Car Hire at Lanseria International Airport
This information is correct as of August 2015.
You can do a lot more sightseeing in Johannesburg if you are able to achieve independent and flexible travel. The best way to do that is by acquiring a rental car at Lanseria International Airport upon arrival. To make things even easier, book car rentals as early as possible, even months before your trip!
Where to hire a car at Lanseria International Airport
The privately-owned Lanseria International Airport is served by various car rental providers: Avis Car Rental, Thrifty, Budget, Hertz, First Car Rental, Tempest Car Hire, and Europcar Lanseria. Avis Rent a Car Lanseria Airport is open 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM Monday to Friday, 6:30 AM - 7:00 PM Saturday, and 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM Sunday. Thrifty is open 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM daily. Europcar is open 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday, and 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM Sunday. Tempest Car Hire is open 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM daily.
What to expect when hiring a car from Lanseria International Airport
Lanseria International Airport is located north of Randburg and Sandton, to the northwest of Johannesburg. To get to the city centre, there are three routes you can take. One is via N1 Western Bypass; another is via N3 Eastern Bypass/N3. You can also take M1. All three routes have tolls. Petrol stations near the airport include Engen - Rhenosterspruit Garage, Total - Petroport N14 Lanseria North, BP Broadacres on Cedar Road, BP Kya Sand Service Station on Cnr Bernie & River Rd, and Caltex on 10 Cedar Ave.
Driving around Lanseria
Self-drive is common in Johannesburg due to the very limited public transport available. Acquiring a good and updated map of the city early on is advisable, as is using a GPS. You can save yourself a lot of time and frustration by carefully planning your trips prior to actually setting off, as Johannesburg is a large city and a bit poorly signposted.
Getting to your destination
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You can reach Pretoria from Lanseria International Airport via N14 and N1, or via Pelindaba Rd/R512 and N4.
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Sun City is accessible via R512 and R556, via N4, or via R24.
Cradle of Humankind
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The Heritage Site can be accessed via N1 Western Bypass, via M1, or via N3 Eastern Bypass/N3.