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Car Rental at O.R. Tambo International Airport

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O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Mini
Datsun Go or similar
Datsun Go
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Firefly
$7.52 / per day
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Economy
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 4
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$9.85 / per day
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Compact
Hyundai Accent or similar
Hyundai Accent
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$12.26 / per day
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Mini Elite
Hyundai i10 Grand or similar
Hyundai i10 Grand
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Thrifty ZA
$14.84 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Standard
Toyota Corolla Quest or similar
Toyota Corolla Quest
  • 4x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$19.38 / per day
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Minivan
Toyota Avanza or similar
Toyota Avanza
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Firefly
$19.50 / per day
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Premium
BMW 3 series or similar
BMW 3 series
  • 4x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Keddy
$29.84 / per day
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Standard Elite
Hyundai Creta or similar
Hyundai Creta
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Thrifty ZA
$36.61 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 03:02 on 2020-05-25. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
IsiZulu,
IsiXhosa,
Afrikaans
Currency
ZAR
Country code
27
Average car rental length
13 days
Economy car rental price
$12.34 / per day
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Speed limit out of town
100 km/h
62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
40 km/h
25 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.5
Tambo International Airport Car Rental

Airport Car Rental

Get your rental cat at Johannesburg Tambo Airport! Then drive to the city center. The Market Theatre area has plenty of bars, restaurants, and concert venues, and so does Braamfontein, the students’ neighborhood. Make sure to visit the impressive South African Museum of Rock Art.

Johannesburg is a great city to explore because it’s a bit like seeing all of Africa in one place. There are Somali, Ethiopian, Congolese, Cameroonian, and many other areas, each with its unique culture and atmosphere. Make sure you visit the West Side too—it was once Johannesburg’s Indian quarter and still has a lot of excellent Indian and Pakistani restaurants. With a rental car, you can venture outside the city to the Lesedi Cultural Village—a dance center for Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, and other local cultures—, drive to the now abandoned Ferreira’s gold mine, or visit a nature reserve to see lions and other wildlife.

Johannesburg’s a great destination, but the surrounding area has so much more to offer. With a longer term car rental you can explore the east and the west of South Africa, go to the tiny, but fascinating, Lesotho or Swaziland, or even drive all the way to neighboring Mozambique, Zimbabwe, or Botswana. Picking up your rental car at Johannesburg Tambo Airport and dropping it off in a different city is possible. Start planning your adventure today!

Johannesburg Airport is also known as O.R. Tambo International Airport.

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 $31 per day
  • Medium cars - from $18 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $40 per day
  • Premium cars - from $37 per day
  • Small cars - from $13 per day
  • SUVs - from $42 per day

Top car rental companies

  • Hertz (Tel: +270113909700)
  • SIXT (Tel: +27112309999)
  • Keddy (Tel: +27113903909)
  • Bidvest (Tel: +27112301200)
  • Europcar (Tel: +27113903909)
  • Budget (Tel: +27115735000)
  • Thrifty ZA (Tel: +270113903454 / +270769986005)

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)

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)
  • Type: Public / Civil
  • Size: Large Airport
  • Elevation AMSL: 1694 m / 5558 ft
  • Runway Surface: Asphalt
  • 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. 5.2 km / 3.2 miles away
  2. 31.0 km / 19.3 miles away
  3. 53.9 km / 33.5 miles away
  4. 63.1 km / 39.2 miles away
  5. 297.6 km / 184.9 miles away
  6. 297.9 km / 185.1 miles away
  7. 304.9 km / 189.4 miles away
  8. 319.8 km / 198.7 miles away
  9. 364.8 km / 226.7 miles away
  10. 434.0 km / 269.7 miles away
  11. 448.2 km / 278.5 miles away
  12. 485.0 km / 301.4 miles away
  13. 489.5 km / 304.2 miles away
  14. 501.1 km / 311.3 miles away
  15. 525.3 km / 326.4 miles away
  16. 713.3 km / 443.2 miles away
  17. 741.7 km / 460.8 miles away
  18. 760.7 km / 472.7 miles away
  19. 805.1 km / 500.3 miles away
  20. 896.7 km / 557.2 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

When are car rental prices cheapest at O.R. Tambo International Airport?

The cost of renting a car at O.R. 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 O.R. Tambo International Airport
$40.87
January
$42.02
February
$52.09
March
$39.39
April
$31.86
May
$30.02
June
$35.35
July
$37.46
August
$29.75
September
$32.44
October
$37.76
November
$39.03
December
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at O.R. Tambo International Airport is September when prices for an Economy class start from $29.75. 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 $52.09 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 O.R. 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 O.R. Tambo International Airport?

Travelers are most likely to rent a car at O.R. 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 Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Hertz Toyota Fortuner 5 1 SUVs
Hertz Renault Clio 5 2 Small cars
Hertz Toyota Corolla 4 1 Medium cars
Hertz Chevrolet Spark 5 Small cars
Hertz Toyota RAV 4 5 2 SUVs
Hertz Toyota Corolla 4 2 Medium cars
Bidvest Kia Picanto 4 1 Small cars
Firefly Renault Clio 5 2 Small cars
Bidvest Toyota Rav4 5 3 SUVs
Bidvest Toyota Avanza 5 1 People Carriers/Vans

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

Australia
Datsun Go
March 9, 2020
stayed clear of Jhb but Pilansberg game reserve great.
South Africa
Chevrolet Spark
November 13, 2019
Johannesburg is good with warm people and it's cosmopolitan.
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.

Top 7 Suppliers at O.R. Tambo International Airport in 2020

Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.9
+270113909700
OR Tambo International Airport, Parkadee 2, Johannesburg, 1620
$9 - $47
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
SIXT
Excellent 8.7
+27112309999
Terminal A Departures, O.R. Tambo, Kempton Park, 1627
Keddy
Excellent 8.7
+27113903909
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
$10 - $38
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
Bidvest
Excellent 8.6
+27112301200
O.R. Tambo International Airport, 1 Jones Rd, Johannesburg, Kempton Park, 1627
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 8.6
+27113903909
O.R. Tambo International Airport Kempton Park, O.R. Tambo, Johannesburg, 1627
$10 - $40
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
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+27115735000
O.r. Tambo Int Apt
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
Thrifty ZA
Thrifty ZA
Excellent 8.2
+270113903454 / +270769986005
OR Tambo International Airport, Kempton Park, 1627
$12 - $59
Working hours
Mon:07:00-19:00
Tue:07:00-19:00
Wed:07:00-19:00
Thu:07:00-19:00
Fri:07:00-19:00
Sat:07:30-13:00
Sun:09:00-15:00

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