Car rental Johannesburg Airport, South Africa

Johannesburg airport is a great place to rent a car from as the city is a hub for both commerce and entertainment in this leading African country. Drive South Africa has a friendly team of both sales and travel experts who are waiting to make your every wish and desire come true.

Car rental Johannesburg Airport is simple. So get on the phone, send an email or fill out the easy step by step online booking form and the vehicle of your choice will be waiting at Johannesburg International Airport (O.R Tambo International Airport) ready for you to start exploring this great country.

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When renting a car at Johannesburg International airport it is important to make sure you compare prices to get the best deal for your trip to Johannesburg.

Best time to visit Johannesburg International

Johannesburg experiences chilly winters with sunny days, but the mornings can become unbearably cold. It’s widely considered that the best time to visit Johannesburg would be during the spring or summer months, where the weather is warm and dry.

This is also the best time to see all the flora in bloom and Johannesburg is also accredited for having the biggest man-made forest on the planet. Car rental Johannesburg Airport gives you the best chance to get out there and experience this great South African province.

What’s nice about Gauteng province if you’re fairly close to the East Coast of the country which boasts world-class beaches and significantly warmer all-year-round weather.

When you rent a car at Johannesburg International Airport you will be happy to know that you will be able to get a cheap rental at Johannesburg International Airport.

Around Johannesburg International Airport

Johannesburg is famous for its parks for which there are many, Emmarentia Dam is a popular picnic destination and every now and then they host live music.

The Maboneng Precinct is great for those wanting to experience the newly developed urban life in Johannesburg. The Braamfontein area is great for the abundance of arts, culture and nightlife.

Other notable areas are the iconic Melville and cosmopolitan Greenside, another great option to taking a short drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site – The Cradle of Humankind.

If you are looking for some 4×4 fun you can always rent a 4×4 in Johannesburg Airport with Drive South Africa.

Getting Around Johannesburg International Airport

Johannesburg really is a sprawling cityscape of roads and routes. Although public transport has improved with the introduction of the world-class Gautrain rail network, this facility is still limited to where it can get to, so even more so than the other two major urban areas of the country a car is absolutely essential when wishing to navigate the city.


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The airport is a great place to achieve this as many of the leading car rental brands have offices from this location.

With Drive South Africa you can get a cheap car rental in Johannesburg International Airport by using our easy booking system which allows you to compare and select your desired car rental.

Length of stay at Johannesburg International Airport

Johannesburg is doable in a week but if one wishes to really immerse themselves in the culture whilst experiencing neighbouring towns, nature and wildlife, roughly two weeks would be a more sufficient time frame. If you feel you need more time please check the visa requirements of your country of origin before departure and to see how much time they give you and what are requirements for extending your visa.

When coming to Johannesburg it is important to rent a car that will be good for your budget depending on how long you are staying in Johannesburg.

What to Pack for Johannesburg

Its best to prepare for all weather conditions, the summer months are generally hot and dry and the winter months can become bitterly cold. Summer has the occasional thunderstorm so pack some waterproof clothing and a jacket or two.

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Where to stay in and around Johannesburg


Maboneng is a newly developed area in the heart of Johannesburg, dedicated to building a more holistic, artistic city. There are a world of guest houses, backpackers and boutique hotels to choose from in the area.


Melville is a very established urban, residential, business and entertainment area in Johannesburg with a world of accommodation facilities to choose from which suit all budgets.


Greenside is very similar to Melville but is also in close reach to some of the picturesque parks the city has on offer.


Sandton is one of the financial and business hubs of the city and is definitely a region which is for the higher end tourist looking for a bit of pampering and luxury in the city.

Why Rent a car at Johannesburg International Airport with Drive South Africa

If you’re arriving at the O.R Tambo airport, Car rental Johannesburg Airport is the best way to experience all the amazing sights and sounds this amazing province and country has on offer.

Here at Drive South Africa, we are waiting to make your every wish and demand a reality in terms of excellent value and service when renting a credible vehicle from a credible company. Get in touch today and get driving through South Africa.

When you rent a car at Johannesburg International airport you will not only be renting the cheapest option for Johannesburg car rental but you will also be getting the best service from our experienced team.

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Johannesburg Car Rental FAQ’s

How old must I be to rent a car in Johannesburg Airport?

Most suppliers require you to be 21 as an international driver and 23 for South African drivers, you are also required to have held a valid license for at least 2 years before renting a car.

There are various options depending on the supplier so please contact us if you are below this age and need to rent a vehicle.

Will I get a full tank of Petrol when renting a car in Johannesburg Airport?

Fuel is charged from depot to depot in Johannesburg and the rest of South Africa. Every vehicle leaves the depot full and is re-fuelled upon return. If your vehicle is delivered to you then the tank may not be completely full depending on the distance from the nearest depot.

In the same way, if your vehicle is collected from you it will be re-fuelled when it returns to the depot so you will be liable for the cost of the fuel from the collection point to the nearest depot.

How does my car rental deposit work when renting a car in Johannesburg Airport?

When you rent a car in South Africa, if you have chosen a package with an excess then you will be required to have he full excess value available on your credit card for a deposit. If you return the vehicle without any damages then this amount will be refunded to you. If repairs are required or parts need to be replaced then you will be charged the correct amount and any remaining funds will be refunded to you.

No matter what package you have chosen you will be required to pay a rental deposit. This varies from R1000 to R2000 depending on which supplier is used. This deposit will be refunded if the vehicle is returned on or before the agreed date and time with a full fuel tank. If the vehicle requires re-fuelling then you will be charged for this and the remaining funds will be refunded. If you return your vehicle late without contacting Drive South Africa then you will be charged for the additional days at the supplier’s extension rates.

Can I get a vehicle model guaranteed when renting a car in Johannesburg Airport?

No. A specific model can be requested but not guaranteed. Rental vehicles are put into group i.e. Group A or Group D, so you will be renting a vehilce in a specific group, not a specific vehicle. The supplier reserves the right to replace certain models on their fleet without prior notification. The advertised vehicle gives an indication of the type of vehicle and features to be expected.

The only time you will rent a specific vehicle is when you enquire around our luxury fleet.

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