Entebbe Airport is the hub for Ugandan air travel. Uganda’s international airport is Entebbe, its located 40 km from Kampala city. People flying from Europe or North America may find it easier to get cheap tickets to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital and East Africa’s major entry point. Within Europe, the best place to find cheap tickets to Africa is London. The visitors who arrive by air are required to provide a yellow fever vaccination certificate. In case you arrive without it, you will arrive without it, you will be asked to come along with it next time.
The only reason why a fly in visitor may be allowed in the country without a return ticket is that may intend to travel more widely in Africa. Not many traveler start their African travels in Uganda because from most parts of the world it is far cheaper to fly to Nairobi but for one reason you will be arriving with a one-way ticket, there is a small but real possibility that you will be given a rough time by immigration officials concerned that you will not have enough funds to buy a flight ticket out of the country. While in Uganda, you will be required to change your currency to Ugandan currency and there are 24 hour foreign exchange facilities at the airport and in Kampala though the rates are more expensive than the prevailing rates on the general market.
Important Things to Know
Many flights to cities in Africa take place from here. Direct flights to and from Johannesburg run three days a week on South African Airways.
- Emirates offers flights from Entebbe to Dubai via Nairobi and Addis Ababa on Airbus A340S with onward connections to Europe, N. America, and Asia from Dubai.
- Ethiopian Airlines offers service to Addis on Boeing 737s.
- Kenya Airways and KLM fly daily from Entebbe to Amsterdam either via Nairobi or direct.
- Brussels Airlines flies non-stop from Entebbe to Brussels, where you can take a connecting flight to the rest of Europe or to India, China or the USA
There is currently no passenger train service to or in Uganda. The Uganda Rift Valley Railways is in plan to revive railway transport for passenger travel in Uganda.
Several bus companies offer direct lines between Kampala to Nairobi, Kigali and Dar es Salaam. A night bus from Kampala could start at 4PM to arrive at 6AM in Nairobi, costing 23000 USh. Alternatively do the trip in stages. Take a matatu or bus up to the border and walk to the other side.
Going South from Sudan the border is not all that stable, but after the peace agreement between the South and North of Sudan, the border is open, and anyone can cross freely.