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National rental cars in Johannesburg: All you need to know

If you want to see everything Johannesburg has to offer, there is no better way to do so from behind the wheel of a rental car from National. Stop wasting your vacation waiting on the bus, or wasting money here and there with ride-shares or taxis. When you have the keys to your own car, you can drive wherever you want to go, whenever you want. Make your next vacation to South Africa more enjoyable with a National car rental.

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With everything to do and see in and around Johannesburg, you'll want to explore more than just the area surrounding your hotel while on your stay. Whether you have to have dinner at the restaurant that has gotten fantastic reviews across town or see some of the local favorites, you'll want your own auto to take in as much as possible during your trip. Wherever you drive to in Johannesburg, if you want to get the most from your trip to the city, having access to your car is a must.

Originally founded by a couple dozen independent car rental agents in 1947, National has grown from 60 locations in the U.S. to over 2,000 international locations. National provides everything SUVs to compact, allowing you to pick the ideal car for your getaway.

Frequently asked questions

How do I get a Johannesburg National car rental at a great price?

We strive to get you the lowest rates, no matter when you book. But booking ahead of your visit can help keep spending low. Make sure to go over the mileage policy and keeping it to one driver will reduce your expense.

What do I need have with me when I get my car rental in Johannesburg?

You will need to carry with you your driver's license and a credit card in your name.

What's Johannesburg's minimum age to rent a car?

National's minimum age to rent a car in Johannesburg is 21. Some rentals, especially higher category vehicles, may have an added fee if you are under 25. Make sure to review National's policy to know if there is an additional cost for you.

Is there a particular car I should get for my trip to Johannesburg?

That all depends on your needs and what activities you want to do in Johannesburg. Economy or compact vehicles are easier to park and good for short drives. If you are traveling with a bigger group, then a SUV or a sedan will have enough room for all of you and provide a more comfortable ride. Those looking for a touch of luxury on their Johannesburg vacation can choose a higher-end car model like a Mercedes C-Class or Cadillac XTS or similar.

Is insurance required when you rent a car in South Africa?

In South Africa you do need to have insurance before you rent a car from National. Although many of the major card issuers, like Visa and MasterCard, offer some coverage, there are usually restrictions. For example, they may not cover your rental car if you book a luxury or larger vehicle. Make sure to check credit card issuer's policy before you decide. Additionally, as a U.S. citizen, you can book Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout.

Do I need to pay a deposit when I book my National car rental?

National does require a deposit when you reserve your rental. National will block the deposit on your credit once you reserve your car for your trip to Johannesburg. Please note that the deposit can vary greatly depending on the make and model of the rental.

What is the fuel policy on my National car rental?

We encourage a full to full policy. You receive the car with full tank, and you should return it topped off. If you want to save some money, it is best to find a filling station before you return the car to National.

Do I need unlimited miles when I drive in Johannesburg?

Johannesburg definitely has its charms, but you may want to take to the road after you've checked off all the activities here.

Does National offer one-way rentals in Johannesburg?

National offers one-way rentals in most cases. You may find it more convenient to return your vehicle at a different location. Don't forget there is typically an additional charge when you opt for one-way.

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With so much to do and see in Johannesburg, having your own car lets you explore at your own pace. When you're ready to discover more of South Africa, you can go wherever you like, without having to coordinate a ride-share or spend time waiting for the bus.

Before you head out of town, book your National Johannesburg rental car and visit all the must-see sights at your leisure. Book through CarRentals.com and cruise the streets in Johannesburg, South Africa.