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Pick-up location Johannesburg
Rental locations 68
Airport locations 22

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Rated no. 1
Budget
budget
Best rated
7.4 Good (4,184 reviews)
2 locations in Johannesburg
Budget
Locations in Johannesburg
5 Loveday Street
+27 114 920 069
O.R. Tambo Int Apt
+27 115 735 000
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Rated no. 2
Bidvest
bidvest
10.0 Excellent (1 review)
5 locations in Johannesburg
Bidvest
Locations in Johannesburg
10, Skietlood Street
130 Main Str
494, Wrench Road
O.R. Tambo Int. Airport
Shop 20, Fourways Value Mart
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Rated no. 3
Woodford
woodford
10.0 Excellent (1 review)
1 location in Johannesburg
Rated no. 4
Avis
8.0 Excellent (12 reviews)
3 locations in Johannesburg
Avis
Locations in Johannesburg
5 Loveday Street
+27 114 920 069
Cnr Oxford & Bierman Rd
+27 114 427 012
Johannesburg Intl Airport
+27 115 735 000
  • 7.5
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  • 8.2
  • 7.3
  • 8.0
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8.4 Excellent
15 Oct 2016
Efficient Car Rental
Pros: The staff were friendly and efficient. Total no-hassle car rental. I'd rent from them again in a heartbeat.
Cons: Nothing against Avis, but the Chevy Spark compact option is tiny and drives like it is being powered by three stressed-out sprinting hamsters. Overall though, a very good experience. Just size up on the car if you want any power on the highways.
10.0 Excellent
21 Oct 2016
Easy Avis
Pros: Good clean basic car
Cons: Nothing
8.0 Excellent
4 Nov 2016
Professional-looking but service can be improved
Pros: The car was clean. When we rented the car, the ladies at the counter took time to explain where we were not insured (we only got PAI and CAD), which we appreciated, since we would probably spend more if we didn't have the extra insurance they promoted at the counter.
Cons: We weren't too happy with the car selection. We reserved a Hyundai Accent (or similar), and the car we ended up with had really slow acceleration (VW Vito), which I don't think is at part with the Accent's. When we returned the car, the guys who received it said we would get our invoice within 5 working days, despite us insisting for our invoice. We had to wait for it from the man at the counter.
10.0 Excellent
26 Dec 2016
Great experience at Avis JNB Airport
Pros: Fantastic pick up experience.
Cons: Everything was fine - no complaints at all.
10.0 Excellent
4 Jan 2017
Another great experience at Avis-OR Tambo
Pros: Prompt, efficient pick-up and drop-off, kind service, well-maintained, clean vehicle.
Cons: It was hard to find the fuel station at OR Tambo Airport to refuel, and since I was running against the clock, I couldn't. But the Avis staff assured me that they'd handle it.
8.0 Excellent
2 Feb 2017
Pros: It was a good car for the category I have selected.
Cons: The car had some noise in the wheels during the whole renting days, which I could not identify. I believe that if the car has gone through some check before being delivered, this slight problem could be fixed.
10.0 Excellent
27 Feb 2017
Fast , eficient and friendly service.
Pros: Good value for money.
Cons: Nothing
6.8 Good
3 Jun 2017
Cons: After we told them no insurance they put it on the paper work then when we pointed it out he had to start the paperwork over again. Originally issued a car with no gas and smelled like cigarettes badly. Had to unpack our backs and go all the way back to the rental center. No apology. Just a silent reissue of keys. Drop off was chaotic. No return recipet was issued.
6.4 Good
14 Jan 2018
Make sure u know what u are getting!!
Pros: Friendly service but slow as it’s africa! Didn’t get the car I was expecting so had to upgrade half way through rental.
10.0 Excellent
27 Sep 2016
Pros: Avis was really great - i needed to upgrade and they allowed me to do so without a problem. I'm very happy with the service.
Rated no. 5
Europcar
europcar
6.9 Good (6 reviews)
4 locations in Johannesburg
Europcar
Locations in Johannesburg
18 Currie Road
+27 115 489 723
Eskom Transport Division
+27 118 002 910
International Airport
+27 113 903 909
Rissik street
+27 113 338 726
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From $19/day
Rated no. 6
Hertz
Cheapest deal
Most popular
4.8 Okay (17 reviews)
7 locations in Johannesburg
Hertz
Locations in Johannesburg
1 Georgian Crescent
1 Jones Road
+27 113 909 700
17 Patrick Road, Jet Park
Cnr Rivonia & West
Hilton Hotel
+27 117 838 943
Monument Toyota
+27 112 882 700
R512 Broeder Stroom
  • 4.7
  • 5.6
  • 5.3
  • 4.3
  • 4.8
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6.4 Good
29 Mar 2017
Hidden costs
Pros: The car was clean and new.
Cons: I didn't like that the cost for renting did not include all the fees. It didn't have the extra fees for it being at a airport location along with other fees. I wanted this rental since it was online for $17 per day but when I got to the counter it came up to $25 a day. The clerk at the front desk gave a crapy reason saying that since I got it from kayak a third party site that's why the extra costs wasn't on that site. Lucky I only needed the car for one day but if I needed it for an extended length of time I would not have been happy.
8.0 Excellent
5 Mar 2018
Pros: Fast and friendly seevice
Cons: How they place exorbitant holds on your card if you don’t pay for insurance
8.4 Excellent
13 Oct 2018
Great rental just extremely slow customer service
Pros: Great car, great price
Cons: It took more than 30 minutes before we were served at the pick up counter. Then all was well.
2.0 Mediocre
10 Feb 2019
Cons: Shocking
9.6 Excellent
4 May 2019
Pros: The staff offered an upgrade. The process was easy and fast upon checking in and out. We got a great price as well!
Cons: The car was small. We could have gotten a bigger size only because my husband is a giant! But that was out doing, not the company’s.
4.4 Okay
8 May 2019
Pros: Car wasn’t filled with gas. Had to to fight with Hertz about that. Didn’t believe me that I’d received an empty vehicle. Also over charged fur insurance.
2.0 Mediocre
21 Nov 2016
I was left stranded.
Cons: there was no car. Even though i had confirmations Hertz said I had no reservation.
6.4 Good
19 Sep 2017
Rude reception
Cons: Aready voiced my concerns to manager. Reception staff was appalling. After that fine
8.0 Excellent
26 Sep 2017
Great Service; Misleading Price
Pros: Everything about the experience was very easy and professional. The attendant was knowledgeable and articulate. The vehicle was easily accessed and the return procedure was smooth and efficient.
Cons: I realize the car rental business does not face the stringent fee transparency rules of airlines, but the difference in booked versus actual rate is ridiculous. We paid over THREE times the rate we had agreed to upon reservation.
2.0 Mediocre
8 Oct 2017
Did not receive our car
Pros: Nothing
Cons: We came to the counter around 8am when we were supposed to pick up our car and they didn’t even what we ordered. So we waited because their systems were down. We waited over 45 minutes and still no car. We need to leave the airport around 9am to be able to make it to something we had planned. So we had to leave hertz and go to another rental company. We were 30 mins late to something that was very important. We were very unsatified with our service. Hertz made us late to something we needed to be on time too.
Sunnycars
sunnycars
10 locations in Johannesburg
Sunnycars
Locations in Johannesburg
130 Main Street
18 Currie Road
22 Harley Street
Bonaero Park
Burchmores Auction Centre, 18 Eastern Service Rd
Crn 5th And Alice Lane
Desk in arrival hall
Level, Cnr West St & Rivonia Road
New Road
Rissik Street
Sixt
sixtrentacar
8 locations in Johannesburg
Sixt
Locations in Johannesburg
1 Marion Street
+27 117 844 608
106 Constantia Road, Pomona
+27 112 309 940
80 Hill Street cnr West Street
+27 861 502 330
Cnr R512 & Pelindaba Road
+27 112 309 958
Cnr Rietfontein&North Rand Rd
+27 100 012 514
O. R. Tambo Internat. Airport
+27 112 309 958
Shop D03, Mezzanine Level
+27 100 018 040
cnr Hendrik Potgieter&Cascades
+27 112 309 958
Firefly
firefly
7 locations in Johannesburg
Firefly
Locations in Johannesburg
1 Georgian Crescent West
+27 115 493 100
17 Patrick Road, Jet Park
+27 113 979 288
Cnr Rivonia 7 West
+27 117 837 943
Cnr Rivonia And West St
+27 219 354 800
Jhb-ort Tambo Int Airport
+27 113 909 700
Lanseria Airport
+27 116 592 224
Monument Toyota
+27 112 882 799
1First Car Rental
1firstcarrental
5 locations in Johannesburg
1First Car Rental
Locations in Johannesburg
106 Constantia Road
106, Corlett Drive
CMH Ford and Mazda, 80 Hill Street (Corner West), Randburg
+27 115 097 339
O R Tambo International Airport, Car Rental Concourse, Isando, Johannesburg
+27 113 902 342
Shop D03, Mezzanine Level, Johannesburg Park Station, Rissik Street
+27 100 018 040
keddy by Europcar
keddy
5 locations in Johannesburg
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Johannesburg
49 Corner Herman and Koornhof Streets
+27 119 226 390
Eskom Transport Division- Megawatt Park
Johannesburg Wanderers Vi
OR Tambo International Airport
+27 113 903 909
Rissik Street- Johannesburg Park Station
+27 113 338 728
Tempest Car Hire
tempest
4 locations in Johannesburg
Tempest Car Hire
Locations in Johannesburg
16 Ernest Oppenheimer Ave
JHB Park Station cnr Wolmerance & Rissik St Shop M2
+27 842 341 126
Johannesburg International Airport
+27 842 341 127
Southgate Mall (Entrance 1)
+27 842 842 835
AutoEurope
autoeurope
2 locations in Johannesburg
AutoEurope
Locations in Johannesburg
Avis
Avis Park Hyatt Hotel
CABS Car Hire
cabscarhire
1 location in Johannesburg
CABS Car Hire
Locations in Johannesburg
Johannesburg International Airport
+27 113 921 388
Ofran Holiday Autos
ofran
1 location in Johannesburg
Ofran Holiday Autos
Locations in Johannesburg
Jan Smuts-Arrival Hall
29 travellers who rented a car in Johannesburg gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.2

Car hire locations in Johannesburg

Good to know

Most popular agency Hertz
Most popular car type Full-size
Average price $22/day
Good deal $19/day

When to book a hire car in Johannesburg

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Top tips for renting a car in Johannesburg

  • Renting a car is the perfect option for those wanting to explore not only Johannesburg, but also other major destinations across South Africa. Public transportation is often crowded and unreliable, and it is more cost-efficient to self-drive to some attractions rather than take tours. Rent a car and visit the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the Cradle of Humankind, or embark on a longer road trip and cross over the border to Botswana for a self-led safari.
  • All the major car hire companies can be found at Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport (JNB), which is just over 12 miles from the city center. The car hire desks are located to the left side as you enter the parking lot’s ground floor, just opposite Domestic Arrivals. Avis is open 24 hours. When driving out of the airport, you’ll find many “spaghetti” junctions, so, if you don’t know the area, make sure to ask for a GPS device when renting the car.
  • The first thing you need to know when driving in Johannesburg is that traffic runs on the left side of the road. Road signs are mainly expressed in both Afrikaans and English, and the distances are measured in kilometers rather than miles. When driving in the city, make sure to keep your windows rolled up, especially if you’re stopped. Avoid driving at night, as roads are dimly lit and the chances of encountering drunk, reckless drivers are higher.
  • Avoid driving through Johannesburg and particularly around the airport area during the morning rush hour, which usually happens between 6:30 a.m. and 9 a.m., and then again during the evening peak hour, between 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Traffic jams in Johannesburg can easily add up to an hour to your travels, so plan your journey in advance if you have to be somewhere at a specific time.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Johannesburg for $19 or less
  • Book your rental car in Johannesburg at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in Johannesburg are around 55% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Johannesburg

How much does it cost to hire a car in Johannesburg?

On average a hire car in Johannesburg costs $22 per day.

What is the most popular rental car in Johannesburg?

Full-size (Ford Ranger or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Johannesburg.

What is the cheapest car rental company in Johannesburg?

In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Hertz ($16/day), Budget ($21/day) and Europcar ($29/day).

What is the best rental car company in Johannesburg?

Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Johannesburg are Enterprise (8.5, 12801 reviews), Avis (7.6, 2280 reviews), and Sixt (7.5, 1063 reviews).

Which car hire agencies are at the airport: OR Tambo Airport (JNB)?

The only car hire company onsite at OR Tambo Airport is Hertz.

Which car rental companies will pick you up at the airport: OR Tambo Airport (JNB)?

The only car hire company that offers shuttle or pick-up services from OR Tambo Airport to off-airport locations is Hertz.

What is the cheapest car hire location in Johannesburg?

In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Hertz R512 Broeder Stroom 1748 (1 kilometres from the city centre).

How can I find car rentals near me in Johannesburg?

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 Johannesburg?

A Full-size car rental in Johannesburg costs $39 per day, on average.

How much does a Economy car rental cost in Johannesburg?

A Economy car rental in Johannesburg costs $22 per day, on average.

How much does a Intermediate car rental cost in Johannesburg?

A Intermediate car rental in Johannesburg costs $27 per day, on average.

How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in Johannesburg?

On average a rental car in Johannesburg costs $151 per week ($22 per day).

How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in Johannesburg?

On average a rental car in Johannesburg costs $649 per month ($22 per day).

What type of car is recommended for driving in Johannesburg?

If you’re looking to drive long distances, fuel efficiency in a vehicle should be your top priority, so opt for an economy car. But, if you’re headed out on a safari, a four-wheel drive is a good idea. When traveling there in the summer months (November to February), a car with air conditioning is a must.

What's the speed limit in Johannesburg?

The speed limit in the city is usually 60 km/h (37 mph), but it may be lower in certain residential areas. Other non-urban open roads have a speed limit of 100 km/h (62 mph), and freeways typically have a speed limit of 120 km/h (75 mph). However, speed limits often change, so keep an eye out for the posted signs.

How are gas prices in Johannesburg?

The average petrol prices in Johannesburg are about R61.01 ($4.23) per gallon. Prices can get as low as R57.92 ($4.01) per gallon, and as high as R64.35 ($4.46) per gallon. There are several petrol stations around the airport in case you need to fill up the tank before you drop off your vehicle, but if you’re heading there during rush hour you might have to wait in longer lines.

Where are the best places to park in Johannesburg?

There are several safe parking spaces and parking lots around the city, usually looked after by car guards (attendants in reflective vests) who will take care of your vehicle in exchange for a few rands of tip. If you’re not driving much around the city itself, ideally you should either book a hotel that can offer parking or leave your car at the airport and pick it up when needed.