About Cape Town International (CPT)
Address: Cape Town Airport, Arrivals Hall, Cape Town, 7525
Cape Town International is one of the largest airports in South Africa, serving the city of Cape Town and the surrounding towns in outlying areas such as Stellenbosch, Paarl and Worcester. A thoroughly modern airport, which recently received a full refurbishment, Cape Town International is situated just 20 kilometres from the city centre itself and is located on the N2 highway, one of two major thoroughfares servicing Cape Town.
Getting to your destination after you land is simple as Cape Town International car rentals provide you with a massive range of car hire options, accessible mere minutes after you step off the plane.
There are many ways to get around the Mother City, as the locals call Cape Town. None, however, including the public transport system, are particularly reliable. And some can even be a little unsafe. That's why car rental is certainly the best way to explore this magnificent city. Cape Town is not that big in truth, with the furthest outlying suburbs no more than 30 minutes from the city centre, so depending on where your hotel is, it will be just a short drive from the airport.
If you need to rent a car, you will find many of the car rental company kiosks near the arrival hall, so picking up the keys to your rental car is simple and once you have your luggage you can soon be on your way. Leaving the airport is easy enough but perhaps include a GPS system in your rental agreement to ensure you get to your hotel without getting lost! Or bring your own.
Unless a tourist attraction is in walking distance from your hotel, a rental car is a must. That's due to the fact plenty of Cape Town's top tourist attractions are not only found in the city itself, but on its outskirts or sometimes even further afield. An example of this is the numerous wine routes in the farmlands outside of Cape Town. Here you can visit wine farms, take tours of their facilities and see how Cape wines are made or have lunch at their award-winning restaurants. Or perhaps you fancy diving with a Great White shark? Well, you would have to travel over 150 kilometres to Gaansbaai on the Garden Route. These are just some of the examples of top tourist attractions not found in the city itself.
Choosing your car
As the biggest tourist hub in the country, airport car rental at Cape Town International is fast and simple. And there is an incredible range of companies and vehicles available to choose from.
All of the biggest car rental companies have kiosks here, including Hertz, Thrifty, Avis, Europcar, Sixt and more. And no matter the type of vehicle you prefer, you will find available to rent. These include small, compact sedans like the Kia Picanto and Ford Fiesta, to luxury executive cars like the BMW 3 series and Mercedes C-Class which offer the most comfortable of rides.
Other options include SUV's such as the Nissan Qashqai or Toyota Fortuner and people carriers including the Volkswagen Transporter for larger tourist groups. Summers in Cape Town can get fairly steamy, so a car with air-conditioning is a must, especially when moving outside of the city where the temperature increases. Most will come standard with air-conditioning except some budget models. Minivans seating 7-12 people are also usually available if you book in advance.
Tips and advice
During your visit to Cape Town, remember these useful tips:
While getting your keys to your rental car is simple, finding it may not be as easy. Some cars are parked on lots far away from the rental counters. Get proper directions.
While only one road leads out of Cape Town International airport, make sure you take the correct exit towards the highway. Avoid the first exit, marked Borcherds Quarry.
Cape Town International is located next to one of the major highways in the city, the N2. Travelling in a southerly direction will take you straight into the heart of the city.
Travelling at night along the N2 in the area of the airport can be dangerous. Try to avoid it but if you have to, do not stop along the side of the road at any time. Keep these emergency numbers handy: Police Flying Squad (10111) or City of Cape Town (107).
Drive with caution, observing vehicles around you at all time. Cape Town drivers are not the safest, especially the minibus taxi's transporting people to and from work. Always keep the car doors locked and never leave valuables in the vehicle.