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Shortest flight path from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town

Phone Numbers:
· CPT Airport: 021 937 1200
- British Airways CPT : 021 936 9000
- Mango Airlines CPT : 021 815 4100
- British Airways PE : 041 508 8000
- SA Express :  0861 729 227
- Mango Airlines : 086 100 1234

Car hire options at Cape Town are Budget rent a car, Europcar Cape Town, Avis car hire, Hertz car rental, First Car Rental, Tempest car hire & Thrifty car rental.

Looking for accommodation in Cape Town? Staying in Bantry Bay at the Compass House comes recommended. Enjoy the views whilst basking in their sunset pool with something cold in your hand.

Cheap Flights from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town

Things weren't looking good for Port Elizabeth to Cape Town flights when first Kulula stopped flying the route, followed by 1time Airline going into liquidation, and for a while there was no no low cost carrier. Then Mango PE to CPT flights were launched, and nowadays we are in the relatively happy position of having the choice of 2 full service carriers (British Airways Comair or SA Express) and a budget airline (Mango Airlines).

On the PE-CPT route, Mango Airlines uses B737-800 jets which seat 162 passengers, British Airways uses B737s, and SA Express uses Q400 Bombardier Turboprops (DH4s) which seat only 78 passengers. So it's a substantially different ride with SA Express to Cape Town, as they're using a smaller & slower plane than Mango & BA.

FlySafair is also relaunching on the 16th of October 2014 with flights scheduled on this route, offering even more options at very affordable prices.

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Port Elizabeth to Cape Town flights take 75m with British Airways, 85m with Mango Airlines and 100m with SA Express in their slower DH4s. This compares to about 8 hours drive time, so assuming 2 hours at, to and from airports, going by plane saves you some 4.5 hours (a bit more if you stop along the way on your drive).

Airlines

We carried out a snapshot survey of PE to CT flights & ordered the airlines from the cheapest at the top (the order may well have changed since). Note that even though Mango Airlines is the low cost carrier on the route, it is not always cheapest, and one must check their fares against those of British Airways flights to PE & SA Express.

Airlines

Airports

Stops

British Airways

Port Elizabeth to Cape Town International Airport (CPT)

non-stop (75m)

Mango

Port Elizabeth to Cape Town International Airport (CPT)

non-stop (85m)

SA Express

Port Elizabeth to Cape Town International Airport (CPT)

non-stop (100m)

(if you're flying in the opposite direction, see our Cape Town to Port Elizabeth flights page)

Overland

A drive by car from PE to Cape Town is rather simple, as it's just along the N2 National Road, and is 746km, which would take you about 8 hours. Alternatives are to veer off the N2 and onto the R60 via Worcester (760km & also about 8 hours) or go via Oudthoorn and onto the N1 (816km and takes just over 9 hours).

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By bus or train

If you don't want to drive yourself, you can catch a bus trip from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town:

Intercape bus

The Intercape bus operates a traditional bus service across a vast network of South Africa and some of its neighbouring countries.

Baz bus

Baz Bus operates a hop-on hop-off bus tour across South Africa, and is especially popular amongst backpackers.

Premier Classe

Travel in luxury - from 5 Dec 2008, Premier Classe trains have been operating between PE & Cape Town. They subsequently stopped.

News

  • 29 Jul 2014. FlySafair is finally relaunching with scheduled flights between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth kicking off on the 16th of October 2014.

  • 5 Dec 2012. Mango Port Elizabeth to Cape Town flights commence, with flight JE623 leaveing PLZ at 08h55 and arrive in CPT at 10h20.

  • 2 Nov 2011. 1time airline announces it will be filing for liquidation, and its last PLZ-CPT flight is flown.

  • 4 Nov 2011. Velvet Sky commences Port Elizabeth to Cape Town flights on Fridays, Mondays and Wednesdays. Opening price is R309. The would stop flying the route in early 2012 and go into final liquidation in June 2012.

  • 27 Mar 2011. Comair Limited changed from flying Kulula aircraft to British Airways aircraft on the PLZ-CPT route.

  • 1888. A group of cyclists ride from PE to Cape Town on their penny farthings.

CPT transfer & shuttle services

There are a number of companies offering CPT transfer services. We like EZ Shuttle and Bettina Shuttle Services.

Testimonials - "You were at least R100 cheaper than ANY other airline’s own site! In one case you were R800 cheaper than an airline’s own site!" Bjarne Henriksen
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