Car Hire at O. R. Tambo International Airport
This information is correct as of August 2015.
Fly into Johannesburg in South Africa via O.R. Tambo International Airport and rent a car to visit some of the city’s points of interests starting with Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg Zoo, Lion Park, Gold Reef City, MuseuMAfricA, SAB World of Beer, Cradle of Humankind, in addition to many more. With the help of the car rental companies that operate within the airport, it is easy to go on your own adventure following your own pace and schedule.
Where to hire a car at O. R. Tambo International Airport
Many trusted car rental providers serving Johannesburg, South Africa are located within O.R. Tambo International Airport, while some others are located off-site, with pick-up and drop-off service to the airport, or a courtesy shuttle ride from the airport to the car rental location. Some of these car rental companies include Bidvest Car Rental, Woodford Car Hire, Tempest Car Hire, Europcar, Sixt, JNB Car Hire, Hertz, Avis, Budget, Dollar, and Thrifty. The car rental offices within O.R. Tambo International Airport are located in the multi-storey car park building.
What to expect when hiring a car from O. R. Tambo International Airport
O.R. Tambo International Airport is located in the north-eastern part of Johannesburg, on the R24 Airport Freeway, connected to the R24 (South Africa) and the R21 highway, where the R24 intersects with the R21 near the airport as well as with the O.R. Tambo Airport Highway. The O.R. Tambo Airport Highway passes through the six terminals of the airport and branches off into the “departures” and “arrivals” branches, then merges again on the intersection.
Travelling to Johannesburg city centre from O.R. Tambo International Airport can be done via R24 and Albertina Sisulu Rd; R24 and Francois Oberholzer Fwy; and R24 for 25 minutes to 32 minutes, 21.7 kilometres to 31.2 kilometres, approximately. Expect partial toll ways when getting from the airport to the city centre.
When in need of a fill up, some of the fuelling stops or petrol stations near the airport include BP Atlas Service Station, Engen, Calstar Service Station, Flamingo Service Station, Total, Northpoint Service Station, Shell, Spartan Service Station, and more. Driving within Johannesburg is on the left-hand side of the road.
Driving around O. R. Tambo International Airport
Johannesburg is served by the Johannesburg Ring Road, known as one of Africa’s most famous ‘beltways’ or orbitals. It has three freeways that join into the city to form a loop: the N3 Eastern Bypass (Johannesburg-Durban), the N1 Western Bypass (Johannesburg-Pretoria-Cape Town), and the N12 Southern Bypass (Johannesburg-Witbank-Kimberley). Expect the ring road to be frequently congested. Other roads to take note of when it comes to congestion also include the Gillooly’s Interchange where the N3 Eastern Bypass and the R24 Airport Freeway intersect. This road is known as the busiest interchange in the Southern Hemisphere. There is also the N1, which is known as the busiest road in South Africa. Furthermore, several freeways connect to Johannesburg from other parts of South Africa: the N1, N3, N12, N14, N17, R21, R24, and R59. There is also the M1 and M2 freeways that lead to the city centre, and are often congested.
Getting to your destination
Cape Town, the capital of South Africa has Table Mountain, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Robben Island, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Boulders Beach, Two Oceans Aquarium, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill, and more.
Cape Town from O. R. Tambo International Airport can be reached within 44 minutes to 54 minutes for 50.5 kilometres depending on the route. Route options include going via N3 Eastern Bypass/N3 and N1 Western Bypass; via R21 and N14; or via N1 Western Bypass.
When in Soweto visit its points of interests such as Hector Pieterson Museum, Mandela House, Regina Mundi, Oppenheimer Gardens, among others.
The drive to Soweto from O. R. Tambo International Airport will take from 48 minutes to more than an hour for approximately 54 kilometres. Go via the N12; via Francois Oberholzer Fwy; or via R24 and Francois Oberholzer Fwy route to get to the destination.
As a city located towards the north of South Africa’s Gauteng Province, get to Voortrekker Monument, Union Buildings, Pretoria National Botanical Garden, Rietvlei Nature Reserve, to name a few.
Driving to Pretoria from O. R. Tambo International Airport will get you down R21 and M5, for approximately 34 minutes, 50.4 kilometres. Another route to take is via N1, N4, exit 145, and Arcadia St.