Full List Of Nairobi Matatu Routes and Their Numbers

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Full List Of Nairobi Matatu Routes and Their Numbers

Kenyan matatus, love them or hate them, are a vital part of the country's transport system. They are the alternative to switching on your car to go to work, school or whatever destination, which drains your fuel- and your bank account. 

One thing that unfortunately stands out is the traffic jams that have become a part of our lives. Countless stories have been told about them, the others about how chaotic the public transport system is.

Despite government efforts to tame them, rogue matatu drivers pose a serious threat to motorists and other pedestrians. Little can be said about the conductors who have become famous for all the wrong reasons.

A matatu stage in Nairobi. /FILE

However, one thing does stand out. To get to where you want or need to be, you need to have the route numbers to your destination at your fingertips. Every route has a number that is meant to help you get to your destination. 

That, or you could ask that guy filmed offering directions to rookie and experienced Nairobi residents within the CBD. Just one catch, you'd have to part with Ksh10.

We at Viral Tea do not charge to offer directions. We've come up with the full list of Nairobi matatu routes and their numbers to all the estates in the city and beyond, as of July 2021;

List of Nairobi matatu routes and their numbers (by Billy Ouko- @tweetsbybilly/TWITTER)

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

Ambassadeur matatu stage in Nairobi CBD. /FILE 

8B: Town - City Stadium - Bahati - Maringo - Jericho - Buruburu Phase 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)

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)

A souped-up matatu plying the Umoja route. Umoja has arguably the best pimped matatus in the country. /FACEBOOK

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

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

Image of a Kenya Mpya bus plying the Nairobi-Thika route. /FILE 

*There are places with no route numbers like Nazareth, Ndumbuini, Matasia, Mihango, Greatwall etc. that are served by public transport.

Also another catch. A lot of matatus these days have tinted windows, so seeing where you are travelling to on the route you're in is a tough ask.

When in doubt, remember, reach out to the conductor.