Travel Budget for Port Elizabeth

Province of Eastern Cape, South Africa

How much does it cost to travel to Port Elizabeth?

How much money will you need for your trip to Port Elizabeth? You should plan to spend around R662 ($41) per day on your vacation in Port Elizabeth, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, R205 ($13) on meals for one day and R144 ($8.94) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Port Elizabeth for a couple is R701 ($44). So, a trip to Port Elizabeth for two people for one week costs on average R9,270 ($576). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    R662
  • One Week Per person
    R4,635
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    R9,270
  • One Month Per person
    R19,865
  • One Week For a couple
    R9,270
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    R18,540
  • One Month For a couple
    R39,730
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A vacation to Port Elizabeth for one week usually costs around R4,635 for one person. So, a trip to Port Elizabeth for two people costs around R9,270 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs R18,540 in Port Elizabeth. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Port Elizabeth can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.



How expensive is Port Elizabeth?

How much does a trip to Port Elizabeth cost? Is Port Elizabeth expensive? The average Port Elizabeth trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Port Elizabeth prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

While meal prices in Port Elizabeth can vary, the average cost of food in Port Elizabeth is R205 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Port Elizabeth should cost around R82 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Port Elizabeth is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

The cost of a taxi ride in Port Elizabeth is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent R144 per person, per day, on local transportation in Port Elizabeth.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    R350
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    R701
  • Food2 Meals for one day
    R205
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    R144
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    R141
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    R39
Flights to Port Elizabeth

How much does it cost to go to Port Elizabeth? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend SkyScanner because they can find the best deals across all of the airlines.




Typical tour prices for Port Elizabeth

How much do tours to Port Elizabeth cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    9 days
    $ 1025
    ($114/day)
  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    11 days
    $ 2370
    ($215/day)
  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    9 days
    $ 1150
    ($128/day)
  • Trafalgar Award-winning tours
    8 days
    $ 2370
    ($296/day)
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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.
Sights
Situated on the Algoa Bay, many people find themselves passing through Port Elizabeth due to its location right along the Garden Route.  The route is a 300-kilometre stretch of the south-western coast of South Africa, extending from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape. This makes the city a great stopping point to enjoy some beautiful beachfront. Hobie, Humewood, Kings, and Wells Estate Beach are the main swimming beaches, while Pollock beach is good for surfing.  There is also a wide selection of great restaurants that attract visitors as well.
 
For those interested in the history of the place, the Donkin Heritage Trail retraces the steps of the 1820 settlers who gave Port Elizabeth its start.  Wander through the city's historic center and admire Victorian landmarks that still stand today. The trail is a self-guided walk marked with a blue staggered line that runs past 47 places of historical interest in the old Hill area.  Maps are available from the tourism office in the Donkin Lighthouse Building, which is in the Donkin Reserve. 
 
Other cultural and historical attractions include the South Africa Airforce Museum, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, No 7 Castle Hill Museum, and the Red Location Museum.
Neighborhoods
Many people experience the city by heading south along the 5km-long beachfront promenade crossing the Humewood and Summerstrand neighborhoods. Nearby are some of the best swimming locations in South Africa, which include Kings Beach, Hobie Beach, and Pollock Beach. This oceanfront strip is a hub of activity, with runners, cyclists, and ocean-lovers all enjoying the beachside views and ambiance. The area of the city known as Central is the museum and gallery district, harboring a creative community to match its display of public art.  Central is also the historic center of Port Elizabeth along with Richmond Hill, both featuring historic architecture like the Port Elizabeth Library, City Hall, and Opera House, as well as a collection of old Victorian homes.

Activities
Port Elizabeth offers a range of activities from beach-lounging, picnicking, and water sports to historic walks, museum-hopping, and sampling the many flavors of the area. The city is also a great basecamp for animal viewing.  Elephants and other wildlife, for example, can be found at Addo Elephant National Park and many privately-owned game reserves in the area, as well as marine life like dolphins, whales, and African penguins. Sea life can also be experienced at Bayworld. Other activities include hiking, scuba diving, surfing, sandboarding, golfing, and sailing.
Food and Dining
As a major city and tourist destination, Port Elizabeth has just about any food available, including sushi and other Asian fare, Mediterranean cooking, Portuguese dining, Indian dishes, steakhouses, seafood right from the Bay, and even Western favorites like pizza and other boardwalk food. Many restaurants even have views of the beach and oceanfront. Richmond Hill has a vast selection of restaurants. More generally, cuisine of South Africa is characterized by a combination of indigenous, Dutch, French, and Indian influences.  The indigenous side of things mainly consisted of harvesting fruits, nuts, bulbs, leaves, and other items gathered from wild plants as well as the hunting of wild game, though eventually domestic cattle were introduced as well as grain crops like maize.  Today, a staple meal remains mieliepap-a kind of porridge or polenta made from ground maize.  Meat also remains central to the South African diet with braai (barbeque) and biltong (dried & preserved) being the most common methods of preparation.  Beef, mutton, goat, and chicken are all found in South African dishes.  As far as foreign influences go, the Dutch brought spices like nutmeg and chili peppers as well as pickled fish and a variety of fish stews, the French brought wines and traditional recipes from France, and the Indians brought curry dishes, chutneys, and fried snacks, amongst other items.

Transportation
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Port Elizabeth International Airport is the nearest source of air transportation, located just a few kilometers out of the city center, and has regular flights to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, and other South African airports. For international travel, a greater range of flights are offered from O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. The central train station operates daily inter-city trains to Johannesburg and Bloemfontein. Cape Town, Kimberley, Pietermaritzburg and Durban can also be reached by changing trains in Bloemfontein, as well as East London, Mthatha, and Grahamstown by various train changes. Additionally, the city is well-connected by bus, all major South African coach companies offering regular schedules to and from Port Elizabeth.
1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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