About George Airport (GRJ)
Address: Terminal Building, Old Grootbrakrivier Road, George Airport , George, 6530, Western Cape
Whether you want to discover the miles of open coastal roads, explore quaint villages and towns, or go off-road in the nearby Big Five game reserves, getting around George is much more convenient if you rent a car.
Situated halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, George Airport (GRJ) is set at the heart of the Garden Route which stretches for 124 spellbinding miles (200 km) between the Eastern Cape and Western Cape in South Africa. As the main business hub along the Garden Route, George is popular for both business and leisure travelers.
With a plethora of car hire companies available in the Car Rental Building just outside of the main terminal building, George Airport (GRJ) is the ideal spot to begin your Garden Route road trip.
George Airport (GRJ) is located 30 minutes’ drive from the town of George itself, along the R102. Just 10 miles from Wilderness (16 km), 31 miles (50 km) from Mossel Bay where the Garden Route (N2 National Highway) begins and just over an hour’s drive from Plettenberg Bay (95 km), George is a popular gateway to fly in and continue onwards by rental car.
Road infrastructure in George is excellent and well-maintained by the South African National Roads Agency [SANRAL]. The roads are well signposted in English and most national roads are paved. As you travel into more rural parts you can expect a few potholes and perhaps even gravel or dirt roads, particularly in the game reserves. If you’re planning to drive through these national parks and reserves (the closest being just minutes away from George), a 4x4 vehicle may be required. These can be easily arranged at George Airport (GRJ).
Manned fuel stations are typically open 24 hours along the Garden Route where you can fill up, check tyres, oil and water, pick up provisions or stop for a toilet break. Various types of fuel are available - leaded, unleaded, dual fuel and diesel so check with your George Airport (GRJ) car rental company which one you’ll need.
Choosing your car
You’ll find all the big name airport car rental companies at George Airport (GRJ), from Avis and Hertz, to Europcar, offering a diverse selection of compact, mid-range, premium, and larger cars. There are plenty to choose from, so be sure to do your research to get the best deal for your budget.
Pick up the keys for a Kia Picanto for zipping around George economically, choose a more spacious family car such as the 5-seater Ford Ecosport, or opt for a people-carrier like the 8-seater Hyundai H1 if you’re traveling in a larger group. Planning to do a few self-drives in the nearby game reserves? A 4x4 vehicle such as the Nissan X-Trail is a great choice for going off-road.
As always, premium luxury vehicles such as the BMW 3 Series or the Mercedes-Benz New C-Class are available.
Tips and advice
South Africa drives on the left hand side of the road so all George Airport (GRJ) car rental vehicles will be right hand drive.
Distances and speed limits are shown in kilometers. The typical speed limit is 120km/hour (75m/hour) for highways, 100km/hour (60m/hour) for secondary roads, and 60km/hour (35m/hour) for city roads, unless stated otherwise.
Tourists may drive in South Africa with a valid driver’s license and an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) is recommended. If your license doesn’t have a photograph ID, you’ll need to carry your passport too.
Pick up a local sim and arrange for a GPS that charges through the car’s cigarette lighter for easy hands-free navigating and communication.
Toll roads are found along national highways between major cities. Check the toll fees for your chosen route before you leave, and carry cash or a credit card on you.