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Pick-up location Cape Town
Rental locations 73
Airport locations 19

Cape Town car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Hertz
Best rated
6.5 Good (44 reviews)
6 locations in Cape Town
Hertz
Locations in Cape Town
1 Myrtle Lane
+27 283 124 479
2 Bird Street
+27 218 873 145
40 Loop Street
+27 214 106 800
Crystal Towers Hotel
+27 219 354 760
Ring Road
+27 219 353 000
Shop Dg09
+27 219 354 762
  • 6.1
  • 7.3
  • 6.9
  • 6.0
  • 6.2
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
7 Nov 2016
Easy Breezy
Pros: No hassle rental at decent price.
2.8 Mediocre
12 Nov 2016
Not interested in customer service just money
Pros: The car was just okay, expected.
Cons: At arrival after a long wait, customer service was unhelpful and even denied my credit card covered insurance (I have a platinum card that includes coverage) I then showed my own insurance but they still said I had no option but to buy additional insurance, I've never heard this. Then was told the car wasn't ready and still had to wait. Upon returning the car customer service again was rude, slow and extremely picky charging for any small thing they could.
6.0 Good
21 Dec 2016
Insurances and levies not included in the Kayak qu
Pros: I was unpleasantly surprised to be told by the agent handling my booking on my arrival at the Rental that non of the taxes were included...
6.8 Good
30 Apr 2017
Average
Pros: We got a car
Cons: It was not the car I reserved. Our luggage didn't fit at all. Luckily they had another car in the same class that was the one I reserved, but a bit of hassle to get it swapped. Also I got charged for a second driver when the booking said I wouldn't. Lastly it was a bit confusing as I thought I signed up for the insurance through the booking online and then when I got there I has no insurance through the reservation. Tricky.
5.2 Okay
26 Sep 2017
End up more expensive than offer received by Kayak!
Pros: Location was quite convenient. They also didn't charge additioanl fee for dropping the car at the airport (while pick up was in Cape Town City Centre).
Cons: The had big problem processing my card, which worked everywhere else. I spent about 45 min waiting for all the arrangements.Additionally they charged me a "counter" fee, which is a bit crazy, because after all this is all a part of the rental process, so why would someone. With all, I paid 15% more, than the price advertised on Kyayak.
2.8 Mediocre
9 Jan 2018
Poor customer service
Pros: I didn’t like anything
Cons: The car was clean but it smelled very bad. When we booked the car Online we paid the insurance and when we arrived they wanted us to do another insurance with them or they will block a very big sum of money from our card which was not mentioned online , and we had to pay him the insurance again and the employees weren’t helpful at all , this was our first experience with hertz and our last that’s for sure
8.4 Excellent
10 Jan 2018
Pros: Good car, friendly staff.
Cons: In Cape Town my booking was mixed up with another person of the same last name from another country. One week later it still isn't straightened out. I received his e-receipt for his four day rental and later my e receipt for my rental but with his name and private information. It appears I have been charged for a sum which I pre-paid and will have to go after Hertz for that. When I returned the car my supposedly fixed booking came up in his name. Very frustrating.
10.0 Excellent
17 Sep 2018
Pros: Nice clean, good running vehicle. Efficient at pickup and drop off
10.0 Excellent
19 Oct 2018
Pros: Loved the car
4.8 Okay
12 Dec 2018
Pros: quick drop off new car; no technical issues
Cons: slow processing; they block amount of money on my credit cart before signing the contract and consequently the price rose- up; the price didn't mach to the price I booked
Rated no. 2
Budget
budget
9.6 Excellent (1 review)
4 locations in Cape Town
Budget
Locations in Cape Town
123 Strand Street
+27 214 241 177
15 Tower Road
+27 219 273 001
367 Main Road
+27 217 974 581
Cape Town International Apt
+27 219 278 800
  • 10.0
  • 10.0
  • 10.0
  • 10.0
  • 8.0
Recent reviews
9.6 Excellent
2 Mar 2018
Buy the protection from Kayak upfront!
Pros: The car worked well, and the checkout process was well done. THe people at the counter were extremely patient as I needed to check on Collisions Damage Waiver, etc. with another company. The coverage offered by Kayak at the bottom of the confirmation email was much less expensive, so I definitely recommend taking this if you want coverage.
Cons: Optional coverage was outrageous. Signage to return the car was poor. It's marked something like Rental Car Shade or something strange like that.
Rated no. 3
Europcar
9.2 Excellent (3 reviews)
6 locations in Cape Town
Europcar
Locations in Cape Town
215 Main Road
+27 216 869 325
Cape Town Arabella Quays
+27 214 219 053
Car Rental Terminal
+27 219 358 600
Cnr Frans Conradie &
+27 215 950 210
Southern Sun Waterfront
+27 214 180 670
shop 2, QUAYSIDE
+27 214 215 190
  • 8.7
  • 10.0
  • 10.0
  • 7.3
  • 10.0
Recent reviews
7.6 Good
19 Mar 2018
Pros: Caught dishonesty on the return. The damage was only marked on one copy. There it appeared as though we had damaged the car.
10.0 Excellent
5 Nov 2016
Pros: I love my hire car I was given a 5 door Ford ECO sport far better than expected. Lots of room for our cases and golf clubs.
Cons: Everything was gtear.
10.0 Excellent
4 Aug 2018
Pros: Easy to pickup, friendly sales staff, and the car was clean and reliable.
Rated no. 4
Avis
7.0 Good (21 reviews)
5 locations in Cape Town
Avis
Locations in Cape Town
123 Strand Street
+27 214 241 177
15 Tower Road
+27 219 273 001
367 Main Road
+27 217 974 581
434 Koeberg Road
+27 215 526 636
Matroosfontein
+27 219 278 800
  • 7.1
  • 7.7
  • 7.3
  • 7.1
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent
26 Aug 2016
Pros: Gas mileage; Airport location easy drop-off
Cons: Wait at car pick-up Dinky car felt like a toy car on the highway
7.2 Good
11 Dec 2016
Good car, long queue's, GPS didn't work
Pros: Good clean car for a good price. Drop off was a smooth and quick process.
Cons: Queued for almost an hour to collect a pre booked car. I paid extra to rent a sat nav which didn't work and wouldn't pick up a GPS signal.
8.0 Excellent
10 Mar 2017
Pros: Good pick up to take us by golf cart into the office from arrivals. Everything ready, good service,no complaints
6.0 Good
21 Mar 2017
Cons: First car broke down. The replacement car was satisfactory.
6.0 Good
12 Apr 2017
Avis Cape Town is too focused on very minor scratches--causes worry
Pros: I rented a minivan/people carrier. It was a low-end model that was small compared to the category rented, but was good value-for-money. I would rather save money than have a "luxury" model minivan with extra bells and whistles. The car fit 7 people (only with no luggage) or 5 people with luggage. Would have been better if the advertisement made that clear, because it said 7 passengers and 4 pieces of luggage, but in truth it's EITHER 5 passengers + 4 pieces of luggage OR 7 passengers and no luggage.
Cons: When I picked up the car, Avis asked me to note every scratch on the car. This made me nervous, because I cannot control if someone parks next to me and opens their door into the car making a small scratch. Luckily, during our 12-day rental this did not happen. But when I returned the car, Avis was very, very focused on every little tiny scratch again, and they made me feel like they might charge me for scratches, even if I did not make them. They should allow for normal small scratches without making the customer feel threatened.
2.0 Mediocre
6 Jun 2017
Cons: the booking was canceled. I'll avoid kayak from now on unfortunately because of the use of a company like cartrawler.
8.0 Excellent
14 Oct 2017
Thatis good
Pros: It is resonble prce.and kindness
10.0 Excellent
28 Jan 2018
Excellent rental experience
Pros: Professional and helpful staff. Easy pickup and drop off.
Cons: Nothing
10.0 Excellent
6 Mar 2018
Smooth sailing
Pros: I liked walking into a busy office with a long line and walking right up to the preferred customer desk. It was an amazing feeling. Checkin was quick and easy, our car ran smoothly on a long road trip. When we returned it we didn't have to even go inside. We were met outside right away. Great experience.
Cons: Our car had an awkward luggage cover up that we were constantly battling. A quirk of the Toyota Avanza I suppose.
7.6 Good
28 May 2018
Pros: Staff at avis was really friendly. Car they gave me has less milage on it.
Cons: When car was handed over to me was not clean and had no floor mats inside.
Rated no. 5
Thrifty
6.0 Okay (9 reviews)
2 locations in Cape Town
Thrifty
Locations in Cape Town
24 Chiappin Street
+27 214 184 137
Unit Bg6 Car Rental Building
+27 210 000 028
  • 5.3
  • 7.3
  • 6.7
  • 4.7
  • 5.8
Recent reviews
4.0 Okay
3 Jul 2017
Impossible to contact
Cons: Another driver hit our rental car while in Madrid. Thrifty kept over 500 Euros for the damage until the other driver's insurance. I have been calling and emailing Thrifty Madrid for 2 months and have not yet spoken to a human being, even though the insurance claim was already paid.
4.8 Okay
30 Jan 2017
You can't help a customer a key locked in the car?
Pros: Pickup and Dropoff was fine. The vehicle was more or less what we expected.
Cons: I needed some help when I accidentally locked my keys in the truck of the vehicle. I realize this is my fault, but the staff lied and told me someone was en route to assist me. Further they told me I would receive a call from the manager. Nearly two hours after requesting emergency assistance, I received a call wherein I learned that Thrifty in SA does not unlock cars and I would have to do it myself. Thanks! I would have loved to have that information two hours prior. Foreign country, unusual circumstances, unhelpful/rude lying staff. Will not rent here again.
6.0 Good
20 Mar 2017
Car was not quite what it was supposed to be.
Pros: It was an adequate substitute.
Cons: It was old, scratched, dented and not very clean. The back lock was broken.
7.2 Good
20 Oct 2015
Cape Town Rentalk
Pros: Picked up downtown and dropped off at airport
Cons: Had to go into my home e-mail to print off confirmation as they said LDW insurance was mandatory and they wanted proof i had a contract without taking the insurance. No final paperwork was provided at the airport and I will have to check my credit card receipts to confirm the deposit was refunded.
6.8 Good
13 Jan 2016
Bad pickup - everything else was good
Pros: The Value for money (for the car itself) was great. Dropoff was also very fast
Cons: At the pickup time the car was not available. 5 other consumers also waiting for their cars. Our car arrived after 1,5 hours waiting. Thats very poor!!!
5.2 Okay
14 Nov 2016
Additional charge
Pros: I like how well the car worked and it's ability to transport us to wine country.
Cons: They inspected the car and noticed something that had been there prior to our rental agreement. And we were forced to pay it.
9.2 Excellent
23 Jan 2017
Pros: Good car, value and service for a last-minute rental
Cons: Limited opening hours on a Sunday (only until 3pm) and no ability to leave car after hours.
8.4 Excellent
25 Nov 2015
Pros: The car was as expected. Can't complain because it was so cheap!
Cons: Inconvenient drop off time. The office closes by 3pm on the weekends.
2.0 Mediocre
14 Jan 2016
Cons: I got an unknown charge on my credit card without any explanation.
Rated no. 6
Dollar
4.7 Okay (18 reviews)
3 locations in Cape Town
Dollar
Locations in Cape Town
24 Chiappini Street
+27 214 184 137
Shop 14a De Wet Centre
+27 218 829 416
Unit Bg6 Car Rental Building
+27 210 000 028
  • 4.1
  • 5.6
  • 4.8
  • 4.1
  • 5.0
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre
24 Oct 2016
Shocking!
Pros: Who can I talk to in regards to this?
2.0 Mediocre
11 Feb 2017
Cons: Never actually rented the car. After waiting 3 hours (arrived at 9am) for a car, we decided to cancel a reservation. Multiple other people cancelled as well. Staff were friendly, but disorganized and had zero concept of time to expect car.
6.8 Good
7 Mar 2017
Cons: I have ordered a mid sized car but none was available so they gave me a large 8 sitter which was hard to drive and hard to park.
8.4 Excellent
15 Apr 2017
Easy nearby collection
Pros: Easy pick up drop off
Cons: Car really small for bags but comfortable to drive
2.0 Mediocre
9 Jan 2018
Cons: Never got there - see Port Elizabeth review
2.0 Mediocre
10 Oct 2016
Do NOT rent from Dollar or Thrifty - Bad customer
Cons: The rental was done by Thrifty. They did not have the car that we reserved at the time we arrived. They gave us an upgrade, but wanted it back the next day. We were driving four hours East and the car could not be picked up. So we arranged to have it picked up at our next stop 2.5 hour away at the air port. That morning I received a call and arranged that we could exchange the car between 5-6 pm at the house. We had to go out of our way to be back at the hotel at 5 we waited until 5:45 gave them a call and they said that they would send someone out, it would take 2.5 hours. We had dinner reservation at 6:30 so that didn't work They finally answer the phone, and said they were too busy to answer the phone. The next day we gave up and drove the car back to the airport to return the car. Phone Call = $50 Time lost from our vacation = 5 hours Last time renting from Thrifty or Dollar
6.0 Good
27 Feb 2017
Pros: Once I got the correct car, was very nice
Cons: My car wasn't read at time of rental, there was an issue booking through Kayak as a third party booking service. As a result, instead of having an SUV, I was given a base model pick-up. Dollar was very good about changing it out the next day, but only after I had to make several phone calls and be available for an exchange, which impacted the plans for my vacation. Lastly, I have a charge on my credit card that occurred several days after my issue free return, for which I have been unable to get an answer for. Tank was full, no tickets, and no other issues upon return, so I an still waiting to learn why I have an extra charge.
4.8 Okay
25 Dec 2015
Bad service
Pros: Price
Cons: Poor courtesy (no smile etc.) Car was smaller than anticipated: we booked a car for 5 adults and I would say we received a car for 4 adults or 2 adults+3 children at best. No GPS available for rent.
2.0 Mediocre
10 Jan 2016
Pros: no cars, horrible service
Cons: no cars, horrible service
2.0 Mediocre
25 Jan 2016
Alright until the return
Pros: Comfortable car
Cons: Despite having topped off the tank before returning the vehicle we were charged for an additional 13 liters of petrol. I'm not entirely sure how driving 190 KM in a Chevy Aveo we could have used 38 liters of gas...In the future I am avoiding this company.
Sunnycars
sunnycars
8 locations in Cape Town
Sunnycars
Locations in Cape Town
1 Lower Buitengracht Street
33 Bree Street
34 Prestwhich Street - Corner Buitengracht
733 Voortrekker Road
Lower Long Street
Main Building Unit BG12, Central Boulevard 7625
Premier Motors (Caltex Garage)
Shop 36, Riverside Mall, Main Road
Firefly
firefly
7 locations in Cape Town
Firefly
Locations in Cape Town
1 Myrtle Lane
+27 283 124 479
126 Buitengracht Street
+27 214 221 846
2 Bird Street
+27 218 873 145
40 Loop Street
+27 214 106 800
Car Rental Returns
+27 219 353 000
Crystal Towers Hotel
+27 219 354 760
Shop Dg09 Conference Centre
+27 219 354 762
keddy by Europcar
keddy
7 locations in Cape Town
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Cape Town
32, Napier Street
Cape Town Arabella Quays, Convention Square, Lower Long Str, Cape Town
+27 214 219 053
Matroosfontein
Shop 2, Quayside, 34 Prestwitch Str, Cnr Buitengracht, Cape Town
Silwood Centre Campground Road Premier Motors
Southern Sun Waterfront
+27 214 180 670
Unit F3,,Maitland Park- 733 Voortrekker Road
Bidvest
bidvest
5 locations in Cape Town
Bidvest
Locations in Cape Town
Cape Town International Airport
Corner Of Bree And Riebeek Streets (33 Bree Street)
Fish Hoek Auto Centre, 31 Main Road
Khayelitsha Travel
+27 213 614 505
Shop 36, Riverside Mall, Main Rd
Sixt
sixtrentacar
5 locations in Cape Town
Sixt
Locations in Cape Town
200 Durban Road, Oakdale
+27 112 309 958
49 Loop Street
+27 214 221 480
55 Dorp Street
+27 218 828 349
88 Belvedere Rd,Colstein Terr.
+27 216 838 715
Cape Town Int. Airport
+27 112 309 958
1First Car Rental
1firstcarrental
4 locations in Cape Town
1First Car Rental
Locations in Cape Town
200 Durban Road, Oakdale, Bellville
+27 219 482 522
49 Loop Street
Car Rental Parking International Airport, Matroosfontein, Cape Town
+27 219 347 499
Unit E Colstein Terrace, 88 Belvedere Road, Rondebosch
+27 216 838 715
Tempest Car Hire
tempest
4 locations in Cape Town
Tempest Car Hire
Locations in Cape Town
212 Durban Road
+27 219 462 493
Cape Town Airport
+27 842 341 120
Corner of Wale & Buitengracht Street
+27 842 341 117
Silwood Centre,Campground Road Rondebosch
+27 214 819 860
Al Wefaq
alwefaq
1 location in Cape Town
Al Wefaq
Locations in Cape Town
Cape Town International Airport
+27 219 347 165
CABS Car Hire
cabscarhire
1 location in Cape Town
CABS Car Hire
Locations in Cape Town
Cape Town Airport
+27 213 865 500
Comet Car Rental
cometcar
1 location in Cape Town
Comet Car Rental
Locations in Cape Town
Cape Town International Airport
Economy Rent a Car
economy
1 location in Cape Town
Economy Rent a Car
Locations in Cape Town
Unit 6 , Airport Business Park
+27 213 862 411
KEA Campervan rental-AU
keacamperrental
1 location in Cape Town
KEA Campervan rental-AU
Locations in Cape Town
Cape Town Downtown
Ofran Holiday Autos
ofran
1 location in Cape Town
Ofran Holiday Autos
Locations in Cape Town
Arrival Hall
Woodford
woodford
1 location in Cape Town
Woodford
Locations in Cape Town
Cape Town Airport
96 travellers who rented a car in Cape Town gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.3

Car hire locations in Cape Town

Good to know

Most popular car type Full-size

When to book a hire car in Cape Town

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Top tips for renting a car in Cape Town

  • 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 hire 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 hire car companies. Located in the center of the airport, there are hire 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 petrol 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.
  • Book your rental car in Cape Town at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in Cape Town are around 69% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Cape Town

What is the most popular rental car in Cape Town?

Full-size (Toyota RAV4 or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Cape Town.

What is the cheapest car rental company in Cape Town?

In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Woodford ($14/day), Avis ($15/day) and Budget ($18/day).

What is the best rental car company in Cape Town?

Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Cape Town are Avis (7.6, 2309 reviews), Sixt (7.5, 1070 reviews), and Budget (7.4, 4188 reviews).

What is the cheapest car hire location in Cape Town?

In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Woodford Cape Town Airport 7490 (13 kilometres from the city centre).

How can I find car rentals near me in Cape Town?

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

How much does a Full-size car rental cost in Cape Town?

A Full-size car rental in Cape Town costs $52 per day, on average.

How much does a Economy car rental cost in Cape Town?

A Economy car rental in Cape Town costs $17 per day, on average.

How much does a Luxury car rental cost in Cape Town?

A Luxury car rental in Cape Town costs $76 per day, on average.

What type of car is recommended for driving in Cape Town?

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.

What's the speed limit in Cape Town?

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.

How are gas prices in Cape Town?

To fill up your hire 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 petrol in most of the large cities that are in the United States or Canada.

Where are the best places to park in Cape Town?

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.