Information & Facts
A metered taxi will take about 30 to 40 minutes over 14 miles
(22km) from the O. R. Tambo International Airport to the city
centre. Taxi await opposite the international arrivals terminal
(Terminal A). Only official metered taxis with a yellow taxi light
on top should be taken as some others can be dangerous. Prices
should range between US$30 to US$40.
Short- and long-term parking is available.
Car rental companies represented at the airport include Sizwe,
Avis, Budget, Tempest, Europcar and Khaya.
The recently-constructed Gautrain provides fast and easy access
to the Johannesburg city centre from the airport, with regular
express trains to Sandton. An airport bus departs regularly to the
city centre. Authorised shuttle buses and taxis are available;
these display the ACSA logo on their vehicles. Hotel shuttle buses
depart every 15 minutes from the bus terminal behind the Airport
Sun International hotel. A reputable shuttle company is Magic Bus
which is located on the ground floor of the domestic parkade
building (Tel: +27 (0)11 394 6902).
Facilties at the airport include bureaux de change, banks, a
post office, shops, restaurants and bars, internet access, mobile
phone rental, viewing decks, a medical clinic and a prayer
South Africa has 11 official languages, including
Afrikaans, English, Xhosa, Zulu and Sotho. English is widely
South Africa's currency is the Rand (ZAR), which is divided into
100 cents. Money can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and
the larger hotels. ATMs are widely available (there is a daily
limit for cash withdrawals) and major international credit cards
are widely accepted, except in petrol stations where cash is
required. Visitors should be vigilant when drawing cash from ATMs,
as con artists are known to operate there. Travellers cheques and
some foreign currencies are accepted at larger hotels and shops,
but commission is charged, otherwise all commercial banks will
Local time is GMT +2.