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Car hire in Western Cape

Car hire in Cape Town

Hiring a car in Cape Town is simple, use the search box to your left, enter the name of the airport or place you want to pick up your hire car from and Expedia will help you compare the prices of small, medium and large cars so that you can find the cheapest car hire deals in Cape Town. Alternatively, below you can check out some of the great deals on car hire we currently have for Cape Town.

Driving in Western Cape

Cape Town is the most popular tourist destination in Africa, benefiting from a fantastic climate, natural beauty and well-developed infrastructure. The main roads are well-maintained ensuring that Cape Town car hire remains a great way of seeing the city and surrounding areas.

Visitors to Cape Town range from the adventure seekers to those seeking a relaxing break. Renting a car is perfect for both. There are natural sights to be explored, like Table Mountain National Park, and a short drive and ferry ride will take visitors to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for over 2 decades.

Tourism is a major part of the economy in the area and the hotels in Cape Town are able to accommodate for all budgets. However, visitors won't be spending a lot of time inside, as there is so much to do in this bustling city.

Hiring a car in Cape Town offers the easiest way to see it all. Taxis can be expensive and who wants to take public transport on holiday?

From quiet sandy beaches, busy market squares and enthralling nature reserves, the whole family will enjoy the amazing sights and sounds that Cape Town serves up.

Book your trip today and experience firsthand all that Cape Town has to offer!

Cheap Car Hire at Cape Town Airport

Cape Town International Airport lies just outside the city centre. Visitors renting a car should not expect much more than a half an hour's drive to their hotel with the city centre only 20 km away.

Flying into Cape Town International Airport puts visitors right in the heart of the scenic Western Cape region of South Africa. Hiring a car allows tourists to see it all with ease. There are many nature reserves in close proximity to the airport, although Table Mountain National Park is among the most popular and is only a 50 km drive southwest from the Cape Town airport.

Tourists wishing to rent a car from the airport will have plenty of choice. Many major car rental companies have locations in the airport itself. Cheap car hire from Cape Town Airport is available through Europcar, Hertz, Avis and Sixt. No matter the reasons for visiting Cape Town, car rental companies will have the ideal vehicle for which to make the most out of the experience. From luxury convertibles to reliable 4x4s, tourists will have all they need to guarantee a great driving holiday.

Travelling from the airport to the city couldn't be easier. Infrastructure in Cape Town is amongst the best on the entire continent and traffic flows easily because of it. Go west on the N2 Highway and tourists will soon find themselves within touching distance of the dramatic coastline. Impressive views will greet visitors heading into Cape Town with the impressive Table Mountain dominating the landscape.

Visitors seeking a true nature experience may want to head east in their rental car first. There are many nature reserves east of Cape Town that is home to an abundance of South African wildlife. Many of the extraordinary nature reserves are within an hour's drive of Cape Town International Airport and include spectacular views of the coastline. Simply go west on the N2 and travellers will soon uncover a world of flora and fauna that simply can't be experienced anywhere else.

Car hire in Cape Town really opens up a world of possibilities for travellers. Despite the vastness of Africa, there is a great array of natural sights to explore in close proximity around this major city. Whether renting a car to enjoy the dramatic coastline or seeking a faster paced experience, car rental is the most convenient and affordable option to make the most of holidays in Cape Town.

Car Hire in Cape Town, The City

Hiring a car is without question the best way to get around Cape Town and the surrounding areas. Roads are in good condition, well laid out and many of the popular areas of interest are well sign-posted.

Parking in the city is also reasonably straightforward. The relatively new initiative of car attendants makes it even easier. They will assist drivers with parking in the right areas, as well as operating the parking metres. Some may even offer to watch the vehicle whilst it is parked, though this is not universal for all attendants. It is not obligatory to pay the attendants though it is common to tip generously upon returning to the rental car.

The primary concern of tourists when renting a car is safety, both on the road and that of possessions in the rental car itself. When parking, ensure that all belongings left in the rental vehicle are locked in the boot. Items left in plain sight often won't be there upon your return.

When driving in the city centre, avoid the temptation of driving with the windows open. At traffic lights or in congested areas it is not unheard of for sunglasses to be snatched off faces. Instead, opt for the air-conditioning and wait until driving outside the city to enjoy the sea air.

Cape Town is a safe city and tourists should not feel uncomfortable driving or walking in the city centre. The vast majority of Cape Town residents are friendly and more than happy to help visitors to their stunning city. However, to avoid unwanted additional charges from car hire companies, avoid parking in remote areas and attempt to seek out the safer, designated areas.

As with many other major cities, Cape Town experiences its own rush hour. In the morning, traffic can start to pile up as early as 6am whilst evening rush hour starts around 4pm. Those wanting to make an early start will be treated to a unique experience of this vibrant city, which can be eerily quiet at first light.

Fortunately for English visitors, South Africans also drive on the left side of the road so there's no need to worry about oncoming traffic!

Cape Town is a truly magical place that is best experienced through the ease and convenience of a rental car. Car hire in Cape Town is affordable and provides visitors with the best chance to observe and enjoy all the city and surrounding natural areas have to offer.