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Mombasa Travel Guide

Getting Mombasa

Mombasa, the central point for the entire Kenya's coastal region, is a city that can be easily accessed of any mode of transportation such as by air, road, rail and sea.


BY AIR

The city has one airport called Moi International Airport (MBA) is located about 13 kilometers (8 miles) west of the city of Mombasa on a North Westerly direction. Airport departure tax for international flights is usually included in the cost of your ticket. Immigration procedures in Kenyan airports tend to be extremely slow, so it is advisable to be patient.

There are a number of matatus and bus companies that will take you directly from the airport to the resorts on the north and south coasts. Kenya Airways has a bus service to their centre office. Taxis are also widely available. If you have to money, flying is the best way to get to Mombasa.

There are several scheduled flights. Airlines flying to Mombasa include:

Airline Address Telephone
African Safari Airways Shanzu Road, P.O. Box 81443 (011) 485522
Air Kenya Aviation P.O. Box 84700 Mombasa (011) 433982
British Airways Trade Bank Hse, P.O. Box 90045 Mombasa (011) 224206
Eagle Aviation Ltd P.O. Box 93926 Mombasa (011) 434503/5
Gulf Air Ambalal Hse, Nkrumah Rd (011) 312820, 311637
Kenya Airways P.O. Box 99302 Mombasa +254 (0)41 221251
Kenya Airways Nyali Office +254 (0)41 5480422/3
LTU New Mombasa Malindi Road,
behind Uchumi Supermarket
+254 (0)41 476015
Thomsonfly P.O. Box 99596 (011) 225428


BY RAIL

Traveling to Mombasa is also possible by rail, there is a single railway system running from Mombasa through Nairobi to Uganda. Mombasa has a railway station and Kenya Railways runs overnight trains from Nairobi to Mombasa.

Train journeys are extremely comfortable, but quite long and delays are possible. First class ticket is good and passengers are provided with breakfast, lunch, dinner and free drinking water in a two person compartment; second class service includes two meals and a bed in a four person compartment; third class is for the Kenyans, but seats are limited. It is recommended to mind your valuables at night.

If you have a low monetary fund, the train is a good option and an excellent experience, a reminiscence of the colonial days in Kenya.

BY ROAD

Another method of getting to Mombasa is by road, the city is well connected, highways connect the city with any of the cities of the country (such as Nairobi, Malindi, and Lamu), various cities in Tanzania (including its capital Dar es Salaam) and Uganda.

The road from Nairobi to Mombasa is good and takes about 9 hours but there are a few sections outside the cities that are very poor. Buses leave for Mombasa both in the morning and in the night, most of the bus journeys are operated by the Kenya Bus service, you can take also the popular "matatus". Taxis and cabs are also available.

BY BUS

There are many bus companies running to Mombasa from major cities such as Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and Eldoret. Buses leave both in the morning and at night, the duration of the trip depends on the condition of the road. Buses are comfortable and relatively cheap, the fare depends on the bus company. If you are in Nairobi, most offices are located on Accra Road. If you are in Mombasa, most bus offices are on Jomo Kenyatta Avenue.

The most recommended bus companies are: EasyBus, Eldoret Express, Coast Bus, Stallion Bus, Akamba, Kenya Bus Service (tel. 254 41 222 4851), Stagecoach. You should buy your tickets in advance.

Taxis are also available; fares should be negotiated in advance.

BY WATER

Mombasa has the largest port in Kenya, there are a larger number of International cruises that have stops in Mombasa. Furthermore, a trip in a traditional dhow along the Kenyan coastline is a memorable travel experience, some of the best dhow cruises leave from Nyali.

The ferry service that connected Mombasa with Pemba, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar in Tanzania and also Chiamboni in Somalia is no longer running.

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