Car Rental at Tambo International Airport

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O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa
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500+ Trusted Suppliers:

Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Mini
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$21.36 per day
Economy
Suzuki Swift or similar
Suzuki Swift
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
First Car Rental
$31.80 per day
Mini Elite
Hyundai Grand i10 or similar
Hyundai Grand i10
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Thrifty
$32.82 per day
Compact
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
GreenMotion
$39.00 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Economy Elite
Volkswagen Polo or similar
Volkswagen Polo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$47.70 / per day
Standard
Toyota Quest Aut. or similar
Toyota Quest Aut.
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$68.47 / per day
Premium
Audi Q2 or similar
Audi Q2
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
BLUU
$72.36 / per day
Minivan
Toyota Avanza or similar
Toyota Avanza
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Firefly
$109.95 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 02:01 on 2023-01-23. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
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Travel Information

Language
IsiZulu,
Xhosa,
Afrikaans
Currency
ZAR
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Country code
27
Average car rental price
$52.93 / per day
Average car rental length
13 days
Speed limit within town
40 km/h
25 mi/h
Speed limit out of town
100 km/h
62 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.4
O.R. Tambo International Airport Car Rental

Airport Car Rental

The largest city of South Africa, Joburg is home to a wide variety of cultures from all over the country, and the rest of the continent — because of this, it is sometimes seen as Africa in miniature. The city is also home to interesting museums, original arts spaces, and surrounding nature. These are three of the most interesting attractions in and around it:

  • The Inner City. A place called the inner city is usually associated with social and safety issues in much of the English-speaking world, but in Johannesburg, it actually denotes the most touristy part of the city. Attractions to be found in Joburg’s Inner City include Constitution Hill, Museum Africa, the Johannesburg Art Gallery (the largest on the continent), and the Sci-Bono Discovery Center, as well as notable architecture like St. Mary’s Cathedral and Lindfield Victorian House.
  • The Apartheid Museum. The Apartheid Museum is one of the most notable history museums in Africa. Documenting the regime that was in power in the country for much of the 20th century, the museum provides an important lesson on the racial segregation that left its mark on millions of South Africans. There is also a permanent exhibition on Nelson Mandela, the iconic former president who is credited for bringing Apartheid down and leading the reconciliation. Visit the museum’s official website to learn more about collections and opening hours.
  • Rietvlei Nature Reserve. A number of famous national parks of South Africa, such as Pilanesberg Game Reserve, are within three-to-five-hour drives from Johannesburg, but if you’re short on time, there are even closer places to enjoy nature. Located north of Johannesburg and just south of Pretoria, Rietvlei Nature Reserve is made up of typical wooded savannah landscapes and counts cheetahs, waterbucks, hippos, and Amur falcons among its inhabitants. The drive from Johannesburg takes only about 50 minutes. 

Top international routes

  • Harare
  • Gaborone
  • Windhoek
  • London
  • Maputo
  • Lusaka

Main airlines

South African Airways, South African Express, Airlink, LOM Mozambique Airlines, British Airways, and FlySafair

Terminals

Terminal A serves local flights, and Terminal B serves domestic flights. They are linked by a central atrium, and you can easily walk from one to the other.

Location

Johannesburg Airport is about 34 km (21 miles) northwest of Johannesburg city center. Motorways R21, R24, 3, and M2 are the main roads connecting the airport to the city.

Most popular types of rental car

  • Large cars - from $84 per day
  • Medium cars - from $55 per day
  • Vans - from $149 per day
  • Premium cars - from $122 per day
  • Small cars - from $38 per day
  • SUVs - from $124 per day

Car rental desks

Most companies are located in the main airport building, not far from the international departures area. The best way to find them is to look for the “Car rental” sign.

Services and facilities

You’ll find many dining opportunities at restaurants, snack bars, and cafeterias. For shopping, there are countless stores and a duty-free mall in Terminal A. You’ll also find ATMs, lounges, an on-site hotel, baby care facilities, medical services, two pharmacies, showers, an observation deck, a post office, a Christian chapel, and a Muslim prayer room. Luggage storage is on the basement level of Terminal A. The airport is easily accessible to travelers with reduced mobility. You can find more information on the airport's official website.

Nearest gas station

Engen Skystop gas station, located at 1 O R Tambo Airport Road, is right next to Johannesburg Airport. It can be reached in less than two minutes and is open 24/7. There are many other gas stations nearby and on the way to the city.

Popular one-way rentals

  • Cape Town (1,429 km / 888 mi)
  • Durban (569 km / 353 mi)
  • Nelspruit (326 km / 202 mi)
  • Windhoek (1,435 km / 892 mi)
  • Pretoria (52 km / 32 mi)
  • Sandton (23 km / 14 mi)
This information was written, fact-checked, and/or translated by our content creators. Learn more about our editorial policy.

Airport info

Rating
7.4
  • Getting to the airport 6.6
  • Departure and check-in 6.9
  • Terminal facilities 7.1
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 5.3
  • Restaurants and car rental services 6.6
  • Lounge 5.9

O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)

  • IATA: JNB
  • ICAO: FAOR
  • Name: O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)
  • Size: Large Airport
  • Aircraft movements (per year): 220,934
  • Passengers (per year): 20,692,780
  • Distance from city: 9.3 miles / 15 km E of town
  • Working hours: 24 hours a day

Top 20 Locations near Tambo International Airport

  1. 7.3 km / 4.5 miles away
  2. 23.0 km / 14.3 miles away
  3. 25.1 km / 15.6 miles away
  4. 50.1 km / 31.1 miles away
  5. 58.6 km / 36.4 miles away
  6. 294.7 km / 183.1 miles away
  7. 308.0 km / 191.4 miles away
  8. 323.1 km / 200.7 miles away
  9. 368.4 km / 228.9 miles away
  10. 434.8 km / 270.2 miles away
  11. 456.6 km / 283.7 miles away
  12. 493.5 km / 306.7 miles away
  13. 497.7 km / 309.2 miles away
  14. 501.8 km / 311.8 miles away
  15. 711.0 km / 441.8 miles away
  16. 767.2 km / 476.7 miles away
  17. 810.8 km / 503.8 miles away
  18. 901.9 km / 560.4 miles away
  19. Car Rental at George Airport from $26.21 per day
    1027.7 km / 638.6 miles away
  20. 1253.4 km / 778.8 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

When are car rental prices cheapest at Tambo International Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Tambo International Airport depends on the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best deal.
Average Rental Price at Tambo International Airport
$40.74
January
$41.88
February
$51.92
March
$39.26
April
$31.76
May
$29.92
June
$35.24
July
$37.34
August
$29.65
September
$32.34
October
$37.64
November
$38.91
December
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at Tambo International Airport is September when prices for an Economy class start from $29.65. You can see that this is 20% cheaper than the yearly average and 43% cheaper than renting a car in March (when rental prices start at $51.92 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price. But remember that these are average numbers. The exact cost of your rental will depend on your rental length and on how far in advance you book the car. Enter your travel dates at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers!

What’s the most popular rental length at Tambo International Airport?

Travel length differs from one month to another: in September the average rental period is 14 days, while in February, the average rental period is only 11 days.
Average Rental Length
12
January
11
February
11
March
11
April
12
May
12
June
11
July
11
August
14
September
13
October
14
November
13
December

Which is the busiest car rental month at Tambo International Airport?

Travelers are most likely to rent a car at Tambo International Airport in January, while the fewest number of travelers rent in June.
Popularity by Monthly Searches
128%
January
99%
February
93%
March
84%
April
97%
May
80%
June
98%
July
107%
August
93%
September
101%
October
110%
November
109%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
First Car Rental Suzuki Celerio 5 1 Small cars
First Car Rental Nissan Almera 5 2 Medium cars
First Car Rental Honda Amaze 5 1 Small cars
First Car Rental Ford Ecosport 5 3 SUVs
BLUU Haval Jolion 5 2 SUVs
First Car Rental VW Kombi 5 3 Vans
First Car Rental Suzuki Swift 5 1 Small cars
Europcar Kia Picanto 5 1 Small cars
First Car Rental Volkswagen Polo 5 1 Medium cars
Hertz Toyota Agya 5 1 Small cars

FAQ

Can I take a rental car to Zimbabwe?
Yes, many car rental companies allow their cars to be taken to Zimbabwe. Do note that not all rental companies allow it, so sure to check the rental conditions before booking a car. There is always an additional cross-border fee no matter which company you rent from, though this fee varies from company to company.
Will there be a built-in GPS in the car?
Unfortunately, most rental cars do not come with built-in GPS in them. Fortunately, car rental companies do provide the opportunity to rent GPS navigation systems. You can add one to your reservation from the booking page or you can request it at the rental desk as well.
Is it possible to leave the deposit with a debit card or cash?
Most car rental companies only accept credit cards for leaving the security deposit. Some companies do accept debit cards. Cash is never accepted. Be sure to check the rental conditions of the car you would like to book to see whether that company accepts debit cards or not.

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

United States of America (USA)
Nissan Almera
January 23, 2023
We were on holiday and wanted to have a stress free time, which we did with no problem with the car, just very basic.
Canada
Kia Picanto
December 25, 2022
Restaurant and shopping was very good in south Africa
Qatar
Suzuki Celerio
December 20, 2022
It was for leisure and the car was reliable throughout.
Belgium
Kia Picanto
December 9, 2022
I've just used the car for travel around town
South Africa
Hyundai i10 Grand
October 28, 2022
The car was affordable. It was a small car, very economical with petrol
Réunion
Toyota Rav4
October 20, 2022
Road trip
New Zealand
Toyota Corolla
October 15, 2022
Cape Town is wonderful, effective sat mav is essential however. Too many places to mention that are worth visiting. The Eastern Free State is a jewel well worth a visit. The Frankfort road is being relaid so it is worthwhile taking the Warden route to and from Johannesburg to Golden Gate, Fouriesburg and Clarens.
United States of America (USA)
Suzuki Celerio
October 2, 2022
We went from J'burg to Kruger National Park with a group of friends in 9-passenger van. What a wonderful, fun time and an amazing experience.
Canada
Toyota Agya
September 4, 2022
I m always taking rental car from Johannesburg airport
South Africa
Hyundai i10 Grand
March 24, 2022
The Toyota was good but the fuel consumption was not so great but overall it was a good ride with enough power to go uphill's
Ireland
Toyota Agya
February 13, 2022
Staff are really to help..
United States of America (USA)
Ford Figo AMB
January 10, 2021
Johannesburg is a place where having a car is almost a requirement.
South Africa
Kia Picanto
January 4, 2021
It's a bit of a hassle to maneuver in all the airports due to the pandemic. But I will definitely rent from Bidvest from now onwards. Their service is more than excellent its on par. You won't regret spending your money with them
South Africa
Toyota Hilux
January 1, 2021
The Hertz in Hatfield can improve in the owner’s parking or support.
South Africa
Ford Figo AMB
December 28, 2020
Overall good
South Africa
Toyota RAV 4
December 22, 2020
Very professional.I highly recommend.
South Africa
Datsun Go
November 13, 2020
Plan your route well before leaving the airport.
South Africa
Kia Picanto
October 4, 2020
O R Tambo Airport car rental clean. Bit confusing finding your way out of the airport. City very busy. Nice eateries, lodges/hotels. Friendliness and hospitality excellent.
United States of America (USA)
Ford Fiesta
March 20, 2020
Long distances, definitely need a car.
Australia
Datsun Go
March 9, 2020
stayed clear of Jhb but Pilansberg game reserve great.
South Africa
Mercedes Benz C Class
December 5, 2019
I live here!!
South Africa
Chevrolet Spark
November 13, 2019
Johannesburg is good with warm people and it's cosmopolitan.
United Kingdom
Honda BR-V
October 22, 2019
Easy to get access from the airport to main highways.
South Africa
Mercedes Benz C Class
October 17, 2019
Good place to visit
Malaysia
Toyota Quantum
October 11, 2019
Many options
India
VW Kombi
September 29, 2019
It is a long drive to Kruger park. Allow at least 5 hours from airport. The roads to the park and in the park are good roads. Have cash as there are many tolls to pay.
South Africa
VW Polo
May 20, 2019
It's easy to find the car rental
South Africa
VW Polo
May 3, 2019
Renting a car in Johannesburg airport is more convenient and the service desk is easy to find.
Ireland
VW Polo
November 7, 2018
I was travelling up to Marloth park in Mpumalanga province. It was about 5 HR drive from the airport. It wouldn't have been easy to get there without a car. A map or GPS is necessary to find your way out of Johannesburg from the airport as the signs don't give much information. Better signage on the return journey but again I needed a map to find a petrol station to refill car as there is none very close to the airport.
Zambia
Toyota RAV 4
September 20, 2018
I have been travelling to Jhb for 25 years and renting cars from the airport. Have had both good and bad experiences in doing so. This time was not good until the second agent who assisted me so I ensured I got her name.
Namibia
Toyota Corolla
July 11, 2018
Quote in advance (when reserving the car) the amount of money needed if you doesn't take the full cover for the car.

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Budget
9.08 / 10
Lowest rated company
First Car Rental
8.25 / 10
Total number of reviews
16
Total rental companies
11
Average daily price
$52.93
Lowest daily price
$21.36
Total cars available
83

Top 11 Suppliers at Tambo International Airport in 2023

Budget
Exceptional 9.1 / 23 reviews
+27115735000
O.r. Tambo Int Apt
$86 - $173
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
SIXT
Excellent 8.8 / 22 reviews
+27112309999
Terminal A Departures, O.R. Tambo, Kempton Park, 1627
$35 - $177
BLUU
Excellent 8.8 / 97 reviews
+27112301200
O.R. Tambo International Airport, 1 Jones Rd, Johannesburg, Kempton Park, 1627
$39 - $134
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:08:00-17:00
Sat:08:00-17:00
Sun:08:00-17:00
GreenMotion
Excellent 8.8 / 26 reviews
+27119756790 / +27716800727
1 Jones Rd, Kempton Park, Johannesburg, 1632
$33 - $97
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Hertz
Excellent 8.8 / 168 reviews
+270113909700
OR Tambo International Airport, Parkadee 2, Johannesburg, 1620
$34 - $242
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Europcar
Excellent 8.8 / 50 reviews
+27113903909
O.R. Tambo International Airport Kempton Park, O.R. Tambo, Johannesburg, 1627
Working hours
Mon:00:01-23:59
Tue:00:01-23:59
Wed:00:01-23:59
Thu:00:01-23:59
Fri:00:01-23:59
Sat:00:01-23:59
Sun:00:01-23:59
Thrifty
Excellent 8.7
+270113903454
OR Tambo International Airport, Kempton Park, 1627
$33 - $166
Working hours
Mon:06:00-21:00
Tue:06:00-21:00
Wed:06:00-21:00
Thu:06:00-21:00
Fri:06:00-21:00
Sat:06:00-21:00
Sun:06:00-21:00
Keddy
Excellent 8.6 / 15 reviews
+27113903909
Or Tambo International Airport
$21 - $141
Working hours
Mon:00:01-23:59
Tue:00:01-23:59
Wed:00:01-23:59
Thu:00:01-23:59
Fri:00:01-23:59
Sat:00:01-23:59
Sun:00:01-23:59
Firefly
Excellent 8.5 / 100 reviews
+27113909700
O R Tambo Airport Rd & Jones Rd, O.R. Tambo, Johannesburg, 1620
$31 - $234
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Bidvest
Excellent 8.5 / 5 reviews
+112301200
O.R. Tambo Int. Airport
Working hours
Mon:06:00-21:00
Tue:06:00-21:00
Wed:06:00-21:00
Thu:06:00-21:00
Fri:06:00-21:00
Sat:06:00-21:00
Sun:06:00-21:00
First Car Rental
Excellent 8.2
+27113902342
Car Rental Concourse, O R Tambo International Airport, Isando, Johannesburg, 1627
$27 - $159
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
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