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Transportation to and from Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport


What is the distance from Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport to the centre of Johannesburg and Pretoria?

The distance from the airport to the centre of Johannesburg (Gandhi Square) is 22 kilometres / 13.7 miles. Travel time by car is at least 30 minutes. It is about 45 minutes to the centre of Pretoria, the distance is 50 kilometres / 31.1 miles.

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

Public transport

Train to Johannesburg

Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport has its own railway station and is therefore easily accessible by public transport. Every 10 minutes (Peak) to 20 minutes (Off-Peak) a train runs between the airport and Sandton Station in the north of Johannesburg. The train service is called Airport Service and is operated by Gautrain. Sandton is known as an affluent neighbourhood and business district in Johannesburg. If you want to go to the centre of Johannesburg, you can change at Sandton or Marlboro station for North/South Service to Park Station in the middle of the city. Travel time including a transfer is 30 minutes. If you want to travel by public transport from Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport to Pretoria, it takes 60 minutes including a transfer at Marlboro Station.

To travel with the Gautrain, you must be in possession of a Gautrain Card or credit card (Europay, Mastercard, Visa). Contactless payment or Pay-As-You-Go is the easiest way to pay. A one-way ticket to the centre of Johannesburg costs 202 ZAR, the price to Pretoria is 217 ZAR. Gautrain trains run every day of the week between approximately 04:30 hours and 22:30 hours. The airport’s railway station is located in front of International Terminal A a short distance from International Arrivals and Domestic Arrivals. The nearest Metrorail Gauteng metro station is 1.5 kilometres away from the airport, it is a 20-minute walk to Isando metro station. Please consult website Gautrain for more information.

Top 5 Things to Do in Johannesburg

1. Constitution Hill and Apartheid Museum (open from Wednesday to Sunday), book a full-day tour!
2. Soweto, guided bicycle tour with lunch
3. Maboneng Street Art Tour
4. Taste of Africa Food Experience
5. Kruger National Park 3-day safari from Johannesburg

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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.


Soweto: Guided Bicycle Tour with Lunch

Join a cultural tour of Orlando West in Soweto. Bike through homes of political icons who lived here while fighting the regime during apartheid.


Johannesburg Airport (JNB): Virgin Atlantic Lounge Access

Enjoy 3 hours at the Johannesburg Clubhouse operated by PPG at O.R. Tambo Int'l Airport. Use facilities like Wi-Fi, luggage storage, showers, drinks & an à la carte food menu.



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.


Soweto: Walking Tour with a Local Guide and Lunch

Learn the history of Soweto and experience the everyday life in the township of Soweto, the young talents and the Morden culture.


Johannesburg: 2-Day 4-Star Pilanesberg Safari

The Pilanesberg Park has evolved to become one of the most fascinating landscapes to visit in South Africa. The majority of South Africa’s wildlife is now found in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, a total of 7,000 animals including the "Big 5".

Tours and transport

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.

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Cullinan Diamond Mine Tour

Visit a Diamond Mine. Two different tour options available: A 1.5 to 2-hour Cullinan Surface Mine Tour or a 4-hour Cullinan Underground Mine Tour.

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Johannesburg and Soweto: Half Day Tour

Discover the city center of Johannesburg, whose geometrical design and high skyscrapers bring Manhattan island to mind. Continue towards Soweto, Johannesburg's south western township, a symbol of the fight for freedom.


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