Thrifty Car Rental Durban

Durban’s warm and subtropical city is a prime holiday destination for locals and tourists alike. If you’re visiting the city, opt to hire a vehicle with Thrifty Car Rental over relying on other means of transport. Rental cars are more reliable and allow you to drive around South Africa freely.

Thrifty car hire was founded in 2002 and has provided South Africans with affordable car rental services since then. The car rental company was formerly named “Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group.”

Source budget rentals from Thrifty car hire in Durban, with prices as low as R518.94 per day depending on the season and location. For the hundreds of visitors, Durbanites, and businesspeople who visit the subtropical city of Durban each year, getting around town with a Thrifty Car Rental vehicle is a breeze.


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Benefits of Using Thrifty Car Rental Durban

Using ride-hailing apps to get around Durban’s eclectic streets can cost a fortune. On the other hand, public transport isn’t the most reliable option. Hiring a vehicle from a Durban car rental company like Thrifty can offer you safety and affordability.

Aside from saving money, renting a car saves time because you won’t have to wait for a shuttle to pick you up. Just hop in and go. In addition to that, there are other reasons to rent a car in Durban with Thrifty Car Rental, including the following.

Freedom of Movement

You don’t want to be distracted by figuring out transportation or booking a shuttle ahead of time while on holiday. Plans change, so renting a car with Thrifty Car Rental offers you the freedom to go wherever you want, whenever you want.

Travel in Comfort

Make reservations for a rental vehicle that suits your needs and pocket while having sufficient room for the entire family. Having a personal rental allows you to travel with valuables without the fear of losing them in a taxi or bus you may never see again.


Enjoy free cancellation up to 24 hours before collection because Thrifty Car Rental knows life doesn’t always go as planned. This is perfect for instances where travel plans may change or fall apart.

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Quality of Life

Thrifty Car Rental services give you complete control over your rental vehicle by allowing you to book and manage it online. Your rental will be available for you and your travel buddies upon arrival, giving you and your companions peace of mind.

Requirements for Thrifty Car Rental Durban

It’s never been easier to rent a car in Durban. After booking your desired vehicle online, you can pick it up from a Thrifty Car Rental branch in Durban City or their King Shaka International Airport branch.

The car hire company requires you to be older than 21 and have an unendorsed driver’s licence in your possession for at least one year. A driver surcharge is applied if the driver is under 21, and the driver must have held a driver’s licence for at least two years. Foreigners with international drivers’ licences are in the same boat.

You’ll also have to present an embossed credit card when picking up your vehicle. If you’re crossing borders, your vehicle will be able to take you there (subject to Thrifty’s vetting process).

When you book online, you can search for and compare rental cars that fit your budget and preferences.

Thrifty Car Rental Branches in Durban

Thrifty Car Rental only has a couple of locations in Durban. These branches are:

  • Thrifty Car Rental Durban City
  • Thrifty Car Rental King Shaka International Airport (“Thrifty King Shaka”, for short)

Thrifty Durban City is located at 125 Bram Fischer Rd, North Beach, Durban, 4001. Thrifty King Shaka is located at Unit 8 KSIA, La Mercy, King Shaka International Airport (Durban Airport), La Mercy, Durban, 4399.


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Thrifty Car Rental Prices

Rental car prices depend on the season, car model, and the number of days you rent it. Costs often increase during the summer holiday break (December to February) as Durban is frequented by many visitors from across the country.

Take a look at the following car hire prices to get an indication of what you might be paying:

Small: Agya MT (or similar) 3-day hire: R1,557+

Medium: Almera 1.5 MT (or similar) 3-day hire: R1,941+

Large: Avanza 1.5 SX MT (or similar) 3-day hire: R3,269+


Note: If you’re planning a trip elsewhere in the country, consider Thrifty Car Rental Cape Town or Thrifty Car Rental OR Tambo for the same great offers.

Additional Add-Ons for Thrifty Car Rentals Durban

Thrifty Car Rentals offers the following optional extras in addition to the standard rental car. These extras can be selected online or at a Thrifty branch in Durban.

  1. Additional driver
  2. Premium emergency roadside service
  3. Child safety seats
  4. GPS
  5. Cross-border fee
  6. Tyre and windscreen cover

Services Offered by Thrifty Durban Car Rental

Thrifty Car Rental offers easy rental options for hiring a reliable car on a budget. Rest assured that your travel needs will be met by the car rental company. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Insurance cover options such as “super cover.”
  • The ability to make rental extensions at least 24 hours before your current rental period expires.
  • Pick up your rental at one branch and drop it off at another.
  • Flexible kilometre options.
  • The ability to travel across borders with your rental vehicle provided that a vetting process has been followed.


List of Thrifty Durban Car Rentals

Thrifty car hire in Durban provides an impressive range of car rentals to suit your taste and budget. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly SUV for outdoor adventures or a compact car to rent for daily travel, Thrifty’s got you covered.

Visit their website to see their entire range. Here are a few vehicles to give you an idea of their offering.

  • Small cars: Hyundai Grand i10, Toyota Agya Automatic, or similar
  • Medium cars: Toyota Corolla Auto, New Mercedes C-Class, or similar
  • Large cars: Toyota Urban Cruiser, Haval Jolion, VW Tiguan, or similar
  • SUVs: Mercedes GLC, Toyota Avanza, Hyuandai Creta or similar
  • People carrier: Merc Vito 8 Seater Auto, Toyota Quantum 10 Seater, or Similar

Top Tips for Hiring a Car in Durban

  • King Shaka International Airport is just under 33 km from Durban CBD, which means a 30-minute journey through the M4 and N2 will be required. This depends on your travel time and any unforeseen traffic delays.
  • Consider stopping at Umhlanga Rocks on your way from the airport. It’s a popular tourist destination where you can enjoy the fresh coastal air.
  • Make use of the airport’s amenities before going on a long trip. You’ll have access to numerous restaurants and coffee shops to grab a quick bite, as well as stretch your legs to get that blood flow going. You can stock up on snacks and water at the confectionery stores and purchase any clothes you may have forgotten to pack at the stores.
  • Check with your airline for reward programmes that include car rental discounts when travelling to Durban.
  • The months of December to February are the busiest on the roads. There is a huge increase in pedestrian and vehicle traffic due to the influx of tourists and local holiday goers.
  • Consider visiting top attractions in Durban such as uShaka Marine World, Durban Botanical Gardens, and The Valley of 1000 Hills.
  • To get a better deal on a car rental in Durban, book at least a day ahead of time.


Thrifty Car Hire Durban FAQs

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    How Much is the Price of Fuel in Durban?

    The fuel price in Durban on 6 April 2022 was R21.25 for Unleaded 95 Petrol, whereas the previous price was R20.88 on 2 March 2022. Diesel 50 ppm on 6 April 2022 was R20.64 on 6 April 2022. Conversely, the previous price was R18.96 on 2 March 2022.

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    How Can I Find a Car Hire Near Me in Duban?

    Check out our comprehensive car rental location map to locate the best car rental deals.

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    How Much Does an Economy (Small) Car Rental Cost in Durban?

    On average, an economy (small) car costs R519 per day.

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    Which Car Rental Agencies Are at King Shaka International Airport (DBN)?

    There is a wide selection of suppliers to choose from at Durban’s main international airport. Car hire companies onsite at King Shaka International airport include: Avis, Bidvest, Europcar, Thrifty, Budget, First, Hertz, Tempest and Woodford.

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    What Kind of Vehicle is Best for Driving in Durban?

    Economy (small) cars are highly recommended for driving around Durban. They are affordable and easy to handle, particularly in congested areas. However, a larger vehicle is more suited to groups of people. An SUV or a minivan will provide enough storage and seating for a group of people (and their luggage).