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Cheap car rentals in Nairobi

Economy$44/day
Compact$48/day
Intermediate$51/day
Standard$62/day
Full-size$44/day
SUV$83/day
Minivan$98/day
Passenger van$149/day
Premium SUV$131/day
Standard SUV$73/day
Intermediate SUV$83/day
Commercial$98/day
Luxury SUV$339/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Nairobi

  • Nairobi, the vibrant capital city of Kenya, is a bustling destination that offers quality experiences and vast attraction sites for visitors. Car rentals in Nairobi provide an excellent solution to conveniently explore the city and its surroundings. With car rentals in Nairobi, you can maneuver the city's streets as you explore attractions like Giraffe Center and Nairobi National Museum. They provide renters with the accessibility and convenience that public transport means lack. Public transportation in Nairobi is limited, with fixed routes that may not align with your travel itinerary.
  • Passengers traveling to Nairobi will use Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), the gateway to the city. It offers convenient Nairobi car rental options from well-known companies like Avis, Europcar, Budget, and Hertz upon arrival. The car rental center is located on the ground floor of the Terminal 1 building. You can follow the signs directing you to the car rental agencies upon arrival. It is advisable to book your car rentals in Nairobi in advance to avoid delays and ensure you get a vehicle that meets your needs and preference.
  • Driving in Nairobi is generally smooth, with most roads marked and well-equipped with traffic signs and signals well maintained. Drivers in Nairobi are required to use the left side of the road and overtake on the right side. Driving under the influence in Nairobi and the rest of Kenya is strictly prohibited. The blood alcohol concentration for drivers in Nairobi is 0.08, with a higher concentration punishable with a hefty penalty.
  •  With a rapidly growing population and a relatively high number of vehicles on the road, traffic congestion is a significant concern. Nairobi experiences traffic congestion throughout the week, mostly during peak travel times and rush hours. Weekday morning rush hour typically starts around 7 am to 9 am, while weekday evenings experience rush hour from around 4 pm and can last until 7 pm. Major roads leading to the town center, like Mombasa Road, Thika Road, and Waiyaki Way, are the most affected during these times.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Nairobi for $59 or less
  • Book your rental car in Nairobi at least 2 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Nairobi are around 49% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Full-size rental cars in Nairobi are around 45% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Nairobi

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in Nairobi?

    On average a rental car in Nairobi costs $74 per day. But prices differ between operators and you can save money through a price comparison of car rental deals from different agencies. The cheapest price for a car rental in Nairobi found in the last 2 weeks is $50.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Nairobi?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Autounion Car Rental ($44/day), Hertz ($48/day) and Ace ($51/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Autounion Car Rental Avis Counter 00100 (8 miles from city center).

  • Can I rent an automatic car in Nairobi?

    Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Nairobi. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.

  • How much is gas price in Nairobi?

    The average gas price in Nairobi is $5.37 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $64 and $86, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Nairobi?

    Full-size (Toyota Belta or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Nairobi.

  • Which car rental companies are at Jomo Kenyatta Intl airport (NBO)?

    Car rental companies onsite at Jomo Kenyatta Intl airport include Hertz, Autounion Car Rental, GREEN MOTION, Ace, Avis and Unicorn Rent A Car.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Jomo Kenyatta Intl airport (NBO)?

    The only car rental company that offers shuttle or pick-up services from Jomo Kenyatta Intl airport to off-airport locations is Avis.

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

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

  • How much does a Full Size car rental cost in Nairobi?

    A Full Size car rental in Nairobi costs $49 per day, on average.

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

    An Economy car rental in Nairobi costs $51 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Mini car rental cost in Nairobi?

    A Mini car rental in Nairobi costs $52 per day, on average.

  • What is the most popular rental car location in Nairobi?

    In Nairobi, cars are most frequently rented at Autounion Car Rental Avis Counter (8 miles from city center).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in Nairobi?

    On average a rental car in Nairobi costs $518 per week ($74 per day).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in Nairobi?

    On average a rental car in Nairobi costs $2,221 per month ($74 per day).

  • Should I get insurance when renting a car in Nairobi?

    Most car rental providers in Nairobi offer insurance but the level of protection can differ substantially. If you're unsure whether to get extra protection for your car rental in Nairobi, check out KAYAK's car rental insurance guide.

  • How many car agencies are operating in Nairobi?

    KAYAK has deals for you to compare from 13 car rental agencies in Nairobi.

  • What do I need to know before booking a car rental in Nairobi?

    Finding the right price, understanding the add-ons and staying up to date with policy changes can be a challenge. That’s why KAYAK has produced the ultimate guide to renting a car to help you cut though the jargon and make the right choice for your rental car. Find tips and insights for how to book your rental, what car rental insurance you’ll need, how to deal with a car rental agency and what extra fees to expect (and avoid!).

  • Why should I use KAYAK to rent a car in Nairobi?

    KAYAK searches thousands of car rental agencies to provide you with offers from all car rental agencies operating in Nairobi so that you can compare car rental rates, reviews and pick-up and drop-off locations to find the best deal for you.

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

    The recommended car type of driving in Nairobi depends on several factors, such as road conditions, personal preferences, and traffic patterns. Compact cars like sedans and hatchbacks are ideal for navigating through the city's narrow streets and congested roads, making it easy to maneuver. All-wheel drives (AWD) are more practical if you plan to visit mountainous and off-road attractions like Nairobi National Park. For passengers with a lot of luggage, SUV or crossovers are most preferred as they provide ample space to ensure the bags' safety.

  • What is the driving speed limit in Nairobi?

    Local authorities control the speed limit in Nairobi, which varies depending on the road and the zone in which you are driving. Highways and expressways in Nairobi have relatively higher speed limits than urban roads. For example, the maximum speed limit on the Nairobi expressway is 50 mph. The driving speed in residential areas is limited to 30 mph. Adjusting your speed according to traffic and prevailing weather conditions is important.

  • Where are the best parking sites in Nairobi?

    To accommodate the needs of residents and visitors, Nairobi offers various parking options, from street parking to paid parking lots, hotels, and restaurants. Nairobi has numerous paid parking lots in strategic areas like the city center. Central car park on Market St offers paid parking that can be done using mobile devices. Nairobi hotels and restaurants often provide parking spaces for their guests, so you can opt to stay in hotels such as Radisson Blue Hotel and Residence. Parking costs around 200 KES (around 1.50 USD) an hour. Inquiring about parking spaces in advance when booking a hotel or restaurant is advisable.

Nairobi car rental reviews and directory

Hertz

6.2

Most popular

Cleanliness

6.4

Comfort

6.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.6

Value for money

6.0

Locations in Nairobi

Airport North Road

Monday00:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 23:59
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Waiyaki Way

Monday00:00 - 23:59
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10.0 Wonderful

Sep 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

Sep 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.

8.0 Very good

Sep 2022

KAYAK
So far so good

1 out of 3

GREEN MOTION

10.0

Wonderful

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Best rated
Cheapest deal

Locations in Nairobi

Nairobi Airport

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Express Rent a Car

8.0

Very good

No reviews available

One location in Nairobi

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Nairobi International Airport

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Autounion Car Rental

7.6

Good

No reviews available

Locations in Nairobi

66 Muthithi Road Westlands - Vitafoam compound

+254 717 600 100

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
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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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Sixt

7.3

Good

No reviews available

2 locations in Nairobi

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Airport Road 1

+254 724 001 111

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
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Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
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Off Limuru Road

+254 724 001 111

Monday08:00 - 18:00
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Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
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Budget

6.4

Okay

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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

6.4

Okay

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Jomo Kenyatta International Apt,- Main Arrival Lounge

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Ace

5.5

Fair

No reviews available

Locations in Nairobi

66 Muthithi Road

+254 717 600100

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
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Embakasi

+254 717 600100

Monday00:00 - 23:59
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Karen

+254 717 600100

Monday08:00 - 18:00
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Europcar

5.3

Fair

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2 locations in Nairobi

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Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

+254 777 223442

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Karen Connection

+254 777 223444

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Avis

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Locations in Nairobi

Aspire Centre

+254 703 046517

Monday07:45 - 16:30
Tuesday07:45 - 16:30
Wednesday07:45 - 16:30
Thursday07:45 - 16:30
Friday07:45 - 16:30
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
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Jomo Kenyatta Int Airport

Monday00:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 23:59
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Thursday00:00 - 23:59
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P O Box 48296

+254 731 665000

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

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

Sunnycars

No score available yet

2 locations in Nairobi

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Jomo Kenyatta International APT

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Nairobi Wilson Airport

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Unicorn Rent A Car

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Locations in Nairobi

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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One location in Nairobi

Locations in Nairobi

Nairobi Airport- Meet& Greet

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10 travelers who rented a car in Nairobi gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.5

Car rental locations in or near Nairobi

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Full-size

Average price

$74/day

Good deal

$59/day

When to book a rental car in Nairobi

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