There are 3 ways to get from Johannesburg to Nairobi by plane, bus, train or car

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

Recommended option

Fly  •  8 h 28 min

  1. Fly from Johannesburg (JNB) to Nairobi (NBO) JNB - NBO

$168 - $349

2 alternative options

Bus, train  •  4 days 13 h

  1. Take the bus from Johanneburg to Lusaka
  2. Take the bus from Lusaka to Serenje
  3. Take the train from Serenje to Dar es salaam
  4. Take the bus from Dar es Salaam to Arusha
  5. Take the bus from Arusha to Nairobi

Drive  •  2 days 6 h

  1. Drive from Johannesburg to Nairobi 2505.8 miles

$380 - $600

What companies run services between Johannesburg, South Africa and Nairobi, Kenya?

South African Airways, Kenya Airways and Rwandair Express fly from Johannesburg to Nairobi 5 times a day.

Airlines
Kenya Airways
Website
kenya-airways.com
Flights from Johannesburg to Nairobi
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$380 - $850
South African Airways
Website
flysaa.com
Flights from Johannesburg to Nairobi
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$380 - $800
Rwandair Express
Website
rwandair.com
Flights from Johannesburg to Nairobi via Kigali
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $600
Train operators
Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority
Website
tazarasite.com
Train from Serenje to Dar es salaam
Ave. Duration
2 days 16 h
Frequency
Once a week
Schedules at
tazarasite.com
Bus operators
Juldan Motors
Phone
260 955 776315
Email
juldanmotors2012@gmail.com
Website
juldanmotors.com
Bus from Johanneburg to Lusaka
Ave. Duration
20 h 38 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55
Schedules at
juldanmotors.com
Bus from Lusaka to Serenje
Ave. Duration
5 h 11 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
juldanmotors.com
JR Choeu Express & Coaches
Phone
(011) 026 - 8800/8805
Email
info@jrchoeu.com
Website
instantonline.co.za
Bus from Johannesburg to Lusaka
Ave. Duration
21 h 45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$60
Schedules at
instantonline.co.za
Jipa Connection
Website
jipaconnection.com
Bus from Dar es Salaam to Arusha
Ave. Duration
10 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$28
Schedules at
jipaconnection.com
Marangu Luxury Shuttles
Website
marangushuttles.com
Bus from Arusha to Nairobi
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60
Schedules at
marangushuttles.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Johannesburg and Nairobi is 2926 km. The road distance is 4009 km.

The cheapest way to get from Johannesburg to Nairobi is to fly which costs R 2 100 - R 4 400 and takes 8 h 28 min.

The quickest way to get from Johannesburg to Nairobi is to fly which takes 8 h 28 min and costs R 2 100 - R 4 400.

It takes approximately 8 h 28 min to get from Johannesburg to Nairobi, including transfers.