About Nairobi’s Airports

Jomo Kenyatta International is named after Kenya’s very first president and prime minister, who is recognised as the founding father of the nation. It’s the 9th busiest airport in Africa with Kenya Airways, Jambojet, Fly540 and African Express Airways using it as their main carrier hub. It can be a tricky airport to navigate, but there are signs you can follow. Those will lead you to the terminals for international carriers like British Airways, Emirates, Air Mauritius, Air India, Sabena, Air Zimbabwe, Rwandair Express, KLM, Ethiopian, Saudia and Egypt Air.

How to get from the airport to the Nairobi

Located on the Uhuru Highway, the airport is about a 15 to 30-minute drive from Nairobi city centre (traffic depending). On arrival, you will be met with a frenzy of taxi drivers all offering their services. However, if choosing to hire a taxi, it’s best to find the official desks, which are at the customs exit. There is also a CityBus stop outside arrivals with regular buses that will also take you into town. Many locals opt for a Citihopa, which is a mini-bus that runs from the airport to the Ambassador Hotel bus-stop. And of course, there is also the option of renting a car.

Travelling from Nairobi to Jomo Kenyatta Intl (NBO)

Asking your hotel to arrange a taxi to transport you from Nairobi to the airport is, without a doubt, the best transport option. That’s because here, taxis don’t cruise for passengers and, while you can find them parked around town, it can be inconvenient walking with your luggage. Matatus (minibus) follow most bus routes and the CityBus does have a stop at the airport too.

Distance from airport to Nairobi

Jomo Kenyatta is 3 miles (5 km) southwest of Nairobi.