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Get captivated in a Cape Town car rental 

Known for its natural wonders, Cape Town is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. As the legislative capital of South Africa, and the country's second-largest city, this coastal paradise is a sight even for eyes that aren’t sore. With world-class natural attractions, extreme sports, majestic beaches, surf schools, family activities, and nightlife, it’s hard to see Cape Town as a city you simply can’t miss. And with a rental car from Cape Town Airport, you can get jet-setting across the city to make the most of all its wondrous offerings.

A little about Cape Town Airport 

Cape Town International Airport is the third-largest airport in Africa and is often known as the second busiest airport in South Africa. The airport itself is situated nearly 20km from the city centre, and offers both domestic and international flights.  

The central plaza and terminal buildings are modern and well-equipped spaces that are very easy to navigate—especially with the free WiFi available throughout the terminal.

Houses and buildings in Cape Town.You can also find all kinds of dining options, retail shops, several ATMs, and souvenir stores. Once you make your way to the entry of the airport, you’ll also find rental desks where you can pick up the Cape Town rental cars you booked with GoSee.

Why having a car hire Cape Town Airport is a great idea 

Renting a car from Cape Town Airport lets you explore this gorgeous South African city for all its worth. As a Multicultural melting pot, it’s a city that welcomes migrants with open arms. And thanks to its cultural diversity, there are several commonly used languages spoken in this city; English, Afrikaans, and Xhosa. 

You don’t need to know all three, because English will get you by in almost every situation…but it never hurts to brush up on some Afrikaans and Xhosa phrases!

Cape Town is also a list-topper for international tourists due to its pleasant climate, stunning natural surroundings, and world-class city infrastructure. Many travellers make the most of the pristine beaches in the area, and make no detours to shopping through high street stores, or taking trips through the magnificent local art galleries, world class restaurants, and bars. 

To make the most of it all, though, a car hire in Cape Town is a must. A rental car also lets you adventure through cinematic seaside cliffs, galivant through vineyards, scout out the top food spots, and hike up to one of the world’s natural wonders.

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Driving tips for Cape Town 

Whether you hire a car from East London Airport or Cape Town Airport, driving a car hire around South Africa is a breeze. You just need to get familiar with both the basic road rules and a little street knowledge to drive comfortably and safely at all times.

Here are the most important things to remember when driving in Cape Town:  

  • Keep all valuables out of sight when driving, and always keep your doors locked. 
  • Plan your travel routes in advance to avoid any unwanted surprises, delays, or detours. It’s a great idea to invest in a GPS to make the most of your trip here.
  • It is illegal to use a cellphone while driving a car. 
  • Unlike Port Elizabeth, toll roads are a regular sight in Cape Town, especially on highways. Always double-check whether you are on a toll road before continuing your car hire Cape Town journey. 
  • Check road signs for the local speed limit. In general, the speed limit in residential areas is 60kph, and 120kph on highways. 

Best time to visit Cape Town in a car hire

When planning your Cape Town car rental trip, it's important to remember that the seasons here are reversed from America’s. South Africa's summer corresponds with America's winter, and so on. 

As you can imagine, summer in Cape Town is the busy season and is the most expensive and busiest time to visit. Hotels and attractions are usually overabundant with other tourists during summer. 

On the other hand, between June and August, chilly weather and heavy rainfall set in, putting a damper on tourist activities and clearing out the masses. 

With all that said, the best months to visit Cape Town are from March to May and from September to November. 

These are both ‘shoulder’ seasons that offer the best weather, least amount of other tourists, and lower prices for hotels and many tourist attractions.  

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Top activities in Cape Town

From natural wonders (literally) to pristine beaches, world-class food, and family fun, Cape Town has a little something for everyone. Here are just a few of our top picks to include in your car rentals Cape Town Airport itinerary:

Nature  

  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
  • Maclear's Beacon
  • Boulders Beach
  • Two Oceans Aquarium

History & culture  

  • District Six Museum 
  • Babylonstoren 
  • South African National Gallery 
  • Iziko South African Museum 

Food & wine  

  • The Neighbourgoods Market 
  • Beau Constantia 
  • Oranjezicht City Farm Market
  • Warwick Wine Estate

Once you’ve ticked Cape Town off the list, you’ll want to explore the vast majestic Western Cape! Explore it in comfort by hiring a car from George Airport with GoSee.

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Car rental Cape Town Airport: Frequently asked questions

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How much is it to hire a car in Cape Town?

With GoSee, you can find rental cars in Cape Town for as low as $27 per day, or from $62 per day for SUVs and other larger vehicles.

What is the cheapest car hire agency in Cape Town? 

Thrifty and Bluu often offer the cheapest Cape Town car rentals.

Is it cheaper to rent a car for the week? 

Many Cape Town Airport car rental agencies offer discounts on extended rentals, from as short as three days to a week and over. It’s best to check for yourself by booking for over a week with GoSee.

Which car hire companies in Cape Town have updated their vehicle cleaning and safety policies because of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

All of our partner car hire Cape Town companies maintain a strict vehicle cleaning and safety policy in accordance with Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Where is Cape Town Airport (CPT)?

Cape Town Airport is located in Matroosfontein, approximately 12 miles (20 km) southeast of the city centre, approximately a 30-45 minute drive away.

How do I find the best car hire deals at Cape Town Airport? 

You can find the top car rental Cape Town Airport deals using GoSee, which only shows the best and cheapest car hire deals from leading companies like Bluu Car Rental Cape Town Airport, Thrifty, Hertz, Budget, and Avis Car Hire.

What choice of cars are there to hire at Cape Town Airport? 

You can find the perfect hire car for any situation at Cape Town Airport. For budget-conscious travellers, cheap sedans are plentiful. For couples or bigger groups, the most popular car hire typically are SUVs, feature-packed luxury cars, and even minivans on offer.

What tips are there for hiring a car at Cape Town International Airport?

Make sure you have all the necessary documents in order to pick up your rental car Cape Town Airport. At a minimum, you will need a full driver’s license (international if required), a credit card with enough funds to cover all pick up and excess fees, and your booking confirmation.

Where can I drive to near Cape Town? 

There are several great destinations near Cape Town worth visiting by car, from Cape Peninsula to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, Cape Point, Cape Winelands, Stellenbosch, and Franschhoek.

Why rent a car with GoSee?

Looking for a cheap car rental? With GoSee, you can instantly find the best and cheapest deals in Cape Town. Within minutes you can search, compare, and book the perfect rental for your South African adventure.