At some point- you may have been stranded in town wondering where to pick a matatu or bus to a certain destination in the outskirts of Nairobi.
I wrote this post; after I had a bad experience of boarding the wrong matatu plying the Eastleigh route. I had wanted to get to Ngara Government Housing Scheme and was informed that vehicles plying the Eastleigh route are the best to drop you off at the new estate. I boarded a bus that goes to Eastleigh but little did I know it uses a different route from that one past the housing scheme.
Upon alighting, I realized I am in the wrong neighborhood of Ngara and had to ask nearby. I was advised to pick a motorbike that would take me to the gate of the Ngara Housing Scheme; costing me another 60 bob which I had not budgeted for. Too bad, maybe you have undergone worse.
So, let me cut the story short and give you a handy list of the routes for most matatus plying the common estates of Nairobi. For the common mwananchi, we ask ” ni matatu namba Ngapi?”
Here; in a tabular form is a summary of Nairobi Matatu Route Numbers and their respective destinations/ bus-stops. The list may be updated with time ;
|Matatu Route Number||Destination/ Bus-Stops||Where to the Pick Matatu in Nairobi.|
|Matatu Number 1||Ngong Road, Citam/NPC Valley road, The Junction Mall, Dagoretti||General Post Office/ GPO|
|Matatu Number 2||Ngong Road, Citam/NPC Valley Rd, The junction Mall, Dagoretti Kikuyu||GPO or KBS stage|
|Matatu Number 3||Ngong Road, Adam;s Arcade, Dagoretti corner||GPO|
|Matatu Number 4||Ngong Road, Adams, Dagoretti||Kencom or GPO|
|Matatu Number 6||Eastleigh Area/ Pangani Girls/ Pangani Shopping Centre.
|Board the Matatu from Accra Rd or Along Tom Mboya Street. They are usually mini-buses and they use the kariokor market route.|
|Matatu Number 7C||Community, Upper hill Area, Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi Hospital, Doctors Plaza Silver Springs hotel||Board the Citi Hoppa or KBS buses at Kencom House opp Hilton Hotel along Moi avenue|
|Matatu Number 8||Ngong road, Kibera Slums/Kibra, Adams Arcade, Toi Market||Board the matatu from Railways bus station.|
|Matatu Number 9||Eastleigh Area.
Ngara Civil Servants Housing Scheme, K.I.E,
Fig Tree Trade Center Ngara
|Board the matatu at Tom Mboya Street or near the Tuskys beba beba Supermarket.
These matatus use the Ngara Route
|Matatu Number 11||South B, Bellevue||Board the matatu from Railways Bus station|
|Matatu Number 15||Nyayo Stadium, Nairobi west &Madaraka (near the road), Tuskys T-mall, Wilson Airport, Carnivore Simba Sallon, Uhuru Gardens, Langata Shopping Centre, Otiende, Barracks, Langata Cemetry (on the lower side), Nairobi Safari walk and Nairobi National Park, Nairobi Animal Orphanage||Board the matatu from Bus Station main stage or further from the main stage at waiting matatus opp afya center. (the 2nd option is not always available and depends on absence of county askaris)|
|Matatu Number 14||Langata road upto T-Mall, Strathmore University, Nairobi West,||Board Matatu at BS behind Afya Centre|
|Matatu Number 17B||Thika road, Thika super highway, Roysambu, Kasarani, Santon, Mwiki, St Francis Hospital,||Board the matatu from inside Kenya Bus Station or from outside BS near the St Peter Claviers Catholic Church|
|Matatu Number 23||Kangemi, Westlands, Uhuru Highway, Kangemi, ABC place, Safaricom House and Uhuru highway.||Board the Matatu at Odeon cinema / Latema Road off tom Mboya street|
|Matatu Number 24||Karen Shopping Centre, Hardy, all Langata road routes, Bogani, Bomas of Kenya, Galleria Shopping Mall, Catholic University, Kenya School of Law, Nairobi Academy, Hill Crest International School, Animal protection, Co-op bank training centre, Giraffe Center, Karen C school.||Kenya Bus Station /BS, Mfangano street or main buses at Kencom House Moi Avenue|
|Matatu Number 25||Baba Ndogo, Thika Road upto GSU flyover,||Board the matau from Timboroa Lane|
|Matatu Number 33||Ngumo Estate, KNH, Mbagathi, Masai Market||Board the matatu from opp St Peter Claviers Catholic church or near OTC /Salvation Army areas|
|Matatu Number 33||Embakasi route, through joggo road, donholm, City Stadium, Pipeline, Tumaini Estate and Fedha Estate, Avenue Estate||Board the matatu at Muthurwa market or along tom mboya street opp National Archives|
|Matatu Number 34 (matatus)||Langata Area through Mbagathi road, KNH, T-mall, Wilson Airport, Carnivore, Langata shopping Centre.||Board the Matatu from behind St Peters Clavers Church or Opposite OTC|
|Matatu Number 34 (buses)||JKIA, Jogoo Road, Embakasi, Fedha, Donholm, Pipeline, Utawala, (Sometimes Mombasa Road)||Board the bus from Kencom or Ambassador stage|
|Matatu Number 35/60||Umoja Innercore, Umoja I and Umoja II||Board bus at Ronald Ngala Street Mfangano street intersect opp Naivas Supermarket|
|Matatu Number 44||Kahawa West, Kamiti Maximum Prison, Zimmerman, Githurai 44 Roysambu, USIU, Farmers Choice, Northern Bypass||Board bus from Nakumatt Ronald Ngala Street or matatus from Tuskys Beba beba|
|Matatu Number 45||Thika Road, Thika Super highway, Githurai 45||Board the buses from Nakumatt Ronald Ngala street opp Posta R/ngala|
|Matatu Number 58||Buru buru||Board at Tom Mboya Street opp National Archives|
|Matatu Number 100||Kiambu town, kiambu road, Sharks Palace Kiambu road, CID center, Ridgeways, Rock city kiambu road, Muthaiga roundabout||Pick the matatu along Ronald Ngala Street all the way to Ring-road Ngara or opp St. peters Claviers Catholic Church|
|Matatu Number 102||Kikuyu Township, Dagoretii, Ngong road, The junction mall etc||Board from BS or Kencom|
|Matatu Number 105||Kikuyu via Uhuru highway, Westlands, Kangemi, Uthiru, Kinoo||Board the matatu along tom Mboya Street near National Archives or from Railways bus station|
|Matatu Number 106||Banana, Muchatha, village Market||Koja Mosque stage|
|Matatu Number 110||Kitengela, mlolongo, Athi river||Board from Railways station at the entrance of near the railways station|
|Matatu Number 111||Ngong, Ngong road, Dagaoretti corner, (sometimes kiserian,)||Board from Kencom or Railways bus station.|
|Matatu Number 125/126||Ongata Rongai, Kiserian, Bomas of Kenya, Nazarene University, Catholic University, Multimedia University, Nairobi National Park/ orphanage, Safari walk, Langata Barracks, Galleria, Brookhouse International School, Langata hospital, Langata Police Station, Langata Cemetry||Board from Railways bus station|
|Matatu Number 146||Ruiru, Thika Road, Kahawa Wendani, Kahawa Barracks, Kahawa Sukari, Kenyatta University/ KU, Ruiru Bypass||Board from Mumbi Lane off Ronald Ngala Street / ODEON|
|Matatu Number 237||Thika town, all routes on Thika Road, Kahawa Ruiru||Munyu Road Junction , Ngara and Ronald Ngala Street, as well as on Race Course Road near the Tusky’s Building (formally OTC).|