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Travelling to Knysna

How to get to Knysna, including information for international visitors. Links to related websites (in bold) are provided for further information.

Ports of Entry

For international visitors South Africa has many Ports of Entry, whether by air, sea or land.


South Africa has 5 international airports, the nearest to Knysna being Cape Town International Airport (c. 472 km) ...

Knynsa does not have it's own airport.
The nearest airports are in Plettenberg Bay (c. 34 km), George (c. 70 km), and Gqeberha (previously known as Port Elizabeth) (c. 274 km) ...

PBZ  -  Plettenberg Bay Airport is the smallest and is served by ...

GRJ  -  George Airport has more flights daily and is served by the following airlines ...

PLZ  -  Chief Dawid Stuurman International Airport (previously known as Port Elizabeth Airport) is much larger and is served by ...


Knynsa was first declared a port in 1817, and de-proclaimed in 1827. The harbour was closed in 1954.
Knysna Municipality 2013 ... "From information available, the entrance into the harbour via The Heads is a dangerous passing and as such deemed not a serious commercial viability to develop to a greater extent"


There are no passenger rail services in the Knysna area.
Passenger services to Knysna were withdrawn in 1964, and the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe stopped running in August 2006.

Bus / Coach

Knysna is served by a number of bus / coach services, mainly en-route between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth ...

There are no public bus services in Knysna.

Minicab / Taxi

There is no Uber service in Knysna, but there are a number of private minicab / taxi companies operating in the area, including ...

Minibus / Taxi

Local minibuses operate a hop on / hop off service, the main taxi rank being in Nelson Street in the town centre.

Car Rental

Garden Route Car Rental , based at Waterfront Drive in Knysna, provides premium rental cars at affordable rates. With delivery in George, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay their fleet will provide Comfort, Safety and Luxury.

Tortoise Car Hire is a local car rental company based in Sedgefield. Priding themselves on their quality service and timely delivery, they can arrange for a car to be delivered to you anywhere in the Garden Route including Mossel Bay, Knysna, George, Plettenberg Bay and Wilderness. They also operate AutoHireSA based in George.

George, Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) and Cape Town airports are all served by the major car rental companies ...


Knysna is situated on the N2 National route which runs from Cape Town via George (to the west) through Plettenberg Bay to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) and beyond (to the east).

When driving from the west there are a number of alternatives to the N2, for example the Cape Route R62 from Cape Town, or the 7 Passes Road from George. These will add extra time to the journey.

From the east the R102 from Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) can be used for some of the journey, until rejoining the N2 before Storms River.
Note that the N2 in Tsitsikamma is a toll road. The toll booth is situated between Storms River and The Crags.
The alternative route, the R102, cannot be used to bypass this as both the Storms River Pass and Bloukrans River Pass are closed.


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To the North
Nearest Airports
International Airports
Border Control
Knysna and the Knysna Estuary, through The Heads to the Indian Ocean. View from Westhill Luxury Guest House.
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