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Car Rental in Port Elizabeth

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Port Elizabeth Rhodes University - Grahamstown Car Rental
Mini
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Bidvest
$9.16 / per day
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Port Elizabeth Airport Car Rental
Mini
Datsun Go or similar
Datsun Go
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Firefly
$9.50 / per day
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Port Elizabeth Airport Car Rental
Economy
Hyundai i10 or similar
Hyundai i10
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Bidvest
$9.82 / per day
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Port Elizabeth Airport Car Rental
Economy
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 4
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Firefly
$10.03 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Port Elizabeth Airport Car Rental
Mini
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Avis
$10.30 / per day
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Port Elizabeth Airport Car Rental
Mini
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4x
  • x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$10.34 / per day
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Port Elizabeth Airport Car Rental
Economy
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$10.95 / per day
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Port Elizabeth Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Avis
$11.33 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 00:17 on 2020-08-07. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
IsiZulu,
IsiXhosa,
Afrikaans
Currency
ZAR
Country code
27
Average car rental length
4 days
Economy car rental price
$11.70 / per day
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Speed limit out of town
100 km/h
62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
40 km/h
25 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.0

Why rent a car in Port Elizabeth?

Port Elizabeth is a great place to explore. Located on the Indian Ocean roughly halfway between Cape Town and Durban, it has stunning beaches and offers some of the best surfing and diving opportunities on the planet. A number of game reserves and national parks are located near Port Elizabeth and are easily reached with a rental car. The city itself is a relaxed place with a high quality of life and has interesting museums, great restaurants, and friendly locals. Considered by many the best vacation destination in South Africa, it’s certainly a place to enjoy. 

One-Way Car Rentals in Port Elizabeth

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Port Elizabeth and drop off in another city include:

  • From Port Elizabeth to Cape Town - 142 offers from 21.60 USD per day
  • From Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg - 79 offers from 21.60 USD per day
  • From Port Elizabeth to East London - 88 offers from 20.75 USD per day
  • From Port Elizabeth to Margate - 14 offers from 23.42 USD per day

Top ways to enter Port Elizabeth

  • Port Elizabeth Airport: Small and cozy, as of July 2019 Port Elizabeth only has domestic air routes. There are frequent flights to and from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein, and East London. Located just 5km (3 miles) south of the city center, the airport can be reached in less than 10 minutes.
  • East London Airport: Serving the city of the same name, it is another small and regional airport on the southeast coast of South Africa. East London Airport is located 280km (174 miles) northeast of Port Elizabeth and the distance between the two can be traveled in about three hours, although you might be tempted to take the longer and more scenic route that goes right along the coast.
  • George Airport: Also known as P.W. Botha Airport after the former president of the country, George Airport has been growing over the last five years and served more than 800,000 travelers in 2018. The airport is located 330km (205 miles) west of Port Elizabeth and can be reached in about 3 hours and 30 minutes. 
  • Cape Town Airport: Serving the famous city of the same name, Cape Town Airport might seem quite far from Port Elizabeth, but it is the closest airport that hosts international flights. The second-busiest in the country and fifth-busiest on the continent of Africa, Cape Town Airport handles more than 10 million travelers every year and offers flights to and from African countries such as Botswana, Namibia, Ethiopia; European nations such as Austria, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Germany,;and even countries like Qatar, Singapore, and China (Hong Kong). Located 730km (453 miles) west of Port Elizabeth, Cape Town Airport can be reached in about 8 eight hours.

Useful city facts

  • Sitting right on the coast, Port Elizabeth has an oceanic climate with warm summers, mild winters and relatively small temperature differences throughout a year. The average temperature is 21°C  (70°F) in January and February, the warmest months, and 14°C  (57°F) in July. Precipitation is constantly low regardless of the season, with a small increase between August and October. The city has been experiencing a constant drought for the last few years.
  • Port Elizabeth is a multicultural and multilingual place; Afrikaans and English are by far the two most widespread languages in the city, but 11% of locals are native Xhosa speaker and other African languages such as Zulu, Sesotho, and Setswana can also be frequently heard.
  • Port Elizabeth is located on Algoa Bay. A part of the Southern Indian Ocean, it stretches for 683km (425 miles) east of the Cape of Good Hope. The bay is home to a large variety of unique marine wildlife such as the African penguin, Antarctic tern, humpback whale, Cape fur seal, and great white shark. Many of the species can frequently be observed in or near the two archipelagos located in Algoa Bay, the St. Croixand Bird  Islands.

Top destinations and activities

  • Sakhume Museum & Xhosa Culture Centre, Human Dignity Centre. This museum is dedicated to the Xhosa people, the original inhabitants, and one of the largest groups, of the Eastern Cape. Visitors can learn the basics of Xhosa, a unique clicking Bantu language, and learn about Xhosa traditions, culture, and life in present-day South Africa.
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum. Speaking of Xhosa people, the most famous one, of course, was Nelson Mandela, the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader. Named in his honor, this museum showcases a lot of traditional and contemporary South African art, especially the one that comes from around Port Elizabeth.
  • Bayworld. An entertainment complex, Bayworld is one of the most fun places in the city. Visit the aquarium to see marine animals like seals, penguins, and sea turtles; head to Port Elizabeth Museum to marvel at the 15m (49 ft) skeleton of a southern right whale and a reconstruction of the giant Algoasaurus that once roamed the area; or try the Snake Park that houses different species of serpents, turtles, and lizards. 

Traffic and parking tips

  • Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits are 120km/h (74.5 mph) on freeways, 100km/h (62 mph) on any public road outside of an urban area that is not a freeway, and 60km/h (37 mph) on any public road within an urban or built-up area.
  • Plan your route around the city in advance consulting the latest information online and asking your hotel, local tourism authority and trustworthy locals for advice. While most parts of Port Elizabeth are safe, and the city is generally safer than other urban centers in South Africa, certain areas are not, and you would not want to drive or get stranded in them.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% per 100ml of blood and 0.24% per 1000 ml of breath for experienced drivers and is 0.00% for novice drivers. Exceeding the allowed limit can lead to large fines, deportation, or imprisonment.
  • Port Elizabeth is overall a lot safer than many other South African cities. Nevertheless, safety can be an issue in certain parts of the city and in some of the townships surrounding it. To make sure you do not travel to these dangerous areas, or at least do not get stuck in them, check the latest security updates about the city and consult trustworthy locals about areas of the city where you plan to travel.
  • Proof of insurance and the car’s registration need to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.

Toll roads

  • There are many toll roads in South Africa. However, unlike in most of the world, no payments are made on the highway, neither in cash nor by credit card. Instead, a vehicle is identified either by an electronic tag that is on the vehicle or by the vehicle’s licence plate number. 
  • Many rental cars are equipped with an e-tag that will be used for making toll payments. Some rental car providers will charge an additional fee for this service. Ask your car rental provider about it beforehand. 
  • The exact fee for using the toll roads depends on the type of road. See more information about the latest toll road fees on this website.
  • If your rental car is not equipped with an e-tag, the bill for using the toll roads will be sent to your car rental provider. Due to delays in the South African toll road system, you could be billed and charged after the end of your rental period.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Beaches. More than anything else, Port Elizabeth is a beach destination. Its stunning golden shoreline attracts thousands of visitors every year. Some of the best beaches in and around the city include Hobie Beach, Humewood Beach, King’s Beach, and Wells Estate Beach. Perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and even getting a drink or a meal in a beach bar, they are all easily reached with a rental car. Many of these and other beaches have  Blue Flag status indicating high safety and ecological standards.
  • Diving. Thanks to the many stunning sites, high level of equipment provided by local companies, and constantly warm sea temperature, Port Elizabeth rightfully has a reputation as one of the scuba diving meccas of the world. Some of the most famous places to scuba diving around Port Elizabeth include Avalanche Reef, Devil’s Reef, and Brenton Island. Available to, and exciting for, divers of all levels from beginners to seasoned pros, diving is something you simply should try if you’re ever visiting this part of the world. 
  • Kragga Kamma Game Park. There are many national parks and reserves around Port Elizabeth, but Kragga Kamma is one of those standing out. The park is not too big but has plenty of unique species such as South African cheetahs, southern white rhinoceros, South African giraffes and nyala antelopes. You can visit Kragga Kamma with your own car, and with the help of the park’s stuff, it’s even possible to camp in it. Located just 14km (8.7 miles) from Port Elizabeth center, it can be reached in about 20 minutes.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental car in Port Elizabeth is the Toyota Corolla, and many travelers also pick the Kia Picanto and the Ford Fiesta. The most popular rental car types are compact, mini, and economy.

Further destinations

  • Jeffreys Bay. Famous for year-round stunning weather, great seafood, and perhaps the best surfing waves in all of Africa, Jeffreys Bay is a great vacation destination. The small town’s center presents some nice accommodation and dining opportunities, but it’s the stunning beaches, such as Aston Bay or Paradise Beach, that are the main attractions of this place. Located 78km (48 miles) west of Port Elizabeth, Jeffreys Bay can be reached in one hour or less.
  • Garden Route. More of a journey than a single destination, the Garden Route is a roughly 300km-long (186 miles) stretch of coast. Starting at Storms River about 165km (102 miles) from Port Elizabeth and continuing westward, it includes attractions like Tsitsikamma National Park,the  lagoons and virgin forests of Knysna, and the picturesque town of Mossel Bay. One of South Africa’s most famous travel destinations, it is especially enjoyable if explored with your own car.
  • Lesotho. Known as the Kingdom of the Sky, this landlocked and mountainous country remains something of a mystery for foreign travelers. It’s not easy to reach, but those who do make it praise the ancient Che-Che forests, the Sehlabathebe National Park which is famous for its mountain scenery and protected wildlife species, and the unmatched hospitality of the locals. To go there,  you’d have to cross an international border, so ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit it. Many don’t, so it can be a good idea to drop off one rental car in South Africa and pick up a new one in Lesotho. Also, check to see if you need a visa - Lesotho is a sovereign country and entry requirements can be different from those for South Africa depending on your citizenship. Maseru, Lesotho’s capital, is 690km (429 miles) northeast of Port Elizabeth and can be reached in about seven hours.

Car Rental Prices in Port Elizabeth

  • Large cars - from $29 per day
  • Medium cars - from $17 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $49 per day
  • Premium cars - from $41 per day
  • Small cars - from $12 per day
  • SUVs - from $41 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

There are a number of things you can do to get a good rental car deal in Port Elizabeth. Start with:

  • Compare the rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Port Elizabeth is the cheapest in May when renting a car is about 54% cheaper than the yearly average and a whole 74% cheaper than renting a car in November.

Top 14 Cities near Port Elizabeth

  1. Cape Town Car Rentals from $9.16 per day
    752.4 km / 467.5 miles away
  2. Johannesburg Car Rentals from $9.50 per day
    815.4 km / 506.7 miles away
  3. Durban Car Rentals from $9.50 per day
    600.1 km / 372.9 miles away
  4. Pretoria Car Rentals from $10.34 per day
    858.1 km / 533.2 miles away
  5. East London Car Rentals from $9.16 per day
    125.8 km / 78.2 miles away
  6. Nelspruit Car Rentals from $11.42 per day
    967.5 km / 601.2 miles away
  7. Bloemfontein Car Rentals from $9.50 per day
    470.0 km / 292.1 miles away
  8. 549.3 km / 341.3 miles away
  9. George Car Rentals from $9.50 per day
    390.5 km / 242.6 miles away
  10. Richards Bay Car Rentals from $9.50 per day
    735.3 km / 456.9 miles away
  11. Kimberley Car Rentals from $9.50 per day
    528.8 km / 328.6 miles away
  12. Upington Car Rentals from $9.50 per day
    741.8 km / 460.9 miles away
  13. Stellenbosch Car Rentals from $9.16 per day
    712.2 km / 442.6 miles away
  14. Sishen Car Rentals from $10.30 per day
    714.5 km / 444.0 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Port Elizabeth

  1. 66.6 km / 41.4 miles away
  2. 111.6 km / 69.3 miles away
  3. 125.8 km / 78.2 miles away
  4. George Airport Car Rentals from $9.50 per day
    390.5 km / 242.6 miles away
  5. 470.0 km / 292.1 miles away
  6. 528.8 km / 328.6 miles away
  7. 549.3 km / 341.3 miles away
  8. Downtown Car Rentals from $11.42 per day
    575.2 km / 357.4 miles away
  9. 600.1 km / 372.9 miles away
  10. Downtown Car Rentals from $9.16 per day
    682.9 km / 424.3 miles away
  11. Downtown Car Rentals from $9.16 per day
    712.2 km / 442.6 miles away
  12. Sishen Airport Car Rentals from $10.30 per day
    714.5 km / 444.0 miles away
  13. 735.3 km / 456.9 miles away
  14. 736.0 km / 457.3 miles away
  15. 741.8 km / 460.9 miles away
  16. Downtown Car Rentals from $9.16 per day
    752.4 km / 467.5 miles away
  17. Downtown Car Rentals from $10.34 per day
    810.3 km / 503.5 miles away
  18. 815.3 km / 506.6 miles away
  19. 815.4 km / 506.7 miles away

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Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Port Elizabeth?

Car rental prices in Port Elizabeth vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Port Elizabeth
$63.28
January
$42.10
February
$46.91
March
$57.00
April
$21.38
May
$21.77
June
$26.02
July
$31.41
August
$50.80
September
$49.87
October
$69.28
November
$81.39
December
The best month to rent a car in Port Elizabeth is May (when prices for an Economy class start from $21.38). This is 54% cheaper than the yearly average and 74% cheaper than renting in December (when rental prices start at $81.39 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Port Elizabeth?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in May, travelers rent a car for an average of 19 days in April, the average rental period is 6 days.
Average Rental Length in Port Elizabeth
10
January
7
February
10
March
6
April
19
May
8
June
6
July
6
August
7
September
8
October
6
November
10
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Port Elizabeth?

While travelers visit Port Elizabeth year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is December, and the least popular is June.
Popularity of Car Rental in Port Elizabeth by Monthly Searches
88%
January
301%
February
278%
March
1%
April
1%
May
1%
June
1%
July
2%
August
1%
September
42%
October
43%
November
441%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Hertz Renault Clio 5 2 Small cars
Budget VW Polo 4 2 Small cars
Hertz Toyota Corolla 4 1 Medium cars
Bidvest Kia Picanto 4 1 Small cars
Hertz Toyota RAV 4 5 2 SUVs
Budget Toyota Corolla 4 2 Medium cars
Hertz Chevrolet Spark 5 Small cars
Hertz Ford Ecosport 5 2 Medium cars
Hertz Toyota Fortuner 5 1 SUVs
Bidvest Toyota Rav4 5 3 SUVs

Our Customers Reviews

United Kingdom
Toyota RAV 4
June 5, 2019
Drive via garden route to Cape town is highly recommended.
Australia
VW Polo
September 12, 2018
Port Elizabeth was safe and easy to get around

Top 8 Suppliers in Port Elizabeth in 2020

Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.9
+270415086600
Airport W Rd, Schoenmakerskop, Port Elizabeth, 6070
Working hours
Mon:05:00-22:00
Tue:05:00-22:00
Wed:05:00-22:00
Thu:05:00-22:00
Fri:05:00-22:00
Sat:05:00-22:00
Sun:05:00-22:00
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.7
+27112309999
No.1 De Haviland Ave, Walmer,
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.7
+27415089500
PORT ELIZABETH AIRPORT
Working hours
Mon:05:00-22:00
Tue:05:00-22:00
Wed:05:00-22:00
Thu:05:00-22:00
Fri:05:00-22:00
Sat:06:00-22:00
Sun:06:00-22:00
Bidvest
Bidvest
Excellent 8.6
+27466228654
6140 Artillery Rd, Grahamstown, 6140, South Africa
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:08:00-17:00
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+27415089500
Port Elizabeth International Airport, Allister Miller Dr, Schoenmakerskop, Port Elizabeth, 6000
Working hours
Mon:05:00-22:00
Tue:05:00-22:00
Wed:05:00-22:00
Thu:05:00-22:00
Fri:05:00-22:00
Sat:06:00-22:00
Sun:06:00-22:00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+27415017200
Schoenmakerskop, Port Elizabeth, 6011, South Africa
Working hours
Mon:06:00-21:00
Tue:06:00-21:00
Wed:06:00-21:00
Thu:06:00-21:00
Fri:06:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-18:00
Sun:06:30-22:00
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+27415017200
Port Elizabeth Airport Alistair Miller Drive
Working hours
Mon:06:00-21:30
Tue:06:00-21:30
Wed:06:00-21:30
Thu:06:00-21:30
Fri:06:00-21:30
Sat:07:00-18:00
Sun:07:00-21:30
Thrifty ZA
Thrifty ZA
Excellent 8.2
+270415814774
Allister Miller Dr, Walmer, Port Elizabeth, 6001
Working hours
Mon:07:00-19:00
Tue:07:00-19:00
Wed:07:00-19:00
Thu:07:00-19:00
Fri:07:00-19:00
Sat:07:30-13:00
Sun:09:00-15:00

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