THRIFTY Car Rental at Johannesburg Airport

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THRIFTY Car Rental at Johannesburg Airport
THRIFTY Car Rental at Johannesburg Airport

Rated 7.8 out of 10

75 / 100
Avg. Wait
16 mins
Quality of Vehicle
83 / 100
Desk Service
75 / 100
flag Vehicle Pickup
75 / 100
Vehicle Drop Off
83 / 100

In Terminal

* Calculated from 12 recent reviews from 643 total reviews.


THRIFTY Car Rental Services at Johannesburg Airport

Johannesburg’s airport is now known as O.R Tambo International Airport, in honour of a former South African National Congress President, who was fondly known as O.R by his peers. The airport was firstly under the name of Jan Smuts Airport, which was then changed to Johannesburg International Airport when the apartheid era of South Africa ended. O.R Tambo International Airport handles the largest number of passengers out of all the airports on the African continent, and is located approximately 20 km from the city center of Johannesburg, South Africa’s capital city. Arriving passengers have various transport options from the airport, but many prefer to rent a vehicle. Thrifty is one of the car hire companies available, and they are popular for their competitive rental rates. Thrifty is also well known for their unique car hire services.

Thrifty at O.R Tambo International Airport, is open between the hours of 06:00 and 22:00, although their hours on holidays may vary. They are also open seven days a week. The rental counters of Thrifty can be found in the multi-storey parkade, just opposite the domestic terminal of the airport. Johannesburg’s airport was recently expanded and renovated for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and now has a new Central Terminal building for check-in processes. It also has a new international pier with four stands large enough to accommodate the Airbus A380 aircraft. Passengers arriving at the airport will find all the facilities they require, and that the airport is a large, modern and very functional building, carefully designed for efficient service. The airport is currently able to handle 28 million passengers, and served approximately 21 million people in 2018.

Thrifty’s vehicles are all arranged according to category, and therefore customers will not hire a vehicle by its specific make and model. Although you may not receive the exact example car shown on the website, you will receive a vehicle which is very similar in shape and size. Examples of the car categories available from Thrifty include Economy, Compact, Mid-size, Full-size, Premium, Luxury, Full-size SUV, Minivan, Standard Van and Full-size Van.

Economy vehicles are smaller, and ideal for driving in the city of Johannesburg. They are best for single drivers or couples, as they don’t have much room for luggage. A slightly larger vehicle may be more suitable for families. The Volkswagen Polo and Hyundai Atos are example vehicles in the Economy category, and they come with excellent rental prices, and are light on fuel as well. Anyone hiring a vehicle should ensure they know which type of fuel to use for their rented car, as it could be petrol or diesel. Renters who add the wrong type of fuel may be charged extra for the costs of having the engine cleaned.

Mid-size vehicles are of a popular size, and include the Toyota Corolla and Nissan Tiida, while the Honda Accord is found in the Full-size category. Luxury and Premium vehicles include the Mercedes E200 and Mercedes-Benz C180, and these cars are ideal for business events, as they are more elegant than the ordinary rented car. Thrifty’s range of minivans and vans can seat between six and ten passengers, and are an excellent choice for larger families or groups of travelers. The Renault Scenic is a Minivan, while the Mercedes-Benz Vito and Toyota Quantum are Vans of a larger size. Especially for customers who enjoy driving an SUV, the Nissan Hardbody is one of the vehicles available in the Full-size SUV category.

Thrifty offers a variety of unique car hire services, such as their Wild Car Program. Customers booking online can select this car category from step one of the car rental reservation process, by selecting the ‘Specialty’ option, or from step two, by choosing the ‘Specialty/Wild’ car class. Although your vehicle will be a surprise, as it is only selected for you by the staff of the rental office on your arrival at the airport, it is guaranteed to be excellent value for money. The Wild Car program allows customers to receive a Mid-size or larger vehicle, yet only pay rates that are lower than usual for a Mid-size car. Your vehicle is guaranteed to have at least five seat belts, and room for two or more luggage items.

Customers who are fond of renting a car from Thrifty can become Blue Chip members, and qualify for a range of time and money saving benefits. This membership is free, and available for occasional and frequent customers. Blue Chip members enjoy VIP service at the Blue Chip Members Only line, and have faster and simpler reservation, rental and return procedures. Members can also earn free rental days with Thrifty’s Blue Chip Rewards program.

Thrifty, at O.R Tambo International Airport, will be happy to assist you with any further enquiries, and can be contacted directly by using the details listed below.

Address: Johannesburg Intl Airport (JNB)
O.R Tambo Intl Airport
Ground floor Multi-storey Car Park
Johannesburg, South Africa

Telephone Number: +27 113903454

Where is the THRIFTY Rental Desk at Johannesburg Airport?

Map of THRIFTY rental desk at Johannesburg Airport

What are THRIFTY Opening Hours at Johannesburg Airport ?

Day Open Close
Monday 00:00 23:59
Tuesday 00:00 23:59
Wednesday 00:00 23:59
Thursday 00:00 23:59
Friday 00:00 23:59
Saturday 00:00 23:59
Sunday 00:00 23:59

The THRIFTY Rental Desk at Johannesburg Airport is located at:


Lower Level, International Arrivals, Multi Story Parkade, Jones Road, Kempton Park, Johannesburg

Tel: +27 11 390 3454

Rental Desk Location: In Terminal

Both the vehicle and hire desk/counter are located inside the terminal.

What rental cars are available from Thrifty at Johannesburg Airport?

The rental cars available from Thrifty at Johannesburg Airport are:

What petrol car rentals does Thrifty offer at Johannesburg Airport?

Thrifty offer the following petrol cars:

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What is the fuel policy when renting a car from THRIFTY at Johannesburg Airport?

Code Description
FULLFULL Fuel: Pick up and return full.

*Some companies may offer alternative fuel policies on request.

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Car Brands Available to Rent from Thrifty at Johannesburg Airport

Thrifty has 15 different types of vehicles from 21 manufacturers available to hire at Johannesburg Airport.