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Nearest Distances

Airport Codes:


Distances from ELS to:

East London 6 miles
Queenstown 125 miles
Umtata 150 miles
Port Elizabeth 177 miles

Nearest Major Airports:

11 km: East London Airport (ELS)
196 km: Queenstown Airport  (UTW)
237 km: K. D. Matanzima Airport (UTT)
293 km: Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ)

Car Hire East London

East London Airport Guide

Over half the arrivals at East London Airport are tourists and they are pleasantly surprised by this bustling little airport that’s important to the economy of the city. Facilities are few but still adequate and you’ll find all you need in the airport’s small shop whilst those who are hungry won’t be disappointed by the airport’s café. There are a number of ways of getting into the city but the most popular is the collection of hire cars from the arrivals hall desks.

East London Airport Directions

The airport is west of the city and it’s easy to get into the centre of East London by following Settler’s Way east all the way into the centre. If you can’t find the name, look out for the R72, it’s the same road.

East London Airport Parking

You’ll find over 500 parking spaces onsite and also a little distance from the airport with a full range of options. The less able are well catered for and there’s a call button by the reserved parking for you to summon assistance.

East London Airport Flight Information

As with many South African airports, East London relies on feeder flights from the bigger airports. There are no international flights but you can get to East London from the UK and Europe by connecting at Durban, Cape Town or Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport.

Hotels Near East London Airport

We like the ‘36 on Bonza’ Boutique Guest House where you’ll find beautiful rooms, great food and warm hospitality. It’s only 75 euros a night and great value at that price. The Premier Hotel East London ICC is a little more upmarket and has sumptuous rooms for only 95 euros a night.

East London Time Zone

East London is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and is located in the South African Standard Time Zone (GMT+2)

East London Info

There are several attractions in East London, one of the most unusual being the stuffed coelacanth that was caught off the coast in 1938 and now displayed in the city’s museum. Elsewhere and more popular are the amazing beaches that fringe the coast nearby where all East Londoners head when the mercury rises. For a great evening out, try the entertainment complexes that line the old port where you’ll find bars, restaurants and clubs aplenty.

East London Trivia:

  • Once autonomous, East London is now part of the municipality of Buffalo
  • It was founded on the banks of the Buffalo River in 1820
  • East London is the home of South Africa’s only river port
  • Despite being founded by the British, the city has a strong German contingent
  • It’s home to one of South Africa’s Test Cricket grounds
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