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Rent a car at Durban King Shaka Airport – cheap car hire in South Africa

Find the best rates on Durban Airport car hire online with the help of Cartrawler search engine. Cartrawler displays current car rental deals from major rent-a-car companies operating in Durban King Shaka Airport, amongst them: Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Hertz, Europcar, First Car Rental, Woodford and Tempest Car Hire.

Nissan Almera compact car to rent in Durban
Compact class rental cars are often cheap to rent in Durban - above Nissan Almera

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Car hire for cheap holiday in South Africa
Although air fares from Europe to Africa are often quite steep, once you are in South Africa, travelling is actually very affordable comparing to European standards. The country has a fairly well developed network of good roads (do mind, however long distances separating major metropolitan areas), yet lacks an efficient and reliable public transportation system. That makes car hire one of the best solutions for travelling in South Africa and, in many cases, also very accessible.

The airports are usually the most convenient location to pick-up a rental car in South Africa and also the cheapest, thanks to a steep competition between car hire providers.

The cheapest hire cars in Durban King Shaka Airport are usually available from around £70 for a 7 days rental of a small city car (in South Africa it is often a Chevrolet Sark or a Hyundai i10). The real bargains are, however, hardly ever found in the mini class. For more comfort of travelling (larger space and better equipment) look in the superior rental classes and take advantage of a sometimes very small price difference between them. Often, popular compact class cars to rent in South Africa are priced from around £100 for a week, whereas large estate cars (as for example a Nissan Note Grand Livina, or similar) were seen on Cartrawler with prices from approx. £190 for a week car hire in Durban.

Rental minivans in Durban Airport are available at equally inviting prices, often from below £200 for a week.

Durban Airport minivan rental
Toyota Avanza is a popular rental minivan in South Africa

High and low season in South Africa
Please note that in South Africa peak season falls during the European winter, between October and March. During that part of the year you may expect the best weather in Durban, as well as slightly higher prices of tourist services, including car hire. However, even during this time of the year you are likely to find Durban car rental cheap.

See Durban weather chart.

July and August, with chilly evenings and mornings, is the low-season in South Africa and probably the most budget friendly.

Shoulder season, in April-May and September-October, offers a good combination of a pleasant weather and reasonable prices.

King Shaka Airport information
King Shaka International Airport – DUR is the main airport serving the city of Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. See map of South Africa provinces.

It is a fairly new facility, inaugurated in 2010, when it replaced the outdated Durban International Airport.

The airport of Durban is located approx. 20 miles northeast of the city centre, in La Mercy, Durban’s suburbs.

The airport’s name honours the 19th century Zulu king and is often abbreviated to KSIA.

Nearly half of all operations at King Shaka Airport are domestic flights to Cape Town and Johannesburg, as well as to Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and other smaller South African airports. International routes are available to destinations in Africa (Maputo, Lusaka and Harare, amongst others) and in Middle East (Dubai and Doha). In mid-2015, seasonal charter from Warsaw-Chopin Airport in Poland (operated by LOT) was the only direct flight from Europe to Durban.

Golden Triangle airports in South Africa
King Shaka Airport is a part of the so called “Golden Triangle” formed by South Africa’s major airports: Durban Airport, Johannesburg International Airport (JNB) and Cape Town Airport (CPT).

As the country’s third busiest airport, Durban King Shaka Airport serves over 4.5 million passenger per year, a number still considerably inferior to the records of passengers registered by Cape Town Airport (over 8.5 million) and Johannesburg Airport (over 18.5 million).


Rent a car at Durban King Shaka Airport – cheap car hire in South Africa
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Published: Wednesday, May 20 2015
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