Namanga Shuttles Arusha Shuttle
Ticket Fee: 30 USD
Travel Time: 7 to 9 hrs. depending on traffic and number of people in line in the passport control
Travel Schedule: 7 am and 2 pm every day except on holidays
Border to cross: Namanga (2 hrs. away from the take-off point in Arusha)
Road Profile: Mostly concrete so not very bumpy
Bus operator used: Rainbow
Major Requirements: Visa to Kenya should be applied and paid for online at least 2 days before your intended departure. Alternatively, an East Africa tourist visa may be applied upon arrival. If you applied online and haven’t received the visa at the time of your travel, just print your application and payment receipt and present it at the border, they will accept this and release your visa.
1) It is best to book your ticket at least a day before your intended departure to guarantee your seat. Allot two days if crossing during peak season. Buses from Arusha to Nairobi leave twice a day, one at 7 am and another at 2 pm. The journey takes 7 to 9 hrs. including traffic and passport control processing times.
2) Go to the bus terminal, which is just about 4 km. away from town. You can hire a motorbike taxi to take you there for 1000 Tanzanian Shillings, just tell the driver to take you the terminal that leaves for Nairobi.
Bus from Arusha- Nairobi. It seems like only non-air conditioned buses are available for 30 USD, one way
Alternatively, you can book your tickets online and they also offer pick-up from your hotel or designated areas at an added cost but then the best seats would have been occupied so it’s still best to go to the terminal. Below are some companies to choose from:
3) In 2 or 3 hrs, the bus will stop at the Namanga border in Tanzania. Get off the bus along with everyone else and fall in line in the Immigration Control of Tanzania. They will simply stamp out your passport and your good to go.