Mombasa bills itself as having a more extensive public transport system than other cities in Kenya.  And it is true that the city has a large system of buses and other forms of public transport, including mini vans and rickshaws (a two-wheeled cart pulled by a person or bicycle), referred to as matatu.  Mombasa's buses and other forms of public mass transport are generally cheap and reliable, though many complain that they can be slow.  The city's public transport system does not have a central governing body or a website; visitors can get information about schedules and fares from their hotels or guides.

In the case of matatu, passengers often buy tickets from the operators before departing.  People also usually wait on the vehicles until they are full, as drivers do not like to leave without a full load.  Matatu can also often be flagged down on the side of the road by people wanting rides, while buses can not.


You can also hire a Tuck Tuck for 50 kes from one place to the other within the central Business district.   Expect to pay about Kes 100 to go further.  Be sure to confirm with the driver before starting the trip what he will charge you.

Boda Boda Bicycle will take you from the main road Shimo la Tewa or from Bob's bar to the beach hotels.  Just sit behind the driver.  These are typically found more often in the remote areas.

For a longer excursion, there are plenty day or night buses starting from Mombasa to Nairobi. The best companies are at the moment

Crown bus (moi avenue), Coast bus (mwembe Tyari) and Mash bus, opposite Coast bus. Kisumu Buses normaly leave at 06.00 pm.  The most reliable is Coast bus

There is also a train from Mombasa to Nairobi every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday (no more what it used to be).

Local flights: Kenya Airways, air Kenya and Fly540 from Mombasa to Nairobi.