Getting Around

The most popular form of public transport in Nairobi are matatus, minibuses that operate on set routes. Cheap but unregulated, these overcrowded vehicles have become part of Kenyan culture. No less risky are the local bus services, renowned for speeding and dangerous driving.

Taxis are widely available and convenient, usually congregating around hotels and areas frequented by tourists. If they aren't metered, the fare should be agreed upon before departure. Nairobi taxis are marked with a yellow line along the side of the vehicle, or appear as large black London taxis.

The better taxi companies have more modern vehicles, which are booked by telephone. The best option if you are spending a day or two in the city is probably to hire a taxi and driver recommended for you by your hotel or tour operator. Three-wheel auto-rickshaws, or tuk-tuks, are also used as taxis in Nairobi. Walking in the city can be dangerous and is not a good idea after dark or outside of tourist areas.


Nairobi Airport

The airport is situated 10 miles (16km) southeast of Nairobi.

Nairobi Airport (NBO)


The airport is situated 10 miles (16km) southeast of Nairobi.

Getting to the city

The bus services leave fairly regularly for the city centre; most travellers however take a taxi or arrange to be picked up by their hotel or tour operator.


GMT +3.

Car rental

Most worldwide rental companies are represented at the airport.

Airport Taxis

Taxis take passengers to the central city hotels and its best to negotiate a fixed fare upfront.

Transfer between terminals

There is a shuttle service available.


The facilities at the airport are fairly limited, but include a bank and bureau de change, left luggage, telephones, medical aid, a bar and restaurant, duty-free shops selling curios, tourist information, and hotel reservations. There are disabled facilities, but passengers should advise their airline in advance of any special needs.


Parking at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is charged at KSH 60 per hour for short-term parking.