Richards Bay car rentals from $20/day

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Richards Bay car rental information

Pick-up locationRichards Bay
Car typesEconomy, Passenger van
Rental locations16
Airport locations14
Popular agenciesFirefly

Cheap car rentals in Richards Bay

Economy$20/day
Passenger van$39/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Richards Bay

  • Using services like car hire in Richards Bay can be highly advantageous to anyone who wants to visit the area. When you choose to rent a car, you’ll get to explore the stunning beachside town and some of the more remote surrounding areas too. Enseleni Nature Reserve is only a 22-minute drive from the town centre. With a vehicle, you can also travel to Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park for a chance to spot the Big Five. You will also gain easy access to the beach and some of the local bars and restaurants that make Richards Bay the ideal spot for vacations and breaks from city life.
  • If you're flying into the city, Richards Bay Airport (RCB) offers customers options for car hire in Richards Bay. This means you won’t have to worry about taking public transport or calling a taxi to reach your Richards Bay destination. With comprehensive and flexible pick-up and drop-off facilities from most Richards Bay car hire outlets, particularly from the airport, this is certainly the best place to rent vehicles in the area.
  • As Richards Bay is a city in the country of South Africa, you will need to adhere to the national road rules. Drivers have to drive on the left and pass right. If you come to one of the many roundabouts in Richards Bay, you must yield to your right, which may differ from where you are used to driving. Besides the potentially different road rules, driving in Richards Bay is pretty straightforward. It’s always best to take a little extra care when you rent a vehicle from a Richards Bay car hire company.
  • Although Richards Bay is a well-maintained town, you'll have to look out for potholes in this area of the country. Richards Bay is subject to substantial rainfall and tropical storms, which can wear down the roads. As with any city, you need to take extra care of pedestrians when driving in the city centre. Richards Bay is home to many shops and schools, so people are around all the time. Some of the streets in residential areas are also quite narrow, so one should exercise caution when navigating through these areas.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Richards Bay for $23 or less
  • Book your rental car in Richards Bay at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about renting a car in Richards Bay

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in Richards Bay?

    On average a rental car in Richards Bay costs $28 per day. But prices differ between operators and you can save money through a price comparison of car rental deals from different agencies. The cheapest price for a car rental in Richards Bay found in the last 2 weeks is $12.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Richards Bay?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Firefly ($20/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Firefly Richards Bay A/p 3900 (4 miles from city center).

  • Can I rent an automatic car in Richards Bay?

    Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Richards Bay. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.

  • How much is gas price in Richards Bay?

    The average gas price in Richards Bay is $4.57 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $55 and $73, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Richards Bay?

    Intermediate (Toyota Corolla Quest or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Richards Bay.

  • Which car rental companies are at Richards Bay airport (RCB)?

    Car rental companies onsite at Richards Bay airport include Hertz, Bidvest, Avis, Budget and Firefly.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Richards Bay airport (RCB)?

    Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Richards Bay airport to off-airport locations include Hertz, Bidvest, Avis, and Firefly.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Richards Bay?

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

  • How much does an Intermediate car rental cost in Richards Bay?

    An Intermediate car rental in Richards Bay costs $30 per day, on average.

  • What is the most popular rental car location in Richards Bay?

    In Richards Bay, cars are most frequently rented at Avis Richards Bay Airport (5 miles from city center).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in Richards Bay?

    On average a rental car in Richards Bay costs $199 per week ($28 per day).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in Richards Bay?

    On average a rental car in Richards Bay costs $852 per month ($28 per day).

  • Should I get insurance when renting a car in Richards Bay?

    Most car rental providers in Richards Bay offer insurance but the level of protection can differ substantially. If you're unsure whether to get extra protection for your car rental in Richards Bay, check out KAYAK's car rental insurance guide.

  • How many car agencies are operating in Richards Bay?

    KAYAK has deals for you to compare from 14 car rental agencies in Richards Bay.

  • What do I need to know before booking a car rental in Richards Bay?

    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!).

  • Why should I use KAYAK to rent a car in Richards Bay?

    KAYAK searches thousands of car rental agencies to provide you with offers from all car rental agencies operating in Richards Bay so that you can compare car rental rates, reviews and pick-up and drop-off locations to find the best deal for you.

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Richards Bay?

    The type of vehicle you decide for your car hire in Richards Bay depends on the type of trip you’re planning to take. For simply driving around in the town, you'll only need a smaller car model to get you from point A to point B. However, for excursions in outlying areas, you may need a bigger vehicle that can cope with dirt roads and slightly rougher terrain. If you plan on travelling with your family or a group of friends, consider hiring a vehicle that can accommodate your group’s luggage.

  • What’s the speed limit in Richards Bay?

    Richards Bay is a city in South Africa, so the national road rules apply. If you are driving in residential areas, you need to stick to the speed limit of 60 km/h (37 mph). However, surrounding roads in Richards Bay have a speed limit of 80 km/h (50 mph). On the highways going into Richards Bay between other surrounding cities, speed limits can be up to 120 km/h (75 mph). Mobile speed cameras are prominent in the area, so drivers should take extra care to avoid speeding fines, which will be billed to you by your chosen car hire company.

  • Where are the best places to park in Richards Bay?

    If you’re planning to book accommodation in Richards Bay, it’s advisable to check if there is off-street parking on offer. This will help to mitigate any risks associated with damage to the vehicle and theft. There are also several car parks in Richards Bay you can choose from when out and about, particularly when you’re at the beach. These include Alkantstrand Beach Parking and the corner of Launder & Davidson Lanes. The local shopping outlets have designated car parks that are safe to park in while you get supplies. Parking in Richards Bay should not cost you more than 25 ZAR (about 1 GBP) per day.

Richards Bay car rental reviews and directory

Avis

10.0

Wonderful

2 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

6.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

8.0

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Locations in Richards Bay

Richards Bay Airport

+27 35 786 8100

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday08:00 - 12:00
Sunday11:30 - 13:3016:00 - 17:30
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7.6 Good

Nov 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was cery accomodating and my car was ready.

Cons:

The attnedant decided to give us an “upgrade” to a ford and thats when things just got bad. The car was not fuel efficient amd all the controls are corky - didnt like the car at all

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2023

KAYAK
Like driving a tin can but I did get the cheapest car. :)

1 out of 1

Hertz

7.4

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One location in Richards Bay

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from $34/day

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Richards Bay A/p

+27 35 786 1201

Monday08:00 - 12:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00
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5.6 Fair

Apr 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The guy that checked us in was very nice.

Cons:

The hidden fees. We ended up paying approximately $40 more than stated for hidden taxes and fees. Also, we returned the car with a fuel tank but they managed to somehow fill it up even more at an extortionate rate. Makes us wonder if the car was being used after we returned it on OUR rental. I will probably avoid Hertz in the future.

1 out of 1

Thrifty

10.0

Wonderful

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Richards Bay A/p

+27 35 786 1201

Monday08:00 - 12:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00
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Budget

8.9

Very good

No reviews available

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from $22/day

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Richards Bay Airport

+27 35 786 8100

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday08:00 - 12:00
Sunday11:30 - 13:3016:00 - 17:30
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1First Car Rental

8.0

Very good

No reviews available

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1, Bronze Bar

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Airport, Fish Eagle Flight Crescent, Richards Bay

+27 357 860 001

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Sixt

5.0

Fair

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Bronze Bar 1

+27 35 786 0001

Monday08:00 - 12:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00
Saturday09:00 - 10:00
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Fish Eagle Flight Crescent

+27 11 230 9999

Monday08:00 - 12:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00
Saturday08:00 - 12:00
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Firefly

10.0

Wonderful

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Richards Bay A/p

+27 357 861 201

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday08:30 - 11:00
Sunday12:00 - 17:00
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keddy by Europcar

10.0

Wonderful

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Fish Eagle Road

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Bidvest

2.0

Poor

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from $12/day

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Richards Bay Airport

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Bluu

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Unit 13, McGra Park

+27 35 786 0986

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Dollar

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Richards Bay A/p

+27 35 786 1201

Monday08:00 - 12:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
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Thursday08:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00
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Europcar

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Richards Bay Airport

+27 35 786 0896

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First Rent

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30 Fish Eagle Flight

+27 357 860 001

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Sunnycars

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Desk in arrival hall

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3 travelers who rented a car in Richards Bay gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.1

Car rental locations in or near Richards Bay

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Intermediate

Average price

$28/day

Good deal

$23/day

When to book a rental car in Richards Bay

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