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East London

Getting Here and Around

The small and easy-to-navigate East London (ELS) airport is served daily by South African Airways and SA Airlink. The budget airline 1time flies here from both Johannesburg and Cape Town. The airport has all the expected facilities. There's also an airport shuttle service called the Little Red Bus, which will drop you off at your hotel, but you'll need to book it in advance.

Greyhound and Intercape Mainliner have pretty reliable and reasonably priced bus services from the country's major cities, including Johannesburg and Cape Town, but the distances are long. The Minilux minibus service also travels from Port Elizabeth to East London via Grahamstown. All the buses stop and depart from the coach terminal in town. A more convenient option is the Baz Bus, which travels to East London, Cintsa, and Coffee Bay and will drop you off at your lodgings.

It's easiest and best to tour this region by car. The major rental agencies have offices at East London's airport and in the city's downtown section. One-way rentals are available. Roads are wide, often dual lane, and well maintained. Northeast of East London there are long sections of road that are relatively broad and well maintained, but they are all unfenced—meaning livestock can wander onto the road—and some stretches have potholes.

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