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Johannesburg is served by two airports: the major transport hub, O.R. Tambo International Airport, which is connected to the Gautrain public transport network and the smaller Lanseria Airport. Most international flights pass through O.R. Tambo, while Lanseria is increasingly used by budget airlines serving destinations both in South Africa and in other African countries.
O.R. TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Southern Africa's biggest airport lies 30km east of Sandton and is spacious, modern and easy to get around and has an abundance of high quality souvenir shops if you are hunting for last minute gifts. Passengers are served by two terminals - A and B - which merge after you have passed through the security checkpoints. Domestic flights depart from Terminal B. For real-time flight information, text your flight number to 35007. If you have some time on your hands head for the viewing deck at the furthest end of international departures, and one floor up. There you will find a small but worthwhile exhibition on the life of Oliver Reginald Tambo, freedom fighter and national hero.
Tel. +27 11 921 6262 (airport help desk), +27 86 727 7888 (flight information), www.acsa.co.za
GETTING TO/FROM O.R. TAMBO AIRPORT: Catch the Gautrain rapid rail to various destinations in Joburg and Pretoria. For trains to Pretoria or downtown Johannesburg, change at Sandton. Trains run from 04:50 until 21:04 at intervals of 15 to 30 mins (05:30–20:30 on weekends). After hours you will need to use a taxi or book a shuttle bus.
Approximately 30km to the north-west of Sandton, Lanseria serves mainly short-haul destinations. It is also the airport of choice for many charter flights to private game reserves, as well as local budget carriers such as Mango and Kulula. A very small airport, it is quick to pass through and the main dining area is a huge roof terrace restaurant and bar which looks right onto the runway. Tel. +27 11 367 0300, www.lanseria.co.za
GETTING TO/FROM LANSERIA AIRPORT: Lanseria is served only by taxis (Lanseria Taxis, +27 11 326 3260 or +27 79 066 6435, www.lanseriataxis.com) and private shuttles.
AIRPORT PARKING AND SHUTTLE BUSES
Pre-booked shuttle buses to Joburg start at around R400 per person. Try EZ Shuttle (tel. 0861 397 488/ +27 12 348 8040, www.ezshuttle.co.za) or Rhino Shuttles (tel. +27 11 793 2282, www.rhinoshuttle.co.za). For discounted parking try Mr Parking (tel. +27 72 903 8212, www.mrparking.co.za). See Getting around for advice on car rental and navigating Joburg's neighbourhoods by car, foot, bicycle and public transport.
Johannesburg is served by the national carrier South African Airways (SAA), most major airlines and an increasing number of budget domestic airlines.
SAA tel. 086 135 8722 or +27 11 978 1000, www.flysaa.com
BRITISH AIRWAYS tel. +27 11 441 8600, www.britishairways.com
FASTJET (budget) tel. +27 11 289 8090, www.fastjet.com
KULULA AIR (budget) tel. 0861 585 852, +27 11 921 0570, www.kulula.com
MANGO (budget) tel. 0861 001 234 or +27 11 086 6100, www.flymango.com
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