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Getting to the City Center from Kigali Int'l Airport

When you arrive at Kigali Airport you will see taxi drivers inviting passengers to their taxis at the terminal exit. Airport taxis are one of the most practical vehicles you can choose to travel to Kigali city center. If the cost of airport taxis is too high, if you exit the terminal and walk for a few minutes you can stop the other taxi services operating in the area. Kiagali International Airport which is 5 kilometers from Kigali city center does not have public transportation vehicles such as buses. Because of this, taxis are the first alternative to the center. Car rental is ideal for travellers planning to spend a few days in and around Kigali.

Taxi

As soon as you step out of the terminal at Kigali International Airport, you will see taxi drivers inviting passengers to their taxis who want to take you to the city center. The journey to Kigali city center is short and comfortable way to travel but the cost of taxis may be a bit expensive. If you want to negotiate a little of the price you can try your luck, but if you are planning to spend more time in the city, you can rent a car from the terminal. You can find a vehicle to travel to Kigali city center by leaving the airport, but this option is not recommended for security reasons especially for those who are travelling to Kigali for the first time. 3 or 4 people that are travelling together can travel in the same taxi. 5 or more passengers travelling together can rent a vehicle suitable for more crowded groups and travel that way to Kigali city center.

Rent a Car

After you have landed at Kigali International Airport you can find car rental alternatives in the terminal. Visitors travelling to the area for the first time can rent a car or speak with their hotel in advance to find a suitable service vehicle that will bring them to Kigali city center. The terminals at Kigali International Airport are very close to each other, so you can walk from one terminal to another. After renting a car it maybe a bit confusing at first, so be sure to get a map that shows the routes in the area in detail so that you can find your way around the Kigali roads more easily.

Motorcycle Taxi

At the exit of Kigali International Airport you can see motorcycle taxis that serve the area. Motorcycle taxis are cheaper than classic taxis but they are not very comfortable. However, those who want a more economical vehicle can get to Kigali city center quickly by the motorcycle taxis. Remember that motorcycle taxis are vehicles that can not take passengers with heavy luggage.

Last Updated: January 25, 2018
Getting to Kigali Int'l Airport from the City Center

The city center of Kigali, Ruanda's capital, is 5 kilometers away from Kigali International Airport. You can rent a car in the city center if you'd like to, or take a taxi that you can easily find anytime and get to Kigali International Airport.

Those who would like to get to  the airport with five or more passengers can reach Kigali International Airport in about 10 minutes by taking advantage of private transfer services. Those who travel alone can reach the airport at a much cheaper price taking moto taxis.

Taxi

In Kigali city center, you can see taxis waiting for passengers in many places, especially during daylight hours. You will reach the terminals of Kigali International Airport in about 10 minutes with 3 or 4 passengers by taking a taxi. Moreover, you can take your luggage with you comfortably in the trunk of taxi. If you have a large number of luggage, or if you want to travel as a 5-person group, you can choose from the larger transfer service vehicles to get to Kigali International Airport.

Rent a car

There are local and regional car rental companies for the passengers who prefer to rent a car for transportation in Kigali. Those who want to get to the airport terminals by renting a car can reach the airport following the signs "Kigali International Airport" on the 5-kilometer long road. If you get this service from one of the companies having offices at the airport, you can easily deliver the car at the offices at Kigali International Airport. The roads in and around Kigali may seem a little bit confusing at first. However, you can find the airport in a few minutes using the maps that show the area in detail.

If you are going to travel to the nearby cities and towns, you can still take advantage of car rental option.

Moto-Taxi

Moto-Taxi option is quite ideal in this area for those who would like to reach Kigali International Airport in a more practical and fast way from Kigali city center. However, it wouldn't be wrong to feel concerned about the safety of your luggage and yourself when it comes to traveling on moto-taxi. Yet, you can be sure that you will get to the airport much faster than taxis and other transfer options.

Airport Information

Located in the capital city of the country, Kigali International Airport serves a great many passengers traveling in and around Kigali. There are a Business Class passenger lounge, a cafeteria, a currency exchange office, information desk and a standard lounge inside the airport terminals. In addition to the standard services provided at Kigali International Airport, there are special equipment for disabled passengers and areas with playgrounds for the passengers traveling with their children.

You can use the internet connection provided free of charge in the airport terminal and Business Class lounge. Once you arrive at Kigali International Airport by your car, you can park your car for a certain period of time in the large car parking area reserved for passengers outside the terminal.

Don't forget to visit the duty-free store before leaving the airport if you would like to buy gifts like chocolate, perfumes or toys at the last moment. There is a short walking distance between the terminals of Kigali International Airport. So, you can walk from one terminal to another at any time.

Last Updated: January 25, 2018
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