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How to get to Mombasa

Mombasa is located 85km (52mi) north of the Tanzanian border and around 487km (302mi) southeast of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

The most convenient route to Mombasa is by air to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), Nairobi, followed by a connecting flight to Moi International Airport (MBA), Mombasa.

Alternatively, take the overnight sleeper from Nairobi and savour one of Africa’s classic travel experiences.


Flight time to Mombasa


Within Kenya: Fly540 and Kenyan Airways offer daily nonstop flights from Nairobi to Mombasa.

Nairobi to Mombasa is 1 hour, direct flight


Flight time to Mombasa

The following are the most convenient and quickest flight routes to Mombasa.

From the United States: Air France, Kenya Airways, Delta Air Lines, Turkish Airlines, Ethiopian Airways, Air Canada and KLM offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Mombasa International Airport (CPT).

Atlanta to Mombasa is 20 hrs 35 min, with connecting flightˆ
Boston to Mombasa is 19 hrs 45 min, with connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Mombasa is 18 hrs, with connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Mombasa is 21 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Mombasa is 18 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Mombasa is 23 hrs 50 min, with connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Mombasa is 22 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Air Transit, Ethiopian Airways, Turkish Airlines and Kenya Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Mombasa.

Toronto to Mombasa is 17 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Mombasa is 19 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Mombasa is 21 hrs, with connecting flightˆ


From Australia: Kenya Airways, Emirates, Ethiopian Airways, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and Air Mauritius offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Mombasa.

Adelaide to Mombasa is 23 hrs 10 min, with connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Mombasa is 24 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Mombasa is 23 hrs 45 min, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Mombasa is 24 hrs 5 min, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to Mombasa is 16 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Qatar Airways offers the most convenient two-stop scheduled flights to Mombasa via Doha.

Auckland to Mombasa is 27 hrs, with connecting flightsˆ


From Singapore: Ethiopian Airways offers the most convenient scheduled flights to Mombasa via Addis Ababa, Ethipia.

Singapore to Mombasa is 14 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ


From the United Kingdom: Kenya Airways, British Airways, Lufthansa and Condor Flugdienst offer the most convenient two-stop flights to Mombasa via Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO).

London to Mombasa is 11 hrs 35 min, with connecting flightsˆ


From France: Air France and Kenya Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Mombasa via Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO).

Paris to Mombasa is 10 hrs 45 min, with connecting flightsˆ

(ˆincludes layover time.)


Flying in

Moi International Airport (MBA) is located 13km (8mi) west of Mombasa city centre. Taxis and public buses are available. Hotels can pick up guests by prior arrangement.

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) is located 15km (9mi) southeast of central Nairobi. Taxis are available outside the arrivals hall; fares to the city are fixed. A frequent bus service operates between the airport and the city centre, departing from outside terminals 1 and 2.


Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least 6 months beyond intended period of stay plus proof of funds to cover their extended period of stay as well as a ticket for return or onward travel. A visa is required, and can be obtained on arrival at a cost of US$50 valid for three months.


Getting around

Taxis and tuk-tuks are cheap and plentiful. Car and motorbike hire is available. Traffic drives on the left.


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Latest update: How to get to Mombasa: 27 May, 2019


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