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Visitors to Durban will land at the modern King Shaka International airport, and by using Thrifty you can ensure that you can get on the road to your destination in no time with a wide range of options for car hire. Durban airport, or rather Durban International, was previously the major airport that serviced the area but the 2010 FIFA World Cup ensured that there were major improvement all over South African, and in May 2010 King Shaka took over.

The airport is just 32.8kms away from the Durban CBD – meaning you face a 30 minute drive via the M4 and N2, depending on the time of your travels and any unexpected traffic delays. On the way, the popular holiday area of Umhlanga Rocks is a potential stop, especially if you just want to breathe in some of that clean ocean air.

For further trips to other hotspots such as Margate and Shelly Beach, you should plan for a trip of just under two hours, as these areas are around 168kms from the airport, down the N2 highway.

If you are planning on a longer trip, it would be advisable for you to make use of the facilities at the airport before taking to the road. A selection of restaurants and coffee shops will allow you to enjoy a meal or a snack, or alternatively you can stretch your legs by browsing the various stores - which range from gift shops to clothing stores and sweet shops.

Should you need some medication, you can make use of the pharmacy while there is even a hair and beauty salon if you need to freshen up after a strenuous flight in.

At Thrifty, we aim to ensure that you don’t suffer any delay in getting a vehicle and heading to your planned destination. Browse our wide range of vehicles online now and you can complete a reservation in just one minute. By taking the time now to secure car hire, Durban airport will be a breeze!


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