Malawi car rentals

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Cheap car rentals in Malawi

Economy$56/day
Compact$76/day
Intermediate$44/day
SUV$82/day
Full-size SUV$151/day
Passenger van$155/day
Pickup truck$94/day
Premium SUV$154/day
Standard SUV$108/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

Top tips for renting a car in Malawi

  • Renting a car in Malawi can offer several advantages for travelers. You can easily visit remote areas, off-the-beaten-path attractions, and scenic spots that may not be easily accessible by public transportation. Having your own rental car provides convenience, especially when it comes to carrying luggage, groceries, or equipment for outdoor activities. You won't have to rely on public transportation or worry about adhering to fixed schedules. Having your own rental car gives you control over your travel itinerary.
  • Mawali does not have any type of child seat laws. What this means for parents bringing kids here is that you may have difficulty renting car seats as a part of your car rental. After you book your rental, it is a good idea to contact your rental company to see if it offers car seat rental services. As a good rule of thumb, it is best to bring your own car seats on your trip.
  • Because Malawi is a landlocked country, it is often the case that visitors who rent cars are curious about driving into other countries. Driving rental cars from Malawi to other countries is generally not allowed by most car rental companies. Rental cars are typically restricted to the country in which they are rented due to various factors, including insurance limitations, cross-border regulations, and different driving laws in each country.
  • Malawi offers some beautiful, scenic spots you can visit using your rental car. Some of the most popular road and day trips in the country include Lake Malawi, Liwonde National Park, and Majete Wildlife Reserve. Since there are no public transportation options to get you to these spots, having your own car will let you explore these natural wonders easily and on your own schedule.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Malawi for $70 or less
  • Book your rental car in Malawi at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Malawi are around 17% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Intermediate rental cars in Malawi are around 42% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Malawi

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

    On average a rental car in Malawi costs $102 per day.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Malawi?

    Intermediate (Class Intermediate Car or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Malawi.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Malawi?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at FlexWays ($44/day) and Avis ($56/day).

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Malawi?

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

  • Where should I rent a car in Malawi?

    Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to rent a car in Malawi are Lilongwe (61% of total searches of users looking to rent a car in Malawi) and Blantyre (39%).

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

    On average a rental car in Malawi costs $614 per week ($88 per day).

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

    On average a rental car in Malawi costs $2,630 per month ($88 per day).

  • What is driving like in Malawi?

    In Malawi, like many other former British colonies, vehicles drive on the left-hand side of the road. Take extra caution, especially when turning or changing lanes. Be prepared for varying road conditions in Malawi. Some roads may be well-maintained, while others might be rough, with potholes and limited signage. Exercise caution, especially on rural roads, and adapt your driving style accordingly. Be sure that you and all passengers wear seat belts at all times. It's not only a legal requirement, but it’s also crucial for your safety. If possible, avoid driving during the night in Malawi, especially on rural roads. Visibility may be limited, and road conditions can be more challenging to navigate.

  • How old do you have to be to rent a car in Malawi?

    The minimum age requirement to rent a car in Malawi can vary depending on the car rental company, but in general, most rental companies in Malawi require drivers to be at least 23 or 25 years old to rent cars. Additionally, drivers are typically required to have held valid driver's licenses for a certain number of years, often one to two years. It's important to note that age requirements may differ between rental companies, and some companies may impose additional fees or surcharges for drivers under a certain age.

  • How are gas prices in Malawi?

    When paying for a gallon of gas here, you should expect to pay about 6,609 MWK (6.30 USD). This translates to around 1,746 MWK (1.66 USD) for a liter of gas. Remember that these prices can increase as you get away from larger population centers, and the availability of gasoline can be lower in more rural areas, so plan accordingly before heading out on long road trips.

  • What are the speed limits in Malawi?

    The speed limit within urban areas is usually about 35 mph, and the speed limit on rural roads and highways is typically about 65 mph. However, it's important to note that some roads in Malawi may have lower speed limits, particularly if there are hazardous conditions or road work activities. It's crucial to pay attention to posted speed limit signs while driving in Malawi, as speed limits can vary depending on the specific road conditions and areas.

Car rental directory

  • avis

    Avis car rental locations in Malawi

    5 Locations

  • flexways

    FlexWays car rental locations in Malawi

    4 Locations

  • lilongwecarhire

    Lilongwe Car Hire car rental locations in Malawi

    2 Locations

  • sstravels

    SS Travels car rental locations in Malawi

    1 Location

Good to know

Most popular agency

Avis

Most popular car type

Intermediate

Average price

$88/day

Good deal

$70/day

When to book a rental car in Malawi

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

Car rental locations in Malawi

The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for car rentals for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 48 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car rentals listed or dates of travel. Some car rental providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the car rental providers' sites.