Boot cover missing.Pros: Car was a Kia Sportage, nice car, easy to drive. Staff all helpful and friendly. Would use them again.Cons: Rear cover was missing in the boot. Wasn't noticed on pickup and only noticed on return. I thought it had been left out because they get stollen or damaged? Cruise control would have been nice to have on the car.
Pros: Staff were very friendly and polite. Vehicle was in good condition.Cons: Although the booking had been made correctly by my company and the card payment details were provided, I had to leave my personal credit card details as security before the vehicle was released to me. I then had to return the following day with my company secretary to avoid being charged twice for the booking. A very inconvenient experience, as this involved a 50k round trip to the airport. The booking was for a SUV, but the vehicle provided turned out to be a 4wd pick-up truck with a hard cover at the back, no luxury features and no built-in GPS system, which was disappointing considering the price we paid.
Send me the rental confirmation??!!!!!Pros: I was not sent my reservation so did not use the car. I ended up using another rental company instead.
10.0 Excellent27 Sep 2017
Cons: High price for automatic
6.8 Good5 Apr 2017
Hidden FeesPros: The car was new and comfortable, worked great.Cons: Pushed the insurance too hard on us.
8.8 Excellent14 Nov 2016
Good car poor service at pickupPros: Excellent little car, clean and ran well.Cons: Agent at pickup was stressed and abrupt not helpful with explanations and the service was very slow. It took over 1 hour to pick up the car even though we were the only customers.
$300 USD for a scratched plastic hub cap!Cons: Was charged $300 USD for a scratched plastic hub cap. Will be disputing the charge via my credit card, and will spread the word about never renting from Thrifty anywhere in the world.
6.0 Good15 Mar 2017
Cons: We were not welcomed at the car park, in fact we were ignored on pickup and return. Taking a carrolla I expected a decent amount of power.going up hills required frequent use of first gear. On returning the car, we should have received the charges. A week later, I have not seen the final bill.
South Africa’s third largest city sits along the coast of the Indian Ocean and is a prominent destination for tourism. The best way to explore the long stretch of coastline and its beaches is with car hire in Durban, which affords you the flexibility and convenience of setting your own travel schedule without being limited by the scope of public transport. Richards Bay (170 miles north via N2) is popular site for canoeing and surfing, while the sights of capital Johannesburg lie about 567 miles north-west via the N3.
King Shaka International Airport (DUR) is the closest (22 miles) major air transit hub to the city centre and is the most practical location for securing a hire car in Durban if you’re flying into the region. The Car Hire Centre has a good selection of providers, like Thrifty, Dollar and Budget, where you can pick up your reserved vehicle or obtain one on the fly. To find them, follow the directions to the southern exit of the terminal building along Boulevard Road leading to the Car Rental Parking area.
With a population of over 3 million, Durban is a dynamic city with major maritime, air and road links and an enormous amount of vehicular and cycle traffic daily. During morning or evening rush hour periods and the early afternoon hours, you can expect major congestion inbound and outbound along primary roads (M4, M10 and R102) flowing through the city centre. Additionally, there will be a tremendous amount of pedestrian traffic due to the number of educational institutions and the high volume of visiting tourists from in the city centre from November-December.
The morning traffic rush in Durban usually begins about 06:00, peaks around 07:00 and eases around 08:30, while the evening rush begins about 15:30 and tails off around 17:30. Areas to avoid during these times are the busy M4/R102 interchange near the Grey Street Complex as well as the massive 165 cross-change between the districts of Berea West and Bonela. Be advised that interior streets are also highly active during weekdays, which will causee traffic delays in many areas.
25% of our users found a car hire in Durban for £10 or less
Book your car hire in Durban at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Off-airport car hire locations in Durban are around 30% more expensive than airport locations on average
Mini car hires in Durban are around 53% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about car rentals in Durban
Some car hire companies in Durban which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Avis, Hertz and Europcar
On average a hire car in Durban costs £14 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Sixt (£16/day), 1First Car Rental (£22/day) and Hertz (£28/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Sixt 1 Wilton Crescent 4000 (10 miles from the city centre).
The average price of fuel in Durban is £3.27 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between £39 and £52, depending on the car size.
Mini (Chevrolet Spark or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Durban.
A Mini car hire in Durban costs £9 per day, on average.
A Economy car hire in Durban costs £12 per day, on average.
A Intermediate car hire in Durban costs £14 per day, on average.
In Durban, cars are most frequently hired at Woodford Durban King Shaka International Airport (9 miles from city centre).
On average hiring a car in Durban costs £97 per week (£14 per day).
On average a car hire in Durban costs £415 per month (£14 per day).
For affordability and ease of handling in areas of high traffic, compacts and small economy cars are highly recommended in Durban. If however you are travelling with a party of five or more, then the storage and seating capacity of an SUV or luxury vehicle is more ideal.
Unless road signs indicate otherwise, you should observe the following speed limits when driving along streets and roads in and around the city of Durban: 35mph on streets in urban areas, 60mph along rural or secondary roads (R102) and 75mph driving on primary roads and highways such as the M4 and M10. Expect a high number of active static and traffic cams due to the sheer number of road vehicles, especially in heavily populated areas and at interchanges and road junctions.
To fill up your hire car in Durban will cost an average of about 14.50 ZAR (0.70 GBP) for a litre of petrol and an average of about 15.50 ZAR (0.75 GBP) for a litre of diesel. There are nearly 20 fuel stations within the city, clustered around the Durban Central and South Beach districts, along the M13 and in the Rossburgh section where the M4 and M7 converge.
On-street parking is available in Durban, however there are safety concerns with parking your Durban car hire in the city, so using a private off-street garage is recommended for short or long stays. Some offer a flat rate of around 75 ZAR (3.65 GBP) for 24h parking from Monday-Sunday and accept payment via cash or debit/credit card. Others have varying hours of operation with a rate of about 15 ZAR (0.75 GBP) per hour. Several of them are multi-storey car parks that offer designated parking spots for those with disabilities.