How to Reach Nairobi - The Easiest Way to Reach Nairobi

How to get in and get around Nairobi

The way in which most people get around when they need public transport is by using the matatu (taxi), which is normally a minibus. They operate on regular routes and pick up passengers along the way, which is convenient as you can embark and disembark wherever you want to along the road. There are also regular bus services but these operate on a schedule and only according to time. You can identify the matabu by the yellow line on the side of the vehicle. For a more formal form of transportation, there are taxi companies that you can phone and make a booking.  There are also buses and trains that can be convenient if you want to travel around the city.

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Modes of Transportation in Nairobi

Know about the preferred mode of transport, average time spent and average distance traveled for commute in Nairobi. The most preferred mode of transport in Nairobi is Car.

Average distance: 17.3 km Average time: 55 min

  • Car 46.67%
    Driving 42.57 min Walking 1.14 min Overall average time for 18.12 kms 43.71 min
  • Walking 20%
    Walking 58.67 min Driving 12.67 min Overall average time for 10.17 kms 71.33 min
  • Bus/Trolleybus 26.67%
    Bus 56.25 min Walking 6.25 min Waiting 5 min Other 0.63 min Overall average time for 22.5 kms 68.13 min
  • Motorbike 3.33%
    Motorbike 10 min Overall average time for 7 kms 10 min

How to Reach Nairobi from Nearby Cities

Route Distance Time
Ngong to Nairobi 17.95 km 17 mins
Arusha to Nairobi 185.76 km 3 hours 5 mins
Mombasa to Nairobi 397.11 km 6 hours 37 mins
Kampala to Nairobi 493.58 km 8 hours 13 mins
Dar es salaam to Nairobi 549.64 km 9 hours 9 mins
Kigali to Nairobi 753.96 km 12 hours 33 mins
Asosa to Nairobi 1054.89 km 17 hours 34 mins
Riyadh to Nairobi 2402.59 km 40 hours 2 mins
Gaborone to Nairobi 2517.13 km 41 hours 57 mins
Johannesburg to Nairobi 2523.86 km 42 hours 3 mins
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