Port Elizabeth travel guide

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With a population of 967,677, Port Elizabeth is the largest city in Eastern Cape, South Africa by the number of inhabitants. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. We recommend you stay at least 3 days in order to fully appreciate everything Port Elizabeth has to offer.

When to visit Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth in January
Estimated hotel price
£54
1 night at 3-star hotel
Port Elizabeth in January
Estimated hotel price
£54
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Port Elizabeth in January, when the average temperature is 22 °C, and the highest can go up to 24 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is July, when it can get as cold as 10 °C, with an average temperature of 14 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in May, when precipitation is around 60 mm. In contrast, January is usually the driest month of the year in Port Elizabeth, with an average rainfall of 30 mm.

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How to Get to Port Elizabeth

Plane

When flying to Port Elizabeth, you’ll arrive at Port Elizabeth (PLZ), which is located 3 km from the city centre. The shortest flight to Port Elizabeth from the United Kingdom departs from Manchester and takes around 22h 05m.

Train

The train station in Port Elizabeth is called Port Elizabeth Port Elizabeth Railway Station, and is located 0.6 km from the city centre.

Car

Another option to get to Port Elizabeth is to pick up a car hire from East London, which is about 237 km from Port Elizabeth. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and Hertz, among others, in East London.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Port Elizabeth, including APM, Intercity Xpress and Williams Coach Tours. From George, the bus ride to Port Elizabeth takes 274 km and will cost you around £33. From East London, the ticket costs about £16 for a journey of 386 km. The most popular bus station is Port Elizabeth Port Elizabeth, Ec, located 0.6 km from the city centre of Port Elizabeth. Port Elizabeth Eldo House is also a commonly used station, and is 4 km from the city centre.

Plane

When flying to Port Elizabeth, you’ll arrive at Port Elizabeth (PLZ), which is located 3 km from the city centre. The shortest flight to Port Elizabeth from the United Kingdom departs from Manchester and takes around 22h 05m.

Train

The train station in Port Elizabeth is called Port Elizabeth Port Elizabeth Railway Station, and is located 0.6 km from the city centre.

Car

Another option to get to Port Elizabeth is to pick up a car hire from East London, which is about 237 km from Port Elizabeth. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and Hertz, among others, in East London.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Port Elizabeth, including APM, Intercity Xpress and Williams Coach Tours. From George, the bus ride to Port Elizabeth takes 274 km and will cost you around £33. From East London, the ticket costs about £16 for a journey of 386 km. The most popular bus station is Port Elizabeth Port Elizabeth, Ec, located 0.6 km from the city centre of Port Elizabeth. Port Elizabeth Eldo House is also a commonly used station, and is 4 km from the city centre.

Airports near Port Elizabeth

Airlines serving Port Elizabeth

Lufthansa
Good (4,676 reviews)
SWISS
Good (944 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,745 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,102 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,945 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,367 reviews)
South African
Good (19 reviews)
FlySafair
Excellent (71 reviews)
Cemair
Good (14 reviews)
Proflight Zambia
Excellent (1 reviews)
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Where to stay in Port Elizabeth

Average rates range from around £32 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to £68 and up for a 5-star experience. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Port Elizabeth, with prices from £18 to £1,661 per night. Summerstrand is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Port Elizabeth are about 36% cheaper than a hotel room in the city.

Where to stay in popular areas of Port Elizabeth

Most booked hotels in Port Elizabeth

City Lodge Hotel Gqeberha
3 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
£41+
The Paxton Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
£46+
Radisson Blu Hotel, Port Elizabeth
4 stars
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
£65+

Hiring a car in Port Elizabeth

Hiring a car in Port Elizabeth costs £29 per day, on average, or £86 if you want to hire it for 3 days.

You’re likely to save money by hiring your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 9% more expensive than at Port Elizabeth.

Expect to pay £0.98 per litre in Port Elizabeth (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £11.67 and £15.56. The most frequently booked car type in Port Elizabeth is Full-size (Toyota Fortuner or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact car hire (Mini Hatch or similar) is, on average, 77% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Hiring a car in Port Elizabeth costs £29 per day, on average, or £86 if you want to hire it for 3 days.

You’re likely to save money by hiring your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 9% more expensive than at Port Elizabeth.

Expect to pay £0.98 per litre in Port Elizabeth (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £11.67 and £15.56. The most frequently booked car type in Port Elizabeth is Full-size (Toyota Fortuner or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact car hire (Mini Hatch or similar) is, on average, 77% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Car hire agencies in Port Elizabeth

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