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Car rental companies in Pietermaritzburg

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  • Budget

    8.2 (8485)
  • First Car

    8.2 (530)
  • Bidvest Car Rental

    8.2 (175)
  • Hertz

    8.1 (5737)
  • Avis

    8.1 (4905)
  • Sixt

    7.9 (2575)
  • Europcar

    7.7 (6694)
  • Keddy By Europcar

    7.7 (2796)
  • FireFly Car Rental

    7 (3293)

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Car rental companies in and around Pietermaritzburg

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Pietermaritzburg Guide

In KwaZulu-Natal Province, Pietermaritzburg is a famous South African town known for its historical architecture. It is best explored with car hire in Pietermaritzburg, which gives visitors the mobility to see all of the local attractions with the option of travelling into the countryside as well.

Minibuses and taxis are available in Pietermaritzburg, but they don't have the best safety record. Tourists fare much better with car rental in Pietermaritzburg, especially when it comes to getting around the city after nightfall. The air-conditioned comfort of a hire car is key during the summer months of December and January.

Pietermaritzburg is located on the main highway that connects Johannesburg to Durban, on the sea. The latter is 55 miles away and can easily be reached on a daytrip via cheap car hire in Pietermaritzburg. The national railway follows the same route and can be a convenient means of getting between Johannesburg and Durban.

There are several railway stations in Pietermaritzburg. Pietermaritzburg railway station sits on Pine Street west of Alexandra Park and Sports Field. This is the part of town with the most facilities, including hotels, shopping outlets and restaurants. Pietermaritzburg Airport is an important gateway with regular flights to Johannesburg. It's located a few minutes' drive south of town along Alexandra Road.

Pietermaritzburg is a jumping-off point for excursions to the coast as well as Kruger National Park, the best place in the country to catch site of African elephants, leopards, giraffes and other mega-fauna.

Practical information

  • Currency
    South African rand
  • Driving direction
  • City speed limit
    60 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    100 km/h
  • Language
    English, Tswana, Southern Sotho, Afrikaans, Southern Ndebele, Swati, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
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What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you.

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Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).

Which car rental companies are compared by Carrentals.co.uk at this location?
  • Budget
  • First Car
  • Bidvest Car Rental
  • Hertz
  • Avis
  • Sixt
  • Europcar
  • Keddy By Europcar
  • FireFly Car Rental
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