Getting to Johannesburg


By Air - OR Tambo International Airport, formerly known as Johannesburg International, is the hub of South Africa’s international and domestic air travel. This large airport has recently undergone a massive facelift and now competes with modern airports around the world. Lanseria, Rand, Grand Central and Wonderboom are smaller airports within Gauteng that are growing in popularity for local and some international flights. South African Airways (SAA) is the national carrier.

Visitors landing at OR Tambo International Airport often use shuttle transport or chauffeur services to get to Johannesburg, Pretoria and other areas. Proceed to the demarcated shuttle service area at the airport to ensure a safe, professional, fast and reasonably priced journey.

Public transport systems in Gauteng are established in the form of the Gautrain, bus services, trains and taxis, but these are not always formalized, as in the case of minibus taxi transport. Most tourists use private taxis and tour companies that are known to be safe, reasonable and reliable. Transport can generally be arranged through your hotel or guest house.


Trains are the cheapest method of public transport available in Johannesburg, with the Gautrain directly linking OR Tambo International Airport to Pretoria.

Gautrain is a state-of-the-art rapid rail network in Gauteng.  The rail connection comprises of two links, namely a link between Pretoria and Johannesburg and a link between OR Tambo International Airport and Sandton.  The Gautrain gautrainproject is largely aimed at commercially active people that need to travel between Johannesburg, Pretoria and OR Tambo International Airport. Apart from the three anchor stations on these two links, seven other stations will be linked by approximately 80 kilometers of rail along the route.

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Car Rental:

Renting a car in Johannesburg puts everything in the city within easy reach and gives you the freedom to go where you want.  Many car hire companies are represented at OR Tambo Airport, although some might have offices in the city.

The country has a developed road infrastructure and routes are generally well sign-posted. South Africans drive on the left side of the road.

Drivers must have an international driver’s license and a minimum of five years’ driving experience to hire a car in South Africa.

There are numerous reputable car-hire companies that can assist you with vehicle rental arrangements. Comparison of prices and booking can be done efficiently via the internet. Vehicles can be collected from OR Tambo International Airport or numerous outlets in the cities or suburbs.