Cape Town car hire

If you're planning on staying in the city for a week or more and if organised sightseeing trips aren't your thing, you might want to consider hiring a car. Cape Town's public transport system is sadly, not in line with other major cities around the world and as attractions are spread across a wide area, a car or transport is necessary if you'd like to see it all.

All the well-known and reputable car hire companies including Avis (, Hertz ( and Budget ( can be found at Cape Town International Airport. They all have depots in the city too, if you only want a vehicle for part of your stay. You can pick up a car straight after arriving (book beforehand though especially for 4x4s or more unusual cars) and if needing a car while on holiday, the bigger setups will bring one to your hotel or guesthouse. 

If driving a swish car is your thing then try Status Luxury Vehicles (, they’ll hook you up with a Ferrari, suitable sexy coupé or any number of luxury mobiles for your visit. On a budget? Try Value Car Hire ( and for a trip down memory lane, rent a 1970s Beetle from Best Beetle ( You’ll find the best rates through brokers or price comparison websites. See the Simonseeks booking tool above, powered by Kayak.

To hire a car in Cape Town you have to be over the age of 25 and you'll need an international driver's licence. You’ll also need a credit card for surety and it is advisable to take the insurance package.

Smaller vehicles

For day trips and coastal jaunts, why not rent a moped or motorcycle? There are a few rental companies offering this service in the city, try Cape Town Scooter ( To hire these, international licences are necessary but they're less sticky on the over 25-years-old issue.