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Flights to Nairobi in 2021

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inDecemberHigh demand for flights, 9% potential price rise
Cheapest inMarchBest time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop
Average price$1,629Average for round-trip flights in September 2021
Round-trip from$1,724From Sydney Kingsford Smith to Nairobi
One-way from$14One-way flight from Sydney Kingsford Smith (SYD) to Nairobi

Nairobi 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Nairobi found for this year
25 Dec - 7 Jan
$8,422pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Multiple airlines
   
2 STOPS
NBO
Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Intl
NBO
Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Intl
Cathay Pacific
   
2 STOPS
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
25 Dec - 7 Jan
$8,600pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Multiple airlines
     
3 STOPS
NBO
Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Intl
NBO
Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Intl
Cathay Pacific
   
2 STOPS
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
25 Dec - 6 Jan
$9,310pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Multiple airlines
   
2 STOPS
NBO
Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Intl
NBO
Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Intl
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith

Cheapest prices for Nairobi flights by month

The cheapest ticket to Nairobi found for each month in 2021 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.
January
$1,486
February
$1,411
March
$1,483
April
$1,469
May
$1,515
June
$1,642
July
$1,536
August
$1,618
September
$1,572
October
$1,368
November
$1,387
December
$1,690
Currently, the cheapest month for flights to Nairobi is October. The most expensive month for flights is December. The cheapest prices are shown above but prices will vary according to departure times, airlines, class and how early you book.

When is the best time to fly to Nairobi?

Average Nairobi flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2021 and 2022 by month.
SYD - NB0
Price
$1,368 - $2,034
NB0
Temperature
23 - 28 °C
NB0
Precipitation
15 - 151 mm
April is typically the best time to fly to Nairobi, but there are other times where great deals are available. If weather is an important factor for you when considering when to fly to Nairobi, the warmest period tends to be February, with the wettest being November.

When is the best time to book a flight to Nairobi?

Booking 61 days in advance of your planned departure date is, on average, the best time to get cheap flights to Nairobi. The general trend is that the closer you book to the departure date, the more expensive your flight will be.

When to fly

At almost 1800 m, Nairobi has sunny, warm summers and cool winters with chilly evenings. December to March is the sunniest part of the year, and daytime temperatures are usually in the mid-20s. June, July, and August temperatures usually range about the low-20s. August and September, though, are marked with overcast, drizzly days.

The warm and dry climate during January and February make it a popular time to book flights to Nairobi, therefore this is the main tourist season. During the day you can expect temperatures on average to be in the mid-20s. June to September is another popular time, as this is when the area is at its driest and temperatures are slightly cooler but still around the low 20s.

The two wet seasons make up the off tourist period in Nairobi. These are March to May and October to December, with the most rain in April and May. Although you may encounter some rain during these times, temperatures are still high in the mid-20s. The city is much quieter and you are more likely to find cheap flights to Nairobi and discounted accommodation rates during these months.

If you’re travelling to Nairobi to visit the magnificent Nairobi National Park then you may want to book flights during the high season, which is July through March. This is when over 100,000 visitors come to catch a glimpse of the Kenyan wildlife in its natural habitat. It’s best to avoid the rainy months of March to May and October to December. In addition, when you plan your visit to the Park you may want to book a tour early or late in the day as these are the best viewing times. The animals tend to be asleep in the midday sun.

City overview

While for many Nairobi is a transit point on the way to a safari holiday, the city has many attractions in its own right. These include the Nairobi National Park, where lions, cheetahs, black rhinos, giraffes, zebra and wildebeest can be seen against the backdrop of the city skyline. Tourists may also want to visit the Giraffe Centre, a breeding and educational centre for the Rothschild Giraffe, and Dame Sheldrick’s Elephant and Rhino Orphanage. Further out, the Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park is centred around a mountain forest where you can see many primates and birds.

Nairobi National Museum contains many interesting exhibits, including discoveries by the Leakey family. The Karen Blixen Museum commemorates the author of the same name, whose books included ‘Out of Africa’.

Nairobi is a commercial city, and a visit to see life taking place in the business district is a must. The city’s buildings seem very Westernised, with skyscrapers and a range of corporate names emblazoned on restaurants and cafés. But the life that takes place in these surroundings is anything but. Spend some time shopping for souvenirs and you’ll soon encounter African culture.

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Getting around Nairobi

Car hire is an option in Nairobi, but rush hours are extremely busy and other road users can drive riskily. The lack of road signs can make navigating difficult. Prices should be agreed beforehand with taxis. Matatus are public minibuses operating between the city centre and suburbs; they can be overcrowded, poorly driven and theft is a concern.

Visitors should always keep valuables out of sight, especially if travelling on matatus, and stay alert for thieves and scams. Large amounts of money should not be carried and walking around at night is not recommended – use taxis where possible. Slums and areas such as Eastleigh should be avoided.

Getting downtown

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) is the main airport in Nairobi. It is located about 15 km from the central business district. Wilson Airport is a smaller airport serving mainly domestic destinations. Pre-paid vouchers for official taxis (yellow or with a yellow line) can be obtained at the taxi service desk. Many hotels also offer airport pick-up. Other shuttle services and taxis can be reserved in advance but check their reputation before booking.

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