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Submitted on Jan 14, 2019 Useful Info

Best way to beat Nairobi traffic

Nairobi's traffic is one of the worst on the continent. To get around Nairobi's traffic you need to have a few tricks up your sleeve. Here is what usually works for me.

  1. Forget about your car and opt for public transport. Public transport providers are more familiar with routes most of us may not know and thus they can easily escape traffic.
  2. Get a bike. This is actually the easiest way to beat traffic. Both motorbikes and bicycles can easily pass through the cars stuck in traffic. Luckily, there are many motorbike operators in Nairobi and instead of taking a taxi or a bus, I opt for this method at times. It's also cheap!
  3. Avoid rush hours. Unless you're on an official visit, avoid going to the CBD between 6- 9 am. Go to town during lunch hours when there is little or no traffic. To avoid being caught up in the evening traffic extend your stay in town to around 7 p.m.
  4. Always install traffic monitoring apps. There's quite a number of such apps you can use when in Nairobi such as Ma3 route and Waze.
  5. On those days when there's a major event or meeting in town, traffic is bound to be impossible therefore walk. It's a great way to avoid being stuck in congestion and you get to exercise!