Sleeping in Airports

Port Elizabeth Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Port Elizabeth Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down of what to expect during your time at Port Elizabeth Airport.

What to Expect

  • The single terminal was renovated in the early 2000s to consolidate arrivals and departures in a bright, more modern facility. The airport connects to cities within South Africa.
  • WiFi is available. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.
  • Economy class travellers can pay to access one airport lounge. See our Airport Lounges section for locations and rates.

Where to Sleep

  • As of February 2019, we have no reviews from travellers who have used this airport. Write a review to help future travellers!
  • For uninterrupted sleep, several hotels are located at or within short walking distance; airport shuttles may be available. See our Airport Hotel section below for more info.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Passes Bidvest Premier Lounge – Location: Domestic Departures Terminal, Airside, 1st Level. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Airline Lounges

If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounges listed below. For more information, check the airline’s web site.

SAA Baobab Domestic Premium Class Lounge – Location: Domestic Terminal, Airside.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Port Elizabeth Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Road Lodge Port Elizabeth Airport Hotel – Located 150 meters from the airport terminal. No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • 5 Third Ave Guest House – (1 minute drive from airport) Free airport shuttle between 8:00AM to 8:00PM. » Check Rates
  • Treetops Guest House – (1 minute drive from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available only if pre-arranged. » Check Rates

To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Port Elizabeth Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Port Elizabeth Airport for up to 4 hours or 500MB, whichever comes first. Connect to the “Airports Free” network. Registration requires an email address and contact number. Once you have reached the maximum (hours or data) you may purchase additional service.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Location: in the hallway between Departures and Arrivals.

Baby Care Facilities – Changing facilities are available in some restrooms.

Duty Free & Shopping – There is no duty-free at Port Elizabeth. There is a central landside retail area with a few souvenir shops.

Food & Drink – At the time of this update, no 24-hour options are available. The airport offers 3 restaurants and 2 coffee shops.

Information Desk – Available in the Arrivals area.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Medical Services – A First Aid room is available. Seek an airport staff member for assistance.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Pharmacy – The Mart Kiosk offers pharmaceutical products.

Prayer Area – Yes. Seek an airport staff member for access to the prayer room.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

While it appears that this airport closes at night, as of this update, we were unable to confirm airport hours of operation. We recommend that you read a few reviews before deciding to sleep in the airport overnight. If you know the airport hours, click here to update this airport guide.


As of February 2019, Port Elizabeth airport is served by the following airlines: British Airways • Cemair • FlySafair • Mango Airlines • South African Airways • South African Express.


Car Rentals

These car rental agencies offer service on-site: Avis • Bidvest Car Rental • Dollar • Europcar • First Car Rental • Hertz • Tempest • Thrifty • Woodford Car Hire.


Metered taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area of the airport.

Last updated: 2019-02-05

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.