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Johannesburg Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Johannesburg Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

Places to sleep, all in terminal B, domestic. Arrival floor (ground floor) lots of benches consisting of 4 padded seats, together about 2,2 meter long. - savan

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Johannesburg O.R.Tambo International Airport.

What to Expect

Johannesburg O.R.Tambo International Airport includes two Terminals (A and B) connected by a central terminal building that handles check-in and luggage, and allows for landslide or airside transit between A and B. There are well over 100 shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and other service providers throughout the airport, though most shops and eateries close by 11:00PM. To help pass the time, WiFi is available. For comfort while you wait, economy class passengers can pay to use one of the first-class airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for location and hours.

Where to Sleep

With flights arriving and departing at all hours, airport staff are said to be accommodating to overnight sleepers, and security staff help provide a safe atmosphere. There are plenty of chairs, though most have armrests, but you can also find padded armrest-free benches in places. The departure level of Terminal B, the International Transfer area, and restaurant benches at closed Terminal B restaurants have all been identified as successful sleeping spots. Floors are not carpeted, so if going for floor sleeping have an extra layer or mat. For uninterrupted sleep, there is a transit hotel at the airport, and some others hotels within a quick shuttle ride away. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below for more information.

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Johannesburg Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Arrivals Lounge

Based on older information we received, there is an Arrivals lounge. Unfortunately, at the time of this update, we do not have any information about lounge access.

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping at the Johannesburg Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels inside and near the airport:

  • In Transit Protea Hotel Transit OR Tambo Airport - Located in the International Terminal. No visa is required. As you exit the plane, follow the signs for “International Transfers” into the transit lounge, pass through security, and walk straight to find the hotel entrance. To access the hotel, do not clear customs. Rooms are available for overnight stay, or for day use of 6 hour blocks from 6:00AM to 6:00PM. » Check Rates
  • Intercontinental Hotel Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport - A luxury hotel located 70m (within an easy walk) from the front of International Arrivals Hall. Follow the signs for Short Term Parking and then you’ll see signs for the hotel. Day rooms are available from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. » Check Rates
  • Southern Sun OR Tambo Airport - Located 500m from the airport. Free 24-hour airport shuttle runs every 15 minutes. Airport pick-up is behind the Intercontinental Hotel at the bus/shuttle terminal. From the International/Domestic terminals, follow the “Public Transport” signs until you see the shuttle terminal. » Check Rates
  • City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport - Located above multi-story Parkade 2, level 5 at the airport. Hotel offers day rates valid from 8:00AM - 5:00PM. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Johannesburg Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Johannesburg Airport for up to 4 hours or 1GB, whichever comes first. Connect to the “Airports@Vast” network. Registration requires an email address and contact number.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • ATMs / Cash Machines - Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Food court area next to Wimpy and Spur   •   On the retail level in the bank area   •   In Terminal A departures (next to Wandie’s Restaurant)   •   Next to ABSA Bank in Terminal A Arrivals   •   next to Khulula/BA/Comair ticket sales.
  • Baby Care Facilities - Baby-changing facilities are provided in most women's washrooms.
  • Baggage Trolleys - Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available throughout the airport.
  • Chapel / Prayer Room - The airport has a Christian Chapel (Terminal B, level 2, open 24 hours) and Muslim Prayer Room (Terminal A, Arrivals, Basement, open 24 hours).
  • Currency Exchange - Bidvest Bank, Master Currency and Travelex are located in the International Terminal. Additionally, there are five banks at the airport that could be of assistance.
  • Duty Free & Shopping - Duty-free shopping is available in the Terminal A Duty Free Mall and also in Terminal B on the retail level. A wide variety of shops are also available.
  • Food & Drinks - The airport offers food choices in both Terminals. At the time of this update it was not known if there are any 24 hour food concessions available at the airport.
  • Information Desk - Information kiosks are can be found in Terminal A (International Arrivals and Departures), Terminal B (Domestic Arrivals and Departures) and in the Transit area.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Lock-Up Luggage is available in the International Terminal, Basement Level. Hours and rates are not known.
  • Massage - Massage services are available in Letsema. Location: Terminal A Duty Free Mall.
  • Medical Services - First Aid, emergency care, immunizations and other services are provided at the Travel Clinic. Hours: open 24 hours.
  • Mobile Charging - At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, write a review or email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.
  • Observation Deck - Relax and watch planes taking off and landing from the vantage point at one of two public viewing decks. Location: Domestic Terminal (Terminal B) and International Terminal (Terminal A, 4th floor).
  • Pharmacy - Available in both Terminals A and B.
  • Post Office - Locations: International Arrivals Terminal and on the shopping level of the Domestic Terminal.
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Showers - Available in the Bidvest, Ses'fikile and Shongolo Lounges. [ see Airport Lounges above ]
  • Travel Agencies - If you are arriving in Johannesburg and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there are a few travel agencies with offices at the airport that can probably be of assistance: Airport Travel Hub and Gateway Travel Services.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

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Airlines

As of March 2018, Johannesburg airport is served by the following airlines: Air Austral • Air Botswana • ​​Air China • ​Air France • ​Air Madagascar • Air Mauritius • Air Namibia • Air Seychelles • Air Zimbabwe • SA Airlink • Arik Air • British Airways • Cathay Pacific Airways • Cemair • Delta Airlines • Egypt Air • El Al Israel Airlines • Emirates • Ethiopian Airlines • Etihad Airways • Fastjet • ​FlySafair • Kenya Airways • KLM • Korongo Airlines • LAM Mozambique Airlines • Lufthansa • Mango Airlines • Malawian Airlines • Qantas Airways • Qatar Airways • RwandAir • Singapore Airlines • Saudi Arabian Airlines • Solenta Aviation • South African Airways • Swiss • TAAG Angola Airlines • Turkish Airlines • Thai Airways • Virgin Atlantic • Fly Blue Crane.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

These car rental agencies offer service onsite: Avis • Bidvest Car Rental • Capital Car Hire • Europcar • First Car Rental • Hertz • Select Car Hire • Tempest Car Hire • Thrifty • Woodford Car Hire.

Hotel Shuttles

Some local hotels offer shuttle service to and from the airport. Contact your hotel of choice for availability and details.

Taxis

Metered taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area of the airport.

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Last Updated: 12 April 2018

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning and is subject to change at any time. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please contact us .