There are 6 ways to get from Mthatha to Port Elizabeth by bus, car or plane

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Bus Citiliner  •  7 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Umtata to Port Elizabeth

$20 - $35

5 alternative options

Bus TransLux Express  •  8 h 11 min

  1. Take the bus from Umtata to Idutywa
  2. Take the bus from Idutywa to Port Elizabeth

Bus Baz Bus  •  9 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Mthatha to Port Elizabeth

Drive  •  6 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Mthatha to Port Elizabeth 303.1 miles

$45 - $70

Fly from Umtata  •  4 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Umtata (UTT) to Port Elizabeth (PLZ) UTT - PLZ

$146 - $269

Bus to East London, fly  •  5 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from Umtata to East London
  2. Fly from East London (ELS) to Port Elizabeth (PLZ) ELS - PLZ

$128 - $459

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Umtata and arriving at Port Elizabeth. Services depart twice daily. The journey takes approximately 7 h 45 min.

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The distance between Mthatha and Port Elizabeth is 397 km. The road distance is 484.9 km.

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The best way to get from Mthatha to Port Elizabeth without a car is to bus which takes 7 h 45 min and costs .

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The bus from Umtata to Port Elizabeth takes 7 h 45 min including transfers and departs twice daily.

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Mthatha to Port Elizabeth bus services, operated by Citiliner, depart from Umtata station.

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The best way to get from Mthatha to Port Elizabeth is to bus which takes 7 h 45 min and costs . Alternatively, you can fly, which costs and takes 4 h 47 min.

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There is no direct flight from Umtata Airport to Port Elizabeth Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 30 min and has one stopover.

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Mthatha to Port Elizabeth bus services, operated by Citiliner, arrive at Port Elizabeth station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Mthatha to Port Elizabeth is 485 km. It takes approximately 6 h 33 min to drive from Mthatha to Port Elizabeth.

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Mango and South African Airways offer flights from Umtata Airport to Port Elizabeth Airport.

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Map of how to get from Mthatha to Port Elizabeth.
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  • Distance: 247.9 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 45 min

What companies run services between Mthatha, South Africa and Port Elizabeth, South Africa?

Citiliner operates a bus from Mthatha to Port Elizabeth once daily. Tickets cost $22 - $35 and the journey takes 7 h 45 min. Greyhound ZA also services this route once daily. Alternatively, South African Airways and Mango fly from Mthatha to Port Elizabeth 5 times a day.

Airlines
South African Airways
Website
flysaa.com
Flights from Umtata to Port Elizabeth via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
5 h 22 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Umtata to Port Elizabeth via Johannesburg, Durban
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Umtata to Port Elizabeth via Johannesburg, Capetown
Ave. Duration
8 h 55 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $250
Flights from East London to Port Elizabeth
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $420
Bus operators
Citiliner
Phone
087 352 0352
Email
enquiries@citiliner.co.za
Website
citiliner.co.za
Bus from Umtata to Port Elizabeth
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Schedules at
citiliner.co.za
Bus from Umtata to East London
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Schedules at
citiliner.co.za
Greyhound ZA
Phone
+27 11 611 8000
Email
enquiries@greyhound.co.za
Website
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Umtata to Port Elizabeth
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $28
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Umtata to Idutywa
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $18
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Umtata to East London
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
TransLux Express
Phone
011 774 8304
Email
translux@apx.co.za
Website
translux.co.za
Bus from Idutywa to Port Elizabeth
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
res.prasa.com
Baz Bus
Phone
+27 21 422 5202
Email
info@bazbus.com
Website
bazbus.com
Bus from Mthatha to Port Elizabeth
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
4 times a week
Schedules at
bazbus.com

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There are 312+ hotels available in Port Elizabeth. Prices start at $36 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Mthatha to Umtata Airport is to taxi which takes 12 min and costs .

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