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There are 5 ways to get from Port Elizabeth to Mthatha by plane, bus or car

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Fly  •  3 h 57 min

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

$81 - $180

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Bus Greyhound ZA  •  9 h 11 min

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

$18 - $26

3 alternative options

Bus Citiliner  •  7 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Port Elizabeth to Umtata

$21 - $35

Bus Eldo Coaches  •  7 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from Port Elizabeth to Queenstown
  2. Take the bus from Queenstown to Engcobo
  3. Take the bus from Engcobo to Umtata

Drive  •  6 h 32 min

  1. Drive from Port Elizabeth to Mthatha 303.1 miles

$45 - $70

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The cheapest way to get from Port Elizabeth to Mthatha is to bus which costs R 270 - R 370 and takes 9 h 11 min.

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The quickest way to get from Port Elizabeth to Mthatha is to fly which costs R 1 100 - R 2 600 and takes 3 h 57 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Port Elizabeth and arriving at Umtata. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7 h 30 min.

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The distance between Port Elizabeth and Mthatha is 397 km. The road distance is 485 km.

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The best way to get from Port Elizabeth to Mthatha without a car is to bus which takes 7 h 30 min and costs R 300 - R 450.

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It takes approximately 3 h 57 min to get from Port Elizabeth to Mthatha, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Port Elizabeth to Mthatha is to fly which takes 3 h 57 min and costs R 1 100 - R 2 600. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs R 300 - R 450 and takes 7 h 30 min.

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There is no direct flight from Port Elizabeth Airport to Umtata Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 50 min and has one stopover.

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

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Map of how to get from Port Elizabeth to Mthatha.
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  • Distance: 247.9 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 57 min

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

South African Airways, Mango and two other airlines fly from Port Elizabeth to Mthatha every 3 hours. Alternatively, Citiliner operates a bus from Port Elizabeth to Mthatha once daily. Tickets cost $22 - $35 and the journey takes 7 h 30 min. Greyhound ZA also services this route once daily.

Airlines
South African Airways
Website
flysaa.com
Flights from Port Elizabeth to Umtata via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
4 h 34 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $320
Flights from Port Elizabeth to Umtata via Capetown, Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Bus operators
Citiliner
Phone
087 352 0352
Email
enquiries@citiliner.co.za
Website
citiliner.co.za
Bus from Port Elizabeth to Umtata
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Schedules at
citiliner.co.za
Greyhound ZA
Phone
+27 11 611 8000
Email
enquiries@greyhound.co.za
Website
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Port Elizabeth to Umtata
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $29
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Grahamstown to Umtata
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $26
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
Eldo Coaches
Phone
086 113 5367
Email
info@eldocoaches.co.za
Website
eldocoaches.co.za
Bus from Port Elizabeth to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
eldocoaches.co.za
Vaal Maseru
Phone
014 534 0593/4/5
Email
info@vaalmaseru.co.za
Website
vaalmaseru.co.za
Bus from Queenstown to Engcobo
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
vaalmaseru.co.za
Bus from Engcobo to Umtata
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
vaalmaseru.co.za
TransLux Express
Phone
011 774 8304
Email
translux@apx.co.za
Website
translux.co.za
Bus from Port Elizabeth to Grahamstown
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
res.prasa.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Port Elizabeth to Mthatha is 485 km. It takes approximately 6 h 32 min to drive from Port Elizabeth to Mthatha.

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British Airways, Safair and South African Airways offer flights from Port Elizabeth Airport to Umtata Airport.

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There are 14+ hotels available in Mthatha. Prices start at $38 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Port Elizabeth to Port Elizabeth Airport is to taxi which takes 4 min and costs R 60 - R 75.

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