Getting Around, Port Elizabeth Travel, Transport and Car Rental

(Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa)

Coastal road photoPublic transport is fairly limited in Port Elizabeth and so the best way to travel around the city is on foot, or by car or taxi.

The city is fairly compact, so wherever you're staying, it's bound to be within easy reach of Port Elizabeth's main attractions.

Many tourists choose to travel around by minibus taxi for the sheer convenience.

Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ) picture

Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ) / Arriving by Air

Address: Alister Miller Drive / Boeing Street / Schoenmakerskop, Port Elizabeth, 6011, South Africa, ZA
Tel: +27 0507 7348
Port Elizabeth Airport mainly serves domestic flights, either from Johannesburg or Cape Town. It is located just 3 km / 2 miles outside the city centre. Shuttle bus services are available, as are metered taxis. Some hotels may offer a pick-up and drop-off service.

Further coastal view

Car Rental

Hiring a car is a sensible option if you intend to do any amount of travelling around the Eastern Cape. Most of the major car hire companies have offices in the city or at the airport.

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Port Elizabeth's main train station is located near the harbour. From here, it's possible to catch regular trains to Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and further afield. A Metrorail service travels to Uitenhage during the week, with a limited weekend service on offer too. A popular way of getting around is the Apple Express, a narrow-gauge tourist train that takes visitors from Humewood Road to Thornhill Village.

Image of coastal road and beachfront

Buses and Coaches

The public bus system does not have a great reputation. Parts of Port Elizabeth are not covered by bus routes and often bus transport can prove somewhat unreliable. Timetables can be found at the Tourist Information Office.

For travel to and from Port Elizabeth, the Baz Bus is a popular backpackers' bus service. Many of South Africa's large coach companies also operate services via the city.


Minibus taxi transport is a very popular in Port Elizabeth. They are in plentiful supply and are a relatively cheap, if not always safe, option of getting around the city.