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East London to Port Elizabeth flight path

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If you're too lazy to in too much of a hurry to drive then why not fly from East London to Port Elizabeth. You've even got options - Blue Crane Air or SA Airlink. Blue Crane Air has been providing much-need competition on the flight route since February 2013. And that's it, the route simply isn't busy enough for too many airlines to be flying it.

Expect small planes and high flight prices, as the ELS-PLZ flight route does not enjoy the kind of passenger demand that, for instance, a Johannesburg to Cape Town flight does (the 10th busiest flight route in the world!).

Airlines flying East London to PE


South African Airlink

East London (ELS) to Port Elizabeth (PLZ)


Blu Crane Air

East London (ELS) to Port Elizabeth (PLZ)


A flight from East London to Port Elizabeth takes some 50 minutes.

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Road Trip

It's simple enough to drive from East London to Port Elizabeth - you just follow the R72 and N2, and airport to airport it's some 291km (a 4 hour drive). On the way you'll pass Peddie, Hunts Hoek Safaris Game Farm, Grahamstown, Thomas Baines Nature Reserve, Lalibela Game Reserve (stop by for a night if you're feeling wealthy), Amakhala Game Reserve and Colchester.

East London to Port Elizabeth by bus

Does driving yourself sound like too much of a hassle? Perhaps flying isn't appealing other. Then a bus trip is a great way to get from East London to Port Elizabeth. Listed below are the options available. The time taken for the trip is on the right hand side:

Baz bus

Baz Bus mostly caters for backpackers, as they offer a hop-on, hop-off service with stops at over 180 backpackers lodges. Their route between East London and Port Elizabeth stops in Port Alfred.


Citiliner bus

Citiliner offers a more traditional bus service between East London and Port Elizabeth. Stops include King Williams Town, Peddie, Grahamstown, Coega and Motherwell.


Greyhound bus

Greyhound offers a direct route between East London and Port Elizabeth. The route originates from Durban. Stops are in King Williams Town, Peddie and Grahamstown.


Intercape bus

Intercape does not have a direct route between East London and Port Elizabeth. Thus you have to go via George, which makes it a very long trip indeed!


SA Roadlink

SA Roadlink does not have a detailed route map, so it is difficult to see exactly where they stop. However they do offer a direct route between East London and Port Elizabeth.


Translux bus

Both Translux and CitytoCity offer a direct service along this route. Translux has more options on departure times, whilst CitytoCity only offers one departure time. The Translux journey times vary depending on the time of day that is picked for departure. The fastest time is in the middle of the night, whilst the slowest is in the middle of the day. No route map is provided.

4h20m (CitytoCity) 04h05m to 05h00m (Translux)

Top blog review

The Herberts travelled from East London to Port Elizabeth by road:

  • East London "reminds me of Pocatello in the fifties!"
  • "Fishing is a popular thing to do down here.  Not many people have a pick-up truck to drive to the fishing hole.  Somehow these long poles really struck us as funny."
  • "We had heard about the termite hills from other senior couples, so we weren't totally surprised by these.  We were a little shocked at how many there were and that there were no houses nearby."
  • "As we were driving I saw a giraffe over on the crest of the hill."
  • "There were lots of bridges over rivers that were flowing into the ocean."
  • "We saw the largest pineapple in the world."
  • "We got up early and went to Fish River Sun Country Club"

termite hills in the Addo Park

Hotels in Port Elizabeth

Many recommend the Kings Apartment and Radisson Blu. The Road Lodge is probably the best positioned in South Africa.

List of hotels in PE

Garden Court

Protea Hotel


Car Rental in PE

For Port Elizabeth car rentals your choices are First Car Rental, Europcar, Avis,  Hertz, Tempest and Budget.


February 2013: Blu Crane Air commences flights between East London & Port Elizabeth.

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