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. We recommend you stay at least 9 days in order to fully appreciate everything Mombasa has to offer.

When to visit Mombasa

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

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Mombasa in March, when the average temperature is 82.4 °F, and the highest can go up to 87.8 °F. The coldest month, on the other hand, is July, when it can get as cold as 69.8 °F, with an average temperature of 75.2 °F. You’re likely to see more rain in May, when precipitation is around 10.6″. In contrast, February is usually the driest month of the year in Mombasa, with an average rainfall of 0.4″.

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How to Get to Mombasa


When flying to Mombasa, you’ll arrive at Mombasa Moi Intl (MBA), which is located 5 miles from the city center. The shortest flight to Mombasa from the United States departs from Washington, D.C. and takes around 17h 20m.


AccesRail is the only carrier operating train routes to Mombasa.

Airports near Mombasa

Airlines serving Mombasa

United Airlines
Good (2,858 reviews)
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Good (355 reviews)
Air France
Good (404 reviews)
Excellent (3,063 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (1,339 reviews)
British Airways
Good (1,442 reviews)
Good (458 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (1,462 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (284 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (337 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (102 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (147 reviews)
Egypt Air
Good (127 reviews)
Excellent (143 reviews)
Asiana Airlines
Excellent (90 reviews)
Good (161 reviews)
Kuwait Airways
Good (67 reviews)
Kenya Airways
Good (39 reviews)
Excellent (1 reviews)
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Where to stay in Mombasa

Average rates range from around $90 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $176 and up for a 5-star experience. There are also lots of vacation rental options in Mombasa, with prices from $8 to $1,570 per night. Bamburi is the neighborhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, vacation rentals in Mombasa are about 26% cheaper than a hotel room in the city.

Where to stay in popular areas of Mombasa

Most booked hotels in Mombasa

Prideinn Paradise Beach Resort & Spa
Excellent (8.5, 605 reviews)
Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa
Excellent (8.4, 677 reviews)
Baobab Beach Resort & Spa
Excellent (8.4, 329 reviews)
Diani Reef Beach Resort & Spa
Excellent (8, 886 reviews)
Voyager Beach Resort
Good (7.9, 158 reviews)
Southern Palms Beach Resort
Good (7.9, 94 reviews)
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Renting a car in Mombasa

Renting a car in Mombasa costs $55 per day, on average, or $492 if you want to rent if for 9 days.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 12% more expensive than at Mombasa Moi Intl.

Expect to pay $5.38 per gallon in Mombasa (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $64.50 and $86.00. The most frequently booked car type in Mombasa is Compact (Ford Focus or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Mini rental cars (Suzuki Alto or similar) are, on average, 59% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.