Kenyans to Enjoy Fares as Low as Ksh. 700 as SGR Operations are Set to Begin

Kenyans are set to begin enjoying passenger train services between Nairobi and Mombasa starting June this year for as low as KShs. 700 per seat for passengers travelling from Nairobi to Mombasa and vice versa. The passenger service named Madaraka Express will be operating two types of trains; the Intercity and County Trains. The Intercity Train is an express train between Nairobi and Mombasa while the County Train will make stops at the Intermediate Stations namely; Mariakani, Maisenyi, Voi, Mtito Andei, Kibwezi, Emali and Athi River.

The introductory fares offering for the trains will be KShs. 700 for the Standard Class (Economy Class) and KShs. 3,000 for First Class.

A steam locomotive pulling passenger coaches

A steam locomotive pulling passenger coaches

The Intercity Trains operating at a maximum speed of 120 km/h will achieve a transit time of four hours and 30 minutes will offer 1,200 seats per train, while the County Train with the same seats capacity is scheduled to take about five hours and 30 minutes.

Regarding freight tariff, the initial charges for containerized fright from the Port of Mombasa to the Inland Container Depot (ICD) in Nairobi or to Nairobi South freight exchange centre are set at US$ 500 per TEU, which is equivalent to approximately KShs. 50,000 per TEU. Other freight will be charged at 0.07 per tonne-kilometre.

Being a single line for the operation of both passengers and freight trains, with 33 crossing stations, the passenger trains will be given priority through the crossing stations to ensure they achieve the stated transit times. The rest of the fares are tabulated below:

First Class

 

 

MSA Mariakani Miasenyi Voi Mtito Andei Kibwezi Emali Athi River NAIROBI
MOMBASA 140 560 880 1,520 1,800 2,230 2,890 3,000
Mariakani 140 430 740 1,380 1,670 2,090 2,750 2,870
Miasenyi 560 430 320 950 1,240 1,670 2,330 2,450
Voi 880 740 320 640 920 1,340 2,010 2,130
Mtito Andei 1,520 1,380 950 640 230 710 1,370 1,490
Kibwezi 1,800 1,670 1,240 920 230 430 1,090 1,210
Emali 2,230 2,090 1,670 1,340 710 430 660 790
Athi River 2,890 2,750 2,330 2,010 1,370 1,090 660 120
NAIROBI 3,000 2,870 2,450 2,130 1,490 1,210 790 120

Standard Class (Economy Class)

  MSA Mariakani Miasenyi Voi Mtito Andei Kibwezi Emali Athi River NAIROBI
MOMBASA 50 130 210 370 440 530 690 700
Mariakani 50 100 180 340 400 500 660 690
Miasenyi 130 100 80 230 300 400 550 590
Voi 210 180 80 160 230 320 480 510
Mtito Andei 370 340 230 160 70 170 330 360
Kibwezi 440 400 300 230 70 100 260 290
Emali 530 500 400 320 170 100 160 190
Athi River 690 660 550 480 330 260 160 50
NAIROBI 700 690 590 510 360 290 190 50