Car Hire in Cape Town
You can easily rent a car in Cape Town. Both international and local businesses provide car hire service at Cape Town International Airport (CPT). All offer cars, SUVs, and vans in compact, intermediate, and full-size options.
You can reserve a car online through Skyscanner before flying. Once you land, head to the Transport Plaza outside the Central Terminal Building and collect your car there.
Car Hire at Cape Town Airport
International car hire companies include AVIS, Hertz, and Europcar, and all provide service to Cape Town International Airport (CPT). You can also hire a car from Cape Town's local businesses, such as Woodford, Capital Car Hire, and Tempest. These cars can be reserved online through the airport website before you take off. After you land, you can pick up your car from the airport's Transport Plaza.
Once you rent a car at Cape Town’s airport, you can head to the city. The Cape Town City Centre is a short 20-minute drive west on the N2 freeway.
Driving in Cape Town
Traffic in Cape Town isn’t very different from what you’d find on European streets. Cars drive on the left side of the road, and seatbelt use is compulsory. The speed limit is 35 miles per hour on urban streets and 75 miles per hour on freeways. Try to orient yourself around the Cape Town City Centre; the city was built inland from the neighbouring Cape Town Harbour.
While in Cape Town, experience the legendary nightlife of Long Street and the growing art scene of Woodstock. Drive an hour and a half south to visit the Cape of Good Hope. You can also see cheetahs in Firgrove Rural, a district on the eastern edge of Cape Town.
Find places to stay in the waterfront districts of De Waterkant and the Cape Town City Centre. You won’t have to worry about parking when shopping or walking through the city. Leave your car rental in Cape Town’s public parking lots or by the curb.
Parking in Cape Town
After you book a hotel room and hire a car in Cape Town, you’ll need parking. Your hotel will have 24-hour parking included with your room, so overnight parking is covered. When exploring the shopping districts of Kalk Bay or Greenmarket Square, park in the nearby public lots. These parking lots charge small fees for hourly or all-day usage.
Where to Go and What to See in Cape Town
Drive to the base of Table Mountain and ride a cable car to its peak. Take in the magnificent view of the Atlantic coastline before driving along Chapman’s Peak Drive. The scenic cruise ends an hour south of Cape Town in Noordhoek.
Explore the vibrant neighbourhood of Bo-Kaap on foot or in your car. Then head to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront to shop and eat at seaside restaurants.
If you want to relax, drive your car rental to Cape Town’s Kirstenbosch Gardens. After wandering through the exotic flora, visit Boulder’s Beach to recline in the sun while watching the local penguins.