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Car Hire from Cape Town Airport

Car Hire at Cape Town Airport

This information is correct as of June 2015

Whether you want to dive with Great White Sharks, swim with penguins or surf the best waves in the world, you can find the best car hire at Cape Town Airport with Skyscanner.

Where to hire a car at Cape Town Airport

There are eight car hire companies with desks at Cape Town Airport: Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Europecar, First, Hertz, National Car and Sixt. All of the desks are inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.

Petrol stations near Cape Town Airport

Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.

Luckily there is a BP petrol station in the grounds of Cape Town airport, just three minutes by car from the car rental depot. Simply turn left out of the car hire depot and drive to the end of the road. The petrol station will be on your left hand side.

Driving around Cape Town Airport

Cape Town is well Airport is well connected to the region’s roads. In good condition, the roads are not the problem. One of the main issues facing drivers in Cape Town is carjacking. It is wise to ask hotel staff where it is safe to drive, particularly at night. Always take reasonable precautions. The N1 highway runs north-east, passing Bloemfontein and Johannesburg on its way from Cape Town to Harare in Zimbabwe. The N2 runs along the East Coast towards the Garden Route, George and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, through the Wild Coast up to Durban and Swaziland. The N2 is a toll road through the Tsitsikamma National Park. The N7 goes north along the West Coast to Springbok and Namibia.

Getting to your destination

We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Cape Town Airport.

Boulders Beach

Children and adults will love magical Boulders Beach, famous for its penguin colony. Here visitors can watch these cute animals in their natural habitat, swim with them and even see them hatching! Local lodges provides beautiful accommodation.

Boulders Beach is approximately 1 hour by car from Cape Town Airport. Take the Airport Approach Road and merge with the N2. Take exit 6 towards Muizenberg. Merge onto the M3, take exit 23 onto the M42 then take the M64. Follow this towards the M4 which is signposted to Boulders Beach.

Hout Bay

This beautiful bay on the Atlantic coast is a surfers dream, with some of the biggest waves in the world. Dungeons and Tafelberg Reef are its most famous spots. The idyllic fishing harbour is perfect for wandering while the local fish and chips are out of this world.

Hout Bay is just 40 minutes by car from Cape Town Airport. Take the Airport Approach Road to the N2. Take exit 6 and merge onto the M3. Take the M6 to Victoria Road and continue following signs for Hout Bay.

Cape Town

From shark diving to climbing Table Mountain, there are many iconic sights in Cape Town. This sunny city is edgy but beautiful with stunning white sand beaches, glorious winelands, superb diving, surfing and safari; there is just about every outdoor activity you could wish for. Carnivals, concerts, museums, festivals, markets and malls and outstanding food make for fun in the sun.

It takes just 20 minutes to reach Cape Town from the airport. Take the Airport Approach Road onto the N2. Follow it to Searle Street, take exit 2 then take Keizersgracht to Darling Street and the city centre. On street parking in Cape Town is hard to find. However, if you manage to get a space it will cost from 4.10R for 30 minutes and 8.20R for 60 minutes in the centre of the city. Prices on the outskirts are a little cheaper. Car Parks are often cheaper and may be a safer option in the centre of town. Many hotels in Cape Town also offer parking but it may not be free of charge.

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