Before Uber, Little, and the many other taxi hailing services, there were buses and matatus (14 and 28 seater mini-buses). These were the affordable means of moving around this bustling city. And still are. Which requires one to have a good grasp of the sometimes overwhelming web of matatu stages and routes.
If you're new to town, these are the basic routes you should know that will help you on your next matatu ride ? or as the Millennials say, ‘jav’.
If you are going along Thika road or estates surrounding the highway, then the best matatus to get are No. 44, which pass by the Safari Park Hotel and Thika Road Mall. Route No. 17 is for those heading to the Kasarani Stadium and Garden City Mall. Heading to De La Rue headquarters or Kenya School of Monetary Studies, the best route is No. 29/30.
Eastleigh, Pangani, Ngara Areas
Bus No. 9 or No. 6 will safely take you to these areas. You can board them at the CBD opposite Nairobi fire station and at Moi Avenue near Kenya National Archives.
South B, Bellevue
You will need to head to the Nairobi bus station to board matatu No. 11 for you to get to get to South B and its environs.
Heading to iHub, Prestige Plaza, Adams Arcade, The Junction Mall, or the Ngong Racecourse? The best route is bus No. 4 which can be found at the Railway Station in the CBD.
Going to Embakasi, Donholm, Fedha Estate and JKIA, you should take No. 34. If you are heading to any of the Umoja Phases then use No. 35/60.
This is road where you will find the CID Headquarters and the Muthaiga Police Station. To get there, board matatu No. 100 located near the Bus Station.
This is the route to follow when heading towards Kempinski, Delta Towers, Safaricom Headquarters, J's Fresh Bar & Kitchen, and Kikuyu. You can take No. 105 which can be boarded at the Odeon Cinema.
To get to Parklands, MP Shah Hospital, Sarit Centre and Westgate malls, you should board matatu No. 118 at the Ngara bus stop or the Khoja bus stop if in town.
Heading towards T-Mall, Strathmore University, Nairobi West, or the Carnivore? You should take No. 14 at the Bus Station.
Bus No. 7c located at the Kencom bus stop will take you through Upperhill, Kenyatta National Hospital, and Milimani Law Courts.
Head to Kencom bus stop and board bus No. 4w that goes along Hurlingham and Kawangware.
UN, Two Rivers Mall, Village Market
To get to these destinations you will have to take route number 106 that goes along Ruaka. You can board these matatu at Khoja stage or at Odeon Cinema stage.
Ongata Rongai, Brookhouse School, Langata Areas, Bomas of Kenya
You can easily get to these areas through route number 125/126 that are located at Railways Station bus stop.
Karen, The Hub
Number 24 will be the best to get you there and you can find them at Kencom bus stop.