Airports in South Africa

Cape Town Airport

The airport is situated 11 miles (18km) east of Cape Town.

Cape Town Airport (CPT)

Location

The airport is situated 11 miles (18km) east of Cape Town.

Getting to the city

The MyCiti bus is the quickest and cheapest option for getting into the city, with an express to the city centre costing around ZAR 80 in addition to the once off ZAR 30 for a MyCiti card. Door-to-door minibus services are available for the journey to the city, taking approximately half an hour. Many hotels operate courtesy buses and a 24-hour backpacker bus is available hourly to many hostels. Other options include private services such as Uber and Taxify.

Time

GMT +2

Car rental

Car rental companies include Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Thrifty, and Tempest.

Airport Taxis

A taxi to the centre of Cape Town takes approximately 30 minutes and the cost may vary depending on the time of day and number of passengers, generally amounting to between ZAR 150 and ZAR 250, with fares up to 50 percent more at night. Only Touch Down Taxis, the authorised airport taxi company, is allowed to operate from the airport.

Facilities

ATMs, bars, restaurants, and currency exchange facilities are available throughout the airport. There are several shops, including duty-free in the International Departures section. A VAT refund service is available by the International check in desk. Hotel reservations and tourist information are also available.

Parking

There is short and long-term parking in a multilevel parking garage connected to the terminal. Fees range from around ZAR 20 for the first hour in the cheapest parking area to a minimum charge of ZAR 725 (including five days of parking) in the long-term parking area. There is also a special pick-up area that offers free parking for 30 minutes.

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Johannesburg Airport

The airport is 12.7 miles (20.5km) east of Johannesburg.

Johannesburg Airport (JNB)

Location

The airport is 12.7 miles (20.5km) east of Johannesburg.

Getting to the city

The Gautrain provides fast and easy access to the Johannesburg city centre from the airport, with regular express trains to Sandton. An airport bus departs regularly to the city centre. Authorised shuttle buses and taxis are available; these display the ACSA logo on their vehicles. Hotel shuttle buses depart every 15 minutes from the bus terminal.

Time

GMT +2

Car rental

Car rental companies represented at the airport include Avis, Tempest, and Europcar.

Airport Taxis

A metered taxi will take 30-40 minutes to the city centre. Taxis wait opposite the international arrivals terminal (Terminal A). Only official metered taxis should be taken.

Transfer between terminals

The terminals are all connected.

Facilities

Facilities at the airport include bureaux de change, banks, a post office, shops, restaurants and bars, viewing decks, a medical clinic, conference rooms, accommodation, free wifi, and a prayer room.

Parking

Short-term parking charges at OR Tambo Airport range from around ZAR 30 for the first two hours in Parkade 1, to ZAR 20 for the first hour or ZAR 40 for two hours in Parkade 2. Official long-term parking lots cost approximately ZAR 390 for the first three days and are connected to the airport via shuttle bus.

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Durban International Airport

The airport is 21 miles (34km) north of Durban.

Durban International Airport (DUR)

Location

The airport is 21 miles (34km) north of Durban.

Getting to the city

The airport can be accessed by car via the N2 from Durban. Taxis are available and there are shuttles to the city centre and major beachfront hotels, which can booked through the airport's information desk.

Time

GMT +2

Car rental

Numerous car rental companies are represented at the airport including Avis, Alamo, Budget, Thrifty, Europcar, Dollar, National and Hertz.

Airport Taxis

Many taxi companies operate from outside the arrivals terminal. The journey to the city takes from 30 minutes to an hour. Generally, the price is per journey and not per passenger. Private companies such as Uber also operate, providing transport to the city centre.

Facilities

The newly built airport terminal has a modern and substantial range of facilities, including ATMs, banks, lounges, restaurants and bars, a prayer room, and a large variety of retail outlets. Disabled facilities are excellent, although those with special needs should contact their airline in advance.

Parking

Plenty of parking is available within easy walking distance of the terminal. The pick-up zone is free for the first 20 minutes, tariffs beginning thereafter at ZAR 25. Multi-storey parking is also available as well as shaded and long-stay options.

www.acsa.co.za

Kimberley Airport

The airport is situated five and a half miles (9km) south of Kimberley.

Kimberley Airport (KIM)

Location

The airport is situated five and a half miles (9km) south of Kimberley.

Getting to the city

There is no bus service between the airport and the city, but taxi services are available on request and car hire agencies are available at the airport.

Time

GMT +2

Car rental

Car rental companies include Avis, Hertz and Europcar.

Facilities

Facilities include a pub in the arrivals terminal, WiFi, and an ATM.

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East London Airport

The airport is located about three miles (5km) west of the city centre.

East London Airport (ELS)

Location

The airport is located about three miles (5km) west of the city centre.

Getting to the city

There is no public bus or transport from the airport. Shuttle companies leave from in front of the arrivals terminal. Bookings should be made in advance. Their schedule follows flight schedules.

Time

GMT +2

Car rental

Rental companies at the airport include Avis, Budget and Thrifty.

Airport Taxis

Metered taxis are available from the airport; a helpdesk is available to give taxi information.

Facilities

The airport has four ATMs in the departures hall and an information desk in the arrivals hall. Restaurants and shops are also available in the terminal building. Facilities also cater to disabled passengers.

Parking

Short and long-term parking is available adjacent to the airport.

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Bloemfontein Airport

The airport is located 8 miles (13km) from the city centre.

Bloemfontein Airport (BFN)

Location

The airport is located 8 miles (13km) from the city centre.

Getting to the city

Public transport servicing the airport is limited. Minibus taxis are available but are unreliable and often overcrowded. The best way to get to the city is by hired car or taxi.

Time

GMT +2

Car rental

Car rental companies at the airport include Avis, Hertz, Europcar, National, National Alamo, and Tempest.

Airport Taxis

Taxis and shuttles, which should be booked in advance, are available just outside the terminal building. One should consider private services such as Uber.

Facilities

The airport has a mobile phone rental shop, ATM, restaurants, and an information desk.

Parking

Covered parking is available, starting at ZAR 22 per hour, while open parking begins at ZAR 16 per hour.

www.acsa.co.za

Port Elizabeth Airport

The airport is situated about two miles (3km) south of Port Elizabeth.

Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ)

Location

The airport is situated about two miles (3km) south of Port Elizabeth.

Getting to the city

There is no public transport from the airport into Port Elizabeth. Minibuses may be available. However, most travellers find them uncomfortable and overcrowded with luggage. Visitors not hiring a car will find taxis the most convenient mode of transport. Uber is also an option.

Time

GMT +2

Car rental

Car rental companies include Avis, Europcar, Hertz, and Thrifty.

Airport Taxis

Taxis are available at the airport. Pretty much anywhere in the city is within a 10-minute drive. It is best to insist that the driver uses the meter, but an additional airport pick-up fee may be charged. One should also consider private services such as Taxify and Uber.

Facilities

Facilities include several shops as well as a restaurant, cafes, and conference facilities. An ATM is available for cash withdrawal.

Parking

Short and long-term parking is available within easy walking distance from the terminal. The drop-and-go and pick-up zones directly outside the terminal are free for a limited time.

www.acsa.co.za

George Airport

The airport is situated around five and a half miles (9km) from George.

George Airport (GRJ)

Location

The airport is situated around five and a half miles (9km) from George.

Getting to the city

Taxis are the only form of transport between the city and the airport. There are a small number of private companies operating on this route.

Time

GMT +2

Car rental

Car rental companies include Avis, Budget, Hertz, National, Thrifty, and Europcar.

Facilities

Facilities include foreign exchange, ATMs for Nedbank and Standard Bank, conference facilities, cafés, and a few snack shops. The airport caters for disabled passengers.

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Kruger Mpumalanga Airport

The airport is situated nearly 17 miles (27km) from Nelspruit at White River.

Kruger Mpumalanga Airport (MQP)

Location

The airport is situated nearly 17 miles (27km) from Nelspruit at White River.

Getting to the city

Taxis are available as well as a varied selection of shuttle services.

Time

GMT +2

Car rental

A number of car rental companies are located at the airport. These include Avis, Hertz, Thrifty, Europcar, First, Simplify, Bidvest, Tempest, and Budget.

Facilities

Facilities include a bureau de change, ATM, restaurant, cafés, bar, conference facilities, and curio shops.

Parking

Short and long-term parking is available. Short-term parking begins at ZAR 5 per hour while daily parking costs ZAR 60.

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Hoedspruit Airport

The airport is situated around seven and a half miles (12km) from Hoedspruit and is found within the Hoedspruit Air Force Base Nature Reserve.

Hoedspruit Airport (HDS)

Location

The airport is situated around seven and a half miles (12km) from Hoedspruit and is found within the Hoedspruit Air Force Base Nature Reserve.

Time

GMT +2

Car rental

Avis has a rental office on site.

Facilities

A foreign exchange is available, as are ATMs, a small restaurant, and a curio shop.

www.eastgateairport.co.za

Richards Bay Airport

Richards Bay Airport is located seven miles (11km) from central Richards Bay.

Richards Bay Airport (RCB)

Location

Richards Bay Airport is located seven miles (11km) from central Richards Bay.

Getting to the city

Taxis are available outside the arrivals hall.

Time

GMT +2

Car rental

Car rental companies are represented at the airport.

Airport Taxis

Taxis are available outside the arrivals hall.

Facilities

Food and refreshment are available for travellers, as are medical facilities.

Parking

Parking is available.

www.richardsbayairport.co.za