Johannesburg car rentals

Johannesburg car rentals

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Johannesburg, South Africa
28 Sep — 5 Oct
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Johannesburg car rental information

Pick-up locationJohannesburg
Rental locations71
Airport locations26

Reviews and directory for self drive car rentals in Johannesburg

From ₹ 1,452/dayRated no. 1
Bidvest
Best rated
10 Excellent (1 review)
4 locations in Johannesburg
Bidvest
Locations in Johannesburg
  • 10
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10.0 Excellent1 Nov 2018
Busani was very personable
From ₹ 1,295/dayRated no. 2
Avis
8.5 Excellent (24 reviews)
2 locations in Johannesburg
Avis
Locations in Johannesburg
  • 9.1
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  • 8.5
Recent reviews
6.0 Good24 Jan 2020
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 materialiseIssue closing invoice on drop-off
6.4 Good14 Jan 2018
Make sure u know what u are getting!!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 Good3 Jun 2017
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 Okay7 Apr 2017
Watch Your Bank/Credit StatementThe car was clean.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 Excellent27 Feb 2017
Fast , eficient and friendly service.Good value for money.Nothing
8.0 Excellent2 Feb 2017
It was a good car for the category I have selected.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 Excellent4 Jan 2017
Another great experience at Avis-OR TamboPrompt, efficient pick-up and drop-off, kind service, well-maintained, clean vehicle.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 Excellent26 Dec 2016
Great experience at Avis JNB AirportFantastic pick up experience.Everything was fine - no complaints at all.
4.4 Okay12 Dec 2016
Long lines and staff with serious attitudeLengthy wait. Staff too busy chatting with each other to assist. No air conditioning in the premises.
8.0 Excellent4 Nov 2016
Professional-looking but service can be improvedThe 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.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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Rated no. 3
Sixt
8 Excellent (2 reviews)
6 locations in Johannesburg
Sixt
Locations in Johannesburg
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Recent reviews
6.0 Good4 May 2019
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From ₹ 1,266/dayRated no. 4
Budget
Most popular
7.1 Good (4 reviews)
3 locations in Johannesburg
Budget
Locations in Johannesburg
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Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre19 Mar 2018
I still have yet to receive a receipt from them for the rental so I cannot get reimbursed from my organization.
8.4 Excellent29 Jan 2018
Great car. A bit dicey on front and back ends.Great car!!!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 Excellent10 Jan 2018
Good experienceNothing different than renting in the U.S., and no sales pressures to upgrade or buy their own insurance.
From ₹ 1,087/dayRated no. 5
Hertz
Cheapest deal
6.3 Good (24 reviews)
6 locations in Johannesburg
Hertz
Locations in Johannesburg
  • 6.9
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Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre24 May 2021
I arranged for a 5 am pickup. There was no shuttle. I was then waiting for the office to open at 6am as was posted at the office. By 6:10 there was still no one. I rented a vehicle from Avis. I will not be using hertz again.
10.0 Excellent25 Jun 2020
Ease - process was painless and relatively efficient.
2.0 Mediocre24 Jul 2019
I enjoyed leaving and never rent anything with hettzWhen 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 Excellent20 Jul 2019
The staff was friendly and the car was nice.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 Okay8 May 2019
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 Excellent4 May 2019
The staff offered an upgrade. The process was easy and fast upon checking in and out. We got a great price as well!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 Mediocre10 Feb 2019
Shocking
8.4 Excellent13 Oct 2018
Great rental just extremely slow customer serviceGreat car, great priceIt took more than 30 minutes before we were served at the pick up counter. Then all was well.
2.0 Mediocre22 Aug 2018
OverpricedThe 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 TempestThe 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 Excellent5 Mar 2018
Fast and friendly seeviceHow they place exorbitant holds on your card if you don’t pay for insurance
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From ₹ 1,513/dayRated no. 6
Europcar
4 Okay (1 review)
7 locations in Johannesburg
Europcar
Locations in Johannesburg
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Recent reviews
4.0 Okay23 Nov 2016
Disappointed at Europcar - not international standDid 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
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Firefly
7 locations in Johannesburg
Firefly
Locations in Johannesburg
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1First Car Rental
6 locations in Johannesburg
1First Car Rental
Locations in Johannesburg
Recent reviews
keddy by Europcar
6 locations in Johannesburg
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Johannesburg
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Tempest Car Hire
5 locations in Johannesburg
Tempest Car Hire
Locations in Johannesburg
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First Rent
2 locations in Johannesburg
First Rent
Locations in Johannesburg
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CABS Car Hire
1 location in Johannesburg
CABS Car Hire
Locations in Johannesburg
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GREEN MOTION
1 location in Johannesburg
GREEN MOTION
Locations in Johannesburg
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Move Mee
1 location in Johannesburg
Move Mee
Locations in Johannesburg
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Ofran Holiday Autos
1 location in Johannesburg
Ofran Holiday Autos
Locations in Johannesburg
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From ₹ 1,779/day
Woodford
1 location in Johannesburg
Woodford
Locations in Johannesburg
Recent reviews
57 travellers who rented a car in Johannesburg gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.4

Car rental locations in or near Johannesburg

Good to know

Most popular agency

Budget

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

₹ 1,696/day

Good deal

₹ 1,346/day

When to book a rental car in Johannesburg

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Top tips for hiring 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 ₹ 1,346 or less
  • Book your rental car in Johannesburg at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in Johannesburg are around 30% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring 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 Budget, Hertz and Europcar

  • On average a hire car in Johannesburg costs ₹ 1,696 per day.

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire company in Johannesburg is Avis (8.3, 66 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in Johannesburg is ₹ 353 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between ₹ 4,238 and ₹ 5,651, depending on the car size.

  • Economy (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Johannesburg.

  • Car hire companies onsite at OR Tambo airport include Budget, Hertz, Europcar, Avis, Woodford and Bidvest.

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

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

  • A Economy car rental in Johannesburg costs ₹ 1,833 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car rental in Johannesburg costs ₹ 2,903 per day, on average.

  • A Full-size car rental in Johannesburg costs ₹ 3,138 per day, on average.

  • In Johannesburg, cars are most frequently hired at Hertz 1 Jones Road (19 km from city centre ).

  • On average hiring a car in Johannesburg costs ₹ 11,874 per week (₹ 1,696 per day).

  • On average a car hire in Johannesburg costs ₹ 50,891 per month (₹ 1,696 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.