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Car Hire from Port Elizabeth Airport

Car Hire from Port Elizabeth Airport

Port Elizabeth sits on South Africa’s southern coast. Hiring a car from Port Elizabeth Airport is an excellent way to discover the local area.

Where to hire a car at Port Elizabeth Airport

There are many car hire companies operating from Port Elizabeth Airport. These include Bidvest, Budget, First, Avis, Woodford, Thrifty, Sixt, Tempest and Hertz. The car rental area is located in the airport terminal and is well-signposted.

Petrol Stations near Port Elizabeth Airport

You may need to ensure you have refuelled the tank of your hire car before returning it to the airport to avoid any extra fuel charges.

There is a conveniently located petrol station as you enter and exit the airport. Engen petrol station is on a roundabout, seconds from the car pick up and drop off area.

Driving around Port Elizabeth Airport

Port Elizabeth is just ten minutes from Port Elizabeth city centre and five minutes from the beachfront. From the airport, the M9 takes you towards the big route 2 motorway which travels along the southern and eastern coasts. Between St Francis Bay and Mossel Bay, this road is known as South Africa’s “Garden Route”.

South Africa has a good road infrastructure. Roads in most areas are well-maintained although you might come across a few pot holes in rural areas. There are a number of toll roads throughout the region so be sure to have a credit card or cash to hand.

Getting to your destination

Along the southern coast of South Africa, there is so much to see and do. With a rental car from Port Elizabeth Airport, you’re within easy reach of some of the region’s must-see destinations.

Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth is a major sea port and tourist city, sitting on Nelson Mandela Bay. It is home to beautiful beaches, art galleries and lively nightlife. Traditional sports like cricket and golf are complemented by high adrenaline water sports. Visitors can also go whale and dolphin spotting, visit one of the world’s biggest coastal sand dunes and see the elephants at Addo Elephant Park.

There are a number of routes into the city centre from Port Elizabeth Airport. The most straightforward takes Allister Miller Drive out of the airport and picks up the M4 road which runs alongside the coast. There are a number of big car parks in the city centre and many hotels have parking spaces for guests.


A small tourist town along South Africa’s famous Garden Route, Knysna sits on the Indian Ocean coast. It is protected from the ocean by big sandstone outcrops which have formed a huge, tranquil lagoon, now home to a range of waterfront bars and cafes. Knysna is famous for its spectacular seafood, particularly its oysters, in whose honour a festival is held every year.

From Port Elizabeth Airport it takes around three hours to reach Knysna, travelling along scenic route 2. Traffic can get busy in and out of Knysna during peak summer months so it’s a good idea to leave plenty of time for your journey.

Plettenburg Bay

Another stop on the Garden Route, Plettenburg Bay (or Plett as it is more commonly known) is home to beautiful beaches, nature reserves and wine estates. It’s a great place to go whale and dolphin watching, surfing or scuba diving. Visitors who’d prefer to take it easy can spend days lounging on one of Plett’s stunning white sandy beaches.

Plettenburg Bay can be reached in around two and a half hours from Port Elizabeth Airport, again taking route 2 along the coast. There are lots of car parks in the town, particularly along the seafront and by all beaches.

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