If you are seeking vacation rentals or other accommodations while staying in Nairobi, Kenya, you will want to take advantage of the many restaurants, theaters, and parks within this sprawling African city.
Fortunately, there is plenty of public transportation to help you navigate Nairobi. Many public transportation hubs can be found near short-term rentals in Nairobi. There, you can find any number of buses, trains, and taxis.
The most colorful option for public transportation is the matatu, a minibus known for its wild paint jobs and eye-catching slogans. Most residents in Nairobi rely on matatu buses because of their cheap fares and ubiquity. Matatu buses come in various sizes and are privately owned by several companies, meaning that each ride on a matatu bus differs depending on the driver.
While the matatu bus may be an interesting cultural experience, it is not for the tourist who prefers quiet travel or wishes to avoid crowding. Other bus options include SmartBuses, which require the use of a credit-card sized pass called a SmartCard. SmartCards deduct fares automatically when tapped against a reader tray as you board. This option is preferable for visitors who choose to travel without cash.
If you prefer traveling by train, Nairobi also has a flourishing railway center. Passenger trains connect travelers from Nairobi to other major cities in Kenya, though these passenger trains primarily run in the mornings and evenings. The city is currently in the process of expanding its railways for commuters and tourists.
Taxis are another common source of transportation in Nairobi and are preferable for private travel. You can find taxis situated outside of hotels, apartments, luxury rentals, and public spaces such as shopping centers. Taxi fares tend to be higher than matatu and SmartBus fares, but visitors to Nairobi may find them safer, more convenient, and better accommodating.