The cheapest times to fly from CMI to NBO are

  • January 8th to April 29th (except the weeks of February 12th, April 2nd, and April 16th)
  • May 21st to July 1st
  • November 12th to December 9th (except the week of November 19th)

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from CMI to NBO is late January and early February. Prices can be as high as $4739 for Saturday flights during late December, or as low as $1331 for Tuesday flights around late January and early February.


When to Fly to Nairobi

Flying from Champaign/Urbana, IL (CMI) to Nairobi (NBO) will usually cost between $1359 to $2508 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January and early February with an average ticket price of $1377. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $3285. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1908 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1436 can be considered a good price for a round-trip CMI to NBO flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the CMI to NBO route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

CMI to NBO Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the CMI to NBO flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Champaign. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.11, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $242 (13%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1548. Return trip prices are from the NBO to CMI flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from CMI to NBO can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 15 hour 33 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking CMI to NBO

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from CMI to NBO — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Chicago, IL (CMI > ORD > NBO)

  • Price for both tickets: $981
  • Average savings: $455 (31.69%)

See CMI to ORD flights

Hack #2: New York, NY (CMI > JFK > NBO)

  • Price for both tickets: $1027
  • Average savings: $409 (28.48%)

See CMI to JFK flights

Hack #3: Newark, NJ (CMI > EWR > NBO)

  • Price for both tickets: $1029
  • Average savings: $408 (28.38%)

See CMI to EWR flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from CMI to NBO? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 14 major airlines flying this route most often: Air France, Alitalia, American, British Airways, Ethiopian, Finnair, Iberia, Kenya Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Norwegian, SAS, Turkish Airlines, Wideroe, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to University of Illinois/Willard Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 8092 miles or 13023 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from CMI to NBO?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop CMI to NBO flight is about 15 hour 33 minutes.

How many flights go between Champaign/Urbana, IL and Nairobi?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 7 available flights from CMI to NBO.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code CMI
Origination airport name University of Illinois/Willard Airport
City Champaign/Urbana, IL
Country the United States
Latitude 40
Longitude -88.3

Return Airport

Destination code NBO
Destination airport name Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
City Nairobi
Country Kenya
Latitude -1.3
Longitude 36.9


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