Kenya Transport Guide

Public transport is very established in Kenya, but there are still several ways to get away from cross-country trains, short or long-distance buses, local matatus (minibuses) and taxis. You can hire a car in Kenya, but you best have your wits about you as the road rules here are very loose. There are also 15 airports with paved runways if you’re short on time/patience.

How to get around Kenya

Nairobi is the only city in Kenya with an effective municipal bus service, but there are around 25,000 matatus (minibuses) around the country that manage the bulk of the public transport system. Shared Peugeot taxis are little more expensive but are a more direct option. Boda-bodas (bicycle taxis) are easy to catch in areas where standard taxis are harder to find, but even in the smallest Kenyan towns there is at least one banged-up old taxi. A train with sleeping car accommodation runs between the port of Mombasa and Nairobi and is a great option for tourists - make sure you opt for a first- or second-class ticket. There are also plenty of hire car companies, however rental rates are among the highest in the world and driving in Kenya is pretty sketchy – police bribes are not uncommon and the biggest danger on the road isn’t a rogue elephant but the other drivers.