Transport in Kenya – Overview
Transport in Kenya is diversified with transport infrastructure such as airlines, railways, roads, luxury touring buses, trains and car hire vehicles Kenya Transport is reliable and it is easy for tourists to travel comfortably and quickly from one part of the country to another.
The best mode of road transport available for tourists moving around towns is by taxi. Car rentals are a convenient option for people who prefer self drive. Tours and travel companies offer experienced chauffer driven tour guides for best tours and travel experiences to all the major national parks and game reserves across the country. Some hotels and lodges may also offer their own transport to the national parks either as a complimentary or at a nominal fee to guests.
Transport in Kenya – Airlines
A number of international airlines, including British Airways, Kenya Airways and KLM, operate regular scheduled flights to and from Kenya. Several domestic airlines operate within the country. There are also trains (selected routes), buses and shuttle services to all parts of the country.
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is a 20-minute drive from the Nairobi city centre. Taxis are readily available, including State-controlled KENATCO and London-style cabs, which work on a fixed rate and charge per kilometre travelled. However, most tourist hotels have minibus transport, which can be arranged at the reception.
Mombasa’s Moi International Airport is on the Kenyan coast near Mombasa port city. Allow an extra half an hour on your journey to the south coast because of the Likoni Ferry crossing. Most international visitors will arrive through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi.
Kenya Airways (KQ) offers scheduled connections from JKIA and regular daily flights to Mombasa, Malindi, Lamu and Kisumu. A return flight from Nairobi to Mombasa will cost about Sh11,000 ($137.5). Online booking is available. Check in is 45 minutes before departure for local flights and two hours for international ones.
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A low-cost airline, F1y540, flies from JKIA and offers scheduled connections to Mombasa, Malindi, Lamu, Kisumu and Masai Mara. Plans are afoot to extend the service to the East African region. Online booking is possible. Another airline, Air Kenya, flies from Wilson Airport in Nairobi to Mombasa, Malindi, Lamu Amboseli, Masai Mara, Meru, Nanyuki and Sambum.
The lounge features a Dorman’s cafe. Check in can be done up to 15 minutes before departure. Wilson Airport is a major hub for local flights to the nature reserves in Kenya and to cities in neighboring countries.
The East African Safari Air flies from Nairobi to Malindi, Kisumu and Lokichoggio. Most charter tourists fly directly to the coastal airports of Mombasa or Malindi.
Transport in Kenya – Buses
Kenya has a network of long-distance bus lines. Speed is limited to 80km an hour. Local buses are run by private companies such as the green and yellow Citi Hoppa, which charges an inexpensive fee
They have regular services in and out of the Nairobi city suburbs. They usually seat 20-35 passengers (no standing passengers allowed by law) and are cleaner and less hectic than matatus. Matatus are privately operated minibuses, typically for between 14 and 25 passengers, operating over short and medium distances. Matatus provide a cheap and quick method of transport in all the major towns and rural areas. The name matatu hails from the Kiswahili word tatu(three). At the beginning of the business, the standard fare was three 10-cent coins
Transport in Kenya – Railway
The Kenya-Uganda railway starts in Mombasa via Nairobi to Kampala, Uganda. This is the famous ‘Lunatic Express’ featured Michael Douglas film, The Ghost and the Darkness. Most global car hire agencies have offices in Nairobi and Mombasa, and offer expensive but reliable cars with a full back-up network. One can also hire cheaper cars from local distributors.
Transport in Kenya – Taxi Apps
With advanced technology, one can now get a taxi by using mobile applications such as: Easy Taxi, which connects taxi drivers and passengers. The application is available for Android, iOS, Blackberry, and Windows Phone devices, as well as for B2B clients through EasyTaxi Pro and Easy Taxi Corporate solutions.