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Where to stay in Nairobi


Are you visiting Kenya, or just in transit to another destination? This article is for short-term travelers who are looking for short-term accommodation in Nairobi for a few days.

The first thing you need to know is where the Nairobi airport is located. There are two airports in Nairobi where you are likely to land or take off from;

  1. Jomo Kenyatta international airport (JKIA). This is the main international airport in Nairobi, formerly known as Embakasi Airport and Nairobi International Airport. Its IATA code is NBO. JKIA is located on Mombasa Road, at the border of Nairobi and Machakos.
  2. Wilson airport. This airport was initially known as Nairobi Aerodome. Its IATA code is WIL while the ICAO code is HKNW. This airport is located on Lang’ata road, about 5KM from Nairobi CBD. Local flights take to Maasai Mara, Mombasa, Amboseli, Lamu, Kilimanjaro Diani, Lokichogio and Nanyuki are based here. If you are moving to East Africa, your flight could be taking off from here too.

Both Mombasa Road and Lang’ata road have crazy traffic all week. If your flight takes off early in the morning before 6, you are lucky. However, people traveling during the day must deal with hectic traffic to reach the airport.

In order to avoid a lot of hustle, avoid staying anywhere between Nyayo stadium and Nairobi CBD completely. The southern bypass, Outer Ring road and eastern bypass can offer faster access to the JKIA from Ngong road, Waiyaki way, Lang’ata road and Thika road.


Consider booking accommodation in these places:

  • Outer Ring
  • Syokimau
  • Mlolongo
  • Airport North hotels
  • Imara Daima
  • Nairobi West
  • South B or C
  • Embakasi
  • Kitengela
  • Athi River
  • Thika Road
  • Ruai
  • Ruiru
  • Northern Bypass near Thika Road
  • Eastern Bypass
  • Karen near Southern Bypass
  • Ngong Road near the Southern bypass
  • Waiyaki way (use Southern Bypass)

If you are taking off from Wilson Airport, any house or hotel on Langáta Road, areas around Southern Bypass and Karen are ideal.

To be safe, always consult Google Maps. 

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