Port Elizabeth, officially renamed Gqeberha, is a major seaport city in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Explore the city by heading along the beachfront promenade, around the Humewood and Summerstrand neighbourhoods. Be sure to take a swim at Kings and Hobie beach, some of the best swimming locations in South Africa. Head to Central to take in the museums and galleries, while Richmond Hill is the spot to dine out. The city has a vibrant music scene, street life and sporting venues. Visit the friendly city to take in it's beaches along Nelson Mandela Bay, bars, outdoor lifestyle or tour one of the game parks in the area.
Flights from Melbourne (MEL) to Port Elizabeth (PLZ)
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Visiting from Melbourne to Port Elizabeth
When to visit
The best time to visit Port Elizabeth is during the summer months (November to March) with temperatures ranging from 16°C to 27°C. It's the perfect time to enjoy the outdoor activities and popular beaches including Algoa Beach and St George's Park. May to August temperatures range from 8°C to 24°C, which is a good time to enjoy the arts scene, Nelson Mandela Museum and diverse restaurants.
What is the main airport called?
Chief Dawid Stuurman International Airport (PLZ)Opens external site in a new window. Is an airport serving Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha), a city in the Eastern Cape province in South Africa. It is known as the “ten minute airport”, because it is so close to the city centre. By car, it is approximately 4 km to Port Elizabeth city centre.
Arriving in Port Elizabeth
The staff at Port Elizabeth Airport will greet you when you land and assist with your travel needs. Once you collect your bags from the arrivals area, there are different transport options available to get you on your way.
Getting into Port Elizabeth from Port Elizabeth Airport
With a range of options from public transport to car hire, getting into the city centre is quick and easy. There are several car rental companies available at the airport to ride at your own pace and explore the surrounding attractions. Popular places to visit include the Seaview Game and Lion Park and the Guinea Fowel trail in the Bakkens River Valley. Other transport options include taxis, airport shuttles, private transfers and rideshare services.
Getting around Port Elizabeth
The best way to travel around Port Elizabeth is by car, with several car hire companies available. Uber and taxis are a popular and safe way to get you where you want to go. Other options include the city public bus service and the Metrorail train service, operate regular services. Alternatively, you may wish to join a tour or charter for a scenic view of the city. In PE, it’s fun to explore the laid back city by bike as anywhere is 15 minutes away.
Fly from Melbourne
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What is the main airport called?
Melbourne Airport.Opens external site in a new window Located 20 km (12.5 miles) from the city centre, Melbourne Domestic Airport (MEL), also known as Tullamarine Airport, is the main airport serving the state of Victoria. Qantas operates from two terminals in Melbourne T1 - domestic and T2 - international.
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