We will write how to get from Johannesburg airport to city center. The distance from O. R. Tambo International Airport to downtown is 23 kilometers.
The travel time is around 40 minutes by taxi and the fare taxi is around $40 USD which is 600 ZAR. Click here to book online Johannesburg activities and day trips
The cheapest way from Johannesburg airport to city center is by train for $12 USD which is 178 ZAR and the travel time is around 30 minutes.
You can also rent a car in Johannesburg airport or get a private transfer that can be cheaper than a taxi.
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WHERE TO STAY IN JOHANNESBURG
For accommodation in Johannesburg you can find deals starting from $25 USD per room. If you prefer mid-budget accommodation will cost $40-60 USD and for $80 USD you will find luxury accommodation in South Africa.
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JOHANNESBURG AIRPORT TO DOWNTOWN
GAUTRAIN JOHANNESBURG AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER (CHEAPEST WAY)
The cheapest way from Johannesburg airport to city center is by train. The Gautrain from O. R. Tambo International Airport to city center is running every 12-20 minutes starting from 4 50 am to 10 pm. Check here Gautrain schedule and route!
The Gautrain fare is 178 ZAR which is $12 USD for one way for adults plus 17 ZAR of the Gautrain Card. You can get the tickets online and from the vending machines at the airport.
The train travel time from Johannesburg airport to Johannesburg city center is the fastest way only 30 minutes. The train from O. R. Tambo International Airport is going to Sandton Station where you can change to Park Station in the Red Line.
Once you get Park Station in Johannesburg city center you will be able to find accommodation within walking distance or you can get a taxi to move around.
You will have to purchase a Gautrain Card in the vending machine at the airport to have access to the train going from the Johannesburg airport to city center. You will have to pay 17 ZAR which is around $1 USD.
TAXI FROM JOHANNESBURG AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER
If you go from Johannesburg airport to city center by taxi the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi is around 40 minutes and the taxi fare from Johannesburg airport to downtown is $40 USD which is 600 ZAR. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depend on traffic and your final destination.
UBER/BOLT JOHANNESBURG AIRPORT TO JOHANNESBURG CITY CENTER
If you are ordering Uber in Johannesburg you should know that prices are similar than taxi. You can pre-book with Uber and Bolt app from your phone and going to the pick up point in the airport. Expect to pay around $30-40 USD depending on your destination and time of the day with Uber from Johannesburg airport to city center.
CAR RENTAL AT JOHANNESBURG AIRPORT
There are many options for renting a car in Johannesburg’s airport. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in Johannesburg. It will take you 40 minutes to get to Johannesburg from the airport in a private car. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Centauro available in the airport. Prices are around €30-40 per day.
Car rental option can be great if you are traveling with a few people or a lot of luggage and planning to visit places around Johannesburg. Make sure you have a parking place in your hotel or Airbnb since sometimes can be so challenging in Johannesburg.
PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FROM JOHANNESBURG AIRPORT TO DOWNTOWN
Hotel transfers are also very easy and convenient but can be a little bit pricey. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and is only ideal if you have the budget and you really want comfort after your flight to Johannesburg. Prices are around €30 and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be €7 per person.
BEST WAY FROM JOHANNESBURG AIRPORT TO JOHANNESBURG CITY
The best way from Johannesburg airport to city center if you are traveling alone and on a budget I would choose a train only for $12 USD. By train is the fastest way only 30 minutes from O. R. Tambo International Airport to city center.
If you are traveling in a group or you prefer more comfort you can get a taxi or private transportation can be cheaper than a taxi direct to your accommodation place in Johannesburg.
WHERE TO STAY IN JOHANNESBURG
For accommodation in Johannesburg you can find deals starting from $25 USD per a room. If you prefer mid budget accommodation will cost $40-60 USD and for $80 USD you will find luxury accommodation in South Africa.
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DAILY BUDGET TRAVEL IN SOUTH AFRICA
For transportation around South Africa by taxi will cost you $2-3 USD and even cheaper if you get public transportation. Food travel budget in South Africa you can find juices for one dollar and a whole meal in local places starting from $5-6 USD.
BEST TIME TO VISIT SOUTH AFRICA
In South Africa summer months from December to February is so hot the weather and the high season. During the winter months from June to August the temperature is cold and it’s the low season. We believe the best time to visit South Africa is during the spring months from September to November when the days are fresh and sunny. Fall season from March to May can be a great time for visiting South Africa.
ATMS AND CURRENCY IN SOUTH AFRICA
There are ATMs in South Africa and exchange offices in the main touristic points. The main currencies are accepting and the local currency is the South African Rand around $1= 14 ZAR.
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