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

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Fly  •  7h 41m

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

$166 - $347

2 alternative options

Bus, train  •  3 days 14h

  1. Take the bus from Johannesburg 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 Moshi
  5. Take the bus from Moshi to Nairobi

Drive  •  2 days 6h

  1. Drive from Johannesburg to Nairobi 2505.8 miles

$380 - $600

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The cheapest way to get from Johannesburg to Nairobi is to fly which costs R 2 300 - R 5 000 and takes 7h 41m.

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The quickest way to get from Johannesburg to Nairobi is to fly which costs R 2 300 - R 5 000 and takes 7h 41m.

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The distance between Johannesburg and Nairobi is 2926 km. The road distance is 4009.3 km.

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The best way to get from Johannesburg to Nairobi without a car is to bus and train which takes 3 days 14h and costs .

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It takes approximately 7h 41m to get from Johannesburg to Nairobi, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Johannesburg Airport to Nairobi Airport is the direct flight which takes 4h.

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Nairobi is 1h ahead of Johannesburg. It is currently 9:09 PM in Johannesburg and 10:09 PM in Nairobi.

Yes, the driving distance between Johannesburg to Nairobi is 4009 km. It takes approximately 2 days 6h to drive from Johannesburg to Nairobi.

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South African Airways, Rwandair Express and Kenya Airways offer flights from Johannesburg Airport to Nairobi Airport.

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There are 986+ hotels available in Nairobi. Prices start at $30 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Johannesburg to Nairobi.
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  • Distance: 1828.5 miles
  • Duration: 7h 41m

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
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$380 - $850
South African Airways
Website
flysaa.com
Flights from Johannesburg to Nairobi
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$380 - $800
Rwandair Express
Website
rwandair.com
Flights from Johannesburg to Nairobi via Kigali
Ave. Duration
7h
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
39h 23m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Schedules at
tazarasite.com
Ordinary
$26 - $40
Express
$30 - $50
Bus operators
Shalom Bus Services
Phone
+260 966 828610
Website
thebestofzambia.com
Bus from Johannesburg to Lusaka
Ave. Duration
20h 27m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
thebestofzambia.com
Juldan Motors
Phone
260 955 776315
Email
juldanmotors2012@gmail.com
Website
juldanmotors.com
Bus from Lusaka to Serenje
Ave. Duration
5h 11m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
juldanmotors.com
Kidia One Express
Phone
0719766088
Email
info@kidiaone.co.tz
Website
kidiaone.co.tz
Bus from Dar es Salaam to Moshi
Ave. Duration
10h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
kidiaone.co.tz
Jipa Connection
Website
jipaconnection.com
Bus from Moshi to Nairobi
Ave. Duration
7h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35
Schedules at
jipaconnection.com

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