Car Hire at Cape Town Airport
Making your way from various parts of the South African countryside is possible through car rentals arranged at Cape Town International Airport. This can be easier compared to taking public transportation, as you have a flexible mode of transport from the airport to various other places in your itinerary. To help you out, here is Skyscanner's guide to renting a car at Cape Town Airport.
Where to Hire a Car at Cape Town Airport
There are several options when looking to rent after your plane has landed at Cape Town Airport. You can look for the car rental counters at the airport to rent cars from the following companies: Avis, Europcar, First Car Rental, Bidvest Car Rental, Hertz, Tempest Car Hire, Woodford, Dollar/ Thrifty Car Rental and Capital Car Hire. You should have the proper documentary requirements, however, as well as pay for the fees according to the mode of payment accepted by the company.
What to Expect When Hiring a Car from Cape Town Airport
Surrounded by major roads, the traffic around Cape Town Airport can be busy at times, you can easily get to Cape Town, the nearest major city located at the coast. The roads – N2, M7, R102, and R300 – will allow you to check out various locations such as Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington, Vredenburg, and Cape Point. There are also no toll booths on the roads surrounding Cape Town Airport, as well as congestion charges as of the time of writing, making it relatively convenient to drive around when the traffic is going fast.
If you need to refuel, you can do so at the BP filling station near the entrance of the airport, along the traffic lights. There is another BP station along M7 near Hatton, BP Pinelands at Forest Drive, and Exel Observatory Petrol Station near Settlers Way, among others.
Driving from Cape Town Airport
Located on the west coast of South Africa, you can reach Cape Town from the airport at around 30 minutes. The distance between the airport and the city runs about 20 kilometres, when going through the Airport Approach Rd to Settlers Way/N2. Following this road to Newmarket St in Foreshore will let you head straight to the city centre.
There are other ways to get around to the city, which makes it easier to reach, especially at peak hours in the morning and late afternoon. Parking opportunities can be found here at the Central City. There are a number of motorcycle bays and disabled parking bays, as well as 2,000 kerbside parking bays in the Central Business District. They are available at hourly or half-hourly rates payable to the city's official parking marshals. About 12,304 off-street and open bays can be found in the area, 2,098 of which are dedicated for casual, daily drivers looking for a temporary place to park for an hour or two.
Places to Visit by Car from Cape Town Airport
Here is a list of possible destinations in the Western Cape Circuit to visit from Cape Town Airport:
The magnificent mountain ranges around Stellenbosch make a great terrain to produce some of the best-tasting vintage. This part of South Africa was first founded by the Dutch who cultivated the wine estates and made them prosper. Upon reaching the town, you will find here stately Cape Dutch, Georgian, and Victorian architecture that feature interesting museums, hotels, and a selection of establishments.
Only about 35.2 kilometres away, Stellenbosch is within reach from Cape Town Airport at around 45 minutes or so. You can get on Settlers Way/N2 and continue onto Baden Powell Drive to Merriman Avenue in Stellenbosch. From here, you can look for parking spots at Boom Parking areas or check out street-metered parking at various streets.
Home of the Southern right whales in Southern Africa, this peaceful coastal town is surrounded by the Breede River estuary and the Indian Ocean. Watersports are also popular here, making it an area to visit for a number of refreshing activities, such as windsurfing, rock and surf angling, deep sea fishing, and many more.
To go here, you must take the N2 to R324 to turn to your destination, which lies about more or less three hours away. Its distance may be 265 kilometres from the airport, but the sights can be enjoyable. Due to the lack of information, you will have to enquire with the locals in the area to find a place where it is safe to park. Parking here can be found at different establishments, however, which can be an option to take.
Once a popular destination in the 1980s, Mossel Bay reclaims its lost fame with its wealth of fine beaches and activities. It also has a number of several distinct attractions such as the Dias Museum Complex and Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, and Cope St Blaize Lighthouse, among some others.
It might be a bit far off from Cape Town Airport at around 373 kilometres, Mossel Bay can be within reach at around four hours. You can visit here after getting on N2 and then following it to Kouis Fourie Rd or R102, which will allow you to check out different sights in the city. Parking here includes various parts of the city and surrounding areas, such as Park House Lodge, Point Caravan Park, and a number of other establishments.
This information is correct as of June 2018