List of All Nairobi Matatu Routes and Their Assigned Numbers

Nairobi Matatus
  • The transport system in Nairobi is a nightmare. It’s not uncommon to hear hilarious stories of people sitting in traffic jams for hours – but more confounding is the city’s public transport system.

    The public transport sector is dominated by matatus which often have little regard for order – despite the government’s efforts to streamline the industry. 

    One of the first steps that authorities took was to introduce a numbering system where each route has a number that helps commuters easily trace their destination.

    Recently, there’s been a young man caught on tape on Nairobi streets offering newbies directions within the CBD for a fee.

    Well, if you are lost in the city and need to know which matatu to take, kenyagist.com has compiled a list of all the Nairobi public transport routes and the estates they serve. 

    Here is a tallied system of the city’s public transport system from the CBD to the outskirts – estates and beyond, as of July 2021.

    A graffiti-styled Matatu in the streets of Nairobi City (file image)

    1: Town – Karen – Dagoretti Market

    2: Town – Dagoretti via Naivasha Road

    2B: Town – Dagoretti Market

    2C: Town – Naivasha Road – Waithaka – Muthama

    3: Town – Kawangware – Uthiru

    4: Town – Pumwani – Madiwa – Eastleigh Section III

    4C: Town – Adams Arcade – Kinyanjui Road – Kabiria

    4W: Town – Adams Arcade – Wanyee Road – Kabiria

    5/5C: Town – Adams Arcade – Jamhuri

    6: Town – Eastleigh – Likoni Road – Lunga Lunga – Sinai

    7: Town – Majengo – Gikomba

    7B: Town – Bunyala Rd – Upper Hill – KNH

    7C: Town – Community – Upper Hill – KNH

    8: Town – Kibera

    8B: Town – City Stadium – Bahati – Maringo – Jericho – Buru Ph. 1

    9/6: Town – Eastleigh – Garissa

    10: Town – Muthurwa – Shauri Moyo

    11: Town – Aga Khan – Parklands – Highridge

    11A: Town – Ngara – Stima Plaza

    11B: Town – South B – Balozi – Hazina

    11C: Town – KICD – Pangani

    12C: Town – South C – Mugoya – Bellevue (Circular Route)

    12D: Town – Mombasa Road – Nextgen – Highway Est. – KPA

    14: Town – Kariobangi North

    14: Town – Nairobi West – Moi Educational Centre – TMall

    14A: Town – Madaraka – Strathmore – Texas Centre

    15: Town – Langata – Otiende – St Mary’s Hospital

    (For this route, always confirm before boarding – there are various variants)

    Nairobi Matatus
    Nairobi street life is embodied in the colorful graffiti on Matatus – Gangsta/HipHop Culture (file image)

    15/34: KNH – Mbagathi – Langata

    16: Town – KNH – Nyayo Highrise – Soweto

    17A: Gikomba – Juja Road – Saika – Kayole

    17B: Town – Thika Road – Kasarani – Mwiki

    18C: Eastleigh – Juja Road – Saika – Komarock

    18-62: Eastleigh – Saika – Ruai – Joska

    19C: Town – Manyanja – Komarock

    19-60: Town – Manyanja – Kayole

    20: Roysambu – Mwiki – Kayole Junction – Mama Lucy Hospital

    22: Town – Uthiru – UoN Kabete – Ndumbuini

    23: Town – Jericho – Harambee – Kariobangi South – Civil Servant

    23B: Town – Kangemi – Dagoretti

    23C: Town – Regen – Dagoretti

    23-30: Town – Westlands – Kangemi

    24: Town – Bomas – Hardy – Karen (Circular Route)

    25/25A: Town – Allsopps – Baba Dogo – Lucky Summer

    26: Jogoo Road – Makadara – Jericho – Kariobangi Rounda

    28: Gikomba – Juja Road – Huruma – Kariobangi North

    29-30: Town – Survey – Mathare North

    30: Town – Westlands – Kangemi – Regen

    32: Town – Ayany – Woodley – Kibera

    32-42: Town – Dandora

    33: Town – Mbagathi – Ngummo

    33: Town – Utawala

    33A: Town – Embakasi – Gate A – Gate D

    33B: Town – Fedha – Nyayo Gate B

    34: Town – Mombasa Road – Pipeline – Donholm (Circular Route)

    34A: Town – Donholm – Pipeline – JKIA

    34B: Town – Donholm – Savannah – Jacaranda

    34C: Town – Donholm – Greenfields

    35: Town – Umoja (Circular Route)

    36: City Stadium – Buruburu – Kariobangi South – Dandora

    37/38: Eastleigh – Juja Road – Saika – Njiru – Ruai

    39: Town – Njiru – Ruai – Kamulu – Joska – Malaa – Kantafu

    40: Town – Mbagathi – Ngummo (yes same as 33)

    41: Gikomba – Kayole

    43: Town – Thika Road – EABL – Ngumba

    44: Town – Zimmerman – Githurai – Kahawa West

    45: Town – Thika Road – Githurai

    Nairobi Matatus
    Culture and livelihood comes alive on the streets of Nairobi, via the popular Matatu vans. (file image)

    45: Town – Githurai – Kahawa – KU

    46: Town – Juja Road – Huruma

    46: Town – Hurlingham – Lavington – Kawangware

    47A: Town – Kahawa Sukari – Mwihoko

    48: Town – Riverside – Kileleshwa

    48A: Town – Riverside – Lavington Green

    49: Town – Thika Road – Kasarani – Clay City (formerly route 45W)

    53: Town – Roasters – Thome – Marurui

    56: Town – Kawangware – Macharia Road

    58: Town – Buruburu – Mesora

    61: City Stadium – Kayole

    69/73: Town – Industrial Area – GM – Imara Daima – Mukuru Kwa Njenga

    70/71: Muthurwa – Lunga Lunga – Sinai – Donholm

    100: Town – Kiambu

    101: Kikuyu – Banana

    102: Town – Waithaka – Alliance – Kikuyu

    103: Kawangware – Uthiru – Kangemi

    105: Town – Kinoo – Kikuyu

    106: Town – Ruaka – Banana

    107: Town – Ruaka – Ndenderu

    108: Town – UN – Gachie – Gichagi

    110: Town – Mombasa Road – Athi River – Kitengela

    111: Town – Ngong Hills

    112: Town – Kikuyu – Gikambura

    114: Town – Kabuku – Limuru

    115: Town – Rironi – Limuru

    116: Town – Tigoni – Limuru

    117: Town – Syokimau – Katani Road

    118: Town – Lower Kabete – Wangige

    119: Town – Mwimuto – Wangige

    120: Town – Kiambu – Githunguri

    122: Town – Kiambu – Inagi

    125: Town – Bomas – Ongata Rongai

    126: Town – Ongata Rongai – Kiserian

    129: Kikuyu – Wangige – Ndenderu

    131: Town – Zambezi – Nderi (KARI)

    132: Town – Limuru – Kikuyu

    133: Town – Kayole – Mihango

    134: Town – Isinya – Namanga – Oloitoktok

    145: Town – Ruiru

    146: Town – Gatundu

    160: Town – Kibichoi

    201/202: Town – Tala – Kangundo

    236: Town – Kenyatta Road – Juja – JKUAT

    237: Town – Thika

    238: Town – Makongeni – Posta

    Nairobi Matatus
    A Matatu attendant, popularly know on Nairobi streets as ‘Concordi’ on duty (file image)

    Well, the unwritten rule for any traveller in Nairobi is to always confirm the destination before boarding any public transport vehicle (PSV).

    Some of the PSVs have heavily tinted windows with almost zero visibility outside – so you’ll not be aware of your exact position on the route.

    Always speak out to the vehicle’s conductor.

    Source: Twitter – Billy Ouko @tweetsbybilly

  • Source: KENYAGIST.COM