Getting to Machakos

By Road

Machakos is well connected and has one of the country’s well-maintained road networks across the county. The road network will take you anywhere in the city by car. If you prefer public transport, all the neighboring towns & cities have well-planned bus terminals & stages.

If you are coming from the CBD, there is a very popular bus terminus in Nairobi popularly known as the Machakos Country Bus. It’s a busy place where Buses and Matatus depart for Machakos and Kitui. However, most of the roads to the interior villages of the county still remain untarmacked.

By Air

There are currently no direct flights to Machakos; however, a part of Jomo Kenyatta international Airport neighborhoods is technically in Machakos County. The county is also in close proximity to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport.

Getting Around Machakos County

Most of the towns are linked by a good road network with a steady stream of matatus. Most of the roads are in good tarred condition with a few occasional potholes. Self-driving is also a good option in this region; distances between the towns and sights are relatively short and there are plenty of places to stop for petrol, lunches or take a break.

Driving around the region gives a good opportunity to enjoy the majestic countryside, especially the unique scenic landscapes and the mind-blowing cultural heritage.

How to Travel

  • Bus & Matatus – Operated by independent companies, buses, and matatus are the most affordable means of transport around the County. You can take a matatu from a town within the region.
  • Taxi – Available in all parts of the region. From a homestay or hotel, you can have them call their partner taxis.
  • Car – Rental cars are easy to get. Once in the main towns like Machakos, or any other you can request the service of car rentals.
  • Boda-bodas – The best way to get around the most interior and inaccessible parts of a region.


Because of the number of sights to see, first-time visitors should start with an organized tour. Some places can be covered in depth, others are just useful for getting your bearings. Guides offer walking tours, including visits to National Parks, museums, and historic locations, as well as natural Landmarks.

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