Sleeping in Airports

Bidvest Premier Lounge (International)
Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport

If you are an economy class traveller, you can wait for your flight in the comfort of the Bidvest Premier Lounge at Johannesburg Airport in the International Departures area. Below you will find helpful information such as: lounge location, hours, services, and lounge access for economy class travellers.

Lounge Location

Johannesburg Airport, Airside, Upper Mezzanine Level, International Departures

Important: Accessible to passengers on International departure flights only.


  1. From Terminal A : After the security checkpoint, turn right and then take the escalator up one level. The lounge is located on the right hand corner.
  2. From Terminal B : After the security checkpoint, turn left and then take the escalator up one level

Services & Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Beverages (alcohol)
  • Beverages (non-alcoholic)
  • Disabled Access
  • Flight Information Monitor
  • Food – Light meals and snacks
  • Newspapers/Magazines
  • Internet / WiFi
  • Shower Facilities with soap and towels
  • Smoking Room
  • Telephone
  • Television

This lounge does not have any sleep facilities.


The lounge is open 24 hours.

Lounge Access & Rates

Pay at the door

When space is available, this lounge accepts guests at the door. At the time of this January 2023 update, the rates published on the Bidvest web site were R436 per person for two hours.

Lounge Passes

Lounge passes can be purchased by any traveller regardless of airline or class of service.
» Benefits: Guarantees a seat in the lounge for your desired time period  • Changes & Refunds up until 24 hours prior to arrival.
» Disadvantages: Non-refundable within 24 hours of arrival.
The online rate is GBP 23.00 (3 hour stay) per person. » Buy a lounge pass

Passes are handled through our third party partners. Be sure to read the terms and conditions before purchasing your pass.  For changes and cancellations, contact the email on your pass confirmation at least 24 hours in advance of your arrival.

More Ways to Enter

  • Bank cardholders: Bidvest Bank, Standard Bank, Stanbic Bank, Bank Windhoek, Diners Club International, Investec, Mercantile Bank, Momemtum Multiply, ABSA Gold, ABSA Premium Bank, ABSA Private Banking, ABSA Wealth Banking, FNB, RMB, American Express, Nedbank Platinum cardholders, Nedbank Private Clients cardholders, Nedbank Private Client cardholders.  Consult your card terms and conditions for details about lounge access.
  • Lounge membership cards:  Dragon Pass, Dream Folks, Loungebuddy, Lounge Club, Lounge Key, Lounge Me, Priority Pass.
  • Other: Lift, UCount Rewards, First Car & Van Rental, Sanlam Reality, Homestay, Hotel Express International.

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This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  We are not representatives of the lounge featured on this page.  Fees for some lounge services and facilities may apply.  All information, including amenities, hours and access information, are subject to change at any time without notice.   To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide, click here.