Car Rental at Tambo International Airport

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

Tambo International Airport
Mini
Suzuki Celerio or similar
Suzuki Celerio
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
First Car Rental
$19.81 / per day
Tambo International Airport
Economy
Hyundai i20 or similar
Hyundai i20
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$21.85 / per day
Tambo International Airport
Compact Regular Cab Pickup
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Carwiz
$24.56 / per day
Tambo International Airport
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$28.01 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Tambo International Airport
Economy Elite
Volkswagen Polo or similar
Volkswagen Polo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$34.23 / per day
Tambo International Airport
Standard SUV
Toyota Corolla Cross or similar
Toyota Corolla Cross
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Firefly
$69.72 / per day
Tambo International Airport
Compact Elite SUV
Volkswagen T-Roc or similar
Volkswagen T-Roc
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Keddy
$74.12 / per day
Tambo International Airport
Premium Van
Mercedes Benz Vito or similar
Mercedes Benz Vito
  • 8
  • 5
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
$74.22 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 19:02 on 2024-05-20. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
IsiZulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, English
Currency
ZAR
Drive on
Left-hand side
Country code
+27
Average car rental price
$43 per day
Average car rental length
10 days
Speed limit within town
60 km/h or 37 mph
Speed limit out of town
100 - 120 km/h or 62 - 75 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.4 / 10
O.R. Tambo International Airport

Airport Car Rental

The largest city in South Africa, Johannesburg (locally called Joburg) is home to a wide variety of cultures from all over the country, and the rest of the continent. The city is also home to interesting museums, original arts spaces, and surrounding nature. These are three amazing attractions in and around Joburg:

  • 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 art gallery on the continent), and the Sci-Bono Discovery Center. There is also 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 its collection and opening hours.
  • Rietvlei Nature Reserve. A number of significant national parks are within a three-to-five-hour drive from Johannesburg, 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

  • Cape Town
  • Durban
  • Port Elizabeth
  • Harare
  • George
  • Nairobi
  • Lusaka
  • East London
  • Maputo
  • Nelspruit

Main airlines

South African Airways, South African Express, Airlink, LOM Mozambique Airlines, British Airways, FlySafair, Air France, Alitalia, Cathay Pacific, Delta, Egyptair, El Al, Etihad, Iberia, KLM, Latam, Lufthansa, Qantas, Saudia, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, Turkish Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic

Terminals

Terminal A serves international flights, and Terminal B handles 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

  • Station wagons - from $56 per day
  • Large cars - from $28 per day
  • Medium cars - from $23 per day
  • Vans - from $45 per day
  • Premium cars - from $82 per day
  • Small cars - from $20 per day
  • SUVs - from $38 per day

Car rental desks

Most companies are located in the multi-story parking garage opposite the domestic terminal. 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 the International Departures. 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 open 24 hours a day and is located 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)
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Airport info

Rating
7.2
  • Getting to the airport 7.6
  • Check-in and departures 7.6
  • Terminal facilities 7.5
  • Wi-Fi 6.2
  • Restaurants and car rental services 7.2
  • Lounge 7.2

Tambo International Airport

  • IATA: JNB
  • ICAO: FAOR
  • Name: O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)
  • Distance from city: 9.3 miles / 15 km

Map of Car Rental Locations

When are car rental prices the lowest at Tambo International Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Tambo International Airport varies by season. This graph compares prices from month to month in order to help you find the best time of year.
Average rental costs per day at Tambo International Airport
$31.21
January
$36.23
February
$37.05
March
$39.24
April
$39.68
May
$41.98
June
$48.39
July
$46.73
August
$39.05
September
$43.02
October
$34.48
November
$36.43
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car at Tambo International Airport is January — when rental costs average $31.21 per day. This is 21% cheaper than the yearly average and 36% cheaper than renting a car in July (when prices average $48.39 per day).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

For how long do renters keep their vehicles at Tambo International Airport?

How long travelers keep their rental cars varies by the time of year: in July the average rental period is 13 days, while in March, the average rental period is only 7 days.
Average number of rental days at Tambo International Airport
10
January
9
February
7
March
8
April
8
May
11
June
13
July
11
August
9
September
12
October
10
November
9
December

What is the most popular time of year to rent a car at Tambo International Airport?

Based on how many users search for a car in at Tambo International Airport, travelers are most likely to rent a car at Tambo International Airport in December, while they are least likely to rent in in October.
Monthly searches at Tambo International Airport by pick-up date relative to the average
113%
January
118%
February
117%
March
93%
April
72%
May
72%
June
78%
July
84%
August
78%
September
70%
October
102%
November
203%
December

Car Rental Information

Popular suppliers First Car Rental, Firefly, Hertz, GreenMotion, Enterprise
Popular car categories Small cars, SUVs, Medium cars, Vans
Lowest price $20 per day
Cheapest supplier First Car Rental

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Firefly Toyota Agya 5 1 Small cars
Firefly Toyota Corolla Quest 4 2 Medium cars
First Car Rental Suzuki Celerio 5 1 Small cars
Firefly Toyota Corolla Cross 5 3 SUVs
First Car Rental Toyota Corolla Cross 5 3 SUVs
First Car Rental Proton X50 5 3 SUVs
Hertz Suzuki Swift 4 2 Small cars
First Car Rental Nissan Almera 5 2 Medium cars
Hertz Volkswagen Polo 5 1 Small cars
First Car Rental Ford EcoSport 5 2 SUVs

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 car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

South Africa
Hyundai i20
April 30, 2024
Medical appointment trip
Canada
Hyundai Venue
March 29, 2024
We drove from Johannesburg to Cape Town. The garden route was beautiful. We loved every minute of our month in SA.
South Africa
Renault Kwid
March 28, 2024
best place to visit parys
Australia
Volkswagen Touran
March 3, 2024
Trip was to see Family.
Denmark
Nissan Almera
February 19, 2024
Mainly safari
Russian Federation
Volkswagen T-Cross
January 27, 2024
We’ve had a great experience with everything. Kruger national park was a real highlight of the trip, but Graskop, Piligrimms Rest and waterfalls were also gorgeous.
South Africa
Volkswagen Polo
January 15, 2024
I had lots of fun and traveled alot.
Ireland
Proton X50
January 8, 2024
All good
South Africa
Toyota Corolla
January 7, 2024
family visit nothing much.
South Africa
Hyundai i10
December 12, 2023
work work work unfortunately
United Kingdom
Suzuki Ertiga
December 2, 2023
Enjoyed Wild animals & South African Scenery
Australia
Kia Picanto
November 26, 2023
Caught up with so many friends, lovely meals out and well priced children's clothes.
Canada
Hyundai Grand i10
August 10, 2023
Firstly, Kenings Car Van and Truck Hire is number one and doing a wonderful job 👏 for visitors visiting South Africa 🇿🇦. Johannesburg City was cool, I rented a hotel [Inani Morning Star] in Pretoria CBD every thing there was so fine 😀. South Africa 🇿🇦 is number one, I love ❤️ South Africa 🇿🇦.
South Africa
Hyundai Grand i10
July 4, 2023
ENJOYED THE TRIP. BUT THE CAR WAS VERY SLUGGISH.
India
Nissan X-Trail
June 25, 2023
Car was clean and easy processing
Netherlands
Toyota Fortuner
May 24, 2023
Nature spots
customer photo customer photo
United Kingdom
Proton X50
March 20, 2023
Went the the kruger national park, had an amazing time
United States of America (USA)
Honda Amaze
March 20, 2023
Beautiful drive to Kruger National park from Johannesburg airport. Our car did just fine on the paved roads. No need for 4 wheel drive within the park
United Kingdom
Volkswagen Polo Vivo
March 18, 2023
Holiday was fantastic, however, South African roads are in seriously bad condition and full of potholes. Other road users drive very dangerously and risk their on others lifes. Night driving and driving in bad weather is not recommended.
Canada
Volkswagen Polo
March 9, 2023
Kruger Park is a must see!
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Avanza
January 30, 2023
We traveled from Johannesburg to Cape Town south Africa. Table top mountain, penguin beach, the elephant sanctuary, Zipling over the ocean as well as going to see the big 5 are all great things to do. We loved all of them.
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.
customer photo
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
Ireland
Audi A4
August 14, 2022
On this trip I did not have any experiences to share, went to my mom's funeral.
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.
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Enterprise
8.9 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Carwiz
6 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
77
Total rental companies
16
Average daily price
$43.31
Lowest daily price
$19.81
Total cars available
298

Top 16 Suppliers at Tambo International Airport in 2024

Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8.9 / 14 reviews
+27113902922
Tambo Airport Rd Kempton Park, Johannesburg, 1627, Kiosk Number 6
$23 - $154
Budget
Very good 8.8 / 30 reviews
+27115735000
O.r. Tambo Int Apt
$26 - $136
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
First Car Rental
Very good 8.6 / 253 reviews
+27113902342
Car Rental Concourse, O R Tambo International Airport, Isando, Johannesburg, 1627
$20 - $131
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
Firefly
Very good 8.5 / 152 reviews
+27113909700
O R Tambo Airport Rd & Jones Rd, O.R. Tambo, Johannesburg, 1620
$21 - $106
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
Very good 8.4 / 32 reviews
+27112309999
Terminal A Departures, O.R. Tambo, Kempton Park, 1627
$38 - $196
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
Very good 8.2 / 196 reviews
+270113909700
OR Tambo International Airport, Parkadee 2, Johannesburg, 1620
$22 - $111
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
BLUU
Very good 8.2 / 115 reviews
+27112301200
O.R. Tambo International Airport, 1 Jones Rd, Johannesburg, Kempton Park, 1627
$23 - $111
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
Europcar
Good 7.9 / 51 reviews
+27113903909
O.R. Tambo International Airport Kempton Park, O.R. Tambo, Johannesburg, 1627
$22 - $138
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
Keddy
Good 7.9 / 31 reviews
+27113903909
Or Tambo International Airport
$22 - $133
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
Good 7.8 / 140 reviews
113909700
1 Jones Road
Working hours
Mon:06:00-22:00
Tue:06:00-22:00
Wed:06:00-22:00
Thu:06:00-22:00
Fri:06:00-22:00
Sat:06:00-22:00
Sun:06:00-22:00
National
National
Good 7.8 / 1 review
+27113902922
Tambo Airport Rd Kempton Park, Johannesburg, 1627, Kiosk Number 6
$29 - $178
GreenMotion
Good 7.7 / 109 reviews
+27119756790 / +27716800727
1 Jones Rd, Kempton Park, Johannesburg, 1632
$22 - $105
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
Bidvest
Good 7.7 / 5 reviews
+270648338085
$36 - $44
Working hours
Mon:06:00-22:00
Tue:06:00-22:00
Wed:06:00-22:00
Thu:06:00-22:00
Fri:06:00-22:00
Sat:06:00-22:00
Sun:06:00-22:00
Dollar
Dollar
Good 7.7
+27113909700
O R Tambo International Airport, O R Tambo Airport Rd &, Jones Rd, O.R. Tambo, Johannesburg, 1620, South Africa
$25 - $125
Working hours
Mon:06:00-22:00
Tue:06:00-22:00
Wed:06:00-22:00
Thu:06:00-22:00
Fri:06:00-22:00
Sat:06:00-22:00
Sun:06:00-22:00
Alamo
Alamo
Satisfactory 6.7 / 10 reviews
+27113902922
Tambo Airport Rd Kempton Park, Johannesburg, 1627, Kiosk Number 6
$22 - $137
Carwiz
Carwiz
Satisfactory 6 / 23 reviews
+27112625500 / +27719712613
Johannesburg Apt Or Tambo International Airport Outside Termina
$25 - $86
Working hours
Mon:08:00-21:00
Tue:08:00-21:00
Wed:08:00-21:00
Thu:08:00-21:00
Fri:08:00-21:00
Sat:08:00-21:00
Sun:08:00-21:00
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