Nairobi-Arusha Shuttle Bus
The most economical way to travel between Nairobi and Arusha and on to Moshi (for Mount Kilimanjaro climbing) is by the daily shuttle bus service.
Shuttles leave from both Arusha and Nairobi at 08.00 hours and 14.00 hours each day. Though the trip on the Tanzania side of the border is shorter at 110 kilometres, the poorer state of the road makes travel time about the same as the 150 kilometre drive on the Kenya side. Generally it is about two hours on each side of the border. The time spent at Namanga can depend on the number of people on the bus and how strict customs and immigration officials are. Also, if a few fellow passenger are without visas things might go slower. You will also stop on the Kenya side, not too far from the border. This rest stop gives you a chance to answer the call of nature, buy a cool drink and look at some last minute (or first minute) gifts.
There are several companies, among them Nairobi Arusha Shuttle, Jamii shuttle, Bobby shuttles car hire, Rainbow shuttle, Riverside shuttle bus and car hire, and Impala shuttle bus . The bus may be anything from a mini-van to a large coach. Most often, they are twenty-five seat buses with a fold down seat in the aisle to make four across seating.
WHAT YOU PASS
The route between Arusha and Nairobi has some interesting villages along the way. There is a possibility of seeing some wild animals; even perhaps giraffe as you travel.
All Nairobi Arusha shuttles offer tourist shuttle bus transfers from Nairobi hotels or Airport to Arusha town and Moshi via Namanga border. Scheduled departures both Morning at 08:00 hrs and afternoon at 14:00 hrs, Same schedule from Arusha. shuttle bus transfer to Arusha Hotels like Impala Hotel, The Arusha Hotel, BackParkers, Pallsons, sakina campsite, Masai camp, 711, Da costa, Meru inn Hotel, Josmal hotel and many more, For Hotel Booking and transfer; Inquire. Shuttle bus Transfer to Moshi hotels eg springlands, Keys Hotel, Zebra Hotel, Kilimanjaro Hotel, Marangu Hotel and many more. For Transfers to Moshi and hotel booking Please Inquire. The Nairobi arusha shuttle buses depart daily picking clients from all Nairobi Hostels and Campsites, Nairobi airport (JKIA) or Nairobi city hotels.
MAKING YOUR TRIP MORE COMFORTABLE
The trip can have its boring stretches and it is best if you have a good book to pass the time. You should also bring your water bottle and a snack. Remember, to buy soft drinks, you often have to have an empty bottle or drink it there.
Temperatures can start out chilly in either town, and can end cool as well. Namanga, however, is often quite warm. You should dress in layers to be able to reduce clothing as you get warmer.
THE PRICE OF THE TRIP
The trip is 25US$ one way to Arusha and 30US$ one way to moshi.
You are generally allowed two pieces of luggage and a carry on bag. Total luggage weight is often limited to 22 kilogrammes.
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