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Submitted on Oct 13, 2019 Useful Info

Boda boda transport in Nairobi

If you would like to move from one point in Nairobi to another without being affected by the hectic traffic jam, then using a Boda Boda might be one of the few viable options you have.

Boda Bodas are motorcycles or bicycles typically used for transport.

  • In Nairobi, the term "Boda" prevails more than the full name, Bodaboda.
  • Like all public transport means, Boda Bodas come with their share of advantages and disadvantages.

Why use a Boda Boda?

  1. It's cheaper than an Uber.
  2. It is fast. A Boda can maneuver around the streets of Nairobi to escape traffic.
  3. Can offer door to door services.
  4. It is flexible. Boda Boda transport doesn't require a routine.
  5. Highly ubiquitous as compared to Ubers or Matatus

Reasons not to use Boda Bodas

  1. Has a less developed ride-sharing company. Accessing a Boda Boda might require you to get to the stage or, make private arrangements with your trusted Boda Boda operator.
  2. Very unsafe. Boda Bodas have contributed to a lot of accidents and collisions leading to unnecessary injuries or untimely deaths.


  • A Boda Boda should carry ONLY one passenger.
  • The passenger MUST wear their helmet and a reflector.
  • Boda Bodas are banned from accessing Nairobi's CBD if you need to move around CBD go for an uber or taxi.