Cheap Car Hire at Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport

Johannesburg airport is a great place to directly hire a car from, as the city is a hub for both business and entertainment purposes. Drive South Africa has a friendly team of both sales and travel experts who are ready to make the car hiring process from Johannesburg Airport smooth and seamless. 

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 city.

Best Time to Visit Johannesburg 

Winters in Johannesburg are mild, with sunny days, but the mornings can be chilly. The best season to visit Johannesburg is generally considered to be in the spring or summer, when the weather is warm and dry.

Cheap Car hire from Johannesburg Airport is a great way to experience province and what’s nice about the Gauteng province is that you’re fairly close to the East Coast of the country which has world-class beaches and significantly warm weather all year-round.

Around the Area in Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport

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 travelling outside of Johannesburg and plan on driving in rougher terrain you can also always hire a 4x4 at Johannesburg airport.

Getting Around OR Tambo Airport Johannesburg 

Johannesburg really is a sprawling cityscape of roads and routes.

When Flying into OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, you can count on Drive South Africa to give you the best and cheapest prices for any car you wish to hire in South Africa.

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. 

Recommended Length of Stay in Johannesburg

Johannesburg is doable in a week but if one wishes to really immerse themselves in the culture whilst experiencing neighboring towns, nature, and wildlife, roughly two weeks would be a more sufficient time frame. 

If you are feeling up to having a long trip in South Africa consider having a garden-route self drive experience.

What to Pack in a holiday in Johannesburg

It’s 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. It is important to hire a cheap car at OR Tambo to suit your needs regarding the weather forecast.

Where to Stay in Johannesburg 


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.


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

Cheap Car Hire OR Tambo Airport FAQ’s

How Old must I be to Hire a car in OR Tambo?

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 hiring a car.

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

To Hire a Car in OR Tambo you must be 25 years old.

Will the tank be full when I receive it in OR Tambo?

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 rental deposit work when hiring a car in OR Tambo?

When you hire a car in Johannesburg, 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 a vehicle model be guaranteed in OR Tambo?

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 hiring a car 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 hire a specific vehicle is when you enquire around our luxury fleet.

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