South Africa

Cheap Car Hire in South Africa from $20

Cape Town, South Africa
23 Apr — 30 Apr
Driver's age: 26-65
Cape Town, South Africa
Tue 23/4
Noon
Tue 30/4
Noon

South Africa car hires in 2024

Get helpful information to start your search for the perfect car hire in South Africa. The average price data is based on the last 12 months and was last updated on 16 April 2024.

Most popular company

Woodford

Most common car type

Compact

Average price per day

$50

Cheapest price per day

$20

What are the car hire prices for popular cities in South Africa?

Discover the price range for hiring a car in popular cities across South Africa, helping you budget and make informed decisions for your upcoming travel. There are 758 pickup locations in South Africa to choose from. Price data has been averaged over the last 12 months and was last updated on 16 April 2024.

Price

$31 - $107

Out of all the popular cities in South Africa, Cape Town is the cheapest city to rent a car in at just $31/day. Renting a car in Cape Town is 71% cheaper than renting one in George where the per day rate is around $107. Other fairly inexpensive cities in South Africa to get a rental car in are: Durban ($33/day), Johannesburg ($34/day), and Hoedspruit ($36/day). While these cities typically have cheaper prices than the rest of the country, travelers looking to rent a car in Johannesburg should expect to spend around $34/day on their transportation. The most popular city to rent a car in South Africa is Johannesburg.

What is the cheapest time to rent a car in South Africa?

Discover the most affordable period to rent a car in South Africa and save money on your trip. The monthly average price data is based on historical data over the last year and was last updated on 16 April 2024.

January

$40

February

$49

March

$49

April

$46

May

$40

June

$38

July

$40

August

$40

September

$38

October

$38

November

$38

December

$43

Currently, the cheapest month to rent a car in South Africa is June. The most expensive time to rent a car is February. The cheapest prices for each month are shown above, but prices will vary based on availability, how far out you book your rental car, and of course, car type.

Popular car types in South Africa

Explore the most popular car models available for hire in South Africa and choose the one that suits your needs. The price data is sourced from various car hire companies and was last updated on 16 April 2024.

There are currently 1,247 hire locations operating in South Africa spread across 33 car hire agencies. In the past week, the cheapest car type to hire in South Africa is small car at $20 a day. Below are all the 4 car types available for hiring in the area, along with estimated starting prices:

Economy

Economy

Compact

Compact

Intermediate

Intermediate

Full-size

Full-size

People mover

People mover

Full-size SUV

Full-size SUV

Mini

Mini

Premium

Premium

Compare available car types for hire in South Africa

Compare and contrast the various car types offered for hire in South Africa to find the perfect fit for your trip. Price data is based on averages over the last 12 months and was last updated on 16 April 2024.

Small cars

$36 - $45

All Car Types

$63 - $88

To hire a small car in South Africa, you would pay an average price of $41/day. November is the cheapest month to hire a small car in South Africa (~$36/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is June (~$45/day). In fact, November is about 15% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a small car hire for South Africa. When comparing with other car types available for hire in South Africa, hiring a small car saves you 44% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best South Africa small car hire prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To hire a medium car in South Africa, you would pay an average price of $86/day. September is the cheapest month to hire a medium car in South Africa (~$72/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is January (~$110/day). In fact, September is about 17% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a medium car hire for South Africa. When comparing with other car types available for hire in South Africa, hiring a medium car is 13% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best South Africa medium car hire prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To hire a large car in South Africa, you would pay an average price of $144/day. October is the cheapest month to hire a large car in South Africa (~$119/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is January (~$190/day). In fact, October is about 18% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a large car hire for South Africa. When comparing with other car types available for hire in South Africa, hiring a large car is 48% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity.

To hire a SUV in South Africa, you would pay an average price of $78/day. July is the cheapest month to hire a SUV in South Africa (~$66/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is June (~$91/day). In fact, July is about 16% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a SUV hire for South Africa. When comparing with other car types available for hire in South Africa, hiring a SUV is 4% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best South Africa SUV hire prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To hire a van in South Africa, you would pay an average price of $105/day. July is the cheapest month to hire a van in South Africa (~$80/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is June (~$140/day). In fact, July is about 25% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a van hire for South Africa. When comparing with other car types available for hire in South Africa, hiring a van is 30% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity.

To hire a pickup truck in South Africa, you would pay an average price of $109/day. May is the cheapest month to hire a pickup truck in South Africa (~$88/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is November (~$637/day). In fact, May is about 20% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a pickup truck hire for South Africa. When comparing with other car types available for hire in South Africa, hiring a pickup truck is 32% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity.

To hire a luxury car in South Africa, you would pay an average price of $115/day. October is the cheapest month to hire a luxury car in South Africa (~$98/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is January (~$198/day). In fact, October is about 15% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a luxury car hire for South Africa. When comparing with other car types available for hire in South Africa, hiring a luxury car is 35% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity.

Kia Picanto$20/day
2
M
A/C
Kia Picanto

Tips for hiring a car in South Africa

Browse helpful tips for hiring a car in South Africa including age restrictions, car type suggestions and more. Tips were last updated on 16 April 2024.
  • If you're travelling with children in South Africa, make sure you're aware of the rules regarding safety seats for different ages. Children under the age of three must be in a fitted car seat appropriate for their size. Children between the ages of three and 14 must be in either a car seat or a booster. Car seats must meet certain regulations, so it may be easier to get one from your car hire company in South Africa.
  • Be sure to keep an eye out for animals on the roads, particularly at dawn and dusk in rural areas. If you're doing a self-driving safari, be sure to pay attention to the signs indicating which animals are likely to be present in various areas at different times. While avoiding animal collisions is the main concern, travellers should also be aware that baboons have been known to open car doors, so be sure to keep your vehicle locked at all times if you know there are baboons in the area.
  • In South Africa, avoid driving outside of major cities once it gets dark if possible. There is very little illumination and people often walk along the edges of the road without reflective gear. Additionally, the road markings may not be visible at night. If you're travelling between cities, it may be easier to make overnight stops instead of taking day trips that require you to drive back in the evening.

Top hire agencies in South Africa

Explore the leading car hire agencies in South Africa known for their outstanding service and extensive range of vehicles to choose from. There are currently 8 car hire companies in South Africa. Reviews were last updated on 16 April 2024.
Have a look at the top car hire agencies available in South Africa, including those that serve Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. See what past customers have to say, compare prices, and review other key details before deciding.

keddy by Europcar

134 locations

Avis

106 locations

Bluu

102 locations

Bidvest

100 locations

Budget

94 locations

Europcar

75 locations

Sunnycars

74 locations

1First Car Rental

73 locations

Best South Africa car hire deals found

Browse through a selection of recently found affordable car hire deals in South Africa. Plan your trip with ease and find the perfect hire option for your needs. There are currently 8 hire car agencies in South Africa with an average daily rate of $59. Data was last updated on 16 April 2024.
These are some of the best options we've found for those looking for car hires in South Africa, including options within a close proximity to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. If these deals don't match what you're looking for, not to worry -- deals are updated on a regular basis.
Kia Picanto$20/day
2
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A/C
Kia Picanto
Nissan March$21/day
2
M
A/C
Nissan March
Nissan Micra$22/day
2
M
A/C
Nissan Micra

Car hire FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions about car hires in South Africa, including policies, requirements, and more. FAQs were last updated on 16 April 2024.
  • Should I hire a car in South Africa?

    Hiring a car in South Africa is one of the best ways to explore the country. The country is home to several famous driving routes that are best explored with your own vehicle. For example, the Garden Route is a multi-day trip that takes travellers through national parks and along the country's coastline. There are also several areas in South Africa where you can do your own self-drive safari. You'll generally need to hire specific vehicles for this with some major international companies such as Avis offering this service. With your own vehicle, you'll have the freedom to explore South Africa at your own pace and you'll be able to visit places that are harder to reach via public transport.

  • What is driving like in South Africa?

    Toll roads are quite common throughout the country. Your vehicle will likely be equipped with an e-tag that will add the cost of your tolls to your total costs. Petrol stations can be found frequently along the roads, even in more rural areas, but it's still a good idea to fuel up before a long drive. In South Africa, an attendant will usually fill your tank up. While planning your route, pay attention to the various types of roads. N and M roads are national roads and motorways respectively, and they are generally very well-maintained. N roads are usually toll roads. R roads are highways that may have potholes or other damage, and D roads are local roads that may be unsealed.

  • How old do you have to be to hire a car in South Africa?

    Drivers must be at least 18 years old to hire a car in South Africa and most companies require you to have held a full licence for at least one year. Some companies will only hire vehicles to drivers over 21 or 23 years old, and most will add a young driver's surcharge for any driver under the age of 25. You will need to present a valid driving licence (written in English) and a credit card that matches the name on the licence. If your licence is not in English, you will also need an International Driving Permit. Make sure to keep your driving licence and passport on you at all times when driving in South Africa.

  • Which car hire company is considered to be the best in South Africa?

    Taking our users’ ratings and reviews into consideration, Thrifty (10.0 rating), Alamo (10.0 rating) and keddy by Europcar (10.0 rating) seem to be the best car hire companies in South Africa.

  • What is the most popular car hire provider in South Africa?

    When hiring a car in South Africa, the most popular provider of hire cars among Cheapflights users is Woodford, and with prices around $52/day, it’s easy to understand why. The most popular car type from Woodford is SUV, which starts as low as $28/day.

  • What is the cheapest city to get a rental car in South Africa?

    When visiting South Africa, it is typically cheapest to hire your car in Durban where rental cars typically will cost around $40/day (46% less than the country average). The absolute cheapest car hire price in South Africa was found in East London for just $26/day.

  • What side of the road do you drive on in South Africa?

    Cars travel on the left side of the road in South Africa.

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Small car hires in South Africa

Find small car hire deals in South Africa from well-known providers in the area and save on gas mileage with the options provided below. small car hires in South Africa cost an average of $25 per day. Price data was last updated on 16 April 2024.
Nissan March$21/day
2
M
A/C
Nissan March
Nissan March$22/day
2
M
A/C
Nissan March
Nissan Micra$22/day
2
M
A/C
Nissan Micra

Car hires by fuel type in South Africa

Browse car hires by fuel type in South Africa. Currently, Petrol/Diesel cars are the cheapest to rent in South Africa. Deals were last updated on 16 April 2024.

Browse through car hire deals by fuel type in South Africa. There are currently 2 fuel types to choose from with Petrol/Diesel being the cheapest ($17+).

Hybrid

Hybrid

Petrol/Diesel

Petrol/Diesel

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