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Transport in Nairobi

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Nairobi is the busiest city in east and central Africa, attracting international traffic throughout the year, some of the busiest parts of the city include the city center, the Kenyatta National Hospital, Jommo Kenyatta international airport and a few major roads leading in and out of the city. If you are used to small African cities, you might get confused at first especially when you get to the main public transport zone called ‘railways’.


The bus network which is the main mode of transportation in Nairobi covers over 100 different routes within the city. Though they are all unscheduled, they operate all day and some at night. You can identify them by numbers written on a small board stuck behind the windscreen. Each route has its number and a description of the places the bus is heading to. Once you memorize the number it is easier to identify a bust from a distance.
                         Bus in the streets of Nairobi              demotix.com


Taxis are available for traveling to all parts of Nairobi, they are mostly used at night when buses are rare, you can either call a company and book for one, or find them packed on different parts of the city. The advantage of using taxis is they can get you to your door step. Which makes them more preferable at night.


Rail services in Nairobi are available for both passengers and cargo, the passenger train which is widely used by many low income city residents, only travels two to three times a day.

Motor bike ‘Boda Boda’

In recent days the use of motor bikes has overtaken that of normal taxis, they tend to be faster and cheaper than most of other transport means, they are however mostly used in areas not covered by buses and trains. Most of these areas are crowded and not reachable by vehicles.

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