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Johannesburg car rental information

Pick-up locationJohannesburg
Car typesCompact, Compact SUV, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Mini, Passenger van, Premium
Rental locations67
Airport locations25
Popular agenciesSixt, 1First Car Rental, keddy by Europcar, GREEN MOTION , Europcar

Cheap car rentals in Johannesburg

$12/dayEconomy
$15/dayCompact
$23/dayIntermediate
$42/dayFull-size
$52/dayFull-size SUV
$12/dayMini
$50/dayPremium
$65/dayPassenger van
$39/dayIntermediate SUV
$43/dayCompact SUV
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Johannesburg car rental reviews and directory

From $13/dayRated #1
Bidvest
Best rated
10 Excellent (1 review)
4 locations in Johannesburg
Bidvest
Locations in Johannesburg
130 Main Str
494, Wrench Road
O.R. Tambo Int. Airport
Shop 20, Fourways Value Mart
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10.0 ExcellentNov 1 2018
Cons: Busani was very personable
From $15/dayRated #2
Avis
8.5 Excellent (24 reviews)
2 locations in Johannesburg
Avis
Locations in Johannesburg
46 Alwen Road+27 114 961 235
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Johannesburg Intl Airport+27 115 735 000
Monday06:00 - 22:00
Tuesday06:00 - 22:00
Wednesday06:00 - 22:00
Thursday06:00 - 22:00
Friday06:00 - 22:00
Saturday06:00 - 22:00
Sunday06:00 - 22:00
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  • 8.5
Recent reviews
6.0 GoodJan 24 2020
Pros: Drop off was OK, but no closing invoice was issued when I dropped off. I was promised this would be emailed, but this did not materialiseCons: Issue closing invoice on drop-off
6.4 GoodJan 14 2018
Make sure u know what u are getting!!Pros: Friendly service but slow as it’s africa! Didn’t get the car I was expecting so had to upgrade half way through rental.
6.8 GoodJun 3 2017
Cons: After we told them no insurance they put it on the paper work then when we pointed it out he had to start the paperwork over again. Originally issued a car with no gas and smelled like cigarettes badly. Had to unpack our backs and go all the way back to the rental center. No apology. Just a silent reissue of keys. Drop off was chaotic. No return recipet was issued.
4.4 OkayApr 7 2017
Watch Your Bank/Credit StatementPros: The car was clean.Cons: You will get charged unexplained fees that will double the quoted Kayak rate, including a "fuel service fee" that no one will disclose to you until it shows up on your receipt and credit card statement. I will not be renting with Avis again.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 27 2017
Fast , eficient and friendly service.Pros: Good value for money.Cons: Nothing
8.0 ExcellentFeb 2 2017
Pros: It was a good car for the category I have selected.Cons: The car had some noise in the wheels during the whole renting days, which I could not identify. I believe that if the car has gone through some check before being delivered, this slight problem could be fixed.
10.0 ExcellentJan 4 2017
Another great experience at Avis-OR TamboPros: Prompt, efficient pick-up and drop-off, kind service, well-maintained, clean vehicle.Cons: It was hard to find the fuel station at OR Tambo Airport to refuel, and since I was running against the clock, I couldn't. But the Avis staff assured me that they'd handle it.
10.0 ExcellentDec 26 2016
Great experience at Avis JNB AirportPros: Fantastic pick up experience.Cons: Everything was fine - no complaints at all.
4.4 OkayDec 12 2016
Long lines and staff with serious attitudeCons: Lengthy wait. Staff too busy chatting with each other to assist. No air conditioning in the premises.
8.0 ExcellentNov 4 2016
Professional-looking but service can be improvedPros: The car was clean. When we rented the car, the ladies at the counter took time to explain where we were not insured (we only got PAI and CAD), which we appreciated, since we would probably spend more if we didn't have the extra insurance they promoted at the counter.Cons: We weren't too happy with the car selection. We reserved a Hyundai Accent (or similar), and the car we ended up with had really slow acceleration (VW Vito), which I don't think is at part with the Accent's. When we returned the car, the guys who received it said we would get our invoice within 5 working days, despite us insisting for our invoice. We had to wait for it from the man at the counter.
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From $32/dayRated #3
Sixt
8 Excellent (2 reviews)
6 locations in Johannesburg
Sixt
Locations in Johannesburg
1 Marion Street+27 117 844 608
Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00
80 Hill Street cnr West Street+27 861 502 330
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Arbour Square, 86 Juta Street+27 100 018 040
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00
Cnr R512 & Pelindaba Road+27 112 309 999
Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00
O. R. Tambo Internat. Airport+27 112 309 999
Monday00:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - 23:59
Saturday00:00 - 23:59
Sunday00:00 - 23:59
cnr Hendrik Potgieter&Cascades+27 112 309 999
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
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Recent reviews
6.0 GoodMay 4 2019
Pros: YesCons: Upgrade
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From $14/dayRated #4
Budget
7.1 Good (4 reviews)
3 locations in Johannesburg
Budget
Locations in Johannesburg
46 Alwen Road+27 114 961 235
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
5 Loveday Street+27 114 920 069
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
O.R. Tambo Int Apt+27 115 735 000
Monday06:00 - 22:00
Tuesday06:00 - 22:00
Wednesday06:00 - 22:00
Thursday06:00 - 22:00
Friday06:00 - 22:00
Saturday06:00 - 22:00
Sunday06:00 - 22:00
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Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMar 19 2018
Cons: I still have yet to receive a receipt from them for the rental so I cannot get reimbursed from my organization.
8.4 ExcellentJan 29 2018
Great car. A bit dicey on front and back ends.Pros: Great car!!!Cons: We had a trainee helping us at pick up and the other service agents did not help her as much as she needed. It made our pick up time extremely long. Finding the drop off location at OR Tambo is a nightmare. Everyone who arrives there on time deserves a credit on their account.
10.0 ExcellentJan 10 2018
Good experiencePros: Nothing different than renting in the U.S., and no sales pressures to upgrade or buy their own insurance.
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From $13/dayRated #5
Hertz
Most popular
Cheapest deal
6.5 Good (23 reviews)
6 locations in Johannesburg
Hertz
Locations in Johannesburg
1 Georgian Crescent
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
1 Jones Road+27 113 909 700
Monday00:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - 23:59
Saturday00:00 - 23:59
Sunday00:00 - 23:59
17 Patrick Road, Jet Park+27 113 979 288
Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Cnr Rivonia & West+27 117 838 943
Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00
Monument Toyota+27 112 882 700
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
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Friday08:00 - 17:00
R512 Broeder Stroom+27 115 493 191
Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Saturday07:00 - 18:00
Sunday07:00 - 18:00
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Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentJun 25 2020
Pros: Ease - process was painless and relatively efficient.
2.0 MediocreJul 24 2019
Pros: I enjoyed leaving and never rent anything with hettzCons: When I removed the car the employee said that the car was new and had no defects, including the marking sheet showed no malfunctions. Arriving in the car we found several risks and breakdowns and took a picture, because the employee said that anything later was discounted. but at the time of returni
8.4 ExcellentJul 20 2019
Pros: The staff was friendly and the car was nice.Cons: The wait was quite long getting the car. I was told it was easy to see the gas station at the airport upon the return but I didn’t. Someone from another rental helped me find it and actually rode with me. And they charged my credit card a $1300 deposit but haven’t credited it yet as promised.
4.4 OkayMay 8 2019
Pros: Car wasn’t filled with gas. Had to to fight with Hertz about that. Didn’t believe me that I’d received an empty vehicle. Also over charged fur insurance.
9.6 ExcellentMay 4 2019
Pros: The staff offered an upgrade. The process was easy and fast upon checking in and out. We got a great price as well!Cons: The car was small. We could have gotten a bigger size only because my husband is a giant! But that was out doing, not the company’s.
2.0 MediocreFeb 10 2019
Cons: Shocking
8.4 ExcellentOct 13 2018
Great rental just extremely slow customer servicePros: Great car, great priceCons: It took more than 30 minutes before we were served at the pick up counter. Then all was well.
2.0 MediocreAug 22 2018
OverpricedPros: The price quoted was not what I was given when I arrived. Many add ons that were compulsory. And the only car they had was automatic and I wanted manual. I cancelled and went next door to TempestCons: The price quoted was not what I was given when I arrived. Many add ons that were compulsory. And the only car they had was automatic and I wanted manual. I cancelled and went next door to Tempest
8.0 ExcellentMar 5 2018
Pros: Fast and friendly seeviceCons: How they place exorbitant holds on your card if you don’t pay for insurance
2.0 MediocreOct 8 2017
Did not receive our carPros: NothingCons: We came to the counter around 8am when we were supposed to pick up our car and they didn’t even what we ordered. So we waited because their systems were down. We waited over 45 minutes and still no car. We need to leave the airport around 9am to be able to make it to something we had planned. So we had to leave hertz and go to another rental company. We were 30 mins late to something that was very important. We were very unsatified with our service. Hertz made us late to something we needed to be on time too.
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From $17/dayRated #6
Europcar
4 Okay (1 review)
6 locations in Johannesburg
Europcar
Locations in Johannesburg
100 Rivonia Drive+27 116 668 340
17 Melle Street Braamfontein+27 114 032 789
3 Twilight Avenue+27 115 489 720
Eskom Transport Division+27 118 002 910
Main Terminal Building+27 115 489 000
Or Tambo International Airport+27 113 903 909
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Recent reviews
4.0 OkayNov 23 2016
Disappointed at Europcar - not international standCons: Did not like the car - had problems. Also no consideration taken that I drove it back to the airport late at night to minimise the issue and still got charged petrol. I should not have done that and let Europcar deliver a replacement car to me. Also disappointed that Europcar does not have no insurance option for zero excess! That provides piece of mind to the driver to have it as an option. OR Tambo pick up drop off.
Sunnycars
9 locations in Johannesburg
Sunnycars
Locations in Johannesburg
130 Main Street
18 Currie Road
22 Harley Street
Burchmores Auction Centre, 18 Eastern Service Rd
Crn 5th And Alice Lane
Desk in arrival hall
Level, Cnr West St & Rivonia Road
New Road
Rissik Street
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From $13/day
Firefly
7 locations in Johannesburg
Firefly
Locations in Johannesburg
1 Georgian Crescent West
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
17 Patrick Road, Jet Park
Monday06:00 - 22:00
Tuesday06:00 - 22:00
Wednesday06:00 - 22:00
Thursday06:00 - 22:00
Friday06:00 - 22:00
Saturday06:00 - 22:00
Sunday06:00 - 22:00
Cnr Rivonia 7 West
Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00
Cnr Rivonia And West St+27 219 354 800
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Jhb-ort Tambo Int Airport
Monday00:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - 23:59
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Lanseria Airport
Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
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Thursday07:00 - 18:00
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Saturday07:00 - 18:00
Sunday07:00 - 18:00
Monument Toyota
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
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1First Car Rental
5 locations in Johannesburg
1First Car Rental
Locations in Johannesburg
106 Constantia Road
106, Corlett Drive
CMH Ford and Mazda, 80 Hill Street (Corner West), Randburg+27 115 097 339
O R Tambo International Airport, Car Rental Concourse, Isando, Johannesburg+27 113 902 342
Shop D03, Mezzanine Level, Johannesburg Park Station, Rissik Street+27 100 018 040
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From $37/day
keddy by Europcar
5 locations in Johannesburg
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Johannesburg
49 Corner Herman and Koornhof Streets+27 119 226 390
Eskom Transport Division- Megawatt Park
Johannesburg Wanderers Vi
OR Tambo International Airport+27 113 903 909
MondayInvalid date - 23:59
TuesdayInvalid date - 23:59
WednesdayInvalid date - 23:59
ThursdayInvalid date - 23:59
FridayInvalid date - 23:59
SaturdayInvalid date - 23:59
SundayInvalid date - 23:59
Rissik Street- Johannesburg Park Station+27 113 338 728
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From $15/day
Tempest Car Hire
5 locations in Johannesburg
Tempest Car Hire
Locations in Johannesburg
16 Ernest Oppenheimer Ave
22 Harley Street+27 117 817 740
JHB Park Station cnr Wolmerance & Rissik St Shop M2+27 842 341 126
Johannesburg International Airport+27 842 341 127
Southgate Mall (Entrance 1)+27 842 842 835
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From $40/day
CABS Car Hire
1 location in Johannesburg
CABS Car Hire
Locations in Johannesburg
Johannesburg International Airport+27 113 921 388
Recent reviews
First Rent
1 location in Johannesburg
First Rent
Locations in Johannesburg
1 Jones Rd+27 113 902 342
Recent reviews
GREEN MOTION
1 location in Johannesburg
GREEN MOTION
Locations in Johannesburg
Johannesburg International Airport+27 119 756 790
Recent reviews
Move Mee
1 location in Johannesburg
Move Mee
Locations in Johannesburg
3 Sunderland Road
Recent reviews
Ofran Holiday Autos
1 location in Johannesburg
Ofran Holiday Autos
Locations in Johannesburg
Jan Smuts-Arrival Hall
Recent reviews
From $19/day
Woodford
1 location in Johannesburg
Woodford
Locations in Johannesburg
OR Tambo Airport
Recent reviews
56 travelers who rented a car in Johannesburg gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.5

Car rental locations in or near Johannesburg

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

$23/day

Good deal

$16/day

When to book a rental car in Johannesburg

Average daily price per month
Rental car prices as pick-up date approaches

Top tips for renting a car in Johannesburg

  • Renting a car is the perfect option for those wanting to explore not only Johannesburg, but also other major destinations across South Africa. Public transportation is often crowded and unreliable, and it is more cost-efficient to self-drive to some attractions rather than take tours. Rent a car and visit the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the Cradle of Humankind, or embark on a longer road trip and cross over the border to Botswana for a self-led safari.
  • All the major car rental companies can be found at Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport (JNB), which is just over 12 miles from the city center. The car rental desks are located to the left side as you enter the parking lot’s ground floor, just opposite Domestic Arrivals. Avis is open 24 hours. When driving out of the airport, you’ll find many “spaghetti” junctions, so, if you don’t know the area, make sure to ask for a GPS device when renting the car.
  • The first thing you need to know when driving in Johannesburg is that traffic runs on the left side of the road. Road signs are mainly expressed in both Afrikaans and English, and the distances are measured in kilometers rather than miles. When driving in the city, make sure to keep your windows rolled up, especially if you’re stopped. Avoid driving at night, as roads are dimly lit and the chances of encountering drunk, reckless drivers are higher.
  • Avoid driving through Johannesburg and particularly around the airport area during the morning rush hour, which usually happens between 6:30 a.m. and 9 a.m., and then again during the evening peak hour, between 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Traffic jams in Johannesburg can easily add up to an hour to your travels, so plan your journey in advance if you have to be somewhere at a specific time.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Johannesburg for $16 or less
  • Book your rental car in Johannesburg at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Johannesburg are around 29% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Mini rental cars in Johannesburg are around 60% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Johannesburg

  • Some car rental companies in Johannesburg which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Hertz, Budget and Europcar

  • On average a rental car in Johannesburg costs $23 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Tempest Car Hire ($12/day), Europcar ($13/day) and 1First Car Rental ($15/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Tempest Car Hire Johannesburg International Airport 1620 (13 miles from city center).

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental company in Johannesburg is Avis (8.3, 65 reviews).

  • The average gas price in Johannesburg is $0.93 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $11 and $15, depending on the car size.

  • Economy (Chevrolet Spark or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Johannesburg.

  • Car rental companies onsite at OR Tambo airport include Hertz, Budget, Europcar, Avis, Sixt, Woodford, Tempest Car Hire, Bidvest, Firefly and keddy by Europcar.

  • Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from OR Tambo airport to off-airport locations include Hertz, Budget, Europcar, Avis, First Car, Sixt, Woodford, Tempest Car Hire, Thrifty, and Bidvest.

  • Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • A Economy car rental in Johannesburg costs $13 per day, on average.

  • A Intermediate car rental in Johannesburg costs $19 per day, on average.

  • A Full-size car rental in Johannesburg costs $51 per day, on average.

  • In Johannesburg, cars are most frequently rented at Woodford OR Tambo Airport (13 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in Johannesburg costs $162 per week ($23 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Johannesburg costs $695 per month ($23 per day).

  • If you’re looking to drive long distances, fuel efficiency in a vehicle should be your top priority, so opt for an economy car. But, if you’re headed out on a safari, a four-wheel drive is a good idea. When traveling there in the summer months (November to February), a car with air conditioning is a must.

  • The speed limit in the city is usually 60 km/h (37 mph), but it may be lower in certain residential areas. Other non-urban open roads have a speed limit of 100 km/h (62 mph), and freeways typically have a speed limit of 120 km/h (75 mph). However, speed limits often change, so keep an eye out for the posted signs.

  • The average gas prices in Johannesburg are about R61.01 ($4.23) per gallon. Prices can get as low as R57.92 ($4.01) per gallon, and as high as R64.35 ($4.46) per gallon. There are several gas stations around the airport in case you need to fill up the tank before you drop off your vehicle, but if you’re heading there during rush hour you might have to wait in longer lines.

  • There are several safe parking spaces and parking lots around the city, usually looked after by car guards (attendants in reflective vests) who will take care of your vehicle in exchange for a few rands of tip. If you’re not driving much around the city itself, ideally you should either book a hotel that can offer parking or leave your car at the airport and pick it up when needed.

  • Finding the right price, understanding the add-ons and staying up to date with policy changes can be a challenge. That’s why KAYAK has produced the ultimate guide to renting a car to help you cut though the jargon and make the right choice for your rental car. Find tips and insights for how to book your rental, what car rental insurance you’ll need, how to deal with a car rental agency and what extra fees to expect (and avoid!).