Kenya’s transport infrastructure- airlines, railways, roads, luxury touring buses, trains and car hire vehicles -is reliable and it is easy for tourists to travel comfortably and quickly from one part of the country to another.
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.
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.
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
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.
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