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Malawi Car Rental Mini Guide

Renting a car is safe in Malawi, what you can be sure of is that you’ll likely want to consider a 4x4 vehicle if you’re going to get anywhere outside the capital Lilongwe. The main car hire company, Avis, in Malawi have a range of pick-ups, trucks and 4x4 rentals including the Toyota Hilux, Land Cruiser and Fortuner capable of carrying large loads and up to 7 passengers.

Malawi is a beautiful country found in the south east of Africa. Completely landlocked, it is dominated by the southern portion of the Great Rift Valley, the largest canyon on earth. There’s so much to see in the country you’ll almost not know where to start.

Facts about Malawi

  • Malawi is one of the least developed countries in the world
  • Malawi was formerly the British protectorate of Nyasaland
  • It’s home to Africa’s third largest lake, Lake Malawi
  • Most of the country is located at high altitude making it cooler and greener than its neighbours

Cheapest car hire in Malawi

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 121.27 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 848.95 EUR from 21/11/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 121.27 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 848.95 EUR from 21/11/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 121.27 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 848.95 EUR from 21/11/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 121.27 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 848.95 EUR from 21/11/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Vitara

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 127.05 EUR/day
Suzuki Vitara

7 Days rental at 889.37 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Suzuki Vitara

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 127.05 EUR/day
Suzuki Vitara

7 Days rental at 889.37 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Suzuki Vitara

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 127.05 EUR/day
Suzuki Vitara

7 Days rental at 889.37 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Suzuki Vitara

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 127.05 EUR/day
Suzuki Vitara

7 Days rental at 889.37 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 144.38 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 1010.66 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 115.50 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 808.52 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 115.50 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 808.52 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 115.50 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 808.52 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 115.50 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 808.52 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Jimny

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 127.05 EUR/day
Suzuki Jimny

7 Days rental at 889.37 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Jimny

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 127.05 EUR/day
Suzuki Jimny

7 Days rental at 889.37 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Jimny

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 127.05 EUR/day
Suzuki Jimny

7 Days rental at 889.37 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Jimny

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 127.05 EUR/day
Suzuki Jimny

7 Days rental at 889.37 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Land Cruiser

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 173.25 EUR/day
Toyota Land Cruiser

7 Days rental at 1212.78 EUR from 21/11/2022

  6 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Land Cruiser

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 173.25 EUR/day
Toyota Land Cruiser

7 Days rental at 1212.78 EUR from 21/11/2022

  6 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Land Cruiser

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 173.25 EUR/day
Toyota Land Cruiser

7 Days rental at 1212.78 EUR from 21/11/2022

  6 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Land Cruiser

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 173.25 EUR/day
Toyota Land Cruiser

7 Days rental at 1212.78 EUR from 21/11/2022

  6 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Hilux Double

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 127.05 EUR/day
Toyota Hilux Double

7 Days rental at 889.37 EUR from 21/11/2022

  0 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Hilux Double

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 127.05 EUR/day
Toyota Hilux Double

7 Days rental at 889.37 EUR from 21/11/2022

  0 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Hilux Double

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 127.05 EUR/day
Toyota Hilux Double

7 Days rental at 889.37 EUR from 21/11/2022

  0 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Hilux Double

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 127.05 EUR/day
Toyota Hilux Double

7 Days rental at 889.37 EUR from 21/11/2022

  0 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in Malawi

  • Drive on the left-hand side of the road in Malawi, just like the UK
  • Speed limits in Malawi are posted in KM/h with the maximum in the country being 100km/h
  • There are no toll roads in Malawi, but it's wise to carry small amounts of cash (MWK) at all times
  • Avis are the internationally recognised car rental agent in Malawi offering a wide range of approved vehicles
 

Popular car hire destinations in Malawi

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Malawi

  •  

    L

    Road Driving Side

  •  

    60kph

    Urban speed Limit

  •  

    80kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  •  

    120kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  •  

    MWK  1698.59/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    80mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    MWK

    Currency

  •  

    NO

    Tolls

  •  

    23

    Min Rental Age

    18

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

  •  

    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Average prices per day for car hire in Malawi

ItemPercent
January€ 232
February€ 205
March€ 205
April€ 206
May€ 210
June€ 186
July€ 184
August€ 210
September€ 213
October€ 188
November€ 188
December€ 230
ItemPercent
January€ 159
February€ 157
March€ 156
April€ 163
May€ 166
June€ 149
July€ 146
August€ 167
September€ 168
October€ 148
November€ 141
December€ 157
ItemPercent
January€ 325
February€ 320
March€ 320
April€ 301
May€ 301
June€ 268
July€ 261
August€ 301
September€ 299
October€ 258
November€ 274
December€ 322
ItemPercent
January€ 262
February€ 258
March€ 257
April€ 258
May€ 265
June€ 206
July€ 205
August€ 268
September€ 275
October€ 214
November€ 215
December€ 259
ItemPercent
January€ 292
February€ 288
March€ 288
April€ 288
May€ 296
June€ 279
July€ 277
August€ 300
September€ 307
October€ 288
November€ 289
December€ 290
ItemPercent
January€ 289
February€ 248
March€ 249
April€ 249
May€ 253
June€ 230
July€ 227
August€ 252
September€ 254
October€ 232
November€ 232
December€ 286
ItemPercent
ItemPercent
*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in Malawi

DieselUnleaded
Sep , 2022

€ 1.89

€ 1.91

Aug , 2022

€ 1.83

€ 1.91

Jul , 2022

€ 1.80

€ 1.87

Jun , 2022

€ 1.35

€ 1.26

May , 2022

€ 1.73

€ 1.62

Apr , 2022

€ 1.28

€ 1.31

Mar , 2022

€ 1.26

€ 1.29

Feb , 2022

€ 1.24

€ 1.28

Jan , 2022

€ 1.22

€ 1.25

Dec , 2021

€ 1.22

€ 1.25

Nov , 2021

€ 1.22

€ 1.26

Oct , 2021

€ 1.18

€ 1.21

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Sep , 2022 1.89 1.91
Aug , 2022 1.83 1.91
Jul , 2022 1.80 1.87
Jun , 2022 1.35 1.26
May , 2022 1.73 1.62
Apr , 2022 1.28 1.31
Mar , 2022 1.26 1.29
Feb , 2022 1.24 1.28
Jan , 2022 1.22 1.25
Dec , 2021 1.22 1.25
Nov , 2021 1.22 1.26
Oct , 2021 1.18 1.21

Car rental price statistics in Malawi

  • € 808.50
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 173.25
    Highest daily price:
    Toyota Land Cruiser
  • 32
    Total cars available
     
  • 8
    Most popular model:
    Toyota Corolla
  • 8
    Location with most cars:
    Lilongwe Airport
  • € 115.5 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    AVIS - Lilongwe Airport

FAQs about car hire in Malawi

How much does it cost to hire a car in Malawi?

Car hire in Malawi starts from just €115.50 per day for a (economy) class car from Avis. The average price to hire a car in Malawi is just €135.00 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Malawi is a Toyota Land Cruiser car for a (fullsize) class from Avis costing €173.30 per day.

How do I get a free additional driver when hiring a car in Malawi?

We often have special offers on car hire in Malawi including free additional drivers, for example, is offering free additional driver and express check-in at for €0.00 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in Malawi?

Car hire prices in Malawi are kept low thanks to the 1 car hire companies across the country. With over 4 car hire locations and 32 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Malawi.

Who is the best car hire company in Malawi?

Based on over reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Malawi Is who score on average /10 across all locations in Malawi.

What is the most popular car hire location in Malawi?

The most popular locations to hire a car in Malawi is Lilongwe Airport with 1 car hire companies and 8 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Malawi?

Current fuel prices in Malawi are €1.914/ltr for petrol and €1.888/ltr for diesel as of 5 September 2022, it’ll cost on average €77 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €76 for diesel.

What are the speed limits in Malawi?

Speed limits in Malawi are in km/h and are generally 50-60 km/h on urban roads, 80-100 km/h on rural roads and 100 km/h on the motorways but you should always follow local signage.

What is the cheapest car hire company in Malawi?

Avis is the cheapest car hire company in Malawi offering a (economy) class car such as the Volkswagen Polo for as little as €808.50 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Malawi?

The most popular car hire category in Malawi is the Suzuki Vitara available from 1 car hire companies in over 4 locations.

 


 

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Car Hire Lilongwe Airport
€159.7
 
 
Economy 5 5 3 from €159.7 per day
Fullsize 4 5 4 from €190.2 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €182.4 per day