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    Make your holiday in South Africa as easy and hassle-free as possible; visit Auto Europe's website for a quality car hire at Port Elizabeth Airport. We combine excellent service with competitive rates for your car rental in South Africa. You can either pick up your car hire from the Port Elizabeth Airport or numerous downtown locations. We are also able to offer you a large selection of vehicles to rent from our international and local suppliers. Check our our previous customers car hire reviews in Port Elizabeth to see what they thought of our service.

    Airport Information

    Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ)
    Official name: Port Elizabeth International Airport
    Address: Alister Miller Drive, Walmer 6065, South Africa
    Location: The airport lies approximately 2 miles south of the city centre.
    Airlines operating at Port Elizabeth Airport: British Airways (operated by Comair), South African Airways, South African Express, Mango, and Airlink.


    Formerly known as H. F. Verwoerd Airport, Port Elizabeth Airport underwent renovation works in 2004, and is now capable of servicing up to 2 million passengers annually. It is also often referred to as a '10 minute airport', due to its central location - only 10 minutes from the city centre. Currently, the airport receives only domestic flights. Being a compact airbase, Port Elizabeth makes your arrival or departure a hassle-free experience.

    Car hire Pick up and Drop off

    Picking up your car hire from Port Elizabeth Airport is quick and easy: our supplier's desks are to be found in the arrivals area in the terminal. Make sure to inspect your vehicle for any pre-existing damages and mark them on your pick-up report. It is also worth noting that car fleet in South Africa varies in terms of size of the vehicles. Usually, European vehicle class examples are larger cars than their South African counterparts. Before returning your vehicle to Port Elizabeth Airport, make sure it has a full tank, according to your fuel policy with the local supplier.

    Company Opening Hours
    Hertz Monday-Friday: 6am-10pm
    Saturday: 7.30am-6pm
    Sunday 7.30am-10p
    Avis Monday-Friday 6am-10pm
    Saturday: 7am-7pm
    Sunday 7am-9.30pm
    Budget Monday-Friday 5am-10pm
    Saturday 7am-7pm
    Sunday: 7am-10pm
    First Car Monday-Friday 6am-9.30pm
    Saturday 7am-6pm
    Sunday: 7am-9.30pm

    Airport Facilities

    In the terminal building you will find financial facilities such as ATMs between arrivals and departure area, as well as currency exchange. The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Visitors Centre and information desk are in the arrivals hall. A post office can be found in the departures area. There is a selection of coffee, sweets, and gift shops in the departures part of the terminal building, as well as a restaurant on the first floor of the departures.

    Transportation/How to get to the airport

    There is no rail or all day bus service to or from the city centre. However, the airport is so close to the centre of Port Elizabeth, that a taxi is your best choice. There are airport approved taxis marked with the ACSA logo; these taxis leave from outside of the terminal building. There are also mini-bus taxis, but only take one if you are familiar with the local area, so that you know which stop to get off at.

    If you are driving from the airport to Port Elizabeth centre, take Alister Miller Drive, also called M11, when you leave the airport area. Continue on M11, when you reach Forest Hill Drive turn left. Drive until you reach a T-crossing with M9 and turn right. Continue driving until you reach large street lights crossing and turn left to M4 to enter the city centre.

    Visit our South Africa driving information page for traffic regulations in the country. Car rental at Port Elizabeth Airport opens an array of travel possibilities for your stay in the Eastern Cape, with the N2 road taking to East London.

    Parking Tips

    There are short and long stay parking facilities available to Port Elizabeth visitors. One can also use the free drop off area in front of the terminal building. In the city centre, there are parking meters in use, so make sure to obey time limits as well as the restrictions on where parking is allowed.

    Useful links

    Port Elizabeth Airport Website