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How To Get in Kenya

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By plane

Kenya Airways (KQ) is the national airline and one of the largest and most renowned in Africa. KQ has numerous regional (e.g. to Johannesburg, Harare, Cairo, Entebbe, Accra, etc.) and international (e.g. to Dubai, London, Amsterdam, Mumbai, etc.) connections. It is also an associate member of SkyTeam.

Kenya has 3 international airports:

  • Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi. About 20 minutes from the main business district.
  • Moi International Airport in Mombasa.
  • Eldoret International Airport (local flights and cargo only).

Jomo Kenyatta is the main arrival point for visitors travelling to Kenya by air. There are excellent air links between KQ and major tourist destinations such as Mombasa, Kisumu and Malindi.

Fluggesellschaften, die NBO anfliegen, sind : Air Arabia, African Express Airways, Air Mauritius, Lufthansa, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, China southern airlines, Condor Airlines, Egypt Air, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Fly Sax, Kenya Airways, KLM Royal Dutch, LAM Mozambique airlines, Jubba airways, Precision Air Tanzania, Qatar Airways, Saudi Arabian Airlines, South African Airways, RwandAir, Swiss International Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Jombo Jet.

More and more airlines are flying to Kenya, and Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport has become a hub for Central and East Africa. From Nairobi, Kenya Airways (among others) operates direct flights to Lagos, Nigeria, Bamako, Mali and several other countries in West Africa, including direct flights to Bangkok as well as connecting flights to Hong Kong and China.

By train

Train services are only available between Kenya’s two largest cities. There is no passenger train service linking Kenya to neighbouring countries, although freight lines exist and international passenger services are planned for the future. The SGR standard gauge railway (so called because it will be the first major standard gauge 1435 mm railway line in the region) is being built at a cost of nearly 0.5 trillion shillings, and will connect the country and the region seamlessly. Construction began in 2013 and is expected to connect Mombasa and Nairobi by 2017, after which other extensions are expected to come into service.

By car

Main roads are good, but secondary roads can be bad. All neighbouring countries are accessible: Ethiopia via the border town of Moyale, Uganda via Busia and Malaba, and Tanzania via Namanga and Lungarunga. Turkana, Marsabit, Moyale, Mandera, Garissa, Isiolo and parts of Ijara are considered insecure and vulnerable to banditry and terrorist attacks from Somalia. Before travelling to the northern region, check if there are any security instructions or if you need to arrange a security escort in advance.

Kenya’s major cities are relatively ideal for a drive. The public transport system is a bit chaotic, with matatus (7-seater vans, 9-seater vans, 26 and 33-seater minibuses) being the most popular forms of public transport. As public transport is generally inconvenient or irregular, it is advisable to rent a car or use a taxi.

By bus

There is a regular bus connection to/from the airport.

Nairobi (Kenya) & Arusha (Tanzania); Nairobi (Kenya) & Kampala (Uganda); Mombasa (Kenya) & Dar es Salaam (Tanzania); Kisumu (Kenya) & Kampala (Uganda) ;

  • The modern Coast Express has buses of
  • from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam at a cost of Ksh 3250.
  • From Nairobi to Kampala. Rates from Ksh2400. 4 times a day.
  • From Nairobi to Jinja. Rates from Ksh2000.
  • From Nairobi to Kigali. Rates from Ksh3700.
  • From Nairobi to Arusha. Rates from Ksh1100.
  • From Nairobi to Moshi. Rates from Ksh1300.
  • From Nairobi to Mwanza. Rates from Ksh1500.
  • From Mombasa to Dar es Salaam. Rates from Ksh1200.
  • From Mombasa to Tanga. Rates from Ksh800.
  • Kisuma in Kampala. Tariff of Ksh1500. 3 times a day

By boat

It is limited to Lake Victoria (e.g. from Mwanza in Tanzania to Bukoba in Tanzania) and the coastal zone (e.g. Mombasa-Zanzibar cruises).

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