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Nelson Mandela Bay’s well-equipped airport, two harbours, highways and roads link Southern Africa, and the Eastern Cape in particular, with other major national and international destinations.
The centrally situated Port Elizabeth Airport is easily accessible from all parts of the city. A number of flights are available that connect Nelson Mandela Bay with domestic and international destinations, through the Durban, OR Tambo and Cape Town International Airports every day. The Airport is serviced with regular flights by South African Airways (SAA) as well as certain local and national airlines including SAA - SA Express and British Airways/Comair and Kulula as well as other airlines. Scenic helicopter flips, tours and charters are available to tourists who want to get a bird’s eye view of the Bay, the coastline and surrounding areas.
Taxis, hotel transport and plenty of car hire options are available from the Airport, while shuttle services offer a convenient mode of transport in and around the city, as well as in the surrounding areas. Taxis offer a reliable, convenient, courteous and quick service. As a rule, taxis throughout South African cities do not cruise: you are advised to telephone a taxi for service. Municipal buses, operating as a service to especially people living within Nelson Mandel Bay, travel to all parts of the city and residential areas. Uber and Taxify are also available in the city.
The Port Elizabeth Airport has cross-border status and can accommodate a 747-sized aircraft.
- 5 km from city center
- 1980 m runway
- Over 1 million passengers a year / 3016 traffic movements
- 10 800 tonnes of cargo annually
GETTING BEHIND THE WHEEL
Non-residents can drive with a driver’s licence that is valid in their own country, provided it bears a photograph and signature of the holder and is in English.
Requirements for car rental are a valid driver’s licence and a credit card (American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard or Visa).
Driving is on the left-hand side of the road. Marked motorway speed limit is generally 120 km/h; 100 km/h on secondary roads; and 60 km/h in urban areas.
The city’s excellent roads allow easy access to the Western Region of the Eastern Cape, including the Sunshine Coast, Frontier Country, Sundays River Valley, Kouga /Tsitsikamma / Garden Route, as well as the Karoo Heartland routes.