By | 16th January 2018

Do you need a car in Mombasa?

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The Kenyan coastal resort of Mombasa is a popular holiday destination with Europeans. All of the major resorts are sufficiently close enough to make it be possible to get around using local taxis and bus shuttles. However, to come to Mombasa and only stay around these resorts would be to completely miss many of the other amazing places to visit which are within a day’s drive from here.

Why should you rent a car in Mombasa?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Mombasa?

Mombasa Car hire summary

Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]



Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]




How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]




Free parking score

Total 98 - of which 78 have free parking. [full notes - parking]




You might not necessarily want to get your own hire car. However, you might prefer to look for a car with driver or to arrange an organised tour, but however you do it, it’s well worth taking a road trip out of Mombasa one way or another.


Why not? Visiting Mombasa without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Mombasa public transport quick facts

Train score



Water travel score


Overall public transport score



Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Mombasa. 


  • Plenty of buses and taxis within the city of Mombasa.
  • Beach resort facilities are usually close by.
  • Go on safari by organised tour.
  • Take the train to Nairobi – one of the most impressive rail journeys in Africa!


Car rental in - Mombasa Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Mombasa?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?

Is it worth hiring a car in Mombasa?

  • Based on value for money?

Should you rent a car in Mombasa?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Mombasa if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?


Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Mombasa if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?


What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Mombasa if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?



What is our final score for Mombasa on the Carornocar scale?


Go back up to:
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Do you need a car in Mombasa? Yes, it can be useful, but maybe if you hire a car with driver.

Would you hire a car in Mombasa?

Have you driven in Mombasa? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Mombasa?
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