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How to get from Port Elizabeth Airport to the City Centre

Port Elizabeth is a coastal city in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province that lies about 4 km from Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ), also known as Chief Dawid Stuurman International Airport. Famed for its beautiful beaches, including Kings and Humewood, and its remarkable wildlife, Port Elizabeth is becoming increasingly popular with travellers. Get up close to all sorts of wildlife at Addo Elephant Park and dip in the clear waters of one of Port Elizabeth’s many beaches. 

There’s currently one way to travel from Port Elizabeth Airport to the city centre, and that’s by taking an airport taxi or a private transfer. This short and comfortable journey takes just 10 minutes and will cost around €4 (ZAR 81.62) on average.

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How to get from Port Elizabeth Airport to the City Centre by taxi

Getting from Port Elizabeth Airport to Port Elizabeth city centre by taxi is convenient and straightforward. Although traffic conditions and the location of your specific drop-off point can affect the total travel time, the journey should take around 10 minutes.

Taxi fare from Port Elizabeth Airport to the City Centre

In most cases, taxis in Port Elizabeth are equipped with taximeters that align with regional regulations. Because of this, taxi drivers don’t usually offer fixed fares. The trip from Port Elizabeth Airport to Port Elizabeth will generally cost around €4 (ZAR 81.62), depending on the traffic conditions, the number of passengers, vehicle type, and your final destination.

Avoid the uncertainty by arranging an airport taxi with Welcome Pickups. Not only can you avail of fixed, low-cost fares, but you’ll also be able to pay in advance and enjoy flexible cancellation.



Trip Duration

10 Min.

*The cost of a taxi varies unless you reserve a trip in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis operate from Port Elizabeth Airport 24/7.

Where do I get a taxi from?

Taxis are available right outside the Arrivals Hall at Port Elizabeth Airport and operate from here 24/7.


Taking a taxi from Port Elizabeth Airport to the city centre is quick and convenient. This journey takes around 10 minutes, and you’ll arrive at your precise destination directly from the Arrivals Hall.

Editor’s Note

It's rare for taxis in Port Elizabeth to accept card payments, which means you'll need to have cash in the local currency, South African Rand, or pre-book online.

Useful Tips

For your own safety, it's imperative that you double-check that you're travelling with a licenced taxi driver before departing from the airport.
It's common to round up the final fare as a small tip for the driver, though this isn't compulsory.

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Frequently asked questions

How far is Port Elizabeth Airport from Port Elizabeth?

The distance from Port Elizabeth to Port Elizabeth Airport is about 4 km. On average, this trip takes 10 minutes by taxi or private transfer.

Enjoy a stress-free travel experience by booking an airport taxi with Welcome Pickups. This way, you’ll have access to extras like door-to-door service, free waiting time, and flight monitoring.

How much is a taxi from Port Elizabeth Airport to the city centre?

A taxi from Port Elizabeth Airport to the city centre will set you back around €4 (ZAR 81.62). The number of passengers, traffic conditions, and your specific destination will determine the final fare.

How to get from Port Elizabeth Airport to Port Elizabeth?

The only way to get from Port Elizabeth Airport to Port Elizabeth is by taxi or private transfer. You’ll arrive at your destination within around 10 minutes.

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