Car hire from Bloemfontein (Bram Fischer International Airport) Airport
This information is correct as of August 2015
Bloemfontein, Dutch for ‘the fountain of flowers’, is a city in the centre of South Africa. This is where you can find car hire from Bloemfontein Airport.
Where to hire a car in Bloemfontein Airport
There are several car hire providers at Bloemfontein airport. Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Sixt, Budget, National and First have branches at Bloemfontein Bram Fischer International Airport. All of the car hire providers can be found within the terminal building.
Petrol stations close to Bloemfontein Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There are several petrol stations closeby to Bloemfontein Airport. On leaving the airport, take the 2nd exit on the roundabout to merge onto the N8. Continue for 5km and the petrol station will be on your left. If this isn’t available, take the exit for Rudolph Greyling Avenue, and take the third exit at the next roundabout. The petrol station will be on your right.
Driving around Bloemfontein Airport
Bloemfontein Airport is very close to the city. In less than 10 minutes, you’ll be in the centre using Highway 8. The main roads around Bloemfontein are in a good condition, however as you drive further out you’ll come across more uneven roads. If you’re going to be going into National Parks, it’s worth considering hiring a 4x4. These are available to hire from Bloemfontein Airport.
Popular destinations to drive to from Bloemfontein Airport
The city of roses, Bloemfontein, is best known for it’s annual rose festival. This is one of the biggest cities in central South Africa. The museums, parks and Zoo in Bloemfontein are popular with travellers, but there’s also a growing CBD.
To get to the city, take the third exit on the roundabout when leaving the airport, so you merge onto the N8. Continue along the N8 to get to the centre. It’s recommended that you keep your vehicle inside a secure parking lot or inside your hotels car park when in Bloemfontein.
Kimberley is the capital of the Northern Cape Province in South Africa, but it’s better known for the ‘big hole’, also known as the Open Mine.
It’s a 1 and a half hour drive from Bloemfontein to Kimberley. To reach Kimberley, keep on the N8 when exiting the airport to drive towards Bloemfontein, then take the exit for the N1 to get to Kimberley. Continue for 160km to reach Kimberley. It’s also advised that you keep your vehicle in a secure place when staying in Kimberley.
Lesotho & Maseru
Maseru is on the border of Lesotho and South Africa. Lesotho is a landlocked and hilly self-administrative Kingdom, inside of South Africa. Maseru is the capital city of the Kingdom.
It’s easy to reach Maseru and Lesotho by taking the N8 southbound from the airport, it takes around 4 hours to reach the border. Some of the border points around Lesotho will only allow you to enter if you’re in a 4 wheel drive, and occasionally bags are checked too. Some of the border control offices close around 4pm, which you should bear in mind before you set off.