Travel Tip Of The Day: Getting Around Nairobi, Kenya

With a population of over 3 million people, Nairobi can be a daunting city to get around, but with these tips you’ll be able to navigate the city with (relative) ease.

Taxis in Nairobi are plentiful, but unfortunately they don’t operate on a metered system.

You’ll need to bargain with your driver before setting off on your destination, otherwise you could be left with a hefty payment once you’re dropped off.

If you’re staying at a hotel, make sure to ask your concierge or doorman what the prices should be to different locations.

On a trip to a restaurant or just to get a few items, you can tell your taxi driver to wait (it should only be about 300 KES per hour).

If you are feeling more adventurous, you can also hop on a tuk-tuk.

Tuk-tuks are small three wheeled vehicles that are often associated with Southeast Asia but widely popular in Nairobi. Did we mention they’re cheaper than taxis?

For something extra adventurous, just take the local transportation, matatus.

Matatus are mini-buses that follow a set route and let passengers get on and off wherever they want. People in Nairobi take them pretty much everywhere.

If you don’t like being squashed in a bus with a bunch of other people, you should definitely avoid them.

Self-driving is generally not recommended, though cars are indeed available to rent. Just remember, we warned you.

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