Car rental Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg, also known as ‘the city of gold’ is the commercial capital of South Africa, with a legacy linking back to the gold rush to the area in the late 1800’s. Jozi as it’s more fondly referred to by locals is a sprawling urban playground with a wealth of shopping centres, beautiful public parks and a rich heritage which has shaped South Africa’s history.

The city has a lot to offer nearby with many options for car rental Johannesburg to these various locations, immerse yourself in African tribal culture at Lesedi Cultural villages which isn’t far from the CBD, so renting a car in Johannesburg will be sufficient.

Johannesburg also isn’t far from the wildlife abundant country of Botswana and renting a camper to cross over the border is also an option if one wishes to do a self drive safari.

Best time to visit

Johannesburg experiences chilly winters with sunny days, but the mornings can become unbearably cold. It’s widely considered that the best time to visit Johannesburg would be during the spring or summer months, where weather is warm and dry.. This is also the best time to see all the flora in bloom and Johannesburg is also accredited for having the biggest man made forest on the planet. Car rental Johannesburg or a 4×4 if you are travelling up north, but avoid convertibles as rain or bad weather could adversely affect your trip.

Around the area

Johannesburg is famous for its parks for which there are many, Emmarentia Dam is a popular picnic destination and every now and then they host live music. The Maboneng Precinct is great for those wanting to experience the newly developed urban life in Johannesburg.

The Braamfontein area is great for the abundance of arts, culture and nightlife. Other notable areas are the iconic Melville and cosmopolitan Greenside. Another great option to taking a short drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site – The Cradle of Humankind.

Getting around

Johannesburg really is a sprawling city scape of roads and routes. Although public transport has improved with the introduction of the world class Gautrain rail network, this facility is still limited to where it can get to, so even more so than the other two major urban areas of the country, car rental Johannesburg is absolutely essential when wishing to navigate the city.

Length of stay

Johannesburg is doable in a week but if one wishes to really immerse themselves in the culture whilst experiencing neighboring towns, nature and wildlife, roughly two weeks would be a more sufficient time frame.

What to pack

Its best to prepare for all weather conditions, the summer months are generally hot and dry and the winter months can become bitterly cold. Summer has the occasional thunderstorm so pack some waterproof clothing and a jacket or two.

Where to stay


Maboneng is a newly developed area in the heart of Johannesburg, dedicated to building a more holistic, artistic city. There is a world of guest houses, backpackers and boutique hotels to choose from in the area.


Melville is a very established urban, residential, business and entertainment area in Johannesburg with a world of accommodation facilities to choose from which suit all budgets.


Greenside is very similar to Mellville but is also in close reach to some of picturesque parks the city has on offer.


Sandton is one of the financial and business hubs of the city and is definitely a region which is for the higher end tourist looking for a bit of pampering and luxury in the city.

Why rent a car in Johannesburg with Drive South Africa

Johannesburg really is a sprawling metropolitan area almost impossible to navigate without your own vehicle. Not to worry, with Drive South Africa’s extensive experience in this field, renting a car in Johannesburg really is a click or a phone call away.

Call today to find out what the best deals are for car rental Johannesburg to ensure you have the best experience possible while travelling through South Africa’s biggest and most commercially driven city.

FAQs for Car Hire in Johannesburg

Bluu Car Rental South Africa (International), First South Africa Domestic, Hertz International South Africa, Avis Car Rental International, Thrifty Car Rental South Africa (International) offer car hire in Johannesburg that adhere to strict COVID-19 health, cleaning and safety standards.

You can hire a car in Johannesburg from AUD 26.2 per day for a Hyundai i10 from Avis Car Rental.

The cheapest car to hire in Johannesburg is the Hyundai i10 from Avis Car Rental. You can rent the Hyundai i10 from AUD 26.2 per day.

The cheapest car hire agency in Johannesburg right now is Avis Car Rental. Book directly with them via Drive South Africa.

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You can hire a car at Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport from Bluu Car Rental, First Car Rental Domestic, Hertz

You can hire a car at Lanseria International Airport from First Car Rental Domestic, Bluu Car Rental, Hertz

SUV / 4x4s car hire in Johannesburg costs anything from AUD 54.81 per day to AUD 244.63 per day.

People Movers car hire in Johannesburg costs anything from AUD 103.17 per day to AUD 205.94 per day.

Luxury Cars car hire in Johannesburg costs anything from AUD 87.45 per day to AUD 147.1 per day.

Standard Cars car hire in Johannesburg costs anything from AUD 30.23 per day to AUD 97.53 per day.

MPVs car hire in Johannesburg costs anything from AUD 49.97 per day to AUD 82.62 per day.

Commercial / Bakkie car hire in Johannesburg costs anything from AUD 41.91 per day to AUD 75.36 per day.

Compact Cars car hire in Johannesburg costs anything from AUD 26.2 per day to AUD 45.14 per day.

It costs AUD 183.37 to hire a car for a week in Johannesburg. The cheapest weekly car rental rate is for the Hyundai i10 by Avis Car Rental.

It costs AUD 785.88 per month to hire a car long term in Johannesburg. The cheapest monthly car rental rate is for the Hyundai i10 by Avis Car Rental. You can pay up to AUD 785.88 per month to hire a Hyundai i10 long term in Johannesburg.

Petrol costs from AUD 1.8386 per litre up to AUD 1.8909 per liter in Johannesburg. Diesel costs from AUD 1.8748 per litre up to AUD 1.9522 per liter in Johannesburg. Last updated at 2022-12-14 11:33:31

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