Information & Facts
Short- and long-term parking is available.
Avis, Europcar and Hertz, among others, are represented at the
The KBS bus service 34 leaves fairly regularly for the city
centre; most travellers however take a taxi or arrange to be picked
up by their hotel or tour operator. The Mercedes taxis take
passengers to the central city hotels for a fixed fare.
US$20, but this is usually included in the ticket
The facilities at the airport are fairly limited, but include a
bank and bureau de change, left luggage, telephones and fax,
medical aid, a bar and restaurant, duty-free shops selling curios,
a post office, tourist information and hotel reservations. There
are disabled facilities, but passengers should advise their airline
in advance of any special needs.
English is the official language but Swahili is the
national language, with 42 ethnic languages spoken.
The unit of currency is the Kenyan Shilling (KES), divided into
100 cents. It is not advisable to take Kenyan Shillings out of the
country, as they are difficult to exchange elsewhere. Travellers
cheques in Sterling or US Dollars are recommended for your trip to
Kenya. US Dollars in particular have become commonly used in many
of the country's main hotels and safari lodges. Foreign currency
can be changed at banks, bureaux de change and hotels; easiest to
exchange are US dollars, pounds sterling or Euros. Street exchange
merchants should be avoided as they are operating illegally. Banks
open Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm and on the first and last
Saturday of the month. Banks and bureaux de change at the
international airport stay open 24 hours. Credit Cards (American
Express, Visa and MasterCard) are accepted in the larger hotels and
stores, and some camps and lodges. ATMs are widely available in
Nairobi and the major towns.