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Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport

General information

Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport, formerly known as Jan Smuts Airport, is the busiest and largest airport on the African continent. The airport is the main hub for South African Airways. In addition, it serves more than 40 other airlines. The airport is situated 1,694 metres above sea level, which can cause difficulties for heavy aircraft because of the thin air at this height.


Where is Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport situated?

The airport is located east of Johannesburg. From the city, you can get to the airport by following the R24 route.

How many terminals does Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport have?

Officially, the airport has six terminals. Terminals 1, 2 and 6 are used for international flights, also called Terminal A. Terminals 3, 4 and 5 are known as  Terminal B, this terminal is for domestic flights.

Airport Map



The distance from Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport to the centre of Johannesburg is 22 kilometres. By car, it takes 30 minutes to get to the centre of Johannesburg.

From JNB Airport to Johannesburg City centre by Car
22 km
30 min

Travel by car

Public transport

It is possible to travel to and from Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport by public transport. If you opt for public transport to and from Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport you can travel by train. Visit the Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport transportation page for the possibilities.

Public transport

Taxi transfer

A taxi is the quickest and most comfortable way to get to and from Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport. The price for a taxi ride from the airport to the centre of Johannesburg is about ZAR 600.-. Book your taxi at Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport and discover the comfort of pre-booked taxis.

From JNB Airport to Johannesburg City centre by Taxi
22 km
30 min
ZAR 600.-

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Car rental

At Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport you can rent a car from car rental companies Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty (The Hertz Corporation) and local providers. It is most convenient to find and book a car well in advance. By doing so, you can save money and time at the airport.

Airport parking

Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport offers various official parking options, from premium to low cost. In addition, alternative parking options are available near the airport. If you want to park as cheaply as possible, it's wise to book online!

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At the airport

Do you want more information about facilities, currency exchange, services, free Wi-Fi, lounges, etc. at Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport? Check our at the airport page for a complete overview of all facilities and services at Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport.



Departures and arrivals

Looking for departure times and/or arrival times? Find the latest flight status information for flights departing from and arriving at Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport.

Flight tickets

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Which airlines fly from and to Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport?

We offer you a list of airlines at Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport. The main airlines at the airport are:

  • South African Airways
  • Airlink
  • FlySafair
  • kulula
  • KLM


Hotels near the airport

Looking for the best hotels near Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport? We have selected the best hotels near the airport in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.


Protea Hotel by Marriott O R Tambo Airport, Kempton Park

Protea Hotel by Marriott O R Tambo Airport is situated in Kempton Park, 3.5 km from the O.R Tambo International Airport and and 1 km from the Rhodesfield Gautrain Station. A complimentary airport shuttle service is available.


InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport Hotel, an IHG Hotel, Kempton Park

InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport Hotel, is a safe short 68.7 meters walk from the bustling OR Tambo Airport terminal building, offering a tranquil oasis for guests seeking a little respite from the frenetic world of travel.


Garden Court OR Tambo International Airport, Kempton Park

This hotel offers modern rooms with flat-screen TV and an outdoor pool in a cosy courtyard. Situated 2.9 km from OR Tambo International Airport, it provides a complimentary airport shuttle.

Hotels in Johannesburg

Looking for the best hotels in Johannesburg? We have selected the best hotels in the city in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.


Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton Johannesburg, Johannesburg

Situated footsteps from the Gautrain Rail Station, Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel offers well designed rooms with flat-screen TVs. It has an outdoor pool and a fitness centre.


Signature Lux Hotel By ONOMO, Sandton, Johannesburg

Located in the heart of Sandton, Signature Lux Hotel is a short walk from the popular Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City Shopping Centre and the Sandton Convention Centre.


Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton, Johannesburg, Johannesburg

Radisson Blu Hotel occupies a prime location in the heart of Sandton's business district. Its' impressive atrium sets the tone for a memorable experience.

Things to do

It is possible to book tickets, activities and tours in the city and near Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport. You can avoid queues and save money by buying your tickets online. Planning a trip and wondering what to do, we give you some inspiration!


From Johannesburg: Pretoria, Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour

Enjoy this full-day Pretoria, Johannesburg, Soweto and Apartheid tour that will introduce you to the history of South Africa. Visit various Soweto where the history of apartheid is rich and also the Apartheid Museum, which explains the history in detail.


From Johannesburg: Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Game Safari

Visit Pilanesberg Game Reserve from Johannesburg for a full-day safari. Join a ranger in an open vehicle and see lions, giraffes, cheetahs, hippos, crocodiles, and more with insightful commentary.

Tour & transport

Sun City & Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a closed vehicle game drive at Pilanesberg Game Reserve to see the 'Big Five' game and birds. Then take a guided tour of the glamorous Sun City entertainment complex adjacent to the park.


  2 reviews

Have you visited Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport lately? So far, 2 airport passengers have written an airport review about Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport. This airport has an average score of 1 out of 5. Provide other airport travellers with essential airport information and tell us about your airport experience.

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1 year ago

I am hugely disappointed. Been waiting for 2 hours not gate 8 though. Whe I got there they just closed the door. SAFAIR refused to let me in. Had to pay R548 to book on next flight.
All they announce the whole time is Covid. What happened about friendly reminders that all passengers on flight FA101 should board at Gate 8. Or is that too much to ask?
This will never happen at Lanseria.

Kudzai Chirenga
3 years ago

I was in transit through South Africa and because of delay in my flights my bags were sent down to the storage unit at the airport. When I went claim my luggage I noticed that my watches had been stolen from the case inside my bag. These are watches that I had acquired from my travels and the thought that someone had the time and access to rummage through my personal belongings is absolutely appalling. This are irreplaceable items. You need to thoroughly vet your people because you are hiring thieves.

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