Car Rental at Port Elizabeth Airport

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Port Elizabeth Airport, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Port Elizabeth Airport
Mini
Renault Kwid or similar
Renault Kwid
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Carwiz
$14.88 / per day
Port Elizabeth Airport
Economy
Volkswagen Polo Vivo or similar
Volkswagen Polo Vivo
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$21.60 / per day
Port Elizabeth Airport
Compact
Nissan Almera or similar
Nissan Almera
  • 4
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
First Car Rental
$23.42 / per day
Port Elizabeth Airport
Economy Elite
Volkswagen Polo or similar
Volkswagen Polo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$27.97 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Port Elizabeth Airport
Intermediate Van
Toyota Avanza or similar
Toyota Avanza
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Firefly
$38.69 / per day
Port Elizabeth Airport
Premium
Audi Q2 or similar
Audi Q2
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
BLUU
$59.21 / per day
Port Elizabeth Airport
Standard
Toyota Quest or similar
Toyota Quest
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$70.53 / per day
Port Elizabeth Airport
Compact Elite SUV
Volkswagen T-Roc or similar
Volkswagen T-Roc
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Keddy
$75.65 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 05:50 on 2024-04-21. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
IsiZulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, English
Currency
ZAR
Drive on
Left-hand side
Country code
+27
Average car rental price
$42 per day
Average car rental length
10 days
Speed limit within town
60 km/h or 37 mph
Speed limit out of town
100 - 120 km/h or 62 - 75 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.5 / 10
Average gasoline price
$1.21 per liter or $4.58 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$1.11 per liter or $4.19 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$1.38 per liter or $5.21 / 1 gallon
Port Elizabeth Airport

Airport Car Rental

Port Elizabeth Airport is also known as Nelson Mandela International Airport and H. F. Verwoerd Airport.

Top international routes

  • Johannesburg
  • Durban
  • Cape Town
  • East London
  • Bloemfontein

Main airlines

FlySafair, British Airways, Airlink, Mango, South African Airways, and CemAir

Terminals

The single passenger terminal hosts all domestic and international flights.

Location

Port Elizabeth Airport is just 3 km (2 mi) from the city center. 3rd Avenue, Villiers Road, 6th Avenue, and Target Kloof Road are the main streets connecting the airport to the city.

Most popular types of rental car

  • Large cars - from $29 per day
  • Medium cars - from $19 per day
  • Vans - from $33 per day
  • Premium cars - from $59 per day
  • Small cars - from $15 per day
  • SUVs - from $26 per day

Car rental desks

Most are inside the airport terminal and are easy to find by following the signs. The exact location of your car rental provider's desk will be listed on your Confirmation Voucher.

Services and facilities

Although the airport is quite small, you’ll find cafeterias, fast food outlets, and a restaurant, as well as convenience stores and gift shops. There are also ATMs, a currency exchange at the information desk, three nearby hotels, a pharmacy, baby changing rooms, and a prayer room. Some of the facilities at Port Elizabeth Airport are equipped for passengers with reduced mobility, and you can request more assistance by contacting your airline in advance or asking at the airport information desk.

Nearest gas station

Caltex–Hobie Beach gas station, located at 1 Marine Drive, Schoenmakerskop, can be reached in about 12 minutes and is open 24/7. There are many other gas stations near the airport and in Port Elizabeth.

Popular one-way rentals

  • Cape Town (761 km / 473 mi)
  • Windhoek (1,890 km / 1,174 mi)
  • George (335 km / 208 mi)
  • Durban (913 km / 567 mi)
  • Johannesburg (1,050 km / 652 mi)
  • Maseru (714 km / 459 mi)
This information was written, fact-checked, and/or translated by our content creators.

Learn more about our Editorial Policy.

Airport info

Rating
6.5
  • Getting to the airport 7.7
  • Check-in and departures 8.1
  • Terminal facilities 6.5
  • Wi-Fi 5.4
  • Restaurants and car rental services 5.7
  • Lounge 5.7

Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ)

  • IATA: PLZ
  • ICAO: FAPE
  • Name: Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ)
  • Distance from city: 5.6 miles / 9 km

Map of Car Rental Locations

When are car rental prices the lowest at Port Elizabeth Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Port Elizabeth Airport varies by season. This graph compares prices from month to month in order to help you find the best time of year.
Average rental costs per day at Port Elizabeth Airport
$31.14
January
$39.51
February
$38.81
March
$30.89
April
$30.58
May
$41.30
June
$45.32
July
$55.32
August
$34.64
September
$32.08
October
$37.20
November
$33.75
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car at Port Elizabeth Airport is May — when rental costs average $30.58 per day. This is 19% cheaper than the yearly average and 45% cheaper than renting a car in August (when prices average $55.32 per day).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

For how long do renters keep their vehicles at Port Elizabeth Airport?

How long travelers keep their rental cars varies by the time of year: in January the average rental period is 13 days, while in March, the average rental period is only 8 days.
Average number of rental days at Port Elizabeth Airport
13
January
9
February
8
March
8
April
11
May
8
June
11
July
8
August
9
September
9
October
9
November
8
December

What is the most popular time of year to rent a car at Port Elizabeth Airport?

Based on how many users search for a car in at Port Elizabeth Airport, travelers are most likely to rent a car at Port Elizabeth Airport in December, while they are least likely to rent in in July.
Monthly searches at Port Elizabeth Airport by pick-up date relative to the average
115%
January
112%
February
128%
March
89%
April
55%
May
65%
June
50%
July
86%
August
90%
September
99%
October
87%
November
223%
December

Car Rental Information

Popular suppliers First Car Rental, Hertz, GreenMotion, Firefly, Keddy
Popular car categories Small cars, SUVs, Medium cars, Vans
Lowest price $15 per day
Cheapest supplier Carwiz

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
First Car Rental Suzuki Celerio 5 1 Small cars
Hertz Suzuki Swift 4 2 Small cars
First Car Rental Toyota Corolla Cross 5 3 SUVs
Hertz Toyota Corolla Quest 4 2 Medium cars
First Car Rental Honda Amaze 5 1 Small cars
Hertz Volkswagen Polo 5 1 Small cars
Hertz Volkswagen T-Cross 5 2 Medium cars
First Car Rental Nissan Almera 5 2 Medium cars
Firefly Toyota Agya 5 1 Small cars
First Car Rental Toyota Quest 4 2 Large cars

FAQ

Can I drop off a rental car in Capetown?
Yes, It is possible to drop off a rental car picked up in Port Elizabeth in Capetown. Usually, there is an extra fee for this, though some companies have waived this fee during the COIVD-19 pandemic. Keep in mind that not every company has an office in both locations, so be sure to search for your preferred pickup and dropoff locations specifically to see which cars are available and what the total cost would be.
Can I rent a 4x4 vehicle?
Yes, we have some rental companies at Port Elizabeth airport that offer 4x4 vehicles. Use the search filter on the left-hand side of the search results to see what is available for the dates you wish to book.
Is off-road driving allowed?
If you rent a 4x4 vehicle, you will likely be allowed to drive on untarred roads. True off-road driving on tracks, riverbeds, and so forth is not allowed by standard rental companies. If this type of driving is your intention, you may want to consult a specialty off-road vehicle rental company.
How many additional drivers are allowed to drive the car?
Customers can add up to 3 additional drivers to the rental contract. This can be booked ahead of time, in many cases, so that you will be aware of the fee; however, all drivers must be present and present their driver’s licenses when picking up the vehicle.

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

South Africa
Toyota Corolla Quest
March 31, 2024
Garden route.
South Africa
Volkswagen Polo Vivo
March 15, 2024
Car was steady on the road, easy to connect phone and loved the reverse camera
United Kingdom
Renault Kwid
November 19, 2023
Get a Sat/Nav as that will help very much, if you do not know Port Elizabeth or any major city in South Africa. We needed a car, as PL is spread out. As for things we did: a game drive, the lovely beach, went to different places to eat and drink coffee; visited the impressive Bay West shopping complex and chilled out. South Africa/Port Elizabeth are well worth visiting. Please do not be put off by all the crime. Rather be careful and no driving in the dark.
India
Toyota Corolla Quest
November 1, 2023
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South Africa
Hyundai Venue
August 5, 2023
We have been numerous times to Port Elizabeth in the past and visited all sightseeing attractions. However, we had a wonderful time with family.
Canada
Ford Ecosport
May 5, 2023
We visited family and found it easier to rent our own car rather than be dependant on family or the local airlines.
United Arab Emirates
Subaru Forester
January 10, 2023
Plett and surrounding areas. Wine farms, swimming and lovely nature and walks.
South Africa
Kia Picanto
October 12, 2022
Spending time with my kids and grandkids for the first time since 2016 was AWESOME
South Africa
Kia Picanto
February 23, 2021
Awesome beautiful and peaceful
South Africa
VW Polo Sedan
November 7, 2020
PE is a lovely clean city with beautiful sites to enjoy in every weather condition in the comfort of the car you hire And that is what we enjoyed, a safe reliable and comfortable vehicle. Thank you hertz
Israel
Toyota Corolla
March 8, 2020
prompt service
South Africa
Renault Clio
February 25, 2020
Stick on highway to airport for as long as possible. Don't go through the suburb's
South Africa
Toyota Corolla
February 8, 2020
Choose Hertz they are efficient and fast
United Kingdom
Hyundai Accent
July 8, 2019
Picking up the car in PE, at the airport allowed us to drive the Garden Route to Cape Town and lots of stops!
Israel
Toyota Fortuner
October 2, 2018
Johannesburg and Cape Town
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Hertz
8.7 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Carwiz
7.5 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
18
Total rental companies
14
Average daily price
$41.50
Lowest daily price
$14.88
Total cars available
184

Top 14 Suppliers at Port Elizabeth Airport in 2024

Hertz
Very good 8.7 / 77 reviews
+270415086600
Airport W Rd, Schoenmakerskop, Port Elizabeth, 6070
$23 - $82
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
First Car Rental
Very good 8.5 / 67 reviews
+27415812027
Port Elizabeth Airport, Port Elizabeth, 6011
$17 - $169
Working hours
Mon:06:30-20:00
Tue:06:30-20:00
Wed:06:30-20:00
Thu:06:30-20:00
Fri:06:30-20:00
Sat:06:30-19:30
Sun:06:30-21:00
BLUU
Very good 8.5 / 29 reviews
+27415814242 / +27415814282
Forest Hill, Port Elizabeth Airport, Schoenmakerskop, Port Elizabeth, 6011
$20 - $117
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
Sat:08:00-17:00
Sun:08:00-17:00
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 8.3 / 9 reviews
+27415089500
PORT ELIZABETH AIRPORT
$20 - $112
Working hours
Mon:06:30-21:00
Tue:06:30-21:00
Wed:06:30-21:00
Thu:06:30-21:00
Fri:06:30-21:00
Sat:07:00-21:00
Sun:07:00-21:00
Budget
Budget
Very good 8.3 / 5 reviews
+27415017200
Port Elizabeth Airport
$23 - $148
Working hours
Mon:07:00-20:30
Tue:07:00-20:30
Wed:07:00-20:30
Thu:07:00-20:30
Fri:07:00-20:30
Sat:07:00-20:00
Sun:07:30-20:30
Europcar
Very good 8.2 / 7 reviews
+27415089500
Port Elizabeth International Airport, Allister Miller Dr, Schoenmakerskop, Port Elizabeth, 6000
$20 - $114
Working hours
Mon:06:30-21:00
Tue:06:30-21:00
Wed:06:30-21:00
Thu:06:30-21:00
Fri:06:30-21:00
Sat:07:00-21:00
Sun:07:00-21:00
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.2 / 7 reviews
+27112309999
No.1 De Haviland Ave, Walmer,
$36 - $141
Working hours
Mon:07:00-20:00
Tue:07:00-20:00
Wed:07:00-20:00
Thu:07:00-20:00
Fri:07:00-20:00
Sat:07:00-19:30
Sun:07:00-21:00
Firefly
Firefly
Very good 8 / 15 reviews
+27415086600 / +27415086615
Allister Miller Dr, Walmer, Gqeberha, 6001
$21 - $78
Thrifty
Thrifty
Good 7.8 / 20 reviews
+27415086600
Port Elizabeth Airport, Airport, Gqeberha, 6070, South Africa
$32 - $111
Working hours
Mon:05:00-21:00
Tue:05:00-21:00
Wed:05:00-21:00
Thu:05:00-21:00
Fri:05:00-22:00
Sat:05:00-19:00
Sun:05:00-22:00
Avis
Avis
Good 7.7
+27415017200
Schoenmakerskop, Port Elizabeth, 6011, South Africa
$24 - $154
Working hours
Mon:07:00-20:30
Tue:07:00-20:30
Wed:07:00-20:30
Thu:07:00-20:30
Fri:07:00-20:30
Sat:07:00-20:00
Sun:07:30-20:30
Dollar
Dollar
Good 7.6
+27415086600
Port Elizabeth Airport, Airport, Gqeberha, 6070, South Africa
$32 - $111
Working hours
Mon:05:00-21:00
Tue:05:00-21:00
Wed:05:00-21:00
Thu:05:00-21:00
Fri:05:00-22:00
Sat:05:00-19:00
Sun:05:00-22:00
GreenMotion
Good 7.5 / 30 reviews
+27411804418 / +27636472282
Allister Miller Dr, Walmer, Gqeberha, 6070
$22 - $126
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Bidvest
Good 7.5 / 4 reviews
+415814242 / 82
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:05:00-22:00
Sun:05:00-22:00
Carwiz
Carwiz
Good 7.5
+27415814904 / +27624592697
Allister Miller Dr, Walmer, Gqeberha, 6070
$15 - $82
Working hours
Mon:08:00-21:00
Tue:08:00-21:00
Wed:08:00-21:00
Thu:08:00-21:00
Fri:08:00-21:00
Sat:08:00-21:00
Sun:08:00-21:00
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