There are 7 ways to get from Nairobi to Mbale by plane, car or bus

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Fly Nairobi Wilson to Kitale, drive  •  4 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Nairobi Wilson (WIL) to Kitale (KTL) WIL - KTL
  2. Drive from Kitale to Mbale

$83 - $159

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Bus  •  7 h

  1. Take the bus from Nairobi to Mbale

$13 - $25

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Fly Nairobi to Eldoret, drive  •  5 h 27 min

  1. Fly from Nairobi (NBO) to Eldoret (EDL) NBO - EDL
  2. Drive from Eldoret to Mbale

$68 - $95

Fly Nairobi Wilson to Eldoret, drive  •  5 h 1 min

  1. Fly from Nairobi Wilson (WIL) to Eldoret (EDL) WIL - EDL
  2. Drive from Eldoret to Mbale

$72 - $82

Fly Nairobi to Kisumu, bus, drive  •  6 h 10 min

  1. Fly from Nairobi (NBO) to Kisumu (KIS) NBO - KIS
  2. Take the bus from Kisumu to Busia
  3. Drive from Busia to Mbale

$77 - $128

Fly Nairobi Wilson to Kisumu, bus, drive  •  5 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Nairobi Wilson (WIL) to Kisumu (KIS) WIL - KIS
  2. Take the bus from Kisumu to Busia
  3. Drive from Busia to Mbale

$57 - $284

Drive  •  7 h 9 min

  1. Drive from Nairobi to Mbale 311.1 miles

$40 - $65

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Nairobi and arriving at Mbale. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7 h.

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The distance between Nairobi and Mbale is 394 km. The road distance is 497.7 km.

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The best way to get from Nairobi to Mbale without a car is to bus which takes 7 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 54 min to get from Nairobi to Mbale, including transfers.

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Nairobi to Mbale bus services, operated by Easy Coach, depart from Nairobi station.

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The quickest flight from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Kitale Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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Nairobi to Mbale bus services, operated by Easy Coach, arrive at Mbale station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Nairobi to Mbale is 498 km. It takes approximately 7 h 9 min to drive from Nairobi to Mbale.

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Safarilink and East African Safari Air Express offer flights from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Kitale Airport.

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There are 23+ hotels available in Mbale. Prices start at $20 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Nairobi to Mbale.
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  • Distance: 246.4 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 54 min

What companies run services between Nairobi, Kenya and Mbale, Uganda?

Easy Coach operates a bus from Nairobi to Mbale twice daily. Tickets cost $13 - $25 and the journey takes 7 h.

Airlines
Kenya Airways
Website
kenya-airways.com
Flights from Nairobi to Eldoret
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$27 - $240
Flights from Nairobi to Kisumu
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $190
Fly540
Website
fly540.com
Flights from Nairobi to Eldoret
Ave. Duration
46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Flights from Nairobi to Eldoret via Kisumu
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Flights from Nairobi to Kisumu
Ave. Duration
43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $180
Jambojet Limited
Website
jambojet.com
Flights from Nairobi to Eldoret
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$27 - $240
Flights from Nairobi to Kisumu
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$25 - $220
Safarilink
Website
flysafarilink.com
Flights from Nairobi Wilson to Kitale
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $140
Flights from Nairobi Wilson to Kisumu
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $470
East African Safari Air Express
Flights from Nairobi Wilson to Kitale
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $250
Flights from Nairobi Wilson to Eldoret
Ave. Duration
42 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $490
Silverstone Air Services
Website
silverstoneair.com
Flights from Nairobi Wilson to Kisumu
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$28 - $250
Skyward Express
Website
skywardexpress.co.ke
Flights from Nairobi Wilson to Eldoret
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $240
Bus operators
Modern Coast
Website
modern.co.ke
Bus from Kisumu to Busia
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
modern.co.ke
Easy Coach
Phone
+254 738 200314
Email
ict@easycoach.co.ke
Website
easycoach.co.ke
Bus from Nairobi to Mbale
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $25
Schedules at
easycoach.co.ke

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The best way to get from Nairobi to Nairobi Wilson Airport is to line 125 bus which takes 8 min and costs .

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