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Car Rental Cape Town

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Why Hertz

  • Best price guarantee - in the unlikely event you find a lower Hertz price, we'll refund the difference
  • No cancellation or amendment fees**
  • No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included
  • No credit card fees

Hertz in Cape Town

With several Hertz branches for car rental in Cape Town, getting about by car is easy. If you rent a car in Cape Town, it’s much more convenient to travel round the city — whether for business or pleasure — than relying on taxis or public transport, enabling you to see and do more during your stay.

Cape Town is the second largest city in South Africa, so driving is a great way to get around. The city’s network of main roads and Metropolitan Freeways linking it to the large National Routes makes it a great place from which to access the rest of South Africa, as well as touring the city itself.

Driving and Parking in Cape Town

You will need a full driving licence and must be over 18 to rent a car in Cape Town. If you are from outside South Africa you will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP). For more information about driving regulations in Cape Town, take a look at our page about renting a car in South Africa.

Parking in Cape Town is fairly easy with many car parks dotted around the city. Larger car parks either charge flat rates for all-day parking or prices go up in increments depending on how long you stay — up to around R110. Further away from the waterfront, there are some free car parks as well, although you can expect these to fill up quickly. Around the city you can also find plenty of metered parking bays.

In South Africa, people drive on the left and pass on the right — important to remember at all times. It is illegal to use any mobile devices while driving and the South Africans also have very strict drink driving rules so, if in doubt of limits, it is advisable not to drink and drive at all. If you rent a car in Cape Town, you will likely have to refuel at some point, so remember that petrol stations in South Africa are not self service. Simply wait in your car and the attendant will come and ask what fuel you need before filling up for you.

Pickup Locations Cape Town

  • Stellenbosch-Bird Street

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0800-1700, Sa 0830-1230, Su closed

    Address: 2 Bird Street

    Phone: +27 21 887 3145

  • Cape Town Airport

    Opening hours: Mo-Su 24 hours

    Address: Ring Road

    Phone: +27 21 935 3000

  • Century City-Crystal Towers Hotel

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0800-1700, Sa 0800-1200, Su closed

    Address: Century Boulevard,
    Western Cape

    Phone: +27 21 935 4760

  • Loop Street

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0700-1800, Sa-Su 0800-1600

    Address: 40 Loop Street

    Phone: +27 21 410 6800

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Driving in and around Cape Town

Key Routes

The main routes connecting Cape Town to the rest of South Africa are the N1 and N2, which both run right down to the waterfront. There is also a network of Metropolitan Freeways throughout the city that interconnect to take the heavier traffic and take you right past the picturesque Table Mountain National Park

Within Cape Town there are also many urban streets acting as arterial routes through the city, and include Signal Hill Road which takes you on a stunning drive up Signal Hill. From the peak, you can see for miles across Cape Town and the Western Cape.

Major Highways

If you rent a car in Cape Town, you will come across thee types of major highway, both within the city and outside it.

The National Highways are large motorways and are prefixed with the letter N. The N1 and N2 both run into Cape Town and link to a much wider network. The speed limit on these roads is usually the 120km/h or 75mph — although do be aware of local signposts to advise you of specific speed restrictions.

The Metropolitan Freeways are more like dual carriageways and large main roads. These carry an ‘M’ designation and several run through the city. In built-up areas, the speed limit is restricted to 60km/h or 35mph so make sure you are aware of your speed.

Lastly, the Provincial Main Roads run between towns and are prefixed with an ‘R’ to identify them. These are often dual carriageways and have speed limits of 100 km/h or 60mph unless otherwise specified.

** When the booking is cancelled within seven days of being made.