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Johannesburg Lanseria Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Johannesburg Lanseria Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

HLA Airport Overview

johannesburg lanseria airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Johannesburg Lanseria Airport.

What to Expect

The small terminal at Johannesburg Lanseria Airport (code: HLA) handles domestic routes. Facilities include a few eateries and shops. WiFi is free for a limited time. For added comfort while you wait, economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

This airport seems to close nightly, but we are unable to confirm operating hours. Have a back-up plan if you are planning to stay here overnight. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are nearby. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

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.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Johannesburg Lanseria Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Lanseria Country Estates – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Valverde Country Hotel – (8 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Indaba Hotel– (20 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle; however a shuttle is available to local attractions. » Check Rates

To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Johannesburg Lanseria Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

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

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. 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!

Passes  Bidvest Premier Lounge – Location: Landside, 1st Floor. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Limited free WiFi is available at Lanseria Airport. Additional access is available for a fee.

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: unknown.

Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, there are baby care rooms for diaper-changing available on the ground floor.

Currency Exchange – Tower Bureau de Change is located on the ground floor.

Duty Free & Shopping – Big Five Duty Free offers jewelry, tobacco, high fashion, South African wines, and more. An electronics store and the Knick Knack Kiosk, which sells everything from magazines to snacks, are also available in the airport.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Food options include: Kauai • Vida e Caffè • Wiesenhof Restaurant. Runway views are available from restaurants located on the 1st floor.

Information Desk – If you have any questions, there is an information desk located near the terminal entrance.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – Yes.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

While it appears that this airport closes at night, as of this update, we were unable to confirm airport hours of operation. If you know the airport hours, click here to update this airport guide.


Johannesburg Lanseria airport is served by the following airlines: Fly Safari • Kulula • Mango Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies offer service onsite: Avis • Budget • Europcar • First Car Rental • Hertz • Tempest Car Hire • Thrifty.

LIA Shuttle

A shuttle service links the airport to Sandton Gautrain Station, with buses available to meet each flight or train arrival. For further information, visit the Lanseria International Airport website.


Taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   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/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.