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Nairobi car hire

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Nairobi

  • Car hire in Nairobi is one of the best ways to give yourself the freedom of exploring the dazzling safaris in the Mara, taking a drive out to one of the coastal beaches in Kenya or just exploring the booming capital city that is Nairobi. The public transport system in Nairobi can be very difficult to figure out and taxis tend to take advantage of foreigners. Driving a car hire is a good way to mitigate these potential problems.
  • Car hire in Nairobi is often more convenient from Nairobi Airport (NBO) because it'll likely be your arrival and departure point, plus taxi costs between the city and the airport can get expensive. You'll want to book your Nairobi car hire ahead of time to make sure you avoid availability issues. There are a couple of car hire desks located in the Arrivals hall, while others offer an online service, arranging for a representative to meet you at the airport with your car keys. Once you've signed the paperwork, you'll be escorted to the vehicle for a final check.
  • When driving in the city, you'll drive on the left-hand side of the road and pass on the right. Be aware of the road rules but also that most locals don't obey these rules. Locals are known to drive wherever they can on the road, sometimes into oncoming traffic. The street conditions differ and tend to be okay in the city centre but get increasingly worse the further you get away from the centre of Nairobi. Other cities tend to be worse than Nairobi.
  • Difficult things about driving in Nairobi are the lack of compliance with the road rules by locals, the lack of road signs and traffic lights and all of the construction (Nairobi is one of the fastest growing cities in Africa). You'll need to be careful with potholes on the road, pedestrians and animals walking all over the streets, motorcycles and bicycles. If you're driving further away from Nairobi to other parts of the country, avoid driving at night, so you can see the quality of the road.
  • Book your rental car in Nairobi at least 2 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in Nairobi are around 54% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Nairobi

  • How much is the price of fuel in Nairobi?

    The average price of fuel in Nairobi is $9.20 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of uel costs between $110 and $147, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Nairobi?

    Economy (Toyota Yaris or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Nairobi.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Nairobi?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • How much does an Economy car hire cost in Nairobi?

    An Economy car hire in Nairobi costs $73 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car hire cost in Nairobi?

    An Intermediate car hire in Nairobi costs $179 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Standard car hire cost in Nairobi?

    A Standard car hire in Nairobi costs $156 per day, on average.

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Nairobi?

    If you're sticking to driving in the city centre and don't plan on venturing much further than the airport, you can get away with smaller car hire in Nairobi. You'll want to avoid convertibles because of the atmosphere. If you're planning on driving further away from the city centre and spending time on rural roads, a 4-wheel drive is a much better bet. The road conditions are unpredictable, so a 4x4 means less chance you’ll get stuck somewhere or damage the vehicle.

  • What’s the speed limit in Nairobi?

    Nairobi speed limits are the same as the rest of Kenya and worth knowing, even if most locals don't adhere to them. When you're driving outside of the city on major motorways and highways, the speed limit is between 100 km/h and 110 km/h. If you're driving bigger vehicles, like buses or commercial vehicles, the maximum speed is 80 km/h. The statutory limit when driving within trading centres, cities and municipalities is 50 km/h, while when driving near schools or any area where children are likely to be, the limit is 30 km/h.

  • Where are the best places to park in Nairobi?

    There is a shortage of parking spaces in the Nairobi CBD, but there are both free and paid car parks available. It's recommended to stick with paid parking because they're safer and have better security. There is a local app you can use to pay for street parking, while car parks usually work on a ticket system. There are also a lot of locals who park in undesignated areas, but you'll want to avoid doing this as a foreigner.

Nairobi car rental reviews and directory

Hertz

6.0

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6.2

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6.6

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6.0

Value for money

5.6

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Airport North Road

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Waiyaki Way

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8.0 Very Good

Feb 2024

KAYAK
There were no signs after exiting the airport for the rental car office and it was very difficult to find the phone number for Hertz Nairobi JKAI. Eventually we found it then they wanted to put an $800+ deposit on hold on our card (never mentioned on the terms and conditions), as well as, the $400+ for the actual rental car. I made sure to take lots of pictures and wrote on all the documents we signed that it was a deposit and we would get it back period. After we finally got the car, everything went smoothly but the check in and that “deposit” was ridiculous.

10.0 Wonderful

Sept 2022

KAYAK
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8.0 Very Good

Feb 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop off was easy, they came to pick it up.

Cons:

Prices are way to high from other experiences in other countries and locations.

6.0 Okay

Sept 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Great staff. Car was ready

Cons:

Smelled like smoke. $60/ day (including VAT) for a definitively used car seems expensive. South Africa rates are more in line with value for money.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was very friendly and easy to deal with.

Cons:

A sign or two to state where the office was.

2.0 Poor

Apr 2023

KAYAK
They were very late meeting me to pick up the car and they gave me a gigantic truck so they had to drive me to their HQ to get the correct car. Awful experience.

1 out of 3

GREEN MOTION

7.0

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Nairobi Airport

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Autounion Car Rental

8.1

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66 Muthithi Road Westlands - Vitafoam compound

+254 717 600 100

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Avis Counter

+254 717 600 100

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Hotel Delivery, Nairobi

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Nairobi Airport Wilson

+254 717 600 100

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Express Rent a Car

8.0

Very Good

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Nairobi International Airport

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Sixt

7.2

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Airport Road 1

+254 724 001 111

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Off Limuru Road

+254 724 001 111

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Budget

6.3

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Avis Counter

+254 20 2386420

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College House

+254 20 2213330

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keddy by Europcar

6.2

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Jomo Kenyatta International Apt,- Main Arrival Lounge

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Ace

5.5

Fair

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66 Muthithi Road

+254 717 600100

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Embakasi

+254 717 600100

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Karen

+254 717 600100

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Europcar

5.5

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Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

+254 777 223442

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Westlands Square 1st Floor

+254 700 115119

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Avis

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Aspire Centre

+254 703 046517

Monday07:45 - 16:30
Tuesday07:45 - 16:30
Wednesday07:45 - 16:30
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Saturday09:00 - 13:00

Jomo Kenyatta Int Airport

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P O Box 48296

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10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2017

KAYAK

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Staff were slow. It took one hour to process my rental. I was pleased to getting my 2000 USD cash depisit as soon as I returned their vehicle. Their fleet is new and fully insured, but body scratches due to nengligence are paid out of pocket.

1 out of 0

DISCOUNT.QUEBEC

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66 Muthithi Rd

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Nairobi Downtown Hotel Delivery

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Sunnycars

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Nairobi Airport

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Nairobi Wilson Airport

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Unicorn Rent A Car

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Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Embakasi, Nairobi

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Number 66 Muthithi Road, Westlands, Nairobi

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Express Travel Group Limited

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Nairobi Airport- Meet& Greet

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11 travellers who rented a car in Nairobi gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.4

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Most popular car type

Economy

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Nairobi car hire information

Pick-up locationNairobi
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Hire locations29
Airport locations16