidR229/day
2
M
A/C
Renault Kwid
Suzuki CelerioR229/day
2
M
A/C
Suzuki Celerio
Chevrolet SparkR229/day
2
M
A/C
Chevrolet Spark

Car hires by fuel type in South Africa

Browse car hires by fuel type in South Africa. Deals were last updated on 11 April 2024.

Browse through car hire deals by fuel type in South Africa. There is currently 1 fuel type to choose from.

Petrol/Diesel

Petrol/Diesel

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