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Gallivant through George in a rental car

Sure, the name George doesn’t exactly get the mind racing with exciting thoughts of exotic landscapes and adventurous activities, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. With no shortage of things to do, you can expect as much hustle and bustle here as in more well-known South African cities like Durban, but with alluring natural vistas and gorgeous landscapes. No matter where you plan to head, you can do it with comfort and style by pre-booking top class and cheap rental cars through GoSee and picking them up right as you land at George Airport.

A guide to George Airport

Did you expect this off-the-beaten-path city to be awarded South African Airport of the Year? Maybe not, but it did…and it won six times over! This means that George Airport is at par with other international airports like Durban. Suffice to say, you can expect an incredible experience from landing to picking up your car hire.

Speaking of, the rental car counters are front and centre in the arrivals hall, and if you’re in a pickle deciding your next steps, you can plan your South Africa trip with the free WiFi in the departure area before making your way to the rental counters.

Once you have your George Airport car hire handy, you’re a mere 10-minute drive from the city centre.

Getting from the airport to the city

Worried you won’t have mobile data for maps access? Here’s a full walkthrough of how to get from the airport to George city centre:

  • First, make your way out of the airport and hop on the R404.
  • Then take a right onto R102 until the first roundabout, and take the early exit onto York Street.
  • That’s it! You’re on your way to central George.

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A few important driving tips for George

You might not already know this, but being in George, you’re on the famous Garden Route—a world-renowned road trip for travelers visiting South Africa in a rental car.

With that in mind, it’s crucial you stay safe on the road. Here are some tips to help:

  • Always keep your doors locked, even while driving, and remember to lock up your vehicle when you park it.
  • Try and avoid driving at night, picking up hitchhikers, or stopping at the scenes of roadside accidents, unless you’re directly involved.
  • Be mindful of the speed limit—George is well known to have many speeding cameras. For reference, the speed limits are generally: Urban areas are 60km, rural roads are 100km, and highways are 120km.

What to see and do in George

Annual Events

If you’re lucky enough to be in the area or driving along the Garden Route when they happen, there are plenty of memorable and worthwhile events that happen in George. Here are the most notable events to see while on your George airport car rental holiday:

  • Knysna Oyster Festival - Experience George’s most bizarre combination of attractions—delicious fresh oysters…and sport! But try to indulge in the oysters only after you get your sweat on in one of the 100’s of different sporting opportunities.
  • Plett Food and Film Festival - Get a taste for both the exquisite local food scene, and the art-house films making their name across South Africa and the world, all in this idylic George-based festival.
  • Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival - A bright, colorful and fluffy 4-day event supporting everything LGBTQ+. Don your favorite costume (feathery or fluffy where possible), and join tens of thousands of brightly coloured people through Knysna.

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Must Do’s And See’s

It’s hard not to find something exciting and adventurous just by strolling through George. But if you want to make your trip easy-breezy, here are a few top picks that we recommend you don’t miss:

  • Outeniqua Transport Museum - You might not expect it, but George has its very own mecca for vintage cars. Whether you’re a car enthusiast, or want to keep the kids entertained, you won’t want to miss this.

  • Herold Wine Estate - A trip to George isn’t complete without taking in the lush surroundings with a glass of delicious local wine.

  • The Garden Route Botanical Garden - Make your George trip extra-relaxing with a rejuvenating stroll through this blooming, beautiful garden. Packed with plenty of opportunities for mountain biking, hiking or just a quaint picnic.

  • Victoria Bay - World-class surf waves, prime sunbathing real estate, lovely pier walks, and waffle-cone ice creams are all on the cards in this gorgeous local beach. Perfect for catching sunsets, too.

One of the best things about George is that it lies right on the Garden Route, so you can continue your journey to a different location in South Africa. You can either head north to Cape Town or down to Port Elizabeth in your rental car. If you Feel like visiting an off-the-beaten-path city packed with charm, hire a car from East London Airport and check out the city for yourself!

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George Airport car hire: Frequently asked questions

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

While there are many car hire companies in George, GoSee only partners with agencies that maintain a strict vehicle cleaning and safety policy in accordance with Coronavirus (COVID-19), so you can search through GoSee without any worries.

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

As a hot spot for tourists, George offers great prices for car rentals George Airport. For as low as $41 per day you can find economy vehicles, and from $77 per day you can book larger vehicles and SUVs. If looking for features like unlimited mileage, check each listing or deal. Take a look now on GoSee.

What car hire companies offer sanitized car rental in George Airport?

All of GoSee’s partner car hire companies offer highly sanitized and clean rental cars in any pick up location, more than George Airport and even the Western Cape or nationwide. These companies include Tempest, Hertz, Avis and Thrifty Car Rental George Airport.

Who can rent a vehicle?

Anyone can rent a vehicle through GoSee, but there are some minimum requirements. You must be over the age of 21 with a full driver’s license, and have a valid credit card with enough funds to cover booking and excess fees.

What is the most popular car hire in George?

Because it's in the world-famous Garden Route of Southern Africa, located between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, most GoSee customers opt for larger vehicles or SUVs to make the most of this one-of-a-kind road trip, with many booking the cost-effective Ford Escape.

Which car hire agencies are available at George airport (GRJ)?

All of the best and cheapest car hire agencies can be found right at the airport. They include Hertz, Thrifty, and Tempest Car Hire George Airport. You can search and compare car hire prices and the best deals from all of them using GoSee now.

What will I need when collecting my car?

To pick up your rental car, you will need your full driver’s license, a valid credit card with enough funds to cover the excess, and your booking confirmation (either printed or digital/on your phone.)

Can I extend my car rental after I collect my car?

In most cases, you can extend your current rental, either for free or with an extension fee. Some car rental agencies, however, don’t allow extensions at all, and will require you to make a fresh booking for your rental. Book a car hire George Airport through GoSee and you will see all your options ahead of time.

What is the most popular car hire agency in George Airport?

While there are many car rental George Airport agencies, the widely-known ones include Thrifty, Tempest, and Hertz. You can find the best and cheap car hire deals from all of the most popular suppliers right on GoSee.

Can I request for a specific vehicle make and model before my rental?

You can save the headache of browsing the rental lots or taking time at car hire agencies by booking through GoSee. Just search for George Airport car rentals between your desired dates and take your pick from thousands of the best prices and cheapest rental options available. Take a look now.

Is there a cancellation or no-show fee?

Depending on how quickly after you make your booking you decide to cancel, it may be free. In other cases, you will be charged a cancellation or no-show fee. This is dependent on the specific George Airport car rental agency. You can verify this information ahead of time by booking with GoSee.