Here we look at the best way of getting to Kenya from any part of the world. Flying is the only straightforward way of getting to Kenya, unless you’re travelling overland from southern Africa. Kenya has two main International Airports which are Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), located 15km southeast of Nairobi and Moi International Airport (MBA), located 9km west of Mombasa.
The main point of arrival is Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, which receives majority of the international scheduled flights. Moi International Airport also receives some of the scheduled international flight, but it mainly receives chartered flights from Europe and Britian.
Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is the largest aviation facility and the busiest airport in East Africa. The airport serves the country's capital city and it's Africa's premier hub and ideal gateaway into and out of East and Central Africa. Nairobi being the main point of arrival, most Kenya Safaris to the world-class National Reserves and Parks such as Masai Mara and Amboseli starts here.
Moi International Airport, Mombasa is Kenya's second largest airport, mostly used by visitors flying to coastal Kenya for a beach holiday. The airport is also main point of arrival for chartered flights from Britian and Europe.
There are many frequent direct and indirect flights to Kenya by a great number of major airlines. Kenya Airways www.kenya-airways.com is the national airline. British airways and Emirates are some of the other airlines that offer flights to Kenya. Kenya airways and British airways operates direct flights to Nairobi and from the UK.
Below is a list of some of the airlines that offer flights to Kenya:
For multiple destination flights as well as which other airlines offer direct or indirect flights to Kenya and how much a ticket cost. Please check Skyscannner www.skyscanner.com and Expedia www.expedia.com
Flight times [ approximate depending on specific airlines]:
- From London - 8 hours 45 minutes
- From Los Angeles - 21 hours [including stopover]
- From New York - 16 hours 30 minutes [including stopover]
- From Sydney - 22 hours [including stopover]
- From Toronto - 16 hours [including stopover]
There are two main international road crossings into Kenya, which are from Uganda and Tanzania. The main crossing points from Tanzania are at Lunga Lunga, south of Mombasa and Namanga border, on the road to Arusha. One can also cross the border at Taveta and Isebania, where there are smaller posts. From Uganda the main crossing points are at Malaba and Busia. Travelling to/ from Tanzania, there are several comfortable shuttle bus companies that operates between Nairobi, Arusha and Moshi. The buses take roughly about 8 hours one way. Some of these operators include Riverside shuttles and Regional luxury shuttles. From Kampala Uganda to Nairobi the most reliable bus operators are Queen's coach and Easy coach.
Namanga border between Kenya and Tanzania
Lunga Lunga border between Kenya and Tanzania
Busia border between Kenya and Uganda
Malaba border between Kenya and Uganda