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- Area: 251 km² (97 sq mi)
- Calling Code: 041
- Currency: South African Rand (ZAR)
- Population (EST): 312,392
- Official language: Afrikaans, English, Xhosa
- Time Zone: UTC/GMT +2
Port Elizabeth – Getting Around
Nelson Mandela Bay's well-equipped airport, harbour, highways and roads link Southern Africa, and the Eastern Cape in particular, with other major national and international destinations.
The centrally situated Port Elizabeth Airport is easily accessible from all parts of the city. A number of flights are available that connect Nelson Mandela Bay with domestic and international destinations, through the Durban, OR Tambo and Cape Town International Airports every day. The Airport is serviced with regular flights by South African Airways (SAA) as well as certain local and national airlines including SAA - SA Express and British Airways/Comair and Kulula as well as other airlines.
Scenic helicopter flips, tours and charters are available to tourists who want to get a bird's eye view of the Bay, the coastline and surrounding areas. Whether it is an affordable five minute flip, a half an hour scenic view of the city or a one and a half hour trip of Addo Elephant Park - we will provide! Fly wherever you like – if you want to see it we will take you!
Taxis, hotel transport and plenty of car hire options are available from the airport while shuttle services offer a convenient mode of transport in and around the city, as well as in the surrounding areas. Taxis offer reliable, convenient, courteous and quick service. As a rule, taxis throughout South African cities do not cruise you are advised to telephone a taxi for service. Municipal buses, operating as a service to especially people living within the Nelson Mandel Bay, travel to all parts of the city and residential areas. Buses depart from the Market Square Bus Station, located beneath the Norwich Union Centre Building, Strand Street, on a frequent basis.
Various affordable car hire companies are available for visitors who prefer to explore the city by themselves. You can choose from small economy class cars to convertibles and 4x4's. Trailers and caravans are also available for hire at different outlets.