- Matatus from Kampala to Jinja are USh 5,000 per person, although the price varies (USh 5000-7000) depending on passenger volume. Coasters (mini-bus) always charge the same as matatus. .
- The Post bus comes from Kampala and Mbale. Get on and off the post bus at the clock tower on the highway.just before the train station. same place where the bus ticket offices are for buses from Kenya. the one way post bus fare from Jinja to Mbale is USh 10,000. and Jinja to Kampala port office USh 5000.
- From Kenya, Easy bus has 2 buses a day from Nairobi via Kisumu going to Jinja. The ticket office for the Easy bus is on the highway near the clock tower.
- Jinja is on the East African Highway which links Mombassa to Uganda, eastern DR Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. 14-seat passenger taxis and 30-seat passenger coasters are available from Kampala. Buses from Kenya and Tanzania will drop you off on their way to Kampala.
- Road distances: Kampala 80 km, Entebbe 117 km, Kisumu 236 km, Nairobi 578 km, Arusha 854 km, Mombasa 1498 km, Dar es Salaam 1691 km.
Source of the NileAlthough the experience of going here is not that interesting, it may be worth it for the sole reason that you can go home and tell everyone that you visited the source of the longest river in the world. There is a small monument in the area dedicated to Gandhi. Some of his ashes were released here.
The easiest and best way to see the town is to flag down the nearest boda boda driver (motorcycle which takes passengers) and ask him for a tour. Pay no more than USh 6000 however, for less than an hour tour.
Kayak the Nile, run kayak tours for the less adventurous, as well as guiding packages for those who want to learn the different channels down the river, and teach courses to learn to paddle on the lesser channels of the White Nile.
Nalubale Rafting is a rafting company based in Jinja offering daily trips on either Grade 3 or 5, for the more adventurous traveler they also offer a 2 Day Rafting trip. For families they offer low cost family float trips which allows people to cruise down the flat sections of the Nile taking in the breath taking view and wildlife.
Adrift is a rafting company that also has the Nile High Club, where you can bungee jump over a picturesque eddy of the Nile, and even get your head wet if you so desire.
Tourist shops also sprung up around the NRE camp in Bujagali, but they'll be a little more expensive than in Jinja.
Banks & ATMs
Equity bankHas a Mastercard/Visa Card ATM.
Kenya Commercial BankHas a Mastercard/Visa Card ATM.
Stanbic BankHas a Mastercard/Visa Card ATM. There are two Stanbic ATMs in Jinja.
Eco BankHas a Mastercard/Visa Card ATM.
- Flavours provides an exclusive Coffee Bar, Restaurant and Pub on Main Street. Flavours gives you the opportunity to have a nice cup of tea, coffee, fresh juice or any other refreshment in an inspiring environment. They also serve good food. Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays they host Brood Breads from Kampala where you can buy high quality breads and pastries.
- The Source Cafe offers great coffee and pretty good food. You can use internet (wireless is available) while you wait.
- 2 Friends, food is good, but be prepared to wait a long time for the food to be prepared. The couple that own the place are extremely friendly (as the name suggests), and will even let you make your own playlists from their extensive music collection.
- Nalubale Tea House, is based on Kira Road and is well known for there high quality all day breakfasts, as well as the best steak pies in Jinja. They also do Fire Spinning Nights and Film Nights. They have a free high-speed wireless Internet connection and are open Monday - Sunday 9am - 4pm.
- Nile Special beer produced here in Jinja.
- Waragi - a spirit, (essentially banana gin) mix with bitter lemon, tastes awesome, potent.
- There are few budget hotels in Jinja with prices from USh 31,000.
address: Wakoli Ln, between 41 Wilson Ave. and Kiira Rd.NRE has a hostel which helpfully takes payment in US dollars or shillings, and has a great bar. The same people also run a camp site/hostel somewhat out of town directly on the Nile.
Nalubale Tea Houseaddress: 38 Kiira Rd.
- Bellevue hotel Kutch West Road in the city center offers a/c double rooms with own bathroom. TV. From USh 60,000per night.
phone: +256 772-286433address: Kimaka roadCamping/dorm beds.
Bridgeway Guest Housephone: +256 772-480142address: 34 Bridge roadSingle/double rooms with own bathroom.
Ark Nile Guest Houseaddress: Bridge StreetDouble room with own bathroom.
Biashara Guest Houseaddress: Janja-Main streetFan double room with own bathroom. TV and breakfast.
Baraka Guest Houseaddress: Bell AvenueFan double room with own bathroom.
Jinja Backpackers Hostelphone: +256-784-591252address: 8 Bridge RoadDorm beds/camping.
Blashara Guest Houseaddress: Main StreetSingle/double rooms.
Guest House 2005phone: +256 752-131878, +256 772-431950address: Plot no 6 Lady Alice Muloki RoadBig clean single/double room with own hot water bathroom and net.
All buses passing through Jinja have to stop at the Traffic Police stand on the main road next to Ambercourt (the huge roundabout at the city entrance). There you can easily board a bus heading to Kampala or Mbale (buses going to either direction stop at the stand).