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O.R Tambo International Airport is the largest airport on the African continent, serving over 15 million passengers per year. It is also expected to be handling in the region of 24 million passengers by the year 2015. The airport can be found in the Kempton Park area of Gauteng, near central Johannesburg, which is the capital city of South Africa. It is the primary airport of the country for domestic and international flight traffic, and is named after the former President of the African National Congress, Oliver Reginald Tambo. Passengers traveling to and from O.R Tambo International Airport have a few transport options, which include a number of local and private bus services. Passengers can travel by bus to various locations in the city, or to further afield destinations.

O.R Tambo International Airport consists of six terminal buildings, and a new Central Terminal which was built in anticipation of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Many of the airport’s other terminal were also expanded and upgraded, providing more efficient services and facilities for arriving and departing passengers. Although public transport in South Africa is not nearly as extensive as in other countries around the world, there are a few bus services available for travel to and from O.R Tambo Airport. Many of the buses and coaches which offer transport from the airport depart from the bus and coach terminus in the multi-storey parkade, located behind the car hire depots.

Bus services at O.R Tambo International Airport include five bus city lines, which offer two trips per day to the city. These buses are operated by Metrobus and Putco. There is a bus service available in the morning and the evening, at times when the majority of passengers are arriving or departing. Metrobus is a state owned company which also operates Metrorail services in the city. From the airport, passengers will also have access to many private bus lines which run to the Central Business District of Johannesburg, and to various other locations in and around the city. Airport transfer services by these companies are usually available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and offer extremely safe and reliable transport. Private transfer services at the airport include those of Magic Bus, Luxliner, Airport Link and the Emperors Palace Airport Shuttle Service.

Offices of the Magic Bus company can be found on the ground floor of the domestic parkade building, from where travel arrangements can be made. They can also be contacted at +27 (0)11 394 6902, or at +27 (0)11 548 0800. Their website is available at Magic Bus operates a fleet of new 7-seater Mercedes-Benz vehicle models which are safe and reliable, and offers exclusive door-to-door transfer services which can be arranged to suit the needs of their passengers. Their vehicles have air conditioning, ABS brakes, central locking and a trailer for passengers’ luggage. Magic bus will collect customers from their home or office, and take them to the airport, and return trips can be arranged. They also offer a complimentary meet and greet service for all passengers in the arrival terminal at O.R Tambo International Airport.

Airport Link offers similar services to those of Magic Bus, and has fifteen years of experience in the transport industry. Airport Link mainly offers travel solutions from the airports of O.R Tambo, Lanseria, Durban and Cape Town, and their services are door-to-door. Passengers will get to or from the airport in the most convenient way, and will not have any worries about leaving their vehicles at the airport. Airport Link operates a fleet of 7-seater Mercedes Vito minibuses, 16-seater Mercedes Sprinters and luxurious sedans. Their vehicles are all well-maintained, regularly checked for safety and cleaned, and reliable. Passengers also have the choice of using equipment such as baby seats and trailers at no extra charge. The drivers for Airport Link are suitably dressed for service in collar and tie, and will meet you in the arrivals area of the O.R Tambo Airport. Prices of their services start at R390. Airport Link can be contacted at (011) 794 8300, or 083 625 5090. Their email address is, or, and their official website is available at

The Emperors Palace Airport shuttle service operates every twenty minutes from O.R Tambo International Airport, and their cost for a private transfer to the airport is around R150. Their shuttle terminus is located behind the Intercontinental Hotel, or VIP collection is available at the Information Center opposite the Bureau de Change. Further information is available at +27 (0)11 928 1762, or to book a transfer, customers can email

Many hotels in the vicinity of O.R Tambo Airport offer complimentary transportation to and from the airport, and these services should usually be requested upon booking your hotel room.

Long-distance coach services operate to all major cities in South Africa, for example, Cape Town, East London and Durban, while there are also connections available to other southern African cities, such as Harare, Maputo, Windhoek and Bulawayo. Some of the coach operators include Greyhound, Intercape and Translux, and their services usually terminate from the Park City Transit Center on Rissik Street. Metrobuses in Johannesburg mostly operate from Gandhi Square bus terminus, and travel to all areas within the Greater Johannesburg metropolitan area.

Passengers at O.R Tambo International Airport interesting in using the bus services can find out more information online, from the airport’s official website at