Kenya has many options for public transportation, which is nice. Just like anything else, there is a time and a place for each. Many times locals use two or three of these in a day.
1) Boda Boda
A bicycle with a locally made rear cushion seat for transporting passengers. Originally used to transport passengers across the Kenyan and Ugandan border, it is used today in cities where distances can be too short to drive but too far to walk.
2) Piki Piki
Just like a Boda Boda but with a Motorcycle. Not too long ago the Kenyan Government allowed motor bikes to be purchased Duty Free so long as they were under 125ccs. This opened up a new opportunity for Kenyans to make some shillings and a faster form of transportation. I’ve been one of three on a Piki Piki.
3) Tuk Tuk
Originally brought in from India, this three-wheeled motorized rickshaw has a covered cabin that fits three passengers (legally). Less expensive than a traditional taxi however you will still have to negotiate a rate before getting in for your ride.
Shared taxis that are privately owned, these minibuses will take you across town with 13+ other passengers. There is always a Makanga to help get people in and out the vehicle and handles pesa (money). Some have been refurbished with Raggae themed colors, blue interior disco lighting and a sound system with enough base to raise a skirt. The drivers are notorious for speeding on the wrong side of the road (and on side walks) in order to beat traffic. You will often find yourself in a Matatu with many more passengers than there are seats. Good luck finding a seat belt.
5) City Bus
You wont find bumping tunes or black lights here. City buses can hold up to 42 passengers. They are bigger, cleaner and don’t break the law or have you fear for your life. This is all reflected in the fare of course.
A sedan that seats up to four passengers (legally). These are usually your best option if you are traveling with luggage or any other heavy, bulky items though not your most economical.
7) Long Distance Bus
Large, modern buses (some with A/C) that also provide courier services across Kenya. Most don’t have on-board restrooms and the drivers don’t always stop that often for restroom breaks so be sure to stop at a WC before departure.
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