Cheapest car hire in Malawi

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

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    MWK  692.22/Ltr

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Recent customer reviews (average rating 10.0/10)



Needed a bit 4x

Needed a bit 4x4 to get all our camera kit in for a field visit, wanted a double cab but ended with a Land Cruiser which was excellent. Avis service was great and simply to book with Rhino.



Needed a bit 4x

Needed a bit 4x4 to get all our camera kit in for a field visit, wanted a double cab but ended with a Land Cruiser which was excellent. Avis service was great and simply to book with Rhino.

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Car rental agent statistics in Malawi

  • Total number of reviews in
  • 4
    Most Locations in Malawi:
  • Average wait time
  • 1
    Total rental companies

Average prices per day for car hire in Malawi

*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in Malawi

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Sep , 2020 0.75 0.78
Aug , 2020 0.74 0.77
Jul , 2020 0.79 0.82
Jun , 2020 0.80 0.83
May , 2020 0.83 0.86
Apr , 2020 0.96 0.98
Mar , 2020 1.10 1.15
Feb , 2020 1.16 1.17
Jan , 2020 1.15 1.15
Dec , 2019 1.12 1.13
Nov , 2019 1.08 1.07
Oct , 2019 1.07 1.07

Car rental price statistics in Malawi

  • € 1047.55
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 316.70
    Highest daily price:
    Toyota Land Cruiser
  • 24
    Total cars available
  • 8
    Most popular model:
    Toyota Corolla
  • 6
    Location with most cars:
    Lilongwe Airport
  • € 149.7 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    AVIS - Blantyre

FAQs about car hire in Malawi

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

Car hire in Malawi starts from just €149.70 per day for a (economy) class car from Avis. The average price to hire a car in Malawi is just €220.30 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Malawi is a Toyota Land Cruiser car for a (fullsize) class from Avis costing €316.70 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 24 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 6 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Malawi?

Current fuel prices in Malawi are €0.78/ltr for petrol and €0.75/ltr for diesel as of 21 September 2020, it’ll cost on average €31 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €30 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 €1047.90 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Malawi?

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

Mini Guide to Malawi

What to see with a rental car in Malawi
You’re likely to begin at Lilongwe Airport, a popular collection point for car hire. From there you can spend a few nights in the capital with its excellent bars and restaurants. There’s plenty of history there too, so search out the museums and galleries. From there, head north to Zomba, the colonial capital of the country and home to many colonial buildings. It’s here you’ll first encounter the staggering landscape of the country as the Zomba Plateau rises steeply behind the city.

You’ll then travel further north through the Liwonde National Park and on to the shores of Lake Malawi. Bypass Mangochi and follow the western shore to Cape Maclear with its beautiful beaches around Monkey Bay. Heading more inland, you’ll find a landscape more like Scotland with thick forests and verdant heathland surrounded by majestic mountains. Ntchisi National Park is the best stopover for this before driving up towards Tanzania, stopping at Mzuzu, the biggest settlement in the north.

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

Is it safe to rent a car in Malawi?

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.

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.

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Fuel Prices in Malawi

  • Price of petrol in Malawi in September

    € 0.78/Ltr

    ($ 0.96/Ltr | 692.22/Ltr)
  • Price of diesel in Malawi in September

    € 0.75/Ltr

    ($ 0.92/Ltr | 665.59/Ltr)

Cost to fill a rental car in Malawi in September

  Petrol Diesel
Economy € 31.20  ($ 38.21) | € 30.00  ($ 36.74)
Compact € 31.20  ($ 38.21) | € 30.00  ($ 36.74)
Full Size € 39.00  ($ 47.76) | € 37.50  ($ 45.92)
SUV € 46.80  ($ 57.31) | € 45.00  ($ 55.11)
Carrier € 54.60  ($ 66.86) | € 52.50  ($ 64.29)

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