Nairobi-Kisumu tickets - Nairobi Kisumu train revived for Sh 600 on a 12 hour journey

Kenya Railways Corporation Nairobi to Kisumu train
KRC train


New begging for Nairobi-Kisumu train service. Kenya Railways Corporation revives the old train route.

Kenya Railways spends billions of shillings reconditioning its century-old rail network to boost passenger travel and bulk cargo transportation to western Kenya and neighbouring countries.
Passenger train services from Nairobi-Kisumu begin on Friday after more than a decade, presenting rival to public service vehicles that have conquered the western Kenya routes.

Kenya Railway Corporation managing director Mr Philip Mainga says passengers from Nairobi to Kisumu will pay Sh600 fare on the second class, and Sh2,000 on the first class for the 12-hour journey.

The route buses have been charging Sh1,200 and Sh1,600 respectively for a journey that takes an average of seven hours.

Now it will take 4 hours from Mombasa to Nairobi and board another from Nairobi to Kisumu taking 12 hours.

At 12 hours, the Nairobi-Kisumu train, which will run on the refurbished metre gauge line, will take nearly three times what it would take on SGR from Mombasa to the capital.

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