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 Mombasa Moi International Airport (MBA), located 10km (6mi) west of Mombasa city centre.
From many overseas destinations this may require first flying into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), Nairobi, followed by a connecting flight to Mombasa Moi International Airport (MBA).
Alternatively, take the overnight sleeper from Nairobi and savour one of Africa’s classic travel experiences.
The following are the most convenient and quickest flight routes to Mombasa Moi International Airport (MBA).
Within Kenya: Fly540 and Kenyan Airways offer daily nonstop flights from Nairobi to Mombasa.
Nairobi to Mombasa is 1 hour, direct flight
From 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.
Atlanta to Mombasa is 20 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
Boston to Mombasa is 19 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Mombasa is 18 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Mombasa is 21 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
New York to Mombasa is 18 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Mombasa is 23 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Mombasa is 22 hrs 15 min, 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, connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Mombasa is 19 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Mombasa is 21 hrs, 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, connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Mombasa is 24 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Mombasa is 23 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Mombasa is 24 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Mombasa is 16 hrs 40 min, 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, 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, connecting flightˆ
From 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, 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, connecting flightsˆ
From Germany: Condor Flugdeinst offers the most convenient flights to Mombasa.
Frankfurt to Mombasa is 8 hrs 35 min, direct flight
(ˆincludes layover time.)
Mombasa Moi International Airport (MBA) is located 10km (6mi) west of Mombasa city centre.
The two passenger terminals are located adjacent to one another and are within a short walking distance.
Taxi: Authorised 'Kenatco' taxis (tel: +254 70 964 2000; www.kenatco.co.ke) are available outside the airport terminals, and are the only transport option other than by private car or tour operator shuttle.
Journey time into the city is about 20 minutes. For security, travellers are encouraged to use the officially licensed taxis available outside of both the domestic and international Arrival halls.
Shuttle: Hotels can pick up guests by prior arrangement.
Avis is represented at Mombasa Moi International Airport. Other major car hire firms have offices in Mombasa, and can arrange to meet arrivals at the airport.
Money: There are ATMs and three banks in the Arrival and Departure terminals. The banks also offer foreign exchange services.
Food: There is a small food court and a café in the public area.
Shopping: There are several outlets in both terminals offering duty-free goods, regional crafts and other luxury items and souvenirs.
Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi is available inside the lounges, and a post office in the main terminal.
Other: There is a prayer room at the airport, as well as VIP, business and first-class lounges in the main terminal, along with a business centre offering basic facilities.
Limited disabled facilities are offered in the terminals, which are generally wheelchair-accessible. For special assistance, passengers are advised to contact their airline prior to travel.
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.
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.
Taxis and tuk-tuks are cheap and plentiful. Car and motorbike hire is available. Traffic drives on the left.
Latest update: How to get to Mombasa: 20 April, 2022