Hiring a car in Cape Town

Get around the vibrant heart of the Mother City with Cape Town City Centre car rental from Drive South Africa – the simplest, most affordable way to explore the city at your own leisure. Nestled under the slopes of Table Mountain, the City Centre is a great destination for both leisure and business travel.

Cape Town Sunset


Cape Town Sunset

Many global corporates, national headquarters, and thriving businesses are found here, along with the acclaimed International Convention Centre, many tourist attractions, the popular Long Street, and a diversity of accommodation, shops, restaurants, and facilities.

Key things that you will want to see and do once you have collected your hired car include; 

-a walk down Long Street

-a trip to Green Market Square

-a visit to the South African National Museum

-a visit to the National Art Gallery

-a trip up the mountain in a cable car

-a stroll through the nearby Bo Kaap area

-wining and dining at a plethora of restaurants that cater to every taste

How Does The Car Rental Process Work?

Drive South Africa works with a broad network of renowned car hire companies to bring you the best rates on the short and long-term car rentals in Cape Town City Centre. Choose from a huge range of rental options such as standard car rentals, luxury car rentals, 4x4 rentals, SUV rentals, van rental, and even campers to find one that best suits your requirements, then book online through our secure website.

Hiring a cheap car in Cape Town has never been easier! Rates can be compared for each vehicle to give you the best deal, while those in the city for longer stays can select a monthly hiring plan to save even more.

Chapmans Peak Drive


Chapmans Peak Drive

Once payment has been made and the booking confirmed, you simply need to head to the nearest car hire branch in Cape Town to collect your vehicle. The Waterfront, Camps Bay, and many other hotspots are mere minutes from the City Centre, while many other attractions are found over the rest of the peninsula too.

Best time to visit Cape Town

When visiting Cape Town it would be recommended to come in Summer which would be December, January, and February. Remember, when hiring a cheap car in Cape Town it is important to get a car with a strong aircon because it can get nice and hot in the mother city.

In Summer, Cape Town has many different beaches for you to choose from and to drive to. There are beautiful little towns to visit and to explore that are best done with a car due to public transport not being the greatest.

Travelling in winter is also a great option where you will be able to find top-class restaurants and coffee shops to warm you up on your trip down Cape Town.

In and Around Cape Town

As said before, Cape Town is famous for its beaches, Clifton is a popular beach destination, and every now and then they host different activities. The V&A Waterfront is great for those wanting to experience the newly developed urban life in Cape Town. Loop Street and Long Street are great for the abundance of arts, culture, and nightlife.

Other notable areas are the iconic areas around Cape Town would be;

-Camps Bay

-Woodstock

-Greenpoint

If you are feeling up for a road trip, you could always consider driving up the garden route by having a garden route self-drive experience.

What to Pack for your Trip to Cape Town

It’s best to prepare for all weather conditions, the summer months are generally hot and the winter months can become bitterly cold. So, a good summary of what to pack for a great Cape Town summer vacation would be;

-Light, cool breathable clothing

-Swimming costumes

-Sun hats and sunscreen

-Hiking gear or good walking shoes

-A good windbreaker-type jacket

-A light jacket and long pants for the occasional chilly evening

For winter, your packing list might look a little different;

-A good warm coat

-Boots/waterproof shoes

A scarf and gloves for cold evenings

-A few light, cool items for the odd sunny, warm day

-An umbrella and/or raincoat

Just remember that if you hiring a cheap car in Cape Town you need to make sure that you’ve got a vehicle that allows for enough baggage space.

Because there is so much to offer in Cape Town and what surrounds it, a big car that can be capable of anything would be the safest option when renting a car in Cape Town. Just make sure if you are a diver or a surfer to pack in a thick wetsuit.

If you are flying directly into Cape Town, you could hire a car in Cape Town International Airport or hire a 4x4/SUV at the Cape Town airport.

Hire a Car Cape Town FAQ's

How old must you be to hire a car in Cape Town?

Most suppliers require you to be 21 as an international driver and 23 for South African drivers, you are also required to have held a valid license for at least 2 years before hiring a car.

There are various options depending on the supplier so please contact us if you are below this age and need to rent a vehicle when hiring a cheap car in Cape Town.

How does my rental deposit work in renting a car in Cape Town?

When you hire a car in Cape Town, if you have chosen a package with an excess then you will be required to have he full excess value available on your credit card for a deposit. If you return the vehicle without any damages then this amount will be refunded to you. If repairs are required or parts need to be replaced then you will be charged the correct amount and any remaining funds will be refunded to you.

No matter what package you have chosen you will be required to pay a rental deposit. This varies from R1000 to R2000 depending on which supplier is used. This deposit will be refunded if the vehicle is returned on or before the agreed date and time with a full fuel tank. If the vehicle requires re-fuelling then you will be charged for this and the remaining funds will be refunded. If you return your vehicle late without contacting Drive South Africa then you will be charged for the additional days at the supplier’s extension rates.

What do I need to rent a car in Cape Town?

When you’re hiring a car in Cape Town, you just need a debit or credit card.

At the rental counter, you’ll need:

Your passport

Your voucher

Each driver’s driving licence

The main driver’s credit card (some rental companies also accept debit cards, but most don’t).

Important: Please make sure you check the car’s rental terms as well, as each rental company has its own rules. For example? They might need to see some extra ID. They might not accept certain types of a credit card. Or they might not rent to any driver who hasn’t held their driving licence for 36 months or more.

How are the roads in Cape Town?

In the city itself, the roads are good but there are some areas that do not have the best roads surrounding Cape Town and hiring an SUV or bigger car in Capen Town could be to your benefit.

FAQs for Car Hire in Cape Town

Europcar South Africa Domestic, Hertz South Africa Domestic, Thrifty Car Rental South Africa, First South Africa Domestic, Bluu Car Rental South Africa (Domestic), Tempest Car Hire South Africa offer car hire in Cape Town that adhere to strict COVID-19 health, cleaning and safety standards.

You can hire a car in Cape Town from ZAR 270 per day for a Hyundai i10 from Tempest Car Hire.

The cheapest car to hire in Cape Town is the Hyundai i10 from Tempest Car Hire. You can rent the Hyundai i10 from ZAR 270 per day.

The cheapest car hire agency in Cape Town right now is Tempest Car Hire. Book directly with them via Drive South Africa.

Search Drive South Africa's website to find car hire near you in Cape Town

You can hire a car at Cape Town International Airport from Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty Car Rental, First Car Rental Domestic, Bluu Car Rental South Africa, Tempest Car Hire

SUV / 4x4s car hire in Cape Town costs anything from ZAR 614 per day to ZAR 3035 per day.

People Movers car hire in Cape Town costs anything from ZAR 1080 per day to ZAR 2555 per day.

Luxury Cars car hire in Cape Town costs anything from ZAR 760 per day to ZAR 1825 per day.

Standard Cars car hire in Cape Town costs anything from ZAR 350 per day to ZAR 1210 per day.

MPVs car hire in Cape Town costs anything from ZAR 530 per day to ZAR 1025 per day.

Commercial / Bakkie car hire in Cape Town costs anything from ZAR 520 per day to ZAR 935 per day.

Compact Cars car hire in Cape Town costs anything from ZAR 270 per day to ZAR 695 per day.

It costs ZAR 1890 to hire a car for a week in Cape Town. The cheapest weekly car rental rate is for the Hyundai i10 by Tempest Car Hire.

It costs ZAR 8100 per month to hire a car long term in Cape Town. The cheapest monthly car rental rate is for the Hyundai i10 by Tempest Car Hire. You can pay up to ZAR 8100 per month to hire a Hyundai i10 long term in Cape Town.

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