Nairobi has two distinct season - dry and wet. The dry season runs from December to March, and Niarobi's two wet seasons fall in between. Thanks to Nairobi's high altitude, winters are cool and autumn tends to attract a plethora of thunderstorms, but this is also the best time to book cheap flights to Nairobi. Summer is the most popular season for booking flights to Nairobi due to the warm days that rarely peak above 75 degrees F.
Best Time to Fly to Nairobi
Whether you want to feel the pulse of Kenya's bustling capital or you're longing for a more relaxing retreat outside of the city limits, there's no wrong time to book your Nairobi flight.
Peak Season: Nairobi flights tend to fill up fast between the months of December and March. If you're looking to join the many visitors hoping to see Nairobi in its sun-soaked splendor, be sure to reserve your flight to Nairobi and your accommodations months in advance.
Off-season: If you're looking to experience Nairobi's rainy seasons firsthand, you're in luck: Cheap flights to Nairobi are normally available in mid- to late-autumn, when the rainy season clouds settle over Kenya. Luckily, Nairobi's cultural calendar remains packed so that the Kenyan capital is hot even when the weather's not: The Kenyan Music Festival, which takes place each August, is a point of national pride that showcases the talents of Kenya's students. The Kenya International Film Festival occurs each September, and the Nairobi Marathon takes place in October.
Getting around Nairobi
If you want to take advantage of public transportation after your flight to Nairobi, KBS bus 34 departs regularly for the center of town. But most people arrange to be picked up through their accommodations or hire a taxi. Bargaining for cheaper fares is common in Nairobi, so sharpen your negotiating skills before you hop in a cab. If you take a Mercedes taxi though, be aware that there is a fixed rate to hotels in the city’s center. Once you’ve made it into town, it’s easiest to take a taxi or matutus (shared cabs), but many sightseeing spots are within walking distance and buses crisscross the city as well. Trains and buses arrive daily from Mombasa and Kisumu. If you’d like to travel out of Kenya to Uganda or Tanzania, a bus or shuttle is your best bet.