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

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Fly  •  2 h 42 min

  1. Fly from Kigali (KGL) to Nairobi (NBO) KGL - NBO

$130 - $260

Cheapest option

Bus  •  17 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Kigali to Nairobi

$21 - $45

1 alternative option

Drive  •  16 h 46 min

  1. Drive from Kigali to Nairobi 726.9 miles

$100 - $150

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The cheapest way to get from Kigali to Nairobi is to bus which costs $21 - $45 and takes 17 h 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from Kigali to Nairobi is to fly which costs $130 - $260 and takes 2 h 42 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Kigali and arriving at Nairobi. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 17 h 15 min.

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The distance between Kigali and Nairobi is 755 km. The road distance is 1163 km.

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The best way to get from Kigali to Nairobi without a car is to bus which takes 17 h 15 min and costs $21 - $45.

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It takes approximately 2 h 42 min to get from Kigali to Nairobi, including transfers.

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Kigali to Nairobi bus services, operated by Modern Coast, depart from Kigali station.

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The best way to get from Kigali to Nairobi is to fly which takes 2 h 42 min and costs $130 - $260. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $21 - $45 and takes 17 h 15 min.

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The quickest flight from Kigali Airport to Nairobi Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 25 min.

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Kigali to Nairobi bus services, operated by Modern Coast, arrive at Nairobi station.

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Map of how to get from Kigali to Nairobi.
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  • Distance: 471.7 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 42 min

What companies run services between Kigali, Rwanda and Nairobi, Kenya?

Rwandair Express and Kenya Airways fly from Kigali to Nairobi 5 times a day. Alternatively, Modern Coast operates a bus from Kigali to Nairobi 3 times a day. Tickets cost $21 - $45 and the journey takes 17 h 15 min.

Airlines
Rwandair Express
Website
rwandair.com
Flights from Kigali to Nairobi
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $340
Flights from Kigali to Nairobi via Entebbe
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $340
Kenya Airways
Website
kenya-airways.com
Flights from Kigali to Nairobi
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $300
Flights from Kigali to Nairobi via Bujumbura
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $300
Bus operators
Modern Coast
Website
modern.co.ke
Bus from Kigali to Nairobi
Ave. Duration
17 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$21 - $45
Schedules at
modern.co.ke
VIP
$42
FC
$39
BIZ
$37

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Nairobi is 1 h ahead of Kigali. It is currently 9:10 AM in Kigali and 10:10 AM in Nairobi.

Yes, the driving distance between Kigali to Nairobi is 1163 km. It takes approximately 16 h 46 min to drive from Kigali to Nairobi.

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Rwandair Express and Kenya Airways offer flights from Kigali Airport to Nairobi Airport.

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There are 924+ hotels available in Nairobi. Prices start at $30 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Kigali to Kigali Airport is to drive which takes 16 min and costs .

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