How to get to Mombasa

Right photo: Honeymoon couple enjoying a cruise off Mombasa. - Photo courtesy Turtle Bay Beach Club, Watamu Beach, Mombasa, Kenya

Mombasa, Kenya

Where is Mombasa . . .

Mombasa is the second-largest city in Kenya, located on the Indian Ocean 487km southeast of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi and around 85km north of the Tanzanian border.

Getting to Mombasa

The most convenient route is via the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, with regular direct flights to Mombasa taking one hour. Alternatively, take the overnight sleeper from Nairobi and savour one of Africa’s classic travel experiences.

From Australia: The most convenient flights to Mombasa from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth, are with Thai Airways to Bangkok connecting on Kenya Airways via Nairobi. Alternatively, take Emirates to Dubai and fly direct to Mombasa on Rwandair Express.

From New Zealand: Auckland to Bangkok on Thai Airways connecting with Kenya Airways via Nairobi, is the most convenient.

From the UK: From Heathrow Airport on Kenya Airways via Nairobi is the most convenient flight.

From the USA: From Newark (New York) take British Airways to London or Continental Airlines via Rome, then connect on Kenya Airways via Nairobi; from Los Angeles, KLM via Amsterdam daily connecting on Kenya Airway direct to Mombasa is the most convenient service.

Flight time to Mombasa

Nairobi to Mombasa is 1 hour, direct flight
Brisbane to Mombasa is 26 hours, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Mombasa is 24 hours 25 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Mombasa is 24 hours 35 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to Mombasa is 21 hours 15 minutes, with connecting flightˆ

Auckland to Mombasa is 28 hours 30 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
London to Mombasa is 10 hours, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Mombasa is 19 hours 40 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Mombasa is 24 hours 05 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
(ˆIncludes layover time.)

Flying in

Mombasa’s Moi International Airport is 13km west of the city. Taxis and public buses are available. You can also prearrange pick up by your hotel.

Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is located 16km 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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