Mombasa travel guide

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You're Going to Love Mombasa

With a population of 799.668, Mombasa is the largest city in Mombasa, Kenya by the number of inhabitants. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country.

When to visit Mombasa

Mombasa in October
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Mombasa in October
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Mombasa in March, when the average temperature is 28 °C, and the highest can go up to 31 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is July, when it can get as cold as 21 °C, with an average temperature of 24 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in May, when precipitation is around 270 mm. In contrast, February is usually the driest month of the year in Mombasa, with an average rainfall of 10 mm.

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How to Get to Mombasa


When flying to Mombasa, you’ll arrive at Mombasa Moi Intl (MBA), which is located 8 km from the city centre.

Airports near Mombasa

Airlines serving Mombasa

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British Airways
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Air France
Good (840 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,315 reviews)
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Austrian Airlines
Good (413 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (203 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (4,083 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (734 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (287 reviews)
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Egypt Air
Good (173 reviews)
Air India
Okay (1,974 reviews)
Asiana Airlines
Excellent (190 reviews)
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Kuwait Airways
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Where to stay in Mombasa

From 5-star hotels such as the Swahili Beach to great affordable options like the Kenya Bay Beach Hotel, Mombasa offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $108 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $155 and up for a 5-star experience. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Mombasa, with prices from $17 to $414 per night. Bamburi is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Mombasa are about 9% cheaper than a hotel room in the city.

Where to stay in popular areas of Mombasa

Most booked hotels in Mombasa

Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
Diani Reef Beach Resort & Spa
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
Voyager Beach Resort
Good (7.7, Good reviews)
Cityblue Creekside Hotel & Suites
Good (7.5, Good reviews)
Cowrie Shell Beach Apartments
Okay (5.2, Okay reviews)

Hiring a car in Mombasa

Expect to pay $2.18 per litre in Mombasa (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $26.13 and $34.84. Economy (Kia Rio or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Mombasa, while also 53% cheaper than other types, on average.