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Car rental in Cape Town International Airport, South Africa

If you're looking for car rental in Cape Town International Airport, look no further. You are in the right place! Green Motion offers top quality and eco-friendly rental cars in Cape Town, South Africa.

We offer low CO2 vehicles that are at the cutting edge of environmental technology, with a choice of hire vehicles right across the range, from small city cars to luxury limousines all of which give our customers the opportunity to reduce their CO2 emissions.

Cape Town is a stunningly picturesque city nestled at the southwestern tip of South Africa, beneath the imposing Table Mountain. Often referred to as the "Mother City," it is renowned for its harbor, its natural setting in the Cape Floristic Region, and for such well-known landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape Point.

Cape Town is not only a popular international tourist destination, but it is also known for its vibrant arts and culture scene, and its bustling waterfront district that hosts a variety of shops, restaurants, and attractions. The city is also famed for its beautiful beaches which are set against the dramatic backdrop of the mountains.

Rich in history, Cape Town's architecture features a mix of colonial and modern styles, reflecting its diverse cultural heritage. Whether you're enjoying stunning views from the top of Table Mountain, visiting the historic Robben Island, or indulging in the local cuisine, Cape Town offers a compelling blend of adventure and sophistication.

Check out our rental car offers and rent a car – today!

Tips for renting a car in Cape Town International Airport

Before you rent
Choose wisely. In 2019 we introduced our multi-product system which helps you choose a car based on your needs and easily see the final price. Car rental insurance can be tricky to navigate and often isn't what you expect, by booking with us direct you'll receive the correct insurance for your rental.

When you collect your vehicle
Plan ahead. We recommend planning your route before you leave, especially when renting a car at an airport. Are you sure where you're meeting your chaperone or where the rental desk is? Your confirmation email will have the contact information for the location, so we suggest saving the number in your phone ahead of time.

Have the correct documents ready. We try and keep the check in process as painless as possible but we do need to process certain information for legal reasons so having these ready ahead of time can help speed up the process. Make sure you have your booking details ready, along with your driving licence, passport and valid credit card.

Complete a vehicle check. It's essential when you are taken to your car you complete a Vehicle Condition Report (VCR) and note any existing damage, paying particular attention to the five damage hotspots. If you don't report this, you may be liable for these damages when you return the vehicle. We don't want you to get caught out, so we've put together a handy vehicle inspection video to help you check everything thoroughly.

While you rent
Take care. Unfortunately you may be liable for any damage caused to a vehicle in your care, and this will vary depending on the product you choose. A large proportion of damages to any car can be dings you pick up in car parks, so be mindful when space is limited and park further away and walk a little further to your destination.

When you return your vehicle
Complete a vehicle check. It's time to carry out a VCR again and even more essential to fully log any damage, no matter how small, to ensure you are fully covered and we can process your return effectively. Be sure to check the vehicle as before, paying special attention to the five damage hotspots.

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Why choose Green Motion for car rental?

Our pricing is transparent

With Green Motion, you always easily see the total final price. Car rental insurance can sometimes be difficult to understand - by booking with us, you always get the right insurance easily.

Get your car with ease

Our car rental points are located within easy distances from central locations - near airports and train stations, as well as in the heart of cities.

We are eco-friendly

We strive to minimize our environmental impact. We invest in, among other things, biodegradable chemicals and less water-consuming methods to clean our cars, such as steam cleaning.

We are always happy to help

You can reach us by phone from 9 am to 5 pm and at other times by email, [email protected].

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Good to know about car rental in Cape Town, South Africa


Once you have landed in Cape Town and picked up your rental car from the designated office at the airport or Central Business District, we wish you a safe and delightful journey.

For those navigating Cape Town's roads for the first time, take a moment to get acquainted with the vehicle, understand South Africa's traffic regulations, and plan your routes.

In South Africa, driving is on the left-hand side. A valid driving license from your home country is required, and depending on your country of origin, you may also need an International Driving Permit (IDP).

The speed limits in South Africa are generally 60 km/h in urban areas, 100 km/h on secondary roads, and 120 km/h on highways, subject to change based on road conditions and signage.

The roads in and around the city are generally in good condition, especially the major highways and popular tourist routes such as the N1 and the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive. However, like any major city, traffic can be congested during peak hours, particularly in the central business district and on main arteries leading in and out of the city.

Many gas stations are open 24/7 and offer additional services like air for tires, water, and some basic car maintenance services. It's less common to find gas stations in remote areas or national parks, so it's a good practice to fill up before heading out on long trips into less populated regions.

Safety while driving in Cape Town is a consideration that requires vigilance. While the city is relatively safe during the day, it is advisable to be cautious, especially at night or in less familiar areas. Car break-ins and theft can occur, particularly if valuables are left visible in parked cars. It is wise to keep doors locked and windows up when driving, avoid high-crime areas, and park in secure, well-lit areas.

If you need help while in Johannesburg, don't hesitate to contact our office. In an emergency, the national emergency number is 10111.

Useful Information

Where do you pick up your car?

Green Motion will deliver vehicles to Cape Grace Hotel. Green Motion will meet the client outside the entrance with a Name Board. In addition to this the Green Motion Rental Agent will send an sms to confirm the meeting spot.

Side of road

Drive on the left side of the road

Nearest gas station

The nearest gas station is a BP petrol station located right at the airport entrance.

Nearest train station

There is no direct train service from the airport to the central railway station in Cape Town. However, for a rail connection, you can use the available shuttle services to reach central Cape Town, where you can access various train services for further travel within the city or beyond.

Nearest bus station

For bus transportation from Cape Town International Airport, the MyCiTi shuttle is the primary option. This bus service operates every 20 minutes between the airport and the Civic Center bus station in central Cape Town, offering a reliable and efficient way to reach the downtown area and connect with other bus services or transportation options​

Local currency

South African Rand (ZAR)

Average temperatures

12-17°C (54-62°F) – 20-26°C (68-78°F)

FAQ car rental in Cape Town

How much does it cost to rent a car in Cape Town, South Africa?

You can find economy cars available from approximately R241 (€10.95) per day, but please check our booking system for more accurate prices.

Do I need a car in Cape Town, South Africa?

Yes, we highly recommend renting a car! The public transport in South Africa is really limited and of the must-see places in Cape Town are not in the city.

Can I drive a rented car from Cape Town to other parts of South Africa?

Yes, you can drive across South Africa, but please let us know your travel plans before-hand. Be aware of varying road conditions, safetiness and driving practices.

Are there any specific driving rules I should be aware of in South Africa?

Yes, here's some! Stop signs mean complete stop, and the first vehicle to stop at a four-way stop is the first to move. The wearing of seat belts is mandatory for all occupants of the vehicle, and failure to wear a seatbelt is subject to fines. South Africa has strict drink-driving laws, with a maximum allowable alcohol blood content of 0.05%.

Is it safe to drive in South Africa as a tourist?

Driving in South Africa as a tourist is generally considered safe, but it requires awareness and caution due to various challenges. It's advisable to use major highways, avoid driving at night, and always lock doors and close windows while driving. It's common to find informal street vendors approaching cars at traffic lights or stop signs to sell goods or beg. It’s advised to keep your doors locked and windows up in urban areas to avoid potential theft. Drink driving is another significant issue, despite legal limits.