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There are 6 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.

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Fly  •  5 h 50 min

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

$297 - $686

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Bus, train via Vwawa  •  2 days 10 h

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

Bus, train  •  2 days 13 h

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

Bus, train, Kafue  •  3 days 5 h

  1. Take the bus from Nairobi to Namanga
  2. Take the bus from Namanga to Arusha
  3. Take the bus from Arusha to Dar es Salaam
  4. Take the train from Dar es salaam to New Kapiri Mposhi
  5. Take the Kafue from Kapiri Mposhi to Lusaka

Bus, train, ferry  •  4 days 20 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

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

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

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The distance between Nairobi and Lusaka is 1828 km. The road distance is 2544.2 km.

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The best way to get from Nairobi to Lusaka without a car is to bus and train which takes 2 days 10 h and costs .

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

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The quickest flight from Nairobi Airport to Lusaka Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 40 min.

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Lusaka is 1 h behind Nairobi. It is currently 4:45 PM in Nairobi and 3:45 PM in Lusaka.

Yes, the driving distance between Nairobi to Lusaka is 2544 km. It takes approximately 38 h 12 min to drive from Nairobi to Lusaka.

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

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There are 139+ hotels available in Lusaka. Prices start at $40 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Nairobi to Lusaka.
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  • Distance: 1142.6 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 50 min

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 55 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
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 Friday
Estimated price
$260 - $650
Train operators
Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority
Website
tazarasite.com
Train from Dar es salaam to Vwawa
Ave. Duration
23 h 49 min
Frequency
Once a week
Schedules at
tazarasite.com
Train from Vwawa to Tunduma
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Once a week
Schedules at
tazarasite.com
Train from Dar es salaam to Tunduma
Ave. Duration
28 h 48 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Schedules at
tazarasite.com
Train from Dar es salaam to New Kapiri Mposhi
Ave. Duration
2 days 0 h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Schedules at
tazarasite.com
Ordinary
$26 - $40
Express
$30 - $50
Zambia Railways
Email
info@zrl.com.zm
Website
zrl.com.zm
Train from Kapiri Mposhi to Lusaka
Ave. Duration
7 h 39 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Schedules at
zrl.com.zm
Tanzania Railways Limited
Phone
+255 22 211 0599
Email
info@trl.co.tz
Website
trl.co.tz
Train from Mwanza to Tabora
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Schedules at
trl.co.tz
Train from Tabora to Kigoma
Ave. Duration
11 h 50 min
Frequency
Once a week
Schedules at
trl.co.tz
Bus operators
Jipa Connection
Website
jipaconnection.com
Bus from Nairobi to Moshi
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35
Schedules at
jipaconnection.com
Kidia One Express
Phone
0719766088
Email
info@kidiaone.co.tz
Website
kidiaone.co.tz
Bus from Moshi to Dar es Salaam
Ave. Duration
9 h 16 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
kidiaone.co.tz
Bus from Arusha to Dar es Salaam
Ave. Duration
10 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
kidiaone.co.tz
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
$20
Schedules at
juldanmotors.com
Bus from Mpulungu to Lusaka
Ave. Duration
12 h 33 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20
Schedules at
juldanmotors.com
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
Modern Coast
Website
modern.co.ke
Bus from Nairobi to Mwanza
Ave. Duration
11 h 41 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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The best way to get from Nairobi to Nairobi Airport is to bus which takes 50 min and costs .

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