Head to the train station early if traveling by train (SGR) in Kenya
The SGR train is one of the most convenient and cheapest ways of traveling between the two main cities of Mombasa and Nairobi but here is why you should get to the train station at least one hour earlier if you're the taking the train from either Mombasa or Nairobi terminus.
The morning train usually leaves by 8 from either city. Be at the station at least at 7 because of the following reasons.
Unpredictable traffic, the roads heading to the stations may be packed as early as 6.00 a.m
Long in check-in queues- You can spend up to 30 minutes at the check-in queue
People tend to board the train slightly early. Usually, 15 minutes to departure time and the train leaves exactly at the time scheduled.
NOTE: there are smaller stations along the way, it's easier and more convenient to take the train from these stations rather than at the main terminuses since they are less congested.