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Car hire Cape Town

121CarHire.com Cape Town is an independent car hire comparison site. Our system compares prices from well-known car hire companies. As a customer, you can always book your hire car through us at a competitive rate.

Popular rental locations in Cape Town

The following rental locations are the most popular for renting a car in Cape Town

Car rental offers in Cape Town

Whether you're looking for a small rental car or a station wagon for the entire family, we will always have a suitable vehicle for the lowest price. Below are some examples from our selection in Cape Town.
  • For example: Suzuki Celerio
    Mini class
    For example: Suzuki Celerio
  • Popular category
    For example: Suzuki Swift
    Economy class
    For example: Suzuki Swift
  • For example: Renault Sandero
    Compact class
    For example: Renault Sandero
  • For example: Ford Focus
    Intermediate class
    For example: Ford Focus
  • For example: Toyota Etios
    Standard class
    For example: Toyota Etios
  • For example: Isuzu D-Max
    Full-size class
    For example: Isuzu D-Max
  • For example: Nissan Qashqai
    SUV class
    For example: Nissan Qashqai
  • For example: Ford Tourneo Connect 5 pax
    Passenger van class
    For example: Ford Tourneo Connect 5 pax

Car rental companies in Cape Town

Below are the car rental companies in Cape Town with the best ratings. Compare all ratings and prices of these rental companies in one search.
  • Bidvest Car Rental
    8.4 (175)
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  • Avis
    8.4 (4857)
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  • Budget
    8.1 (8415)
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  • First Car
    8.1 (519)
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  • Hertz
    8.1 (5617)
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  • Sixt
    7.9 (2451)
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  • Keddy By Europcar
    7.6 (2754)
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  • Europcar
    7.4 (6595)
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  • FireFly Car Rental
    6.9 (3230)
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  • Thrifty
    6.7 (4422)
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  • Green Motion
    6.6 (1546)
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Car rental companies in and around Cape Town

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Cape Town

Available locations in Cape Town:

123 Strand Street
367 Main Rd

Location information for Cape Town

Cape Town's official boundaries stretch from Table Mountain to Table Bay, two of South Africa's signature landmarks. However, car hire in Cape Town is useful for venturing around Cape Town's larger metropolitan area, which extends as far south as Cape Point, as far east as Durbanville, and as far north as Atlantis. Motorists driving private vehicles have many advantages in South Africa's southernmost city.



Many visitors go online and compare car hire deals in Cape Town International Airport as there is no public transportation between Cape Town and its airport other than taxis and private hotel shuttles. The N2 motorway journey between Cape Town and its airport lasts about half an hour, and is easy to navigate by car.

Car Hire Cape Town

Car rental in Cape Town and the rest of South Africa is usually cheaper than in Europe. Fuel costs more than in the United States but less than in Europe. Drivers needing automatic transmissions should make this request in advance as most Cape Town rentals have manual transmissions. Driving on the left is another additional challenge for many motorists.


Cape Town claims to boast South Africa's slowest and most polite drivers, although many outside the city would beg to differ. Although driving in Cape Town is safer for tourists than the city's spotty public transportation network, motorists should nonetheless be extra cautious at traffic lights and while driving at night, when hijackers are most likely to strike.

Things To See and Do

No Cape Town visit would be complete without an excursion to the renowned Franschhoek and Stellenbosch Cape Winelands vineyards. However, the Garden Route from Mossel Bay to the Addo Elephant and Tsitsikamma national parks also ranks among the world's most breathtaking road journeys. The drive along Chapmans Peak Drive to Hout Bay may be lesser known but is no less spectacular.

Best Time To Visit

Cape Town's climate will feel very familiar to visitors from southern Europe and California with similar mild winters and hot summers with an average daytime temperature of 23°C. The only major differences are the Southern Hemisphere's reverse seasons and the springtime ‘Cape Doctor' winds that sweep out Cape Town's pollution in October and November. Temperatures may cool slightly during the autumn months between March and May, but the cooler weather is also accompanied by huge discounts on hotel rooms and food.

Practical information

  • Currency
    South African rand
  • Driving direction
  • City speed limit
    60 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    100 km/h
  • Language
    English, Tswana, Southern Sotho, Afrikaans, Southern Ndebele, Swati, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
  • Popular car category
  • Popular rental companies
    First Car

What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.
Is 121CarHire.com the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours). Which car rental companies are compared by 121CarHire.com? at this location
  • Bidvest Car Rental
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • First Car
  • Hertz
  • Sixt
  • Keddy By Europcar
  • Europcar
  • FireFly Car Rental
  • Thrifty
  • Green Motion