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Nairobi to Arusha by bus

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Nairobi to Arusha by bus

Hi. I'm arriving into Nairobi at 7am and want to head straight to Arusha to meet my friends. From my research on here it seems it's an easy 5/6hr journey by bus.

My only questions were,

How long will it take to clear immigration? Would I make the 8.15am buses?

Do I need to pre-book or can I do it at the airport?

Has anyone done this journey recently and recommend a good company?


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1. Re: Nairobi to Arusha by bus

Sam D,

Theres no way you will arrive at 7am and be able to catch the 08h00 shuttle to Arusha. This time of the day traffic will be flowing to the city. However i dont even see you having the visa in less than 30min. I suggest you book yourself an afternoon shuttles bus which leaves at 14h00. Then have the morn on brief tour of the city maybe. Alternatively you can book a private car for your transfer.

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2. Re: Nairobi to Arusha by bus

That's pushing your luck.If arriving 6-6;30am, you'd be okay, but not wtih a 7am arrival.

Besides the fact you require a Visa, also a Yellow Fever inoculation and proof of same for entry into Tanzania.

Private transfer is an option which price runs between $350-450 one way. Otherwise, next Shuttle bus is 2pm, arriving Arusha by 6pm/dark.

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3. Re: Nairobi to Arusha by bus

Dear Sam D

The best way to go about it will be to prebook the shuttle in advance and ask them to pick you up from JKIA on their way to Arusha. This will save you the hassle of having to take a taxi to the departure point which i doubt you can make it in time before they take off. Depending on the traffic from the city centre,if quite normal they should be able to pick you up at about 0830hrs and you proceed, we have arranged this previously and it worked out as planned.

Good luck


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