The airport is 20 km east of the city.  Impala bus service (every 45 min 6.15 am - 10 pm; 30 min) takes you to Park station for R50.  For northern suburbs, take Magic Bus (every 30 min 5.30 am - 9.30 pm; 30 min), cost = R75. Tickets for both services available at the Parkade building, outside the domestic arrivals foyer.
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Airlines: Air France, Oxford Manor, 196 Oxford Rd, Illovo (tel 011 770 1600); American Airlines, Hyde Park Corner, Jan Smuts Avenue (tel 011 325 5777); British Airways/Comair, 195 Jan Smuts Ave, Rosebank (tel 011 441 8400); KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Sable Place, 1a Stan Rd, Morningside (tel 011 881 9600); Lufthansa, 22 Girton Rd, Parktown (tel 011 484 4722); Qantas, 195 Jan Smuts Ave (tel 011 441 8550); SA Airlink, South African Airways & SA Express Airways Park, Jones Road, Johannesburg International airport (tel 011 978 1111); Virgin Atlantic, Hyde Park (Shopping Centre), Jan Smuts Avenue (tel 011 340 3400).

American Express:  The Zone, 177 Oxford Rd, Rosebank (tel 011 880 8382); and Sandton City Shopping Centre, Sandton Dr (tel 011 883 1316).

Bureau de change:  Foreign exchange is available 24hr at Johannesburg International airport, and in banks in all the main shopping malls.

Car rental:  Standard deals are available from the main companies such as Avis (tel 0861 02 1111); Budget (tel 011 392 3929); EuropeCar/Imperial (toll-free tel 0800 011 344); and Tempest (toll-free tel 0800 031 666). For cheaper, local deals try Apex (tel 011 402 5150), Comet (tel 011 453 0188) or Swans (tel 011 975 0799). It's also always worth asking your accommodation if they have any discount arrangements, or you can try for good deals.

Emergencies:  For all emergencies, call 10111.

Hospitals:  State-run hospitals with 24hr casualty departments include Johannesburg Hospital, Parktown (tel 011 488 4911); Helen Joseph, Auckland Park (tel 011 489 1011); Hillbrow, Hospital Road, Hillbrow (tel 011 720 1121); and Baragwanath, Zone 6, Diepkloof, Soweto (tel 011 933 8000). Private hospitals include Millpark Hospital, Guild Street, Parktown (tel 011 480 5600); and Morningside Medi-Clinic, off Rivonia Road (tel 011 282 5000), in Morningside, near Sandton.

Internet cafés:  Milky Way Internet Café, 206Times Square Building, corner of Raleigh and Fortesque streets, Yeoville (Mon-Thurs 9am-8pm, Fri 8.30am-midnight, Sat 9am-7pm; tel 011 487 1340, ); The Net, Shop #1, 37 4th Ave, Parkhurst (tel 011 442 8753, ); there are also three terminals at the back of Out of Print bookshop, 78 4th Avenue, Melville (tel 011 482 6516).

Poste restante: Avoid the main poste restante post office on Jeppe Street, as it's in an unsafe part of town. Make arrangements instead with your accommodation, or use Amex.

Swimming & gyms: Public swimming pools around Johannesburg are not always kept in great repair - one exception is the superb, outdoor, Olympic-sized Ellis Park pool (Sept-March Mon-Fri 6.30am-9pm, Sat & Sun 6.30am-6pm). Also worth considering is the chain of Virgin Active gyms around the city (tel 0860 200 911, ); some hotels hold vouchers for single visits to the gyms, or there is a single visit fee of R50.

Taxis:  Maxi Taxis, Yeoville (tel 011 648 1212), rank in Cavendish Street, and are the most reliable for almost all parts of town. Otherwise Rose Radio (tel 011 403 9625 or 011 403 0000), Good Hope (tel 011 725 6431) and Metro (tel 011 484 7975) cover most of the city. Taxis often also wait outside the large hotels.

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