Start Your Holiday With Car Rental in Durban – South Africa’s Playground

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Popular Car Rental Options in Durban

Hyundai i10

1.1L manual vehicle with great fuel economy. Seats 2 adults and 2 child passengers.

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A Volkswagen Polo car rental in Durban.

Volkswagen Polo Vivo Hatch

1.4L manual with great fuel economy. South Africas top selling car. Seats 4 adults.

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toyota etios rental

Nissan NP200

1.6L Manual half a ton utility vehicle replaced the legendary 1600 workhorse. Seats 2 adults.

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A Nissan Almera car rental in Durban.

Nissan Almera

1.6L manual sedan. Seats 4 adult passengers. Ample luggage space.

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Durban Travel Advice

Durban is the capital of the KwaZulu-Natal province and it’s the third-largest city in South Africa. People come from all around to experience its seemingly endless beaches and charming promenade. It’s also near to incredible wilderness areas like the Drakensberg, the South Coast, and iSimangaliso Wetland Park. If you want to see it all, you’ll need the car rental in Durban.

Whether you plan to hire a car or opt for 4×4 hire, luxury car hire, or RV hire, Drive South Africa has you covered. Check out our quick city guide below to learn all about eThekwini.

Best Time to Visit

This could be one of the few cities in South Africa where you’re better off visiting in winter. Summer is the rainy season and it can get incredibly hot and humid. However, it all depends on what you plan to see. For example, in winter, snow caps the Drakensberg mountains.

Where Should You Stay?


This is one of the more established areas in the city where commerce, suburban living, and entertainment merge. If you’re looking to have a good time, check out trendy Florida Road and its guesthouses, gourmet restaurants, and nightlife.

Umhlanga Rocks

This area is further from the CBD, but it’s close enough to give you a good balance of nature and city life. It boasts some of the higher-end accommodation facilities in the region, as well as several excellent seafood restaurants.

Glenwood / Umbilo

Glenwood is the café capital of the city and also boasts a wide range of guest houses and smaller hotels.


In the Midlands, you’ll encounter endless countryside that looks like something straight out of northern Europe. It’s a gateway to the breathtaking Drakensberg mountain range and also boasts its own attraction: the Midlands Meander. Vehicle hire in Durban is an easy way to explore the Midlands and beyond.


The Golden Mile of beaches features accommodation facilities ranging from five star hotels to self-catering apartments. It’s easy to navigate this stretch of urban beaches on foot, but even better if you hire a car in Durban.

In and Around Durban

Ushaka Marine World is a must for marine life enthusiasts. Further north up the coast, you can try your luck at Suncoast Casino or enjoy some retail therapy at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping.

The famed Drakensberg mountains are only two to three hours from the CBD. You’ll need to hire a vehicle in Durban to get there. The city is also a stone’s throw away from other attractions in KwaZulu-Natal. These include the Valley of a Thousand Hills and the untouched beaches and rolling hills of the North or South Coasts.

Getting Around With Car Rental in Durban

There’s a lot to explore in KwaZulu-Natal. Sadly, public transport facilities are lacking. While you can book transfers between major attractions, hiring a vehicle in Durban is by far the best option.

Once you arrive, you’ll fall in love with the people, stunning beaches, nature reserves, and lush greenery. Ultimately, you’ll want to experience it all in your own time. Hire a car in Durban to make the most of it!

How Long Should You Stay For?

Compared to Johannesburg or Cape Town, “Durbs” is a smaller city. That means you’ll need less time to navigate the urban area. However, KwaZulu-Natal is a large province with a lot to explore. If you plan to make it your home base to explore the rest of the province, you’ll need two weeks or more.

What Should You Pack?

Durban experiences warm weather all year round. However, winter mornings and evenings can get chilly, so remember to pack some warm clothing. In summer, you’ll definitely need a lightweight raincoat and an umbrella.

If you’re heading to the Drakensberg in winter, pack appropriately for snowy, icy conditions.

Hire a Vehicle in Durban

With so much to explore not only in the city but throughout the entire KwaZulu-Natal province, you need the right kind of transport. Drive South Africa offers various options for car rental in Durban, including a service at King Shaka International Airport. Speak to one of our agents today to secure your booking ahead of time.

Durban Car Hire FAQ’s


Which car hire companies in Durban have updated COVID-19 Policies in terms of cleaning after use?

The car hire companies in Durban that are up to date with disinfecting their cars are Thrifty, Herts and Avis

How much will it cost to hire a car in Durban?

Hiring a car in Durban will cost around R304 a day.

Which car rental agency has the cheapest car rates in Durban?

The cheapest car Hire companies we found are, Bidvest(R179/day) Europcar Europcar(R232/day) and Thrifty (R263/day).

How much does a Mini car hire cost in Durban?

A Mini car hire in Durban will cost around R249 per day on average.

What is the most popular car hire car in Durban?

The Chevrolet Spark or something similar.

Which car hire agencies are in Durban Airport, King Shaka International (DUR)?

The car hire companies that operate in the airport is Eurocar, Thrifty, Bidvest, Herts, First Car, Tempest Car Hire, Avis, and Sixt


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