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Cheap flights to Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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Are there currently restrictions on travel to Port Elizabeth related to COVID-19?

Yes, there are currently restrictions on flights to Port Elizabeth along with the rest of South Africa. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: South Africa has restricted the entry of all travelers who are not South African nationals and foreign nationals with valid residence permits. South Africa has suspended all flights into the country except for flights authorized by the Ministry of Transport and flights for medical evacuations, humanitarian aid, emergency landings or refueling stops. Travelers can transit without a visa to South African international airports on their way back to another country, providing they remain airside and have not been in any ‘high-risk’ country since 15 March 2020. However, travelers should be aware that international flights from South Africa are limited. Travelers cannot transit South African airports on their way to third countries, if traveling from any ‘high risk’ country. Nationals of South Africa who arrive in the country will be subject to medical screenings including temperature measurements and will need to quarantine for 10 days. Airline crew will also be subject to quarantine laws as applicable. Travelers are now able to apply to self-isolate at a place their choosing as long as it complies with the criteria set out by the Department of Health. This application must be submitted 72 hours prior to the intended date of travel to the Department of Health. If you are looking to book a trip to Port Elizabeth and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about traveling during COVID-19.

Cheapest Prices for Port Elizabeth flights by month

January
$1,094
February
$804
March
$989
April
$1,128
May
$1,079
June
$1,805
July
$1,534
August
$1,650
September
$1,170
October
$988
November
$1,112
December
$1,458
February is currently the cheapest month to fly to Port Elizabeth. At this moment in time June is the most expensive month. These prices are determined by multiple factors and booking in advance can help keep costs down if your schedule is not as flexible.

When is the best time to fly to Port Elizabeth?

Choose a month below to see average flight price and weather conditions.
LAS - PLZ
Price
$804 - $2,299
PLZ
Temperature
69.8 - 80.6 °F
PLZ
Rainfall
1.46 - 2.95 inches
Whilst there are several times of the year to choose from, February is seen as the time to fly to Port Elizabeth, however, it is possible to get good deals throughout the year. January sees the temperatures in Port Elizabeth peak to their warmest. March tends, on average, to see the most amount of rainfall.

Known as “The Friendly City” or “The Windy City”, Port Elizabeth occupies a 10-mile stretch along Algoa Bay. It was founded in 1820 to house British settlers (the Campanile Memorial was built in 1923 to commemorate this landing; there’s a climb of 204 steps to the Observation Room, which offers magnificent views of the harbour and surrounding area below) and is now part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, along with Uitenhage and Despatch.

Lying on the south-east coast of the East Cape province and fringed by beautiful beaches, Port Elizabeth offers a wealth of options for travelers who like to raise their adrenaline levels. Cycling, quad biking and 4×4 trails are all great things to do on land. Off shore, there’s surfing and kite surfing, kayaking, wreck diving, shark diving and deep-sea fishing.

To the west of Port Elizabeth is the Garden Route and the Sunshine Coast, Frontier Country and a million hectares of game reserves are to the east.

Port Elizabeth is the gateway to the Eastern Cape with all its fantastic parks and reserves. Go on a guided game drive of Addo-Schotia; this area is home to the densest populations of antelope, lion and elephant in South Africa. There’s whale and dolphin watching near St Croix Island and, 18 miles outside of Port Elizabeth, the Lion Park. If you’re up for it, there’s skydiving and bungy jumping off Bloukrans Bridge too!

If all that physical activity gets too much, visit the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum at St George’s Park, the South African Air Force Museum (situated on the southern side of Port Elizabeth Airport) and the Red Location Museum. Red Location is one of the oldest settled Black Townships of the city, getting its name from the rusted, corrugated iron barrack buildings. The museum tells the story of historical struggle in South Africa.

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Port Elizabeth climate

Pretty much perfect, summer temperatures in Port Elizabeth range from 140 to 176 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter temperatures hover between 104 and 158 degrees. One of Port Elizabeth’s nicknames is the “Windy City” and this refers to the frequency, rather than the strength, of the wind. The wind makes Port Elizabeth a fantastic destination for surfing.

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Best Time to Fly to Port Elizabeth

There’s no bad time to visit Port Elizabeth. 

Peak Season: 

High season is December and January. Another peak time is April, when the Splash Festival takes place. It’s a four-day festival popular with families and watersports enthusiasts. 

Off Season: 

May to August is, in general, low season in Port Elizabeth, however, this is when travelers, escaping very high summer temperatures back home, will visit the city.

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Getting around Port Elizabeth

PE is easy to navigate, whether in a car or on foot. There’s a public bus system but the main form of transport is the minibus taxi.

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Port Elizabeth Travel Information

  • St Croix Island, 12 miles from Port Elizabeth’s harbour, is a popular scuba-diving site. Penguins and cormorants thrive there, as fishing is prohibited. To get the best possible visibility, go diving in the winter months. Visibility is between 26 and 49 feet. 
  • Port Elizabeth has heaps of surfing beaches but a short distance outside the city is Jeffrey’s Bay, which is the host town for major surfing competitions. 
  • Hobie Beach is a popular place for sunbathing and swimming. Anglers cast their lines from Shark Rock Pier. 
  • Don’t forget to have a look at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. It was built for the 2010 World Cup and is one of the few stadia in the world to have a lakeside location. 
  • The Apple Express steam train is very popular with visitors. Take a trip from Port Elizabeth to Thornhill. There are stunning views from the bridge, the world’s highest narrow-gauge bridge.

 

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