Wondering about how to get to Kampala – Uganda’s Capital? When you want to visit Kampala there are many ways to get here.
As opposed to many cities the world over, Kampala does not have an airport and therefore no direct flights to Kampala. You will have to fly into Entebbe which is about 37km (23 miles) southwest of Kampala. You will arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB) – which is Uganda’s getaway to the world by air, and access Kampala by road.
There are cheap flights to Entebbe from all over the world daily.
Getting to Kampala by air is quite limited to that ‘am afraid; much as you might also still come into the country through the other smaller airports, most of these will only handle local flights with exception of a few that handle cross-nation flights from the neighboring countries.
Depending on what you will be doing in Uganda, if you are flying into one of the local airports, you might want to take an extra local connection flight into Entebbe and take the 45 minutes drive into Kampala or take the longer option of about 2 to 5 hours drive to Kampala from the other airports – depending on which.
The road from Entebbe to Kampala is quite good and with normal traffic, getting to Kampala should be just about 45 minutes – plus or minus for the traffic, you should comfortably get there in just under an hour. If it’s your first visit to Uganda, you will find it such a scenic drive into the city.
If you have had one of those long seemingly never ending flights and been yarning for your final destination, you could consider having a rest to cool off the jet lag in one of the excellent hotels in Entebbe town before heading to Kampala.
There are many services for you to take advantage of on your arrival at Entebbe International Airport. From car rentals, taxis, shuttle services, banking, communication services, shopping, restaurants to major hotels.
Uganda is a landlocked country and therefore not quite easily accessed by sea. Depending on where you are coming from, access by sea will either be via Kenya or Tanzania and taking the long drive or bus ride to Kampala.
For the adventurous travellers, this could definitely be a memorable way to get to Kampala. Your reward will be all the magnificent scenery along the way.
Better still, you could easily take a connection flight from Kenya or Tanzania to Entebbe and get to Kampala by road.
Getting to Kampala by cruise vessels on Lake Victoria is unfortunately no more. The services had there bad times over the years with the sinking of MV Kabalega in 2005 after a tragic collision with MV Kaawa and the suspension of the services on MV Pemba – the last of the Ugandan ships, the same year, Uganda was left with no ship in operation.
Getting to Kampala is a road trip either driving by car, taking a taxi or bus.
The roads are relatively good, depending on where you are travelling from. They might certainly not be what you are used to in terms of size – the highways are single carriage ways with no walkways and if you are driving in Uganda, it is best to observe the recommended speed limit and taking into account all other road users and traffic conventions.
And… I should hopefully see you some time in Kampala!