Practical Information in Mombasa

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Mombasa is a fast-growing tourist destination both for international and domestic visitors, making it easy to navigate and enjoy on a vacation due to its modern amenities and growing tourism industry. Boasting an international airport, a train system connecting it to Nairobi, and an extensive bus and cab system, it is easy to get to and from Mombasa, as well as travel around the city once arrived. Hospitality is at the forefront of this bustling metropolis on the sea, and there is much pre-colonial history to soak up on a trip here.


As a modern city, health services, financial services and shopping are all available within Mombasa's city limits. There are 4 main hospitals in the city: Aga Khan Hospital, Mombasa Hospital, Pandya Memorial Hospital and Coast General Hospital. Additionally, many hotels have resident nurses or doctors to assist travelers with general health problems.

There are many international banks, including ABN-AMBRO, Barclay’s Bank and Standard Chartered. There are foreign exchanges located throughout the city as well and there are exchange rates for all currencies.

Security and Safety

The local government of Mombasa has taken great steps to ensure the safety of the general public visiting Mombasa. There are regular foot patrols and vehicle patrols that take place throughout the city. Even so, it is recommended for security purposes that the traveler only carry Traveler’s Checks for the most safety.

Getting There

Mombasa can be reached with a connection from Nairobi or on a direct flight to the Moi International Airport in Mombasa. It is generally less expensive to fly to Nairobi and make a connection. Mombasa can also be reached daily via train from Nairobi.

Depending on your location of origin, travel prices will vary. June to September and December through January make up the main holiday season and prices will be more at this time. During the other months of the year, visitors can enjoy some great savings with off-season rates.

Visa Requirements

A visa is required for most visitors to Kenya with the exception of those traveling from Commonwealth states. Visas can be obtained upon entry to the country and cost $25 for a Single Journey Visa, $50 for a Multiple Journey Visa and $10 for a Transit Visa.

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