Kenya travel guide


Nairobi Travel Guide

Getting Nairobi

Nairobi, located 140 kilometers south of the equator, it is the arrival point for many visitors, and the city is well served by international airlines. A good road network links the city to other major East African urban centers. Railways link Nairobi to Mombasa and Kisumu.

A visa can be purchased at the airport, a single Entry Visa will cost US $50 valid for three months and a transit Visa will cost US $20.

Nairobi is well connected to all major destinations to all major destinations of Europe and Africa. From Europe direct flights are available from cities like London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Madrid, Moscow, Athens, Rome, and Zurich.

Over thirty international airlines provide scheduled flights to Kenya. Some of the airlines flying to Nairobi include British Airways, Air France, Cameroon Airlines, El-Al, Sabena, Air Malawi, Air India, SAS, Lufthansa, Egypt Air, Ethiopia Airlines, Air Tanzania, Air Mauritius, Japan Airlines, Gulf Air, Air Madagascar, Iberia, KLM, Aeroflot, Olympic Airways, South African Airways, Alitalia, Swiss Air, Pakistan International Airlines, among other airlines.

Kenya Airways is the national airline for Kenya and offers a broad range of destinations in Africa and the world.

Flying time from Europe to Nairobi is approximately 8 hours and from North America 16 hours. Additionally, there is an exit tax on flights out of the country.

Nairobi's main airport is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (IATA: NBO, ICAO: HKJK) located 15 kms out of the centre of the city via the Mombasa Highway; it is the largest airport in East and Central Africa. It offers flights to many destinations in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Wilson is other main airport in Nairobi, located 11 kms from the city's center, is the hub for domestic flights throughout Kenya and some flights to other East African destinations, it is busier than Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Kenya has an adequate bus network and Nairobi is the centre of this, there are many bus companies that have routes going to and from the country's different cities. Buses and Matatus, privately owned minibuses, are the most common and popular form of public transport in Nairobi.

There are a larger number of long-distance bus companies that provide transportation to most urban centers of the country, such as Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Kisii and Kericho. Bus companies also provide regular service from neighboring countries of Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia.

Machakos Country Bus Station is one of the most important in Nairobi, there are buses travelling to Western, Nyanza, Rift Valley and Central Province. There are other small bus terminals located in the downtown area of the city centre.

Name Address Telephone
Akamba Public Road Services Ltd Kitui Rd, Off Kampala Rd 254-2 535627
Kilungu Express Bus Services Ltd P.O. Box 10278, Nairobi 254-2 760107
City Link Express Ltd River Rd. 254-2 218605
Malindi Bus Services Duruma/ Kumasi Rd 254-2 229662
City Link Ltd P.O. Box 42445, Nairobi 254-2 249089
Mwingi Coach Ltd P.O. Box 16405, Nairobi 254-2 765763
Coastline Safaris Accra/Duruma Rd 254-2 245840
Kenya Bus Service Ltd General Waruinge St. 254-2 229707
Garex (K) Ltd. General Waruinge St. 254-2 760011
Sunbird Services Ltd. Accra Rd, Nairobi 254-2 251310
Goldline Ltd. Cross Rd. 254-2 225279
Tawfiq Bus Services Duruma Rd 254-2 338920
Gusii Deluxe Ltd Opp OTC, Temple Rd 254-2 220059

Nairobi was founded as a railway town, this is a good reason to try out this slow but comfortable mode of transport. The Kenya railway corporation has railway stations in Nairobi and in most towns in Kenya. There are daily arrivals and departures at the Nairobi Railway Station, with regular overnight connection between Nairobi - Mombasa and Nairobi - Kisumu. A trip on train is an opportunity to view and enjoy the Kenyan sights and scenes.

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