Be mobile in South Africa from Johannesburg Airport (JNB) with a hired car from Driveboo.com and discover the country independently. Compare the prices of several hired car companies easily at the price comparison at Driveboo and find the cheapest hired car for your trip in South Africa. Johannesburg Airport (JNB, official name: OR Tambo International Airport) is an international airport near Johannesburg in the Republic of South Africa. Africa's busiest airport is the hub of South African Airways, the largest airline in Africa, and numerous smaller airlines with non-stop flights to all continents. It also serves as an airport for the capital Pretoria.
View over Johannesburg
Aerial of the city of Johannesburg
Those who travel to Johannesburg in autumn can look forward to some highlights. In autumn the temperatures are pleasant and not too hot, so you can do and discover a lot. During your fall holiday, visit for example the Apartheid Museum or Sowet, one of the largest townships in South Africa. You should not miss the numerous markets and the lively Maboneng district. If you would like to experience some of South Africa's wildlife during your autumn holiday, it is best to take a hired car and go on safari.
The car hire companies' counters are located on level 0 in the multi-storey car park opposite the terminal for domestic flights. There is a free shuttle bus service between the various terminals and other facilities on the airport grounds. The following car hire companies are located at Johannesburg Airport:
Via the road network, the airport grounds can be reached primarily via the national road N12, which runs along the southern periphery of the airport in an east-west direction. At the Rietfontein junction, the regional motorway R21 branches off to the north at the Rietfontein junction, which allows access to and exit from the motorway at the main entrance, and then continues to cross the N1 until Pretoria. Another regional road, the R24, leads from the west to the airport. It branches off the N12 at the Meadowbrook junction in Germiston. It provides a direct connection to the Central Business District of Johannesburg via the Albertina Sisulu Road in a westerly direction.
A railway station was built between the national and international terminals. It houses the Gautrain station, which connects the airport with Sandton, a large business district and an important tourist area. From Sandton there are other connections with the rest of the Gautrain system.
The section connecting the airport to Sandton in Johannesburg was completed in time for the 2010 World Cup. The trains have 90 journeys per day and carry an estimated 8,000 passengers daily.
Five city bus lines operated by Metrobus and Putco run twice a day to the airport. The buses run in the mornings and evenings when there are many passengers leaving and arriving. There are also private bus lines operating express buses to the Central Business District CBD of Johannesburg and other destinations. The companies are among others: Magic Bus, Luxliner, Airport Link and the Emperors Palace Airport Shuttle Service.
There is a taxi stand outside the arrivals hall, and for departing passengers, taxis can take you all the way to the departure hall on the upper level. Alternatively, you can also book a taxi to pick you up from the airport terminal. You will usually find the driver waiting for you with a name plate. The average price for an airport transfer from Johannesburg Airport to Sandton is about 450-600 SA Rand, depending on the type of taxi (luxury or standard limousine). Some of the reliable taxi service providers include Airport Link, Magicbus, Maxi Taxi and Roses Taxi.
There are six terminals at the airport, but they can be divided into three main areas: international terminals; domestic terminals; and transit terminals. Terminals A1 and A2 are for international passengers, while the other two terminals handle domestic flights.
Due to the construction of the airport, departure and arrival terminals are regarded as separate terminals. The central terminal currently under construction is called Terminal A3 and will be used for international and domestic passengers.
The two terminals Terminal A and Terminal B were restructured. Several airlines now use Terminal B for all check-ins (upper floor, next to the arrivals lobby) for national and international flights. The airlines transferring the check-in to Terminal B are South African Airways, South African Express, Airlink Air Mauritius and Qantas.
Terminals A and B have 140 retail stores. The Duty Free shops are located in Terminal A after the security check and many of them carry products that are exclusively available at the airport.
There are more than 40 restaurants in the airport offering South Africa's culinary diversity.
There is a travel clinic with medical staff available 24 hours a day. The police station of the airport is also open 24 hours a day.
There is a post office in the arrivals hall. At the airport there is a free Wi-Fi/Wi-Fi internet connection for either 50 MB or 30 minutes, whichever is the first, after that it is chargeable. There are power outlets for passengers in most areas of the airport, but you may need an adapter.
ATMs can be found at international arrivals and in the shopping area in the domestic terminal. All major South African banks are represented, international credit cards accepted. You can exchange money at the terminal for international arrivals. The companies are ABSA, American Express, Rennies and Master Currency.
The Hotel Garden Court OR Tambo International Airport is only 3 km from the airport and offers a shuttle bus to and from the airport and several shopping malls.
The Emperors Palace is also close to the airport. It is a casino resort and hotel in one.
With retail, family entertainment, animal watching and World Heritage Sites, Johannesburg has much to offer and a hired car from Johannesburg Airport will allow visitors to enjoy a relaxed journey to these places without having to rely on taxis or other means of transport at excessive prices. At Johannesburg Airport car hire companies there is also the possibility of hiring larger vehicles so that groups can travel comfortably in one vehicle.
Handmade goods at Lesedi Cultural Village
Zebras in the Pilansberg Reserve near Johannesburg