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There are 7 ways to get from Nairobi to Arusha by bus, car, plane, taxi or shuttle

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Bus  •  6 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Nairobi to Namanga
  2. Take the bus from Namanga to Arusha

$100

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Shuttle Bus  •  5 h

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Nairobi to Arusha

$25 - $80

5 alternative options

Drive  •  3 h 57 min

  1. Drive from Nairobi to Arusha 169.7 miles

$24 - $35

Fly Nairobi Wilson to Kilimanjaro, taxi  •  2 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Nairobi Wilson (WIL) to Kilimanjaro (JRO) WIL - JRO
  2. Take a taxi from Kilimanjaro to Arusha

$197 - $558

Fly Nairobi Wilson to Amboseli, drive  •  5 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Nairobi Wilson (WIL) to Amboseli (ASV) WIL - ASV
  2. Drive from Amboseli to Arusha

$108 - $467

Fly Nairobi to Kilimanjaro, taxi  •  4 h 38 min

  1. Fly from Nairobi (NBO) to Kilimanjaro (JRO) NBO - JRO
  2. Take a taxi from Kilimanjaro to Arusha

$118 - $396

Fly Nairobi to Arusha  •  5 h 4 min

  1. Fly from Nairobi (NBO) to Arusha (ARK) NBO - ARK

$294 - $1,390

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The cheapest way to get from Nairobi to Arusha is to drive which costs $24 - $35 and takes 3 h 57 min.

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The quickest way to get from Nairobi to Arusha is to fly and taxi which costs $190 - $600 and takes 2 h 57 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Nairobi to Arusha. However, there are services departing from Nairobi and arriving at Arusha via Namanga. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 30 min.

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The distance between Nairobi and Arusha is 232 km. The road distance is 271.5 km.

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The best way to get from Nairobi to Arusha without a car is to bus which takes 6 h 30 min and costs $100.

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It takes approximately 6 h 30 min to get from Nairobi to Arusha, including transfers.

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Nairobi to Arusha bus services, operated by Marangu Luxury Shuttles, depart from Nairobi station.

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The best way to get from Nairobi to Arusha is to bus which takes 6 h 30 min and costs $100. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $290 - $1,400 and takes 5 h 4 min.

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The quickest flight from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Kilimanjaro Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Nairobi to Arusha bus services, operated by Marangu Luxury Shuttles, arrive at Arusha station.

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Map of how to get from Nairobi to Arusha.
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  • Distance: 145.1 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 30 min

What companies run services between Nairobi, Kenya and Arusha, Tanzania?

You can take a bus from Nairobi to Arusha via Namanga in around 6 h 30 min. Alternatively, Kenya Airways, Precision Air and five other airlines fly from Nairobi to Arusha every 3 hours.

Airlines
Precision Air
Website
precisionairtz.com
Flights from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from Nairobi to Arusha via Dar es Salaam
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,000
Kenya Airways
Website
kenya-airways.com
Flights from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
AirKenya Express
Website
airkenya.com
Flights from Nairobi Wilson to Kilimanjaro
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $360
Flights from Nairobi Wilson to Amboseli
Ave. Duration
35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $480
Safarilink
Website
flysafarilink.com
Flights from Nairobi Wilson to Kilimanjaro
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Flights from Nairobi Wilson to Amboseli
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Air Excel
Website
airexcelonline.com
Flights from Nairobi to Arusha via Kilimanjaro
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Charterlines, Inc.
Website
charterlines.com
Flights from Nairobi to Arusha via Kilimanjaro
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,800
Bankair
Website
bankair.com
Flights from Nairobi to Arusha via Zanzibar
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,800
Auric Air Services Limited
Website
auricair.com
Flights from Nairobi to Arusha via Dar es Salaam
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,000
Bus operators
Marangu Luxury Shuttles
Website
marangushuttles.com
Bus from Nairobi to Namanga
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50
Schedules at
marangushuttles.com
Bus from Namanga to Arusha
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50
Schedules at
marangushuttles.com
Shuttle from Nairobi to Arusha
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30
Schedules at
marangushuttles.com
East Africa Shuttles
Website
eastafricashuttles.com
Shuttle from Nairobi to Arusha
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25
Schedules at
eastafricashuttles.com
Regional Shuttle
Website
regionalluxuryshuttle.com
Shuttle from Nairobi to Arusha
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$70
Schedules at
regionalluxuryshuttle.com
Riverside Shuttle Service
Website
riverside-shuttle.com
Shuttle from Nairobi to Arusha
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $80
Schedules at
riverside-shuttle.com
Other operators
Taxi from Kilimanjaro to Arusha
Ave. Duration
48 min
Estimated price
$18 - $22

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Yes, the driving distance between Nairobi to Arusha is 271 km. It takes approximately 3 h 57 min to drive from Nairobi to Arusha.

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AirKenya Express and Safarilink offer flights from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Kilimanjaro Airport.

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There are 258+ hotels available in Arusha. Prices start at $20 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Nairobi to Nairobi Wilson Airport is to line 24 bus which takes 8 min and costs .

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