THRIFTY Car Rental at Cape Town Airport

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THRIFTY Car Rental at Cape Town Airport
THRIFTY Car Rental at Cape Town Airport

Rated 7.8 out of 10

75 / 100
Avg. Wait
16 mins
Quality of Vehicle
83 / 100
Desk Service
75 / 100
flag Vehicle Pickup
75 / 100
Vehicle Drop Off
83 / 100

In Terminal

* Calculated from 12 recent reviews from 643 total reviews.


THRIFTY Car Rental Services at Cape Town Airport

Cape Town International Airport is the second largest airport in South Africa, and the winner of the 2009 Skytrax award for the best airport in Africa. Approximately 10 million passengers pass through the airport on a yearly basis, and it is a large and highly functional airport with many useful facilities. From its five terminal buildings, international and domestic flights are handled, but the majority of passengers are domestic. Around a million and a half of the passengers are international. Passengers arriving at Cape Town Airport often require some form of transport in the city, and therefore there are numerous car hire companies available. One of these companies is Thrifty, and they are an organization well known for their competitive rental rates. Thrifty is also popular for their wide range of unique car hire services.

Thrifty at Cape Town International Airport, is found in the International and Domestic Arrivals Terminal of the airport, and are available from 06:00 to 22:00. They are open every day of the week for rentals, collections and the return of vehicles. Cape Town Airport consists of five terminals, each handling either arrivals or departures, and dedicated to either international or domestic passengers. Departures take place from the upper levels of the airport, while passengers arriving at the airport come in on the lower levels. Cape Town Airport was recently expanded in hindsight of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and received a new Central Terminal that now connects the domestic and international areas of the building. This terminal is also where all the check-in desks can be found.

Although cars can be hired directly from Thrifty’s rental counters at the airport, it is often recommended to have an advanced reservation. Bookings can be made in advance from Thrifty’s website, at This website displays all the vehicles categories available at Cape Town Airport, along with plenty of information about the rental terms and conditions which need to followed. The website also provides more information about Thrifty’s special services they offer for their customers, such as the Wild Car Program and the Blue Chip Rewards Program.

The Wild Car Program at Thrifty allows customers to receive a Mid-size or larger vehicle, yet pay for rates that are lower than usual for a Mid-size car. In this program, customers will not know which car they will be driving, as the staff at Thrifty’s rental counters select your vehicle upon your arrival at the airport, but it is guaranteed to be great value for money. Vehicles offered in this rental category are also guaranteed to have at least five seat belts, and space for two or more pieces of luggage. Customers can choose this program online, by simply selecting the ‘Specialty’ car class in step 1 of the car rental reservation process, or the ‘Specialty/Wild Car class in Step 2.

Thrifty’s Blue Chip Program benefits many members, and allows for faster reservations, rentals and returns. Blue Chip members also receive preferential service at the Blue Chip Members Only line, and can even earn free rental days with Thrifty’s Blue Chip Rewards program. These are free memberships, which are available for all types of renters.

Vehicles at Thrifty, Cape Town International Airport, come in all shapes and sizes, and include the smaller models of the Volkswagen Polo and Hyundai Atos. Smaller vehicles are practical, a great choice for running errands in the city, and easy to drive. They are often chosen by single drivers or couples, or even by families who don’t have too many pieces of luggage.

Slightly larger vehicles are found in the car categories of Mid-size and Full-size, while there are also Premium and Luxury vehicles available which are more stylish and elegant than most rented cars. Premium vehicles include the Mercedes-Benz C180 and Luxury vehicles have the Mercedes E200 as an example vehicle. Full-size vehicles include the Honda Accord, while Mid-size vehicles are similar to the Nissan Tiida.

Thrifty, at Cape Town Airport, caters for the different needs of all passengers, by even offering a range of extra-large vehicles, and SUV's. The Toyota Quantum is one of Thrifty’s largest vehicles, seating up to ten passengers, while the Mercedes-Benz Vito is found in the Standard Van category, and seats approximately eight passengers. There are Minivans available such as the Renault Scenic, as well as Full-size SUV's, for example, the Nissan Hardbody.

Thrifty’s website offers customers full details on all their services and more, or customers can contact Thrifty directly, at their Cape Town International Airport rental location.

Address: Cape Town International Airport
In Domestic and Intl Terminal
Cape Town, South Africa

Telephone Number: +27 219362121

Where is the THRIFTY Rental Desk at Cape Town Airport?

Thrifty office is located in front of the Transport Plaza and Central Terminal Building. Passengers can access through the two pedestrian subways place on either side of the terminal building.

Map of THRIFTY rental desk at Cape Town Airport

What are THRIFTY Opening Hours at Cape Town Airport ?

Day Open Close
Monday 05:00 23:59
Tuesday 05:00 23:59
Wednesday 05:00 23:59
Thursday 05:00 23:59
Friday 05:00 23:59
Saturday 05:00 23:59
Sunday 05:00 23:59

The THRIFTY Rental Desk at Cape Town Airport is located at:


Cape Town International Apt,, Unit BG6 Car Rental Building, Central Boulevard,, Cape Town, 7525

Tel: +27 21 936 2121

Rental Desk Location: In Terminal

Both the vehicle and hire desk/counter are located inside the terminal.

What rental cars are available from Thrifty at Cape Town Airport?

The rental cars available from Thrifty at Cape Town Airport are:

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Nearby THRIFTY Car Rental Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Thrifty at Cape Town - Downtown

49 Loop Street, Cape Town, 8000
+ 12 other companies...

17.76 KM


What is the fuel policy when renting a car from THRIFTY at Cape Town Airport?

Code Description
FULLFULL Fuel: Pick up and return full.

*Some companies may offer alternative fuel policies on request.

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Car Brands Available to Rent from Thrifty at Cape Town Airport

Thrifty has 14 different types of vehicles from 21 manufacturers available to hire at Cape Town Airport.