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Uncover the capital of KwaZulu-Natal in a Durban car rental

As one of South Africa’s most irresistible vacation spots, Durban is overflowing with things to see and do. It’s known for its gorgeous beaches of the Golden Mile, the world-class surfing options, and surprisingly, its large Indian community that make Durban a must-visit foodie destination—we just hope you like curry! Public transportation in Durban isn’t exactly world-class, so you’ll want to secure the best and cheapest deals on Durban car rentals from GoSee for your South Africa trip.

How and where to pick-up your rental car from Durban International Airport

With GoSee, you can find the best and cheapest range of car rentals from Durban Airport, and without spending hours searching the world wide web for them.

Simply put your details into the search fields on the main page, and you’ll instantly find the greatest car rental options from the top car hire companies in the airport.

Once you’re ready to pick up your rental vehicle, all you need to do is make your way past baggage claim and customs, and enter the visitors hall where you will find all the top suppliers, including Thrifty, Avis, and Bluu Car Rental Durban Airport.

Driving in Durban: What you need to know

Whether this is your first car rental or you are already a seasoned traveller, we want you to get the most out of your trip in South Africa. And so, avoid getting pulled over, paying fines, or getting into legal trouble with these top tips:

  • Drive on the left side of the rode, and give way to the right.
  • Always wear your seatbelts—they are compulsory.
  • Use of cellphones while driving is illegal.
  • Pay attention to road signs for speed limits.
  • Most national roads between major centres are toll roads. Keep cash or credit cards nearby to pay these tolls.

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Best time to visit Durban in a car hire

Durban is mostly known for its tropical climate and can get pretty hot and humid in the summer, with a mild and comfortable winter. For that reason, the best time to visit Durban is surprisingly in winter, which spans from April to August / September. Temperatures range from 14 to 24 degrees celsius. There isn’t too much rainfall during winter, and it’s mostly blue and sunny most days.

Another bonus? Because these months are considered ‘out of holiday season’, you’ll also be competing with way fewer other tourists for prime spots on the beach, or while visiting other top local attractions. Plan your car hire Durban holiday in advance to get the most out of your South Africa trip.

Stay a while and discover Durban

With so much to see and do in Durban itself, there’s no rush to leave once you pick up your hire car! The lively city centre is buzzing with attractions for every kind of traveler.

Art deco architecture is plentiful and freely viewed just by strolling through the city. Beaches are full of swimmers, sunbathers, and thanks to their world-class surfing waves, you’ll find plenty of surfers carving up in the water too.

Within the city, you’ll find plenty of arts and cultural festivals throughout the year, and fascinating natural and family-friendly attractions like…

  • Durban Botanic Garden
  • Umgeni River Bird Park
  • Shaka Marine World
  • Mitchell Park Zoo
  • Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve

And before you leave, you’ll definitely want to chow down on some “bunny chow”, a local meal of curry stuffed in hulled-out breadloaves. Sounds weird, but it’s absolutely delicious. Check out Canecutters Restaurant for some of the best bunny chow in town, with over 4.2k 5 star reviews on Google!

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Surrounding Sights: Road trip from Durban

  • Port Elizabeth - While it’s 3 to 4 days away, a car hire trip to Port Elizabeth is one of the most magnificent drives along gorgeous coastal scenery, holiday resorts, and cities like Port Alfred, and East London.
  • Johannesburg - A car rental holiday in Johannesburg is a much shorter drive from Durban. This can be done in about a day or a little longer if you want to meander through the South African countryside (which we highly recommend!). Near Johannesburg, you can also partake in an unforgettable African experience by visiting Kruger National Park where you can spot the big 5 animals, camp throughout the park, and have the time of your life. You can also save the drive and rent a car at nearby Lanseria Airport instead.
  • Dolphin Coast - It’s all in the name—this coast to the north of Durban is known for the hundreds of bottlenose dolphins that frequent the area. Part of the larger Indian Ocean, Dolphin Coast is also a playground for travelers with tons of gorgeous beaches, sugarcane fields, quaint towns, and all-day sunshine.

Fancy checking out the other side of South Africa? Explore the Western Cape by hiring a car from George Airport with GoSee.

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Car hire King Shaka Airport: Frequently asked questions

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

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

How much does it cost to hire a car in Durban?

With GoSee, you can find rental cars in Durban for as low as $31 per day, or from $62 per day for SUVs and other larger vehicles. Use the search engine on this page to compare prices and find the best deal for your car hire Durban holiday.

What is the cheapest agency in Durban?

Bluu and Avis often offer the cheapest rental cars in Durban.

What is the most popular rental car in Durban?

The most popular rental car in Durban is the Hyundai Elantra. A value-packed, 5 seater car with great value, and over 6000 reviews, this is the ideal choice for solo travelers or couples exploring Durban, South Africa.

Which car hire agencies are at King Shaka International Airport (DUR)?

Avis, Thrifty, Bluu, and Tempest Car Hire are among the best and cheapest rental car companies ready to serve you right in Durban International Airport.

King Shaka International Airport is the main airport serving the city of Durban. Located close to the town of La Mercy, KwaZulu-Natal, the airport is approximately 35 km north of the city centre.

What type of car is recommended for driving in Durban?

There is a wide range of cars for rent in Durban for every type of tourist. If you’re a solo traveller, or a couple, we recommend a Full Size or Economy car, like the Toyota Camry or Chevrolet Spark. They pack great value with a reliable and safe vehicle for urban car hire. For those wanting a more luxury experience, or for larger groups, we recommend an SUV like the Toyota RAV4 or Dodge Durango.

A cheap car rental is the best choice only if the deal suits all your travel needs; and so, remember to consider other factors.

What are the requirements for renting a car?

To book and drive airport car rentals, Durban companies require hirers to be at least 21 years old with a full driver’s license (or international driver’s license if necessary), and hold a valid credit card with enough funds to cover the excess. Any other requirements will be specified on your booking voucher once you book a Durban car hire.

Can my rental car be delivered?

Depending on the car rental company and at times the pick up location, you may be able to pay an additional fee to have your car delivered to you. Start searching deals for Durban King Shaka International Airport car hire, and check which listing offers this feature.

Are pets allowed in my rental car?

Some Durban airport car hire companies forbid pets from traveling in cars, but most allow it. Double check by reading the terms and conditions for the car rental King Shaka airport deal.

Can I extend my car rental booking?

Once a booking for car hire at Durban Airport is finalized, some agencies may allow it to be extended either for free or by paying an extension fee. Some car hire companies don’t allow extensions at all, and will require you to make a fresh booking for your rental. You can check all this information directly on the booking page.