Getting Around

Visitors to East London will find it difficult to get around without a car as the city lacks a public transport system. Car rental companies can be found at the airport and foreigners who want to hire a car in South Africa are required to have an international driving licence that is valid for at least one year. Drivers will find that road conditions and signage in East London are of a good standard. Visitors can also use taxis to get around, though they should exercise caution if using minibus taxis as they drive dangerously and can be overcrowded. Uber operates in the city.


East London Airport

The airport is located about three miles (5km) west of the city centre.

East London Airport (ELS)


The airport is located about three miles (5km) west of the city centre.

Getting to the city

There is no public bus or transport from the airport. Shuttle companies leave from in front of the arrivals terminal. Bookings should be made in advance. Their schedule follows flight schedules.


GMT +2

Car rental

Rental companies at the airport include Avis, Budget and Thrifty.

Airport Taxis

Metered taxis are available from the airport; a helpdesk is available to give taxi information.


The airport has four ATMs in the departures hall and an information desk in the arrivals hall. Restaurants and shops are also available in the terminal building. Facilities also cater to disabled passengers.


Short- and long-term parking is available adjacent to the airport.