Airport Guide to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO)

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Airport Name
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

Airport Location
The airport is located 18km (11 miles) east of Nairobi.



+254-20-6611000 or +254-20-6612000

Airport Overview

Named after Kenya’s first prime minister and president, Jomo Kenyatta International (NBO) is the country’s main airport and Eastern and Central Africa’s busiest hub. It is located in the suburb of Embakasi, approximately 9.3 miles (15km) from Nairobi’s central business district, and welcomes more than five million passengers each year.

Flights to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport arrive from airports in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the UK, in addition to Madagascar, Mauritius and the Seychelles.

Comprising three units that serve arrivals and departures, the airport is undergoing a major expansion project which is set to quadruple its handling capacity. Passengers are urged to be patient until construction and renovations are complete.

The airport is highly accessible due to its close proximity to the adjacent Mombasa Highway and public transport options include taxis and buses. There are also plans to build a railway link. Facilities and restaurants at Jomo Kenyatta International are limited, but once expansions are finalised these too should improve.

Terminal Transfer

Terminals 1 and 2 are used for international flights while Terminal 3 is used for domestic flights. All three terminals are within close proximity of one another and easily accessible by foot.

Getting into Town

Taxi: A trip to the city centre via taxi takes around 20 minutes and costs just under KSH 1500.

Bus: Buses travel from the bus stops at Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 to the city centre for about KSH 50.

Car Parking

Short-term parking consists of 900 bays and costs KSH 60 per hour, while long-term parking comprises 100 spaces and costs KSH 70 per hour.

Information Desks

Information desks are located in all three terminals as well as the arrivals hall.

Airport Facilities

Money and communications: ATMs, currency exchange and post office.

Luggage: There are left luggage facilities. Enquiries regarding lost luggage may be lodged at one of the information desks.

Conference and business: Besides services offered by the VIP lounges, there are no conference facilities at the airport. However, numerous hotels in Nairobi feature meeting rooms and conference halls. Copying and faxing facilities are available at the Internet cafe at Gate 9.

Other facilities: A first-aid station, Internet cafe and amenities for disabled passengers.

Wi-Fi: Several cafes offer Wi-Fi access upon purchase of an item.

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