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O.R Tambo International Airport is the gateway airport to South Africa and one of the largest airports on the African continent. Formerly known as Jan Smuts International Airport, and for a brief time Johannesburg International Airport, O.R. Tambo (code JNB) is a world class facility that serves over 17 million passengers every year.

Food and beverages

The Africa lounge, Anat, Dulce cafe, Cafe Nescafe, Caffe Rittazza, Debonairs Pizza, Spur, Kauai, KFC, Nando's, News Cafe, Ocean Basket and more are all located in the airport. Exchange currency: Master currency, Bidvest, and Travelex are located within the airport.

Lost luggage

If you lost any piece of luggage you should contact your handling airline or you can contact the information desk that is located in the the airport and is open 24/7 (Telephone:+27 (0)11 921 6262)

Prayer facilities

There is a Christian Chapel and a Muslim prayer facility that is located within the airport, both facilities are open 24/7.

Accommodation near OR Tambo Airport 

Accommodation near O.R. Tambo International Airport is plentiful and located close to the Johannesburg airport terminals.

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Southern Sun at O.R. Tambo

The O.R. Tambo airport hotel is the Southern Sun Intercontinental and it’s only a short walk away from international arrivals. With free Wi-Fi, a 24 hour complimentary business centre and an indoor heated swimming pool; the Intercontinental is well-placed to meet the needs of the discerning business traveler or the luxury leisure traveler.  

If you can’t find suitable accommodation at the Intercontinental then there are many more hotels within short driving distance from the airport.

Protea Hotel at O.R. Tambo

The Protea Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport is located a short drive away from the terminals. Their courtesy shuttle service to and from OR Tambo ensures you’ll never be left stranded. The OR Tambo Protea Hotel is a 4-Star facility and is perfect for business and leisure travelers.

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The Gautrain

Built in time for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, the Gautrain takes you from O.R. Tambo to Sandton in 15 minutes. In order to use the Gautrain one needs to purchase a Gold Card (available at O.R. Tambo Airport and other outlets). The Gold Card costs R10 and a further R105 to load a single trip to/from the airport. While this may seem expensive, it’s a great alternative to commuting in Johannesburg traffic where one may run the risk of missing a flight because of traffic jams. 

Long Term Parking at O.R. Tambo

O.R. Tambo’s long term parking is your best bet if you’re flying out of town for a few days. It’s much cheaper than parking near the terminals, the only down side is that you’re a short bus trip away from the airport. However, the bus trip is very short and buses run between the long term parking and the airport every 15 minutes so you’ll never feel like you’re stuck.

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