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Car rental Johannesburg airport

Rental cars at Johannesburg Airport

HolidayCars provides you with lots of rental car options in Johannesburg. Our range goes from small budget cars to luxury SUV’s and everything in between. We’ve sorted out the most competitive prices at the best, most trustworthy car rental companies. This way we can assure you that you will get the best price on a rental car you can rely on.


OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA)

The main airport of Johannesburg is the OR Tambo International Airport and is located approximately 20 minutes by car from the city centre. The airport is the second biggest airport of Africa (after Dubai). In preparation for the 2010 World Cup the international terminal and the central terminal building underwent major developments. Because of this Johannesburg now has a state of the art international airport. If you’re looking for the office of your car rental company you probably have to go to Parkade 2, this is where most offices are located.

What to do in Johannesburg?

Johannesburg is the capital of South-Africa, a country which is visited by lots of tourists every year. One of the main sites in Johannesburg is the ‘Apartheidsmuseum’, where there’s a lot to be seen of Nelson Mandela’s war on racism. The museum directly makes an impression at the entrance, where visitors are divided on the basis of the color of their skin. Gold Reef City is also one of the biggest tourist attractions. Your rental car will take you there in about 15 minutes from the city centre. This theme park takes you on a trip down the gold fever history of South-Africa. This is the only place in South-Africa where you can see how gold is poured and you can take a train that takes you 720 feet underground.

Car rental at Johannesburg airport

Car hire in South-Africa

Why would you feel the need to hire a car in South-Africa? The main reasons for car rental in South-Africa are the size of the country and the beautiful nature all across. With a total surface of 471.000 square miles, South-Africa is the 25th biggest country in the world. Hiring a car is highly recommended to explore all of the country’s beauty. If you hire a car at Johannesburg, you can get to the Kruger National Park in about 4 hours.

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Tips and experiences for Johannesburg airport

Our customers rated Johannesburg airport with an average of 8.8 based on 23 ratings, and these are the most recent tips, experiences and highlights.

09-05-2019
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Make your reservations in advance review all charges and be sure to check the car before you leave
25-03-2019
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To get through passport control and get your luggage speedily, you should know that there are at least 2 queues: 1 for RSA citizens and another for non-RSA citizens. Both queues move relatively quickly, but ensure you go into the correct to avoid any issues. There are no paper forms to fill in which is great! After passport control take note on a big screen what is the convener carousel where the luggage will be deposited to know exactly where to go. When waiting for the luggage stand close to the exit of the short converyer to receive the luggage as soon as it comes out. There are plenty of trolleys in the area if you have bulky suitcases. Once your luggage comes out, proceed towards the exit. Toilets are a good idea at this point - still very clean and uncongested. There will be a customs/security checkpoint just before the exit. If you have a connecting flight, you can re-check in your luggage right at that point without having to exit. If you are exiting the airport proceed out to the general public area. All is very smooth and clear.
19-01-2019
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Beware multiple toll roads around Joburg area. Can be very expensive. Carry a good map if no gps Travel light Refuel when possible Keep doors locked when travelling
16-01-2019
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International travelers are advised to carry cash as fuel must be paid for in cash or using a gas-company issued credit card. Most gas stations have ATMs, but the ATMs are not always functional. There are no self-serve gas stations. It is customary to tip attendants who clean your windshield and/or check your oil.
05-11-2018
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Book ahead, choose your insurance preference and use a reliable supplier like Hertz to ensure good quality cars and back up support.
07-02-2018
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Depsite the fact that this airport has a slightly negative reputation in the Netherlands, we have not experienced anything negative over the past year. Handling of passengers is fast and easy. Airport has clean ablutionblocks. Checkin was also fast and way in advance. Boarding was as expected also fast and efficient. Departure was in time. Number of restaurants at the airport is not so good. Having a meal at the intercontinental (al fresco ) before flight is really nice.
20-01-2018
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Before your travel, ensure you have your car hire voucher printed out. Makes sure that you bring your valid driver's licence and the credit card used for the car hire. In case there is not a map at the car hire desk, have your route printed out or bring your own map or GPS. This will avoid any confusion on leaving the airport and getting to your destination. Once you have checked your vehicle and are happy with it, store your luggage and adjust your seat and mirrors before you depart. This will prevent any mishaps when trying to make adjustments whist traveling. Be safe and keep to the correct sides of the road for the country you're driving in. Happy travels.
18-01-2018
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I travel a lot and a follow a few rules: Try every type of food you can, at least 1 bite before you reject it. I make a decision before I go about taxi's or hire car and stick to it (never regret a decision made). Same about Hotels am I just working so any old thing will do, or do I hope for a weekend or relax again I decide before I go and stick to the decision. I take a small amount of local monies (or get it from a cash machine). I then use the credit card so I pay £1 extra per transaction, but remember the credit card company is buying the services/good so any issues it's their problem not yours.. well worth the £1.. I always check if the flight is full if not see about a spare seat next to me don't waste time trying to get an upgrade. I always see if the hotel has a bigger or better room while at reception 30% of the time it works
08-01-2018
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Ask for maps or directions out of the airport - while there are signs, knowing the direction of where you want to go is helpful.
02-01-2018
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Make sure you type in your email address correctly. If in any doubt about your hire, contact the company by phone. They are very helpful. There is a petrol station on the airport (Johannesburg O R Tambo), so fill up when you get there. Take pictures or video of any damage. Although we had no problems on return. Most people in South Africa want to help you, but be aware of the few that don't. Driving in South Africa is easy. Don't get stressed about it.
06-04-2017
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OR Tambo airport is well managed and things go relatively smooth there.
20-02-2017
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Along Panorama route, it is can be breathtaking and scenic at every corner of the road, however, there are potholes along the route. Eyes on the road please! Please make sure you test your aircon before you leave the rental compound. Due to the high heat and temperature of the African sun, your aircon might not work! Additionally, we used our Chev Aveo into Kruger National park, you do not need a 4x4 to explore the park, however, i recommend staying on more gravel road, as dirt part might be moist and wet to pass through. Enjoy!
01-02-2017
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Apartheid Museum, Soweto and Mandelas House are Good. If you like beers try the world of beer. Try the mandela squere for good restaurants
31-01-2017
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We had not been to Johannesburg before and were warned not to book an hotel in the centre of the city. Accordingly, we stayed at the Hilton in Sandton and found it very comfortable and good value of money.
18-01-2017
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Get SAFE directions to Northern suburbs or destinations. Some of the airport routes to the city and North go through very run down areas with higher risk of crime. Warn about police stopping people for very minor traffic infringements e.g. not indicating!
17-01-2017
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Craddle of Human Kind, Apartheid Museum
15-01-2017
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Avoid small street when shopping in downtown Johannesburg
08-01-2017
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Just be safe
06-01-2017
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I had landed in johannesburg and rented the car from there. This is the business hub of south africa. Touched down to excellent weather. Please i would recommend that you book with holidaycars.com. i then travelled to cape town with the same car i rented from holidaycars.com. a 1300km drive. Never once did the car cause any problem. Please do book through them. You have to visit south africa for at least 2 to 3 weeks in order to cover the full country. You have to visit the botanical gardens in Johannesburg together with a family day out at gold reef city for the kids. Then haev a picnic at the beautiful park in Johannesburg named as zoo lake. Then a day out at johannesburg zoo. Johannesburg offers a wide range of restaurants to tourists. Then off to cape town, you have to visit table mountain one of the seven wonders of the world. Then a drive to chapman peak. A very beautiful and scenic drive. Excellent beaches such as muizenburg beach,camps bay or clifton beach. Then a day to cape agulhas, a place not many have heard of. This is the place where the indian and atlantic oceans meet. The atlantic being icy cold water and indian being warm water wherein one is able to swim. Signal hill offers a beautiful view of cape town. Cape point also a very scenic drive. Please if you visit south africa this a must. The two cities are totally different with johannesburg being a fast city and business hub and cape town a slow and peaceful city. Durban is also very beautiful.
04-01-2017
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Travelled down to Cape Town stopping along the way.
21-12-2016
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Thefe is a lot to do in Johannesburg if you have time take a look at visiting galleries and the new Maboneng Precinct, with its funky restaurants, cafes, and the poignant Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill. Take a new Gautrain trains and buses to explore or take a guided tour.
04-12-2016
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The lion park just outside of joburg was really good with a Good chance to see them up close. Venturing into the CBD is not the safest activity but worth it to see how things are, we visited constitution hill and the streets around there were not too bad
26-05-2016
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Be vigilant at all times. Enjoy the beauty of the town and its surrounding. Be wary of unsoliceted offers of asstsance at ATM's