Travelling by car

If you are wanting to drive while in Cape Town, here are some things you need to know.

You can arrange to hire a car from Cape Town International Airport before you arrive, through companies such as Avis. In addition, a range of car hire companies operate within the Cape Town city centre. Our road infrastructure is excellent and road signs are of the highest international standards.

If you are planning to drive to Cape Town from somewhere else in South Africa, there are three arterial routes leading into Cape Town from the interior:

  • The N1 from Johannesburg via the Karoo and the Cape Winelands;
  • The N2 from the Garden Route and Overberg via Somerset West and Cape Town International Airport;
  • The N7 from the West Coast and Namibia.

We drive on the left-hand side of the road, and our cars – rental cars included – are right-hand drive vehicles. All distances, speed limits (and speedometers) are in kilometres. Wearing of seat belts is required by law, while using hand-held phones while driving is against the law.

The general speed limit on major routes is 120km/h (75mph), on secondary roads it is 100km/h (60mph), and in built-up areas it is usually 60km/h (35mph) unless otherwise indicated.

Any valid driver’s licence is accepted, provided it bears the photograph and signature of the holder and is printed in English.