Car Hire at East London Airport
East London is a city on South Africa’s southeast coast, between Port Elizabeth and Durban. East London Airport namely services domestic carriers within Africa.
This information is correct as of September 2015
Where to hire a car in East London Airport
You can find the car rental kiosks inside the terminal building. There’s an Avis, Sixt, Europcar, Enterprise, Budget and Hertz inside East London Airport, with plenty of choice when it comes to vehicles too.
Petrol stations close to East London Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
The closest petrol station is less than 10 minutes away. Turn left onto the R72 when leaving the airport. Continue for 6km, then do a U Turn at Burgersdorp Road. BP Motors will be on your left.
Driving around East London Airport
East London Airport is south west of East London. It’s well connected to the rest of the coast with the R72 stretching down to Hamburg, and rising up to Morgan’s Bay. You can also reach King Wiliam’s Town further in land on the R2.
As always, driving in South Africa can vary. Some roads are well developed, but some of the back country roads require more care.
Popular destinations to drive to from East London Airport
East London is a city on the Eastern Cape of South Africa, and it’s the only river port for South Africa. It’s surrounded by stunning stretches of coast to both the north and south.
To reach East London, follow the R72 out of the airport towards East London. Continue for 3km, then turn left onto Camden Road. Turn left and then right again to reach the city centre. It’s fairly easy to find on street parking here, but make sure you leave your car in a secure place.
Amatola Coastal is another beautiful part of the Eastern Cape just north of East London.
It takes a 50-minute drive to reach Amatola from the airport. Follow the R72 into East London, and continue along this road until you come to the crossroads, then merge onto the N2. After 25km, turn right and head down towards the coast. Make sure you’ve rented out accommodation before you venture down to this part of the coast, as there isn’t a huge array of accommodation.
Kidd’s Beach, Kayser’s Beach and Christmas Rock are all situated together, about 30 minutes south of East London. They’re perfect if you love exploring the outdoors as the coastal cliffs and beaches make for perfect hikes.
Head east, then turn right onto Sattler’s Way on the R72 when you leave the airport. Continue for 25km, then turn left to go down towards Christmas Rock. It’s easy to find parking, and it tends to be free (unless stated otherwise).