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Submitted on May 14, 2020 Useful Info

How to get to Kigali from Nairobi

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.

Available Airlines

  1. Rwandair Express
  2. Kenya Airways
  3. 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.

Bus Operators

  • 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.