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Car hire at Johannesburg Airport

Car Hire at Johannesburg Airport

Officially known as the O. R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg Airport (JNB) is the biggest airport in the entire continent of Africa, with enough capacity to handle up to 28 million passengers a year. The terminal is located just over 20 km from the centre of the city of Johannesburg, just off the R24 highway.

What I need to know

At Holiday Autos, we compare car hire rates from 1,500 companies to ensure customers receive the best price available. So far, we have helped more than five million customers in over 170 countries.

By booking your Johannesburg Airport car rental through Holiday Autos, you won’t be charged for using your no credit card fee and if your travel plans change then there’s no charge for cancelling your car hire. Additionally, there’s also 24/7 customer support so you can count on there always being someone to personally deal with your booking at any time of the day.

Where to pick up my car

At Johannesburg Airport, car hire is straightforward with a wealth of companies operating straight out of the terminal. You should be able to spot the relevant provider’s booth or representatives almost immediately after you leave the luggage collection area.

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  • “The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
    Diane T

Where to go

Johannesburg is one of South Africa’s largest city and considering it is a mere 20-minute drive away from the airport, many tourists will seize the opportunity to have a taste of the country’s vibrant heart.

Nearby Johannesburg Airport

Less than an hour’s drive north out of Johannesburg Airport is the handsome and gracious Pretoria. Before you reach this city though, you’ll drive through the relaxing getaway town of Magaliesburg.

For a taste of rural South African life, you could head to the small farming town of Bethal, which produces maize, sunflower seed, rye and potatoes.

Longer drives

Driving to Kruger National Park, just under 400 km away from Johannesburg Airport, may be too demanding for some, but those who do make the drive can enjoy a unique safari tour.

The city of Rustenburg is a 171 km drive away and sits at the foot of the Magaliesberg mountain range.

Eating and drinking

You’ll have the chance to taste some amazing and unique food during your time in South Africa. Traditional African dishes to try include Cape Malay curry and Malva pudding - the country’s answer to sticky toffee pudding. South Africa is also famed for its wine. We’d recommend trying Pinotage while you’re here. It’s a cross between Pinot noir and Cinsaut.

Things to do

Johannesburg is blessed with many beautiful parks, most notably Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam, James and Ethel Grey Park and Delta Park.

You could also take a cycle tour through the streets of iconic Soweto or soak up the hipster-friendly atmosphere of the urban neighbourhood of Maboneng.


Visiting Johannesburg’s Apartheid Museum is a very moving and humbling experience and one of the country’s must-see attractions. It’s also worth dropping by the South African National Museum of Military History, the Origins Centre Museum, the Wondercave and Johannesburg Zoo. For some retail therapy, head to the Mall of Rosebank.


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