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Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Map

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

Nairobi, Kenya

Latitude: -1.32, Longitude: 36.93

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, formerly called Embakasi Airport and Nairobi International Airport, is Kenya's largest aviation facility, and the busiest airport in Eastern Africa ...

Nairobi Wilson Airport Map

Nairobi Wilson Airport

Nairobi, Kenya

Latitude: -1.32, Longitude: 36.81

Wilson Airport is located five kilometres south of Nairobi, Kenya, next to Langata, South C and Kibera. The airport has been in operation since 1933. The airport serves both domestic and international traffic ...

Get In

    Prior to entering Kenya, citizens of some countries have to have a visa before entry. Citizens from most other countries will be able to obtain a visa upon entry at the airport or border crossing (if overlanding). A single Entry Visa costs US$25 (has gone down from US$50) valid for three months and a transit visa will cost US$15 (from mid-2009). Border visas can also be paid in Euros. If you are only traveling through the country via a connecting flight and will not leave the secure area of the airport you will not need a visa.

    A single entry visa is useful if you intend to stay in the country and not leave at all. It is also valid if you do not leave the East African region (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania,check on Rwanda). This means you can visit them and then come back without needing a multiple entry visa. However,if you intend to leave East Africa and then come back to Nairobi,you will need a multiple entry visa.

  • By boat

    Entry into Nairobi by boat is of course not possible, however one could certainly arrive in Kenya by boat via Mombasa or Lamu, proceeding by road, air or rail to Nairobi. Immigration should be processed at the port facility.

  • By bus

    Kenya’s bus system is mostly reliable * There are many bus companies that have routes going to and from the country’s different cities, including Nairobi, which is the centre of the bus network.

  • By plane

    Regular flights to Nairobi are operated by Air Kenya, Kenya Airways, KLM, SAS, BMI, British Airways, Turkish Airlines, Fly Emirates, Egypt Air and Qatar Airways. Kenya Airways is the national airline and travels throughout Europe, America, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. Nairobi’s main airport is JKIA Jomo Kenyatta International Airport , which is 15 km (9 mi) southeast from the center of the city. If taking a taxi from JKIA, use a reputable taxi, many are waiting outside for to give you conveyance, and the cost should be very near 1,500KSh to the city centre; Westlands or such places more west or north will be more. When taking a taxi to your accommodation, do not be inveigled into taking their recommendation for accommodation although this is very at your own risk. There is also Wilson Airport, 11 km (7 mi) south from the city's center, that is for domestic flights, more lighter, Cessna-type aircrafts can be seen there. The military/ government airport is in Eastleigh district (pron: "East-Lee"), a very large residential area of housing in the east/north-east of Nairobi, but the government airport is fenced around and does not handle civilian traffic. From the center, you can take Bus #34 for 50KSH, to the international airport, from in front of the Ambassador Hotel.

  • By train

    The city is also accessible by trains, with daily arrivals and departures at the Nairobi Railway station. The trains go east to Mombasa and west to Kisumu. There are 3 classes: First, Second and General. First and Second are sleepers. First have 2 seats in a cabin, Second have 4. In Second Class genders are separated unless you purchase the entire compartment of 4 seats. First-class costs around $50 all inclusive: bedding, breakfast, dinner; Second is $35 all inclusive. Both can be purchased without bedding or food. Tickets have to be booked through the office on Station Road in south-central Nairobi, or online.

Get Around

    Be careful getting around Nairobi. Traffic is very bad like any other major city, but if you use common sense and a local or guide you should be able to get where you want.

  • By foot

    Walking around Nairobi is fairly easy since the city is small and places are easy to get to. However, there are some areas within the city where tourists should not go, and walking around at night should be minimised.

  • By road

    Car hire from the airport is possible, and fairly painless with prices in line with other African countries. Nairobi in recent past has had a severe car-jacking problem, but because of increased police check-points it is marginally safer these days. Traveling during the day reduces your chances of getting car-jacked as most car-jackings occur after dark.

  • By taxi

    Taxis are not very cheap, but will make city life easier, and safer, at least at night. Prices should always be set before the trip, and paid afterwards. They can be found parked around hotels and tourist areas. The taxis tend to be marked with a yellow line on each side. Your best bet is to ask a local or at your hotel. Matatus (public minibuses/ commuter buses) are all right for traveling to the suburbs, but the best choice is probably the City Hoppa bus service and of late the revived Kenya Bus Service. Beware of traffic jams on the large motorways, not only in the rush hours.

Get Out

Smoking is against the law out on the streets in the city center (the downtown grid area with numerous skyscrapers). There are certain smoking zones, and outside of the city center it becomes much easier to find locations where it is acceptable. However, a general rule would be to not smoke along the side of any roads or streets with pedestrians and/or vehicles. Be observant and take your cues from other smokers - if there are no smokers or cigarette butts on the ground, it is likely a non-smoking location.

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