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There are 8 ways to get from Nairobi to Mombasa by plane, car, car ferry, train or bus

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly Nairobi to Mombasa  •  2 h 44 min

  1. Fly from Nairobi (NBO) to Mombasa (MBA) NBO - MBA

$72 - $238

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Bus  •  7 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Nairobi to Mombasa

$8 - $25

6 alternative options

Fly Nairobi Wilson to Mombasa  •  2 h 23 min

  1. Fly from Nairobi Wilson (WIL) to Mombasa (MBA) WIL - MBA

$74 - $414

Fly Nairobi Wilson to Ukunda, drive, car ferry  •  3 h 5 min

  1. Fly from Nairobi Wilson (WIL) to Ukunda (UKA) WIL - UKA
  2. Drive from Ukunda to Likoni
  3. Take the car ferry from Likoni to Mombasa

$84 - $276

Fly Nairobi to Ukunda, drive, car ferry  •  3 h 46 min

  1. Fly from Nairobi (NBO) to Ukunda (UKA) NBO - UKA
  2. Drive from Ukunda to Likoni
  3. Take the car ferry from Likoni to Mombasa

$49 - $350

Fly Nairobi Wilson to Vipingo  •  6 h 28 min

  1. Fly from Nairobi Wilson (WIL) to Vipingo (VPG) WIL - VPG

$120 - $452

Madaraka Express  •  6 h 29 min

  1. Take the Madaraka Express from Nairobi to Mombasa

$81 - $119

Drive  •  7 h 18 min

  1. Drive from Nairobi to Mombasa 302.7 miles

$40 - $65

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The cheapest way to get from Nairobi to Mombasa is to bus which costs $8 - $25 and takes 7 h 50 min.

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The quickest way to get from Nairobi to Mombasa is to fly which costs $70 - $420 and takes 2 h 23 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Nairobi and arriving at Mombasa. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7 h 50 min.

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The distance between Nairobi and Mombasa is 442 km. The road distance is 484.3 km.

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The best way to get from Nairobi to Mombasa without a car is to Madaraka Express which takes 6 h 29 min and costs $80 - $120.

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It takes approximately 2 h 44 min to get from Nairobi to Mombasa, including transfers.

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Nairobi to Mombasa bus services, operated by Coast Bus, depart from Nairobi station.

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The best way to get from Nairobi to Mombasa is to fly which takes 2 h 44 min and costs $70 - $240. Alternatively, you can Madaraka Express, which costs $80 - $120 and takes 6 h 29 min, you could also bus, which costs $8 - $25 and takes 7 h 50 min.

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The quickest flight from Nairobi Airport to Mombasa Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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Nairobi to Mombasa bus services, operated by Coast Bus, arrive at Mombasa station.

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Map of how to get from Nairobi to Mombasa.
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  • Distance: 275.9 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 44 min

What companies run services between Nairobi, Kenya and Mombasa, Kenya?

East African Safari Air Express, Fly540 and two other airlines fly from Nairobi to Mombasa hourly. Alternatively, Kenya Railways operates a train from Nairobi to Mombasa 4 times a day. Tickets cost $9 - $30 and the journey takes 5 h 55 min.

Airlines
Kenya Airways
Website
kenya-airways.com
Flights from Nairobi to Mombasa
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $380
Flights from Nairobi to Ukunda
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Jambojet Limited
Website
jambojet.com
Flights from Nairobi to Mombasa
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $340
Flights from Nairobi to Ukunda
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Safarilink
Website
flysafarilink.com
Flights from Nairobi Wilson to Ukunda
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $440
Flights from Nairobi Wilson to Vipingo via Ukunda
Ave. Duration
5 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Fly540
Website
fly540.com
Flights from Nairobi to Mombasa
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $300
Silverstone Air Services
Website
silverstoneair.com
Flights from Nairobi Wilson to Mombasa
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $390
Flights from Nairobi Wilson to Ukunda
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $400
East African Safari Air Express
Flights from Nairobi to Mombasa
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$80 - $270
Flights from Nairobi Wilson to Mombasa
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,000
Flights from Nairobi Wilson to Ukunda
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $340
Skyward Express
Website
skywardexpress.co.ke
Flights from Nairobi Wilson to Mombasa
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $390
AirKenya Express
Website
airkenya.com
Flights from Nairobi Wilson to Ukunda
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $400
Train operators
Kenya Railways
Train from Nairobi to Mombasa
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $30
Schedules at
krc.co.ke
Economy
$10
First Class
$30
Bus operators
Coast Bus
Website
coastbus.com
Bus from Nairobi to Mombasa
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $13
Schedules at
coastbus.com
MASH
Website
masheastafrica.com
Bus from Nairobi to Mombasa
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$25
Schedules at
masheastafrica.com
Modern Coast
Website
modern.co.ke
Bus from Nairobi to Mombasa
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $18
Schedules at
modern.co.ke
VIP
$18
FC
$16
BIZ
$12
Crown Bus
Website
crownbus.co.ke
Bus from Nairobi to Mombasa
Ave. Duration
9 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$9
Schedules at
crownbus.co.ke
Ferry operators
Kenya Ferries
Phone
254 20 2118344
Email
info@kenyaferry.co.ke
Website
kenyaferry.co.ke
Car ferry from Likoni to Mombasa
Ave. Duration
10 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
kenyaferry.co.ke

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Yes, the driving distance between Nairobi to Mombasa is 484 km. It takes approximately 7 h 18 min to drive from Nairobi to Mombasa.

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East African Safari Air Express, Fly540, Jambojet Limited and Kenya Airways offer flights from Nairobi Airport to Mombasa Airport.

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There are 397+ hotels available in Mombasa. Prices start at $37 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Nairobi to Nairobi Airport is to bus which takes 50 min and costs .

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