Travel to Kigali

Kigali is the capital and largest city of Rwanda. It is near the country’s geographic center in a region of rolling hills, with a series of valleys and ridges joined by steep slopes. Kigali is a relatively new city. It has been Rwanda’s economic, cultural, and transport hub since it was founded as a colonial administrative outpost in 1907 and became the capital of the country in 1962.

Rwanda has two international airports: Kigali International Airport (the main and mostly used one) and Kamembe International Airport (mainly for neigbouring countries flights). Kigali International airport is serviced by several airlines including: RwandAir, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, KLM, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines. Moreover, helicopter transfers within Rwanda are available through Akagera Aviation. Kamembe International Airport has scheduled flights.

RwandAir’s young and state of the art fleet flies to an increasing number of cities within Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. London, Brussels, and Dubai flights are on an Airbus A330, which features onboard wifi, Premium Economy and flat-bed seats in Business Class. A hub at the heart of Africa, Kigali International Airport serves tourism, the export of goods and is transforming Kigali into a trade and logistics platform.

From Kigali International Airport to different destination in Rwanda, there are different transport options including shuttle services offered by several hotels (see accommodation section), general taxi services, and motorbike taxi transportation service. The latter is only available out of the airport bounds.

Rwanda has an active local transportation system and network. Kigali city operates several transportation companies. To travel by bus in Kigali requires a card known as “Tap and Go” card, where the passenger needs to top up the amount on the card depending on the length of the journey. The transportation companies’ agents are on many bus stations to help the passengers to top up their cards when needed.