There are 3 ways to get to Kigali from Nairobi, that is by bus, by plane or by car.
The following is a brief guide that exhausts all you need to know about travelling from the capital of Nairobi to the city of Kigali.
From Nairobi to Kigali by Flight
- The distance between Nairobi and Kigali is 755 km but the road distance is longer and covers a whole 1164.2 km.
- The flight takes about two and a half hours to fly from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi to Kigali Airport in Rwanda.
- Depending on your location, you'll need to take a taxi that will drive you to the airport. The airport is only 18 km from Nairobi's CBD.
- The taxi will take about 20 minutes, and will cost you around $40-$50.
- You'll then take a flight that will take about 1h 20m to arrive at Kigali Airport.
- Depending on your desirable comfort, you'll pay an average of around $120-$200.
- After every 1 hour, there's a bus that drives passengers to Kigali City.
- It will only cost you $2 and it's a 20 minutes drive.
- Rwandair Express
- Kenya Airways
- Jambojet Limited
From Nairobi to Kigali by bus
- This is the cheapest way to get to Kigali from Nairobi. The journey costs around $20-$40 and takes about 17h 15m to arrive in Kigali.
- Modern Coast has a direct bus from Nairobi to Kigali.
- Buses depart twice daily and operate every day.
From Nairobi to Kigali by car
- You can choose to drive from Nairobi to Kigali, a journey that takes about 16h 46m.
- The road distance is 1642 km and the fuel cost for the entire journey costs around 100- 150 USD.
- There are many rental cars in Nairobi. You can hire one at an affordable price.