Getting Here

There are different means of reaching Rwanda. For international travelers, Rwanda can be accessed via air travel as well as land.

One can use air transport by taking flights offered by different airlines. There are several airlines flying into Rwanda and these include British Airways, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airline, Brussels KLM, Air Burundi, Air Tanzania, SA Alliance Express, Air Dubai and South African Airways. Kigali international airport some times referred to as Kanombe airport is operated by the Rwanda airport Authority. It’s located with Kigali Rwanda’s capital, just about 14kms from the city centre.

Rwanda has other small air strips where small planes can land and you can easily travel with a charter flight to some locations such as Volcanoes National Park.

By road transport you can access Rwanda from Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania.

By road there various buses which cross directly from Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and Kenya to Rwanda all can be used fir easy access to Rwanda.

Get into Rwanda

By plane –Kigali International Airport

Kigali International Airport (KGL). Kigali International is a small and organized airport, and it is rare to encounter any problems. Plastic bags are illegal in Rwanda for environmental reasons, so you should bring only reusable bags into the country.

Flag carrier RwandAir has by far the largest selections of flights to KGL including one from O R Tambo Airport, but other airlines also offer flights from their respective hubs, including KLM from Amsterdam Schiphol, Brussels Airlines from Brussels, Qatar Airlines from Doha Hamad International Airport, and Turkish Airlines from Istanbul IST.

If you fly from Kigali airport, you may need a Yellow Fever Certificate at your destination (e.g. South Africa) – Airport officials will ask for this. Also be careful of waiting in the cafe for your flight – some flights (e.g. Kenya Airways to Nairobi) are often overbooked and you won’t hear any announcement when they decide to start boarding early, and you could miss your flight.

By bus

Buses arrive and depart to many parts of Rwanda regularly. There are a couple of daily buses that run directly between Kigali and Kampala in Uganda with some services continuing to Nairobi. The buses are sometimes cramped and uncomfortable, but are the cheapest choice.

There are a couple of daily buses that run directly between Kigali and Bujumbura in Burundi. Yahoo Car, New Yahoo, East African Car Express (big bus) and Belvedere have buses in the morning.