About East London Airport  (ELS)

Address: Terminal Building, East London Airport, 66 Settlers Way, East London, 5247

East London Airport serves the second largest city in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, East London. Of the 340,000 people travelling through the airport, around 15% are tourists en route to the spectacular coastlines nearby, including the Wild Coast.

Although the airport is one of the smaller ones in South Africa, it includes all the amenities you would need and expect, including the option to rent a car. In fact, a host of vehicles are available from the East London Airport car rental booths found both in the terminal and on the airport grounds.

And car hire is certainly your best option as public transport in South Africa is a nightmare at the best of times. For visitors to South Africa, East London Airport car rentals are very competitively priced and make sense as your preferred form of transport while in the area.

  Getting around

With its location on the southeast coast of South Africa, East London is often overlooked as a viable tourist attraction when compared to other heavyweight cities such as Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.

But if you are visiting the southeast of the country, it’s certainly well worth checking out. As a coastal city, you can expect sun, sea and surf. Travel up the Wild Coast to visit some of the most beautiful vistas South Africa has to offer. Car rental should be your preference to travel the roads in and outside of the city. Consider the two and a half hour trip to the Addo Elephant Park, the ideal place to see these graceful creatures.

  Choosing your car

Booking your car online cannot be simpler. With a variety of vehicles to choose from, you can secure your car and have it ready and waiting the moment you land. Airport car rental certainly takes away the worry of securing transport for your holiday.

So what vehicles will you have the opportunity to hire? Well, depending on your needs, there are small sedans for two people, family sedans, SUVs, 4x4 vehicles, vans and luxury cars. And you can compare prices across a range of car rental companies including Sixt and Thrifty.

  Tips and advice for renting a car at East London Airport


East London airport is a mere 6 minutes from the city CBD. Even if you are staying outside the city limits, the trip from the airport to your hotel will be a short one.


While national roads and highways are fine, secondary roads in the Eastern Cape are generally not in a good condition, so bear that in mind while driving.


While you should obey the rules of the road, don’t expect other drivers to adhere to them as strictly. Always keep your eyes open, even at traffic lights as other drivers regularly jump them.


For safety reasons, try not to drive at night if you can help it.


Use a GPS to ensure you don’t get lost.


Make sure you have enough fuel. While fuel stations are easy to find in the city, in outlying areas they are more sparse.