About Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ)
Address: Terminal Building, P.e Airport, 1 De Haviland Ave, Port Elizabeth, Walmer, 6001, Eastern Cape
Upgraded in 2004, Port Elizabeth is the main hub for domestic flights to the Eastern Cape region of South Africa. The airport itself is just 5 kilometers from the central business district of Port Elizabeth itself.
Interestingly, the airport is known by the nickname, “the ten-minute airport” as its central location puts you within touching distance of the city limits of Port Elizabeth.
Although not as small as its fellow Eastern Cape sister airport at East London, Port Elizabeth offers a variety of airport car rental options with enough of selection whatever your travel needs. Most car rental companies have kiosks conveniently located either in the terminal building or in their own locations just outside the terminal. That makes getting in and out of the airport simple enough.
Simply put, South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and the Eastern Cape is an unsung jewel in its crown. Like much of the rest of the country, you can travel long distances here between tourist attractions you should rent a car to do so, especially as this is a very affordable option.
Port Elizabeth, affectionately known as the “Windy City” has some impressive beaches and many attractions with the sea as a focal point. Travel inland and a number of game reserves are mere hours away including the Addo Elephant Park, Amakhala Game Reserve and Kariega Game Reserve. If it’s wildlife you want to see on your visit, these are the places to visit, all easily within range for a day trip.
Choosing your car
When you land at Port Elizabeth airport, a range of car hire companies and vehicle types are available for your selection. These include small sedans for couples, larger sedans for families, SUVs and people carriers for bigger groups, typically 7-12 seaters. These can be pre-booked online or on the day at Port Elizabeth car rental kiosks within a matter of minutes, setting you off on your holiday in next to no time. To avoid disappointment with availability it’s best to book in advance.
Tips and advice
Potholes are a major problem on the roads of the Eastern Cape, especially when outside the city limits of Port Elizabeth. Try not to drive at night for this reason, or drive slowly and carefully if you do.
Unlike larger cities, Port Elizabeth doesn’t really have any problems with traffic, even during peak hours.
Keep your driver’s license with you at all times. You may require it at vehicle checkpoints that are set up sporadically.
Never use your mobile phone will driving. It can be confiscated by traffic police. Using it as a GPS device is fine as long as it is in a cradle.
Never leave valuables in your vehicle while parked. Always keep your doors locked at traffic lights.
Traffic light salesmen might offer you something for ‘free’. When they throw it in your window, they will then demand payment. Rather ignore them and leave your windows up.