If you’re flying into Johannesburg, you will probably need a budget car rental to explore the city, and perhaps even venture out further into the surrounding beauty. Public transportation can be unreliable and time-consuming, and driving yourself means being in control of your trip.

We understand that vehicle rentals in South Africa can seem like a costly way to travel anywhere, with daily fees as well as petrol costs. But if you research correctly, you can easily find affordable car hire.

Let’s take a look at renting a car in Johannesburg on a budget.

Average Cost of Car Hire, JHB

Depending on the size and model of the car you would like to hire, prices range from around R300 per day, up to nearly R1000 per day (for a 10-seater van or with full insurance protection).

You can arrange your transport according to your budget and needs. A single person can book a smaller car at a lower price, and if you’re a group, then you can all pitch in for a larger vehicle.

Some car brands and models are, of course, pricier than others. But if you’re happy with a simple car to get you from point A to B, cheap car rentals should be easy to find. You will also need to calculate the price of petrol into your rental fees. This is not included in the daily cost and will depend on where and when you drive.

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What’s Included in Car Rental Costs?

The cost of your rental car should include airport surcharges, local tax, accident insurance, and theft protection. There are usually other added options that you can select from, should you need them.

Optional Extras You May Be Offered:

  • Baby car seats and booster seats
  • GPS rental
  • Mobile WiFi
  • Bicycle racks
  • An additional driver who is covered by insurance and allowed to drive the car
  • Other insurance cover for damage, loss, etc.
  • Pickup/dropoff

Tip: Before you sign or pay for any car hire, check what you are paying for, and what is and isn’t included. You should also check the Fuel Policy, which will determine the amount of fuel that the car must be returned with.

Do You Need Car Hire in Johannesburg?

There are many benefits to having your own wheels when visiting Joburg, as the locals like to call it. Whether you’re visiting for business, on vacation, or seeing family, a car means freedom and independence.

A rental vehicle provides the perfect chance to take a self-drive safari through the Kruger, or to enjoy some of the city’s nightlife. Car hire prices are often a lot cheaper than tour buses or private drivers. It’s also sometimes safer than navigating public buses and taxis in a strange city.

If you are in Johannesburg for a business meeting, a rented car means you’ll be in charge of your time. There won’t be any rushing to catch the next train or tracking down a bus stop, and no need for dry cleaning your suit should it start to rain.

If you’re travelling as a family, a budget-friendly car that fits everyone provides a great way to enjoy your time in the City of Gold.

Who Can Book Cheap Car Hire in Johannesburg?

Anyone with a valid driver’s licence who is over the age of 18 and has ±2 years driving experience can hire a car.

When you hire a car in South Africa, only the driver who signs for the vehicle will be covered by insurance and is allowed to drive. If you would like a second driver to be able to drive the vehicle and be covered by insurance, you’ll need to pay additional costs.

The second driver will also have to fit the requirements, be of the correct age with a valid driver’s licence.

Note: Drivers under the age of 30 may be required to pay a Young Drivers fee, above the usual cost of the car. Likewise, there may be a surcharge for drivers who are older than 70.

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Before You Book: Car Rental Johannesburg Requirements

To rent a car in JHB, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a valid driver’s licence
  • Have had your licence for a minimum of a year, sometimes two years (in some cases only – which then brings the age up to 19/20 for many)
  • Credit or debit card for booking online (which we recommend, to save you time and money)
  • An ID or passport
  • The deposit fee (this amount will vary)

Cheapest Car Rentals – OR Tambo Airport

There is an abundance of car sizes, makes, and models available to pick up at OR Tambo. And there are numerous car rental deals to choose from as well. We’ve done some of the research for you, though, and found three small cars to take a look at.

Note: The make and model may vary, but will stay a similar size with similar features.

Hertz Volkswagen Polo (from R390 per day)

This 5-seater manual vehicle comes with 24hr service, collision damage, Third-party cover, and theft protection. You need to be at least 20 years old and pay a R13 000 refundable deposit. You’ll have unlimited mileage with this rental.

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Avis Volkswagen Polo (from R420 per day)

Enjoy great service and premium driving experience in this 4-seater manual car. You must be at least 18 years old, with a refundable security deposit of R23 700. You’ll have 200 kilometres of mileage available with this rental.

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Sixt Volkswagen Polo (from R530 per day)

A 4-seater manual car with a 150-kilometre mileage limit and Full to Full fuel policy. Drivers must be at least 23 years old and must pay the R5 500 refundable security deposit at pick up.

Rent from Sixt now

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Rent a Car – Johannesburg

A surefire way to get the cheapest car hire in Johannesburg is to compare all of your options and choose the lowest price. Which is exactly what we do for you, so you can check out Avis car hire compared to Budget car hire and a whole lot more.

View our options for car rentals in Johannesburg, and you can select the type of care you would like, as well as extra features and functions. Once you’ve made your choice, be sure to get your documents in order and then have a safe, fun trip.