Make the Most of your trip to the Mother City with Cape Town Car Hire

It is difficult to enjoy everything that Cape Town has to offer without a hire car. Although the city has a great public transport infrastructure, booking car hire in Cape Town gives you the freedom to travel at leisure without having to worry about set schedules and routes.

About Cape Town

Cape Town is one the world's premier tourist destinations and as such it is well equipped to cater to every traveller. Whether you are visiting for business or pleasure, single or in a group, you will find that your every need is met in this vibrant cosmopolitan city.

Accommodation is available across a wide range of preferences, flights arrive and depart to and from Cape Town International Airport to every corner of the country, and the car hire options are considerably varied.

You can take a 4x4 on nearby extreme excursions and safaris, hop into a limo for that luxury once in a lifetime event or hire a touring vehicle to explore the winelands and beyond. Budget options are also available for quick business trips and luxury sedans suit the family who intend to spend a lot of time exploring any of the many attractions that the Mother City has to offer.

Most Car Hire Cape Town companies operate from Cape Town International Airport, with satellite branches dotted at convenient spots throughout the city.

For ultimate convenience, prices for Cape Town rental cars can be compared and booked online.

Car Rental Cape Town Airport

There are currently 9 agencies offering car rental Cape Town from the airport.

Avis Car Hire

Avis Rent a Car has been in operation since 1945 in the US and in South Africa since 1967. This established brand offers an extensive bouquet of services, vehicles, insurance packages and extras. Avis Rent a Car has branches at 80 locations in South Africa including Tower Road at Airport Industria and on Strand Street in Cape Town.

Bidvest Car Rental

Bidvest car rental took over Budget car hire in 2015 and has 120 branches all over South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. They offer economy, luxury and speciality vehicles as well as rentals of extras such as baby seats and GPS units. Bidvest car rental Cape Town outlets may be found on the Corner of Bree and Riebeek Streets as well as at the airport.

Capital Car Hire

Capital Car Hire is available at all major cities in South Africa and has been in operation since 2000. This agency rents out luxury and economy vehicles as well as a variety of 4x4 single and double cab pick-up trucks.

Dollar / Thrifty Car Rental

One of the fastest growing rental brands in South Africa, Dollar Car Rental was established in 2002 and currently has 31 branches. In Cape Town, they have a second branch at 10 Hospital Street in De Waterkant.


After 60 years in the business, Europcar has developed a few unique products, such as online check-in to add to their bouquet of car hire options. This well-established Car Rental Cape Town company has branches in Quayside, Rondebosch, Kensington, at the Waterfront and Westin Grand Hotel.

First Car Rental

This proudly South African care hire company was launched in 1999 and has 51 branches nationwide and 6 500 vehicles in use. First Car Rental Cape Town operates out of Rondebosch, Stellenbosch and Bellville as well as Cape Town International Airport.

Hertz Car Hire

This US based company has been in operation since 1918 and opened its first branch in South Africa during 1950. Today, operations extend to 49 branches all over the country, including 7 at the Gautrain stations. You will find Hertz Car Hire Cape Town at the airport, Century City and in Loop Street.

Tempest Car Hire

Established in 1986, Tempest currently services all major locations in South Africa with 3000 vehicles in service. Tempest Car Hire Cape Town is found in Bellville, Stellenbosch and Wale Street in the city.


Marketed as South Africa's largest independent car hire firm, with a 25-year history, Woodford has 1500 vehicles on the road. You will find Woodford Car Hire Cape Town at major airports all over South Africa.

You can pick up your hire car from the kiosks in front of the Transport Plaza and Central Terminal Building at Cape Town International Airport. This area is accessed via two clearly marked pedestrian subways on either side of the terminal building.

How to Get the Best Deals on Car Hire Cape Town

With so many Car Rental Cape Town companies to choose from, researching the best prices can be daunting. Comparing prices online is the quickest and easiest way to find the latest cheap car rental Cape Town.

If you are traveling from abroad, make sure that you have the correct driver's licence to hire a car in South Africa. An international driver's licence is required for car hire Cape Town.

Cape Town is a popular destination for travellers and we recommend booking your Cape Town Car Hire online well in advance to avoid disappointment.