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Car Hire from Cape Town Airport

Car Hire at Cape Town International Airport

This information is correct as of May 2015

When you hire a car at Cape Town International Airport you can explore the Mother City at your own leisure. You can also get out and explore beautiful national parks, visit beautiful beaches, and stock up your cellar on the Stellenbosch wine trail.

Where to hire a car at Cape Town International Airport

Avis, Thrifty, Sixt, Budget, First Car Rental, Hertz, National, and Tempest all operate from Cape Town International Airport. You can find the desks inside the international and domestic terminals.

Petrol stations near Cape Town International Airport

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

There’s a BP garage just outside the airport, so you don’t need to worry about finding a petrol station on the way.

Driving around Cape Town International Airport

The N2 passes the airport. The motorway follows South Africa’s Indian Ocean coastline, stretching from Cape Town to Ermelo. It’s a major road with three lanes in each direction. Make sure you’re comfortable with your rental car before joining traffic.

Getting to your destination

The Western Cape is full of exciting destinations: from vibrant towns to safari zones. We’ve put together a quick guide to reaching some of the most popular places, and how easy it is to park once you get there.

Cape Town

Colourful and cosmopolitan Cape Town combines European attitudes with African culture. The music and art scenes are fantastic, while the scenery is fantastic: just Google Table Mountain.

It takes about 20 minutes to drive into central Cape Town. If you have a rental car it’s a good idea to choose accommodation with car parking. There are two thousand paid on street parking bays in downtown Cape Town, and 36 car parks.


With its elegant buildings and buzzing nightlife, Stellenbosch is the perfect base for exploring the Cape winelands.

It takes about 40 minutes to drive to Stellenbosch from Cape Town International Airport. Most of the parking is metered: it’s free to park in car parks for up to half an hour, 5 rand (about 27p) to park for 1-2 hours, and 50 rand (about £2.70) to park for a full day. Rates for on-street parking vary, but is usually in the 6 rand (about 32p) per 15 minutes with a maximum stay of one to two hours.


Go whale watching, swim with great white sharks, or go scuba diving in the popular coastal town of Gansbaai.

It takes about two hours to drive to Gansbaai from Cape Town International Airport. There are plenty of places to park your car in Gansbaai, and most of the hotels have car parks available for guests.

Prices subject to change

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