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Car rental Cape Town airport

Cape Town International Airport

Cape Town International Airport (CPT) is the primary airport that serves the capital of South Africa, Cape Town, and its surroundings. It is the second busiest airport in South Africa and the third one in Africa. It is located approximately 20 kilometers from the city center of Cape Town, operates with domestic and international flights and is the only airport in the Cape Town metropolitan area that offers passenger services. The domestic and international flights are connected by a common terminal. The main terminal building has three floors. Upper floors are home to departures, lower floors to arrivals. The International Terminal is located on the left side of the main terminal building, the Domestic Terminal is located on the right side of the main terminal building. Be sure to check in at the main terminal building, this is required!

Car hire Cape Town International Airport

Car rental at Cape Town International Airport is a great way to discover the city. You will be free to move around as you like and discover. Before hiring a car, check your license to make sure it is accepted and you are allowed to drive in South Africa. There are currently nine care hire agencies at the airport. For example: Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty car rental agency. The rental car companies are located in front of the Transport Plaza and Central Terminal Building. Passengers can access through the two pedestrian subways placed on either side of the terminal buildings.

Driving a rental car in South Africa

There are a few things to keep in mind when driving your hired car on the South African streets:

South African highlights

In South Africa, you can find beautiful savannahs, great gorges and breathtaking desserts. If you’re more into a city, Cape Town is an experience that can’t be missed. Cape Town is by population the second largest settlement of the country. This multicultural city is surrounded by nature. Driving your hired car through this amazing city, with a warm climate, is an experience on its own.

Car rental tips

Book your rental car six weeks in advance for the best deals! At HolidayCars you can compare different suppliers and cars to find the deal that suits you best. Booking your rental car in advance will save you time at the airport and you’ll make sure your journey goes as smoothly as possible! Read our FAQ page for more answers to questions and feel free to contact us if you need help.

Enjoy your trip to South Africa!

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Matroosfontein
Cape Town
7490, South Africa
Tips and experiences for Cape Town airport

Our customers rated Cape Town airport with an average of 9.2 based on 53 ratings, and these are the most recent tips, experiences and highlights.

06-05-2019
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double check that your doors are locked when parked. Be not intimidated by driving at the speed limit in residential coastal towns. Do pull aside as to give the line of traffic following you way and then continue with your journey. Keep a vigilent eye for pedestrians though you may be focusing on your GPS's instructions. Park only in designated parking areas to avoid your car getting damaged. Respect the interior of the vehicle
18-04-2019
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Book through the web as you get a good deal and all organised. Visit Blaubery strand in cape town its the best sunsets in the world. Make sure you get the number of the local office at the airport. I needed it to extend the rental. prices are good and better when done through a site like Kayak. Smile.
08-04-2019
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The pick up location is quite convenient - Travel light with minimum luggage. Always try to book cars higher than Group C - as A and B cars cannot drive up the hill level roads Feel up the tank before handing the car back - Cape Town is beautiful, specially in the evenings - the sunsets and sunrise - though stay safe and avoid secluded area The Emergency numbers on the vouchers are there to truly assist you - Use them if you are in any difficulty.
03-04-2019
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Book in advance. Be patient. Compare the market. Listen to reviews. Do your homework. Tell other people about your happy experience..
21-03-2019
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Keep your wits about you. Make sure you look in your car mirrors frequently, car pass either side. The police set up loads of speed cameras. Sometimes just after a speed limit sign. Don't let anyone help you, when at cash points"ATM" there are Lots of scammers, I fell victim to one, lost £500
06-03-2019
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Clean. Quiet airport (positive and negative) Reasonable shopping Modern Reasonable food options
24-02-2019
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Travel light, don't plan too much, allow time to explore. Enjoy yourself!
19-02-2019
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Fairly provincial feeling considering a major airport. Bit of a stroll from airport to car hire area on way through. Food very limited once through check in and frankly not very good. Take your own.
21-01-2019
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capetown airport is a breeze , not congested ,, free suitcases trolley,, modern and clean as a city Capetown is a dream for a tourist ,as there a lot activity ,and very well priced , South africa rocks
10-01-2019
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In a busy time reserve your car earlier and confirm reservation before your arrival. !
20-12-2018
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1) Use the hop on and hop off bus gives you a good commentary as you go around Cape Town , go up Table mountain. 2) Have fish and chips at Hout Bay harbor - very good 3) Take a trip around Chapmans peak and stop off in Simons town to look at the penguins 4) Speir Wine Estate was worth a visit. 5) Visit the car museum in Franchhoek 6) Visit the V & A Waterfront well worth the visit
15-12-2018
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Cape Town airport is impeccable. No complaints
12-12-2018
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Visit Cape Point and Boulders beach (penguins)! Free walking tours in town are great. Also visit Truth Coffee shop and Charleys Bakeries if you're near the District six museum.
21-11-2018
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Drive to Boulders Beach to see the Penguins, Clifton views are stunning, make reservations for all restaurants
18-11-2018
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Get out to Camps Bay, climb Lions Head Mountain, or Table Mountain. Absolutely fantastic views of Cape Town on one side and the coastline on the other. See around the V&A harbour/shopping area. If you can afford a special treat, go for the Belmond Mount Nelson hotel afternoon tea - its extravagant nibbles and deserts are out of this world. Have breakfast in any of the inner city trendy coffee shops to experience life there. If you enjoy out doors, cliffs and seas, take a tour to the Cape of Good Hope.
13-11-2018
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always carry a snack , you never know when you will get stuck without one
21-10-2018
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When in Cape Town visit Camps bay and the suburbs around the City. V&A shopping mall is a great place for shopping and dining.
13-10-2018
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Duty free liquor is dearer than local stores. Not really duty free we say. Cape Town itself is fabulous.
29-09-2018
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Cape Town is a modern, well organized airport with good signage to direct travellers to check-in, gates and other service such as car rentals.
25-09-2018
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Book early
15-02-2018
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Arrive in pleanty of time. Follow all the signs and you won´t get lost. If you want to claim back V.A.T go to the office before checking in. Ask for help if going/coming from car hire as quite a long walk and some is up a slope. Plenty of places to find a drink or something to eat. Very easy to be dropped off or to return a rental car.
04-02-2018
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Cape Town is one of the most beautiful holiday destinations in the world. There is a lot more to see than just the tourist traps which every popular holiday destination has. Do not believe everything you hear on the news as regards the violence, etc., associated with the rest of South Africa, or for that matter, any other large city mostly worldwide - if you are street wise, there is nothing to fear - just relax and enjoy everything Cape Town has to offer, you most definitely will not be disappointed. Put the politics aside and use water very, very sparingly!
31-01-2018
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Cape Town was a fantastic dedestination, Table Mountain was a great cable car ride. The scenery from up top was awe inspiring. Travelling to Cape Point was equally as good. The scenery again, mind blowing. A day trip to the Aquila Nature reserve was another highlight, loads of animals in a natural habitat. The food Cape Town has to offer is first class and very reasonably priced. Kirshtenbosch gardens were beautiful, well maintained and laid out very well. We will be back!
27-12-2017
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>confirm vehicle size on booking >go very early to table mountain >pack water, sunblock and hats at all times >Strand beach and boulders beach is a must >Use Uber to the waterfront as it get quite congested and parking is usually an issue
25-12-2017
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Cape Town is a magnificent place to visit. The town is clean and modern. There are places to visit unlike any other place on earth. Table mountain and the various gardens are unique places to see in the area. I found the seafood in the area to be exceptional. People are friendly and accepting.
03-05-2017
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Must do: Table Mountain, Robben Island, Lions Head, Boulder beach for penguins, Cape of Good Hope, zipwire with Canyon Adventures, Huey Helicopter ride (combat mission), learn to kitesurf! If you buy things to take home claim the tax back at the airport. Allow extra time to do this.
17-04-2017
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Table mountain Waterfront Spice route - stellenbosch
31-03-2017
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There are lots of ATMs outside so don't bother with the one in baggage reclaim!
22-03-2017
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All recommended: The Waterfront, The Winelands, The City, The Mountain, The Botanical Gardens, City-sightseeing Bus. The Beaches, The Restaurants are all fenominal
20-03-2017
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Walk up Lion's Head for sunset, bring head-torch for descent. Watch sun go down from 1st floor terrace of UMI in Camps Bay Have dinner at Chef's Warehouse on Bree Street Lunch at Constantia Glen
20-03-2017
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Sunset walk up Lion's Head, bring head-torch for decent
07-03-2017
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Crystal springs hike Bungalow restaurant Clifton Blue Peter
06-03-2017
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Go to the Waterfront, wine lands and Cape of Good Hope
05-03-2017
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Cape Town is an incredible city and I would recommend that everyone visits. Air BnB is a great way to find well priced and great accommodation. The weather is lovely in February and March and it is not as busy as it is out of peak season. The beaches are fantastic, there are hundreds of restaurants and coffee shops to go to and there is so much to keep yourself busy.
16-02-2017
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Take at least two days to drive around the peninsula, first along the Twelve Apostles to HoutBay and via Chapman's Peak to Noordhoek, and back through Constantia Neck. Second one via Kalk Bay and Simonstown to Cape Point. The third day would be Table Mountain and Kirstenbosch, and the fourth city and Waterfront.
12-02-2017
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It is wonderfull overthere, that's ehy I travel there regularly.
16-01-2017
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I would recommend not only the wine farms in Stellenbosch but also the farms in Constantia. Very nice! Climb up the Lions head. Fantastic view from the top. Stop by in Muizenberg, rent a surfboard and learn how to surf! A veru nice golf course is Clovelly near Fish Hoek
14-01-2017
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Aside from the usual tick boxes of table mountain etc. I would highly recommend doing a tour of the vineyards. We spent a sunny Christmas Eve doing wine tasting and even a stop at a brandy distillery. For something a bit different also try Afternoon Tea at the Nelsons Mount Hotel - a fabulous high tea set in a posh hotel with the choice to sit inside and enjoy the sound of piano playing or outside on the terrace with a lovely view.
12-01-2017
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Go to Cape Town !!
08-01-2017
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Wonderful city and country, see as much as you can. Take in the garden route if you can.
08-01-2017
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It was great. Figure it out yourself. Amazing city and country !!
02-01-2017
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Rent a car and drive to all the wonderful places - there is so much beauty, friendly people great food and wine - get out of the hotel and go see it all!!
02-01-2017
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Cape Town is a good place to visit,there's a lot to do and see.I would highly recommend it.
02-01-2017
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table mountain, cape of good hope, stellenbosch
28-12-2016
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View from Table mountain cafe lounge
21-12-2016
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Take your time and do your research. There are so many great places to explore in and around Cape Town. Eating out in particular is fantastic with a plethora of restaurants to explore with amazing fresh seasonal produce including great seafood and meat. A must is climbing Lions Head on a clear day for amazing views. Travel to the wine country for great and inexpensive wines and a touch of the Dutch colonial past. Check oout Robins Island for the more recent history of Cape Town.
04-12-2016
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There is so much to see but for an unforgettable experience I recommend taking a drive down to Hermanus and watch the whales from land.
10-11-2016
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Enjoy the great weather and beautiful scenery!
30-08-2016
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Cape Canopy Tours, zip line experience excellent. Elgin valley wine region great.
30-07-2016
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My destination was Franschoek in the winelands. Great base to see top class wineries, spoil yourself with lots of top quality restaurants to choose from, real value all around.
20-07-2016
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book Table Mountain and Robben Island on-line to avoid queues
14-06-2016
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Some of the best wines on offer in the world. You have to explore the various routes
30-05-2016
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Table mountain in a sunny day.