Getting Around

Hiring a car is considered the best way to get around in Port Elizabeth, as the road system is good and traffic is light. Port Elizabeth is sometimes referred to as the '15-minute city' due to the ease of getting around. Municipal buses offer limited service around the city from the Market Square Bus Station.

Many locals get around in minibus taxis. However, these can be cramped and have high accident rates. Metered taxis are also available, but they are not frequently found on the street and must be booked by phone. Private transport services such as Uber also operate in the city.


Chief Dawid Stuurman International Airport

The airport is situated about two miles (3km) south of Port Elizabeth.

Chief Dawid Stuurman International Airport (PLZ)


The airport is situated about two miles (3km) south of Port Elizabeth.

Getting to the city

There is no public transport from the airport into Port Elizabeth. Minibuses may be available. However, most travellers find them uncomfortable and overcrowded with luggage. Visitors not hiring a car will find taxis the most convenient mode of transport. Uber is also an option.


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Car rental

Car rental companies include Avis, Europcar, Hertz, and Thrifty.

Airport Taxis

Taxis are available at the airport. Pretty much anywhere in the city is within a 10-minute drive. It is best to insist that the driver uses the meter, but an additional airport pick-up fee may be charged. One should also consider private services such as Taxify and Uber.


Facilities include several shops as well as a restaurant, cafes, and conference facilities. An ATM is available for cash withdrawal.


Short- and long-term parking is available within easy walking distance from the terminal. The drop-and-go and pick-up zones directly outside the terminal are free for a limited time.