Car hire Johannesburg: tour the city in style and at ease with a rental

What you should know before hiring a car in Johannesburg

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Car hires in Johannesburg: practical information

Where to rent a car in Johannesburg

Pushing 3.5 million people, Johannesburg is a HUGE city with tons of potential. It's the gateway to holidays in South Africa. Even if you have eyes on the coast, Jo'burg is not a city to miss! Look for a car hire O.R. Tambo International Airport too so you can take some road trips and really spice up your holiday in South Africa. All car hires Johannesburg airport are located in the parking terminal and include: Avis, Budget, Europcar, First Car Rental, Hertz, National, Sixt, Thrifty.

Car hire Johannesburg city: looking for a rental from the city centre? Not a problem. Most of the car hire companies in Johannesburg are near the train station including Avis, Value Car Hire and Europcar. Budget, Europcar and Apex also have branches downtown in Marshalltown and City & Suburban.

Driving in Johannesburg: parking and other tips

Unlike other cities, Johannesburg was built with the car in mind. Traffic can be bad, but it also flows quite easily. Public transportation is highly unreliable and often times even unsafe. So grab a car rental deal in Johannesburg for your trip. It's a good idea to buy an updated road map of Johannesburg as well in order to avoid accidentally driving into the wrong area of town.

Few, if any, hotels in Johannesburg offer parking so it's essential to find overnight parking in a nearby car park. Since carjackings are frequent, it's important not to keep anything valuable in your rent car in Johannesburg.

Road trips from Johannesburg: what to do, what to see



Pretoria has a lot to offer visitors to Johannesburg. It is the capital of South Africa and can be reached by car or metro. Some of the city's top sights include the Union buildings, the National Zoological Gardens and Freedom Park. The city is surrounded by nature reserves, excellent places to take kids while on holidays in Johannesburg. Don't miss the Wonderboom Nature Reserve, home to a fig tree that is over 1,000 years old!

Sun City

Sun City

Sun City is two hours from Johannesburg by car. If you love golf then you'll love the Sun City. It is the Las Vegas of South Africa and is an entertainment mecca. Considered a city, it's more like a resort complete with casinos, theme parks and golf courses... something for all to enjoy! The Palace of the Lost City is definitely worth checking out.

Cradle of Humankind

Cradle of Humankind

Human history comes alive in the Cradle of Humankind, a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site with attractions like the Sterkfontein Caves, Maropeng and other caves willed with fossils dating all the way back to 3.5 million years ago. The most important sights to see: Malapa Fossil Site, Plover's Lake, Bolt's Farm and Cooper's Cave.

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Find a cheap flight to Johannesburg

British Airwaysoutbound: 21-Oct-2020
1 stop (16h25m)
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