Terry Hart
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Africa > Kenya > Useful Info
Updated on Jun 04, 2019 Useful Info

How to take the new train from Nairobi to Mombasa

  • The newly constructed standard gauge railway runs between the two principal cities of Nairobi and Mombasa.
  • The train has two classes
  1. First class- costs Ksh 3000
  2. Business class- costs Ksh 1000

Train booking

  • The train system is fully online, you can book and pay using your phone, you'll get the ticket at the train station on the departure day. ( There are self- service machines as well at the stations for ticket printing)

Train schedule

  • One train usually leaves Mombasa for Nairobi at 8.00 a.m and the other leaves Nairobi for Mombasa at the same time.
  • They both arrive at 1.42 p.m.
  • The morning trains usually stop at several stations along the way.
  • There are also afternoon train departures. They leave both towns at 3.00 p.m and arrive at 8.10 p.m
  • The afternoon trains are both one-way trains.
  • The railway passes through Tsavo national park as well as Nairobi national park and you can view the animals ( best viewed when taking the morning trains)
  • KEY TIP: Arrive at the station around 40 minutes to departure as you really take time to pass across all checkpoints.



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On Jun 08, 2019

Cool! how long is the train ride do you know?

Terry Hart

Travelled to 0 country / region

On Jun 09, 2019

Takes exactly 5 hours 40 minutes