There are 4 ways to get from Nairobi to Lusaka by plane, bus, train, ferry 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  •  5 h 50 min

  1. Fly from Nairobi (NBO) to Lusaka (LUN) NBO - LUN

$297 - $686

3 alternative options

Bus, train  •  2 days 16 h

  1. Take the bus from Nairobi to Arusha
  2. Take the bus from Arusha to Dar es Salaam
  3. Take the train from Dar es salaam to Tunduma
  4. Take the bus from Nakonde to Lusaka

Bus, train, ferry  •  5 days 1 h

  1. Take the bus from Nairobi to Mwanza
  2. Take the train from Mwanza to Tabora
  3. Take the train from Tabora to Kigoma
  4. Take the ferry from Kigoma to Mpulungu
  5. Take the bus from Mpulungu to Lusaka

Drive  •  38 h 12 min

  1. Drive from Nairobi to Lusaka 1590.1 miles

$290 - $430

What companies run services between Nairobi, Kenya and Lusaka, Zambia?

Kenya Airways and Rwandair Express fly from Nairobi to Lusaka 3 times a day.

Airlines
Kenya Airways
Website
kenya-airways.com
Flights from Nairobi to Lusaka
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flights from Nairobi to Lusaka via Harare
Ave. Duration
4 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Rwandair Express
Website
rwandair.com
Flights from Nairobi to Lusaka via Kigali
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$260 - $650
Train operators
Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority
Website
tazarasite.com
Train from Dar es salaam to Tunduma
Ave. Duration
32 h 49 min
Frequency
Once a week
Schedules at
tazarasite.com
Tanzania Railways Limited
Phone
+255 22 211 0599
Email
info@trl.co.tz
Website
trl.co.tz
Train from Mwanza to Tabora
Ave. Duration
10 h 11 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Schedules at
trl.co.tz
Train from Tabora to Kigoma
Ave. Duration
12 h 10 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Schedules at
trl.co.tz
Bus operators
Marangu Luxury Shuttles
Website
marangushuttles.com
Bus from Nairobi to Arusha
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60
Schedules at
marangushuttles.com
Jipa Connection
Website
jipaconnection.com
Bus from Arusha to Dar es Salaam
Ave. Duration
10 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$28
Schedules at
jipaconnection.com
Juldan Motors
Phone
260 955 776315
Email
juldanmotors2012@gmail.com
Website
juldanmotors.com
Bus from Nakonde to Lusaka
Ave. Duration
12 h 38 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25
Schedules at
juldanmotors.com
Bus from Mpulungu to Lusaka
Ave. Duration
12 h 33 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25
Schedules at
juldanmotors.com
Modern Coast
Website
modern.co.ke
Bus from Nairobi to Mwanza
Ave. Duration
11 h 42 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $22
Schedules at
modern.co.ke
Ferry operators
ferry
Ferry from Kigoma to Mpulungu
Ave. Duration
2 days 22 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$105

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Nairobi to Lusaka?

The distance between Nairobi and Lusaka is 1828 km. The road distance is 2544 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Nairobi to Lusaka?

The cheapest way to get from Nairobi to Lusaka is to drive which costs $290 - $430 and takes 38 h 12 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Nairobi to Lusaka?

The quickest way to get from Nairobi to Lusaka is to fly which takes 5 h 50 min and costs $290 - $700.

How long does it take to get from Nairobi to Lusaka?

It takes approximately 5 h 50 min to get from Nairobi to Lusaka, including transfers.