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

Should you visit Port Elizabeth or Johannesburg?

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

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

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.

Which city 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 $95. 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 city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg in more detail.



Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Port Elizabeth is $48. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Johannesburg is $110. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


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

Food

In Port Elizabeth travelers spend around $14 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.

Johannesburg food costs typically run travelers around $17 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.


  • 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.

  • JoburgPlaces Secret Underground Storytelling Dinner: $57
  • JoburgPlaces Migrant Cuisine Storytelling Dinner: $57
  • Johannesburg Cooking Class: $60
  • A Private Traditional Cape Malay Cooking Class, with a MKR Finalist: $95
  • 3-Day Kruger National Park Safari including Breakfast and Dinner: $672
  • 4-Day Kruger National Park Safari including Breakfast and Dinner: $850
  • 4-Day Kruger Park Safari & Panoramic Tour Combo including Breakfast and Dinner: $903
  • 5-Day Kruger National Park Safari including Breakfast and Dinner: $1,115
  • 5-Day Kruger Park Safari & Panoramic Tour Combo including Breakfast and Dinner: $1,119

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Port Elizabeth is $9.70 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $16 per day to get around in Johannesburg.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Port Elizabeth $9.70
    Johannesburg $16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Port Elizabeth

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Port Elizabeth:

  • Airport Transfers Port Elizabeth to Jeffreys Bay: $27
  • Transfers - Port Elizabeth Airport; Local Hotels and BnB up to 50km: $34
  • Airport Transfers Port Elizabeth to St Francis Bay: $76

Typical Local Transportation prices in Johannesburg

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $4.04

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Johannesburg

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Johannesburg:

  • Private Airport Transfer: Johannesburg to Johannesburg O. R.Tambo Airport (JNB): $14
  • Private Airport Transfer: Johannesburg O. R. Tambo Airport (JNB) to Johannesburg: $17
  • Private transfer service from OR Thambo, Lanseria and Wonderboom Airport: $33
  • Tour operator. airport and hotels transfers chauffeur and safari tours services.: $37
  • Private transfer: Johannesburg to Johannesburg Airport (JNB): $38
  • Private transfer: Johannesburg Airport (JNB) to Johannesburg: $38
  • Flexi Airport Transfer with Meet And Greet: $38
  • 1-3 Passenger Private Johannesburg Airport Transfer: $42
  • Private Johannesburg Airport Arrival Transfer: $49
  • Transfer and Shuttles: $50
  • Luxury Airport Transfer - OR Tambo to Sandton: $54
  • Business Travel - Individual Airport Transfers - Johannesburg: $54

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.





Entertainment

Port Elizabeth's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $9.51 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $21 per person, per day in Johannesburg. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Port Elizabeth $9.51
    Johannesburg $21

Tours and Activities in Port Elizabeth

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

  • The Donkin Reserve: Uncover the Port Elizabeth's lively history on an audio tour: $5.00
  • Bicycle Rentals & Tours Port Elizabeth: $12
  • Skip the Line: 2-Hour Guided Game Drive at Kragga Kamma Game Park Ticket: $19
  • Hiking Tours: $20
  • Team Truland's Rum Shop Tours- "We Create Experiences": $21
  • Route 67 Mandela Walking Tour: $21
  • Port Elizabeth Shore Excursion: Port Elizabeth Walking Tour: $34
  • Port Elizabeth Walking City Tour: $34
  • Port Elizabeth Walking City Tour: $36
  • Platteklip Gorge Guided Hike Experience from Cape Town: $59
  • Port Elizabeth Private Walking Tour: $60
  • Township Experience from Port Elizabeth: $77

Tours and Activities in Johannesburg

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

  • Johannesburg Free Walking tours: $3.35
  • The Windybrow Heritage Tour: $13
  • motsoaledi walking tours: $14
  • 1 or 2 Day Johannesburg Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour: $14
  • City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Johannesburg: $17
  • Maboneng Precinct Walking Tour: $19
  • City Sightseeing Johannesburg Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $21
  • Taste of Africa (Food & Beer tasting Experience): $23
  • East City Cycle Tour: $24
  • City Skate Tours - Exploring Cities on Skateboards: $27
  • Innercity Walking Tour: $27
  • Ponte Experience: $27

Alcohol

The average person spends about $2.62 on alcoholic beverages in Port Elizabeth per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

The average person spends about $4.72 on alcoholic beverages in Johannesburg per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Port Elizabeth $2.62
    Johannesburg $4.72

Sample the Local Flavors in Port Elizabeth

Also in Port Elizabeth, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Brewery Tour & Beer Tasting: $3.94

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: $10
  • Johannesburg Pub Crawl: $57


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.

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