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Port Elizabeth Airport

General information

Port Elizabeth Airport is the fourth busiest airport in South Africa in terms of passenger numbers. The airport serves the city of Port Elizabeth, which is the fifth largest city in the country. It is known as the “ten minute airport”, because it is so close to the city centre.

NOTE: In February 2021 the official name of the airport was changed to Chief Dawid Stuurman International Airport, at the same time the name of Port Elizabeth was changed to Gqeberha. Its name comes from the Xhosa language, the second most spoken language in South Africa after Zulu.


Where is Port Elizabeth Airport situated?

Port Elizabeth Airport is located south of the city, close to the Allister Miller Drive and several motorways.

How many terminals does Port Elizabeth Airport have?

The airport has one terminal building.

Airport Map



The distance from Port Elizabeth Airport to the centre of Port Elizabeth is 4 kilometres. By car, it takes 10 minutes to get to the centre of Port Elizabeth.

From PLZ Airport to Port Elizabeth City centre by Car
4 km
10 min

Travel by car

Public transport

It is possible to travel to and from Port Elizabeth Airport by public transport. Visit the Port Elizabeth Airport transportation page for the possibilities.

Public transport

Taxi transfer

A taxi is the quickest and most comfortable way to get to and from Port Elizabeth Airport. The price for a taxi ride from the airport to the centre of Port Elizabeth is about ZAR 100.-. Book your taxi at Port Elizabeth Airport and discover the comfort of pre-booked taxis.

From PLZ Airport to Port Elizabeth City centre by Taxi
4 km
10 min
ZAR 100.-

Book a taxi

Car rental

At Port Elizabeth Airport you can rent a car from car rental companies Avis, Europcar, Dollar (The Hertz Corporation), Thrifty (The Hertz Corporation), Hertz and local providers. It is most convenient to find and book a car well in advance. By doing so, you can save money and time at the airport.

Airport parking

Port Elizabeth Airport offers various official parking options, from premium to low cost. In addition, alternative parking options are available near the airport. If you want to park as cheaply as possible, it's wise to book online!

Book your parking space

At the airport

Do you want more information about facilities, currency exchange, services, free Wi-Fi, lounges, etc. at Port Elizabeth Airport? Check our at the airport page for a complete overview of all facilities and services at Port Elizabeth Airport.



Departures and arrivals

Looking for departure times and/or arrival times? Find the latest flight status information for flights departing from and arriving at Port Elizabeth Airport.

Flight tickets

Looking for a cheap flight? Use our flight search engine to find and book cheap flights from and to the airport.

Which airlines fly from and to Port Elizabeth Airport?

We offer you a list of airlines at Port Elizabeth Airport. The main airlines at the airport are:

  • Airlink
  • British Airways
  • South African Airways
  • FlySafair
  • Mango


Hotels near the airport

Looking for the best hotels near Port Elizabeth Airport? We have selected the best hotels near the airport in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.


Paxton Hotel, Port Elizabeth

Situated only a short walk from the beach, in the heart of Port Elizabeth, this modern hotel impresses with its many facilities and central location. Close to the airport and marina, the Paxton Hotel features 80 spacious guest rooms.


Luxury Backpackers, Port Elizabeth

Boasting barbecue facilities, Luxury Backpackers is set in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape region, 2.7 km from Humewood Beach and 2.8 km from Kings Beach.

Hotels in Port Elizabeth

Looking for the best hotels in Port Elizabeth? We have selected the best hotels in the city in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.


The Kelway Hotel, Port Elizabeth

Offering views of Nelson Mandela Bay and its cliffs, this 4-star hotel features spacious rooms and a plunge pool. The hotel is located opposite Bayworld Oceanarium and offers free parking.


The Hub Boutique Hotel, Port Elizabeth

The Hub Boutique Hotel offers modern and stylish rooms with balcony or patio overlooking the garden and pool. Located in Port Elizabeth’s suburb of Walmer, the hotel provides free Wi-Fi throughout.


Southern Sun The Marine, Port Elizabeth

Southern Sun The Marine offers glorious ocean views within walking distance of Port Elizabeth, the “Friendly City” of the Eastern Cape coast and a favourite destination along South Africa’s Garden Route.

Things to do

It is possible to book tours in the city and near Port Elizabeth Airport. You can avoid queues and save money by buying your tickets online. Planning a trip and wondering what to do, we give you some inspiration!


Port Elizabeth City Walking Tour

Enjoy a two-hour walking tour of Port Elizabeth. Explore one of South Africa's oldest cities with a local guide and learn about local history.

Tour & transport

Port Elizabeth: Addo Elephant National Park 2-Day Safari

Look for the legendary Big 5 of Africa in a malaria-free environment on a 2-day safari in the Greater Addo Elephant National Park, famous for having one of the densest elephant populations in Africa.


Addo Elephant National Park All Inclusive Full-Day Safari

Experience the 3rd largest National Park in South Africa with an expert local guide. The Addo Elephant National Park is home to the 'Big 5' and has one of the densest elephant populations in Africa.


  1 review

Have you visited Port Elizabeth Airport lately? So far, 1 airport passenger has written an airport review about Port Elizabeth Airport and gave a score of 1 out of 5. Provide other airport travellers with essential airport information and tell us about your airport experience.

Latest airport review

Gretel Olivier
4 months ago

This became the worst airport in the country in the last 3 years. Most expensive too. One cannot pay for your parking at the machine for your parking with a card. If you pay with cash, you don’t get change. Once paid for your parking at the booth, that is manned by only one person, the machine opening the gate would not accept the ticket. You would then press the button- (……waiting……. Waiting……,) only to be told that: “it would not accept your card- the gate must be opened manually by the operator”
The ticket machines are so run down, you cannot even read the instructions. You are still not allowed to enter at the arrivals side to welcome visitors.

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