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Nairobi Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Nairobi Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

Took a gamble and decided to stay o/night in transit from Uganda to Joburg. Felt v safe, no-one hassled me, a woman on my own. - CharlieBeau

Airport Overview

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To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down of what travellers have reported to us during their time at Nairobi Airport.

What to Expect

  • A brand new airport with modern, clean amenities. Jomo Kenyatta Airport was rebuilt after a major fire in 2013.
  • Two terminals: T1 is broken into 1A, 1B, 1C, and 1E for international flights. 1D is used for domestic flights. T2 houses primarily low-cost carriers.
  • Some travellers report great experiences with staff, and others report being asking for bribes.
  • Very few eateries and shops, and what’s there closes early. Grab food ahead of time.
  • Temperatures fluctuate from "freezer" to "sauna" setting.
  • Free WiFi is available. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • Head to the napping room at Gate 17 for a blanket and free shower! The lights are dimmed too.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, several hotels are located nearby. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Economy class travellers can buy a pass and relax in one of two airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Nairobi Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.


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Nairobi Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Nairobi Airport either by purchasing a lounge pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

  • Aspire Lounge - Location: Terminal 1B, Airside, opposite Gate 10. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door ($30).
  • Turkish Airlines Star Alliance Lounge - Location: Terminal 1E, Airside, After Gate 3. Showers are available. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door ($45) • Buy a lounge pass (£27.00 - 24 hour advance purchase is required)
  • Mara Lounge - Location: Terminal 2, Airside, Level 1. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Buy a lounge pass (£20.00 - 24 hour advance purchase is required)
  • Mount Kenya Lounge - Location: Terminal 2, Airside, Level 1. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Buy a lounge pass (£18.00 - 24 hour advance purchase is required)

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Nairobi Airport for 15 minutes. After that, expect to pay approx. $5 for up to 12 hours (according to a March 2017 review).

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Nairobi Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Airport View Plaza Hotel - (5 minutes from the airport) Located adjacent to the airport. No airport shuttle. Day rates available.
  • Nairobi Airport Stop Over House - (10 minutes from the airport) 24-hour airport transfers available.
  • Nairobi Airport Hotel - (10 minutes from the airport) Free airport transfers are available 24-hours a day on request. Day rooms are available starting at $60.00USD and can be used from 9:00AM - 8:00PM.
  • Easy Hotel - (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle is available.
  • The Lazizi Premiere - (5 minutes from the airport) No shuttle is available.

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Nairobi Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • ATMs / Cash Machines - Yes
  • Baggage Trolleys - Available in departures and arrivals areas free of charge.
  • Business Centre - Yes
  • Car Rentals - Yes.
  • Children's Play Areas - Yes
  • Currency Exchange - Yes
  • Food & Drinks - Yes: Bars & Restaurants
  • Information Desk - Yes, available to both arriving and departing travellers. Hours: Not known.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Yes, see an attendant at one of the information desks for more information.
  • Prayer Room - Yes
  • Showers - Showers are available in a few of the lounges. [ see Airport Lounges above ]

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Hotel Shuttles

Some local hotels offer shuttle service to and from the airport. Contact your hotel of choice for availability and details.

Taxis

Taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area of the airport. There are no meters, so negotiate a fare with the driver before starting your journey. “Matatus” (shared-ride minibus taxis) offer a lower cost alternative to private taxis. Always confirm your destination with the driver before getting in, and watch out for pickpockets.

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Last Updated: 21 Aug 2017

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning and is subject to change at any time. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please contact us.

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