Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport Guide (JNB)

Airport info
Code: JNB
O R Tambo Airport Road, Johannesburg, 1627, South Africa

Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport is located 22km (14 miles) east of Johannesburg, and about 35km (20 miles) south of Pretoria.

No. of terminals: 2 Dialling code: +27
+27 11 921 6262

Named after Oliver Reginald Tambo, a leading anti-apartheid politician, Johannesburg's airport is the largest airport in South Africa and serves as the primary international air hub for the region. A useful resource for travellers, our Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport guide provides information on all aspects of the airport, including terminal facilities, public transport access and nearby accommodation options.


Airport information desks are located in the arrivals and departures areas of the international and domestic terminals. Additional information and flight details are available via the airport helpdesks (tel: +27 11 921 6262) in the terminals. The Gauteng Tourism Authority information desk (tel: +27 11 390 3614), situated in the international arrivals terminal, can assist with general queries and accommodation booking.

Transfer between terminals

A free shuttle bus operates between the terminals and car parks. The terminals are situated in one large complex, enabling passengers to walk from one to the other.

Driving directions

From Johannesburg, take the eastbound R24 to the airport; from Pretoria, take the R21. The airport is clearly signposted from these approach roads. The total drive time from Johannesburg to the airport is approximately 25 minutes.

Public Transport

Public transport rail

Train: The high-speed Gautrain (tel: +27 800 428 87246; runs between Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport, Marlboro (for connections to Pretoria and Johannesburg) and Sandton. The travel time to Marlboro is 10 minutes, and Sandton 15 minutes.

Public transport road

Bus: Magic Bus (tel: +27 11 548 0800; operates scheduled bus services to Sun City and other places of interest: it has an office on the ground floor of the domestic car park building.

Shuttle: Airport Link (tel: +27 11 844 3957; and EZ Shuttle (tel: +27 861 397 488; provide door-to-door shuttle services from the airport to city destinations. Fares vary depending on the size of the travelling party.

Taxi: Official taxis operate from in front of the multi-storey car park building. The journey time to central Johannesburg is upwards of 30 minutes depending on traffic conditions.

Terminal facilities


There are ATMs, banks and bureaux de change within the terminals.


Wi-Fi internet access (free of charge for the first 4 hours or 1 gigabyte of data) is available throughout Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport. Additionally, static computer terminals with internet capabilities are also available in the airport. There is an on-site post office. Apart from public telephones, mobile telephone hire is also available.


There are plenty of places to eat and drink at O. R. Tambo International Airport. These outlets include cafés, restaurants and fast-food chains.


Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport has a wide variety of shops, including a duty-free mall in Terminal A. Among the specialist shops are gift retailers, bookshops, designer clothing brands and jewellers.


Luggage storage facilities are managed by A-Tech (tel: +27 11 390 2318) and are available 24hrs at the airport. Porters can be found in the arrivals halls and are instantly recognisable thanks to their bright orange uniforms and ACSA badges – tipping is recommended. Visitors should not use unauthorised porters. For lost and found queries, contact the main airport information desk (tel: +27 11 921 6262).


Other available facilities at the airport include a 24-hour medical clinic, chapel, Muslim prayer room and baby changing facilities.

Airport facilities

Conference and business

Numerous business lounges are available at the airport, with carrier-specific lounges including British Airways, Emirates and Air France. Conference facilities are handled by the versatile Premier Conference Centre, in the domestic terminal, which offers three 10-seater rooms, a 12-seater room, a 14-seater room, a seminar facility for groups of 25 or 50, as well as a conference room for groups of 60 or 120. 

Further conference and business facilities are readily available at several nearby hotels, including the Mondior at Emperors Palace Hotel (tel: +27 11 928 1000;

Disabled facilities

The airport is easily accessible, with lifts (two of which are equipped with Braille signage) and ramps throughout the terminals.

Disabled parking spaces are available. The free shuttle service that serves the remote car parking area can accommodate passengers in wheelchairs. Disabled passengers without a disabled pass should contact the main airport help desk (tel: +27 11 921 6262) for assistance.

A golf cart service, which can accommodate disabled passengers, operates between the terminals and the car hire areas.

Any passengers who may require additional assistance are advised to contact their airline in advance of travel.

Car parking

There are several car parks (totalling 11,500 spaces on-site) offering short- and long-term parking, including an underground facility as well as outdoor and covered areas. A free 24-hour shuttle bus service operates between the furthest away car parks and the terminals. Valet parking, operated by Executive Carports (tel: +27 11 390 2062;, is also available.

Car rental

International car hire companies operating at the airport include: Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty, as well as a handful of local operators.


There is a small transit hotel at Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport, while the 5-star Intercontinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport hotel is situated opposite the terminals. A number of other options can be found nearby.

Intercontinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport

+27 11 961 5400

This luxury accommodation option is mere footsteps from the terminal complex and houses a gym and health club as well as a business centre. The hotel’s Quill Restaurant specialises in local dishes.

O. R. Tambo International Airport, 1619, Kempton Park, South Africa

Peermont Mondior Hotel

+27 11 928 1000

A luxury hotel just minutes by car from the terminal complex, this 150-room property offers extensive conference facilities, a restaurant serving tasty breakfasts and a stylish cocktail bar.

64 Jones Road, 1620, Kempton Park, South Africa

Premier Hotel OR Tambo

+27 11 393 8000

For those on a budget, the Premier Hotel is reasonably priced and conveniently located close to the airport. A free shuttle service to the terminals is offered, and the hotel houses a restaurant and bar, meeting facilities and a fitness centre with pool.

73 Gladiator Street, Rhodesfield, 1631, Johannesburg, South Africa

Protea Hotel Transit

+27 11 390 1160

Located airside within the terminal complex at O.R. Tambo International Airport, this 4-star hotel is available for international transit passengers who can make use of the airport’s numerous shopping and dining options.

Terminal A, O.R. Tambo International Airport, 1627, Johannesburg, South Africa

Garden Court O.R Tambo International Airport

+27 11 392 1062

Boasting its own restaurant and pub, Garden Court O.R Tambo International Airport offers a complimentary 24-hour shuttle service to O.R Tambo International Airport. The hotel caters to both business and leisure guests with a business centre, gym, and swimming pool located on site.

2 Hulley Road, O.R. Tambo International Airport, 1619, Kempton Park, South Africa
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