A Travel Price Comparison for South Africa Port Elizabeth vs. Johannesburg for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Port Elizabeth or Johannesburg?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Port Elizabeth or Johannesburg?

Port Elizabeth

Located on the Indian Ocean coastline of South Africa, Port Elizabeth is a major sea port and tourist destination featuring a pleasant climate, opportunities for water sports, historical landmarks, wildlife areas, and clean beaches.


Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa with a population of over 3 million people. Most of the population is made up of South Africa's black residents, who predominately reside in the Soweto area. There are approximately half a million white residents and 300,000 residents of other descent. Half of the population live in the Soweto area as well as the nearby suburbs.

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Which place is cheaper, Johannesburg or Port Elizabeth?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Port Elizabeth is $45, while the average daily cost in Johannesburg is $96. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Port Elizabeth $24
    Johannesburg $55
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Port Elizabeth $48
    Johannesburg $110
Compare Hotels in Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg

Looking for a hotel in Port Elizabeth or Johannesburg? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Port Elizabeth

Hotels in Johannesburg

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Port Elizabeth Hotel Prices and Johannesburg Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Port Elizabeth $9.77
    Johannesburg $16

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Johannesburg

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Johannesburg:

  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Johannesburg

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Johannesburg:

  • O.R. Tambo International Airport to city transfer(JNB): $22
  • Tour operator. airport and hotels transfers chauffeur and safari tours services.: $30
  • 1-3 Passenger Private Johannesburg - Airport Transfer: $34
  • Johannesburg to Johannesburg Airport (JNB) Departure Transfer: $35
  • Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport (JNB) to Johannesburg - Arrival Private Transfer: $35
  • Johannesburg Airport JNB to Johannesburg Hotels Arrival Transfer: $36
  • Luxury Car Johannesburg Airport Private Transfer: $38
  • Comfort Private Airport Transfer: OR Tambo Airport (JNB): $38
  • OR Tambo Private Airport to Hotel and Hotel to Airport Transfers : $42
  • Apartheid Museum Private Transfers: $44
  • Johannesburg Airport Private Transfers: Departures (Hotel Pickup): $44
  • OR Tambo Airport Transfers Around Johannesburg: $45

Is it cheaper to fly into Port Elizabeth or Johannesburg?

Prices for flights to both Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Port Elizabeth $14
    Johannesburg $17

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Johannesburg

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Johannesburg.

  • Unique street food tour from at least 6 different cultures!: $48
  • Maboneng Street Art and Street Food Tour: $50
  • Zulu Food Cooking & Dining Experience with a local Chef: $58
  • Johannesburg Culture and food tour: $98
  • Pan-African Cooking & Dinning Experience: $212

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Port Elizabeth $9.58
    Johannesburg $21

Tours and Activities in Port Elizabeth

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Port Elizabeth are as follows:

  • Port Elizabeth City Walking Tour: $45
  • Port Elizabeth : City Walking Tour: $45
  • Port Elizabeth tuk-tuk tour, experience the natural beauty.: $71
  • Hiking :Port Elizabeth Sardinia bay: Hiking Adventure: $95
  • Xhosa Township/Cultural Experience: $130
  • Addo Elephant Park Tours .: $138
  • Cape Recife Safari and City Sightseeing Tour: $143
  • From 5-Day Garden Route Tour to Cape Town: $693
  • 7 Day Garden Route Tour- Durban to Cape Town via Addo N Park: $1,482

Tours and Activities in Johannesburg

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Johannesburg are as follows:

  • Johannesburg Self-Guided Audio Tour: $9.00
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Optional Soweto Tour: $16
  • Jo'burg Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Apartheid Museum & Soweto: $16
  • Soweto: Hector Pieterson Memorial, to Orlando Towers Tour: $24
  • Braamfontein Graffiti & Street Culture Tour: $25
  • Architectural Walking Tour: $25
  • Soweto-Running-Tour / Soweto-Runs-Ahead: $26
  • Ponte Experience: $27
  • Soweto: Bike Tour with a Local Tour Guide: $29
  • Maboneng Street Art & Culture Tour: $29
  • Colours of A Graffiti & Street Art Tour: $29
  • JHB Maboneng- Street Art Tour and the Roof Top Restaurants: $29

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Port Elizabeth $2.64
    Johannesburg $4.76

Sample the Local Flavors in Johannesburg

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Johannesburg:

  • Wine Tasting Experience in Johannesburg: $8.15
  • Wine Tasting: $11
  • Hop on Hop Off Johannesburg Pub Crawl: $12
  • Wine Tasting and Cableway Half Day Tour: $113

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg, we can see that Johannesburg is more expensive. And not only is Port Elizabeth much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Port Elizabeth would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Port Elizabeth and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Johannesburg would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Johannesburg than you might in Port Elizabeth.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Port Elizabeth Expensive? and Is Johannesburg Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Port Elizabeth or Johannesburg?

Johannesburg has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Port Elizabeth. When comparing the sizes of Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.