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New passenger train to Mombasa to cost 700 kes

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New passenger train to Mombasa to cost 700 kes

That's the one way fare in economy class. Equivalent to 7 USD. The train made its maiden run today within five hours accordingly to local media.

No word yet whether foreign nationals will pay higher fares.

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1. Re: New passenger train to Mombasa to cost 700 kes

Forgot to include source:

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/business/art…

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2. Re: New passenger train to Mombasa to cost 700 kes

First class seats cost 3,000 shillings according to this article. I've not been able to ascertain if non-Kenyans will be charged higher fares.

https:/…

Edited: 03 June 2017, 01:03
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3. Re: New passenger train to Mombasa to cost 700 kes

Here is a link to the timetable. The rail service still has no website (not surprising for Kenya) and they seem to disseminate information through their Facebook page.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php…

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4. Re: New passenger train to Mombasa to cost 700 kes

The rail service is operated by Kenya Railways Company, which has had its own website, which has featured news about the SGR, for some time. It has the new rates and schedules albeit in the same form as they've appeared in social media. Presumably it will become a formal part of the website, like the Nairobi commuter train, at some point.

http://www.krc.co.ke

It's also has the announcement​ that there will be a free bus service between the Nairobi and Mombasa termini and the city centres (needed as both termini are beyond the respective airports)

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5. Re: New passenger train to Mombasa to cost 700 kes

Thanks for the link. It didn't come up in several Google searches with common key words I could think of.

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6. Re: New passenger train to Mombasa to cost 700 kes

Actually Doff the link you give seems to have no specific info for the Nairobi-Mombasa train. Only for the rail shuttle from the city to the new SGR terminal. A slap dash website too, looking like a student project done with Wordpress. What is it with this country and corporate communications?

Edited: 03 June 2017, 20:45
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7. Re: New passenger train to Mombasa to cost 700 kes

Philip,

It's there but it's not a very good website, is clunky, slow and not very well maintained (no surprise there).

The stuff I'm talking about is hiding behind the link that should lead to information about the free bus service (under Ongoing Projects)

http://krc.co.ke/?page_id=1639

and there's more in ' Latest News' behind the 'Madaraka Express service is underway' and the 700 Shillings links. As I said I expect it will migrate to its own page and Menu item pole pole

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Online ticketing seems nearly ready to launch:

https:/…

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And they've launched payment by Mpesa

"For those intending to travel to Mombasa from Nairobi or Nairobi from Mombasa aboard the Madaraka Express train, you can now purchase your ticket via M-pesa. Our Paybill number is 809888 and the account number is 'Ticket'.

We thank you for your patience even as we work to improve our service delivery to our esteemed customers. Our team is working to have the online platform up and running in the shortest time possible"

(From the Standard Gauge Railway Project Facebook page)

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10. Re: New passenger train to Mombasa to cost 700 kes

With electronic payments I guess that means no "mzungu prices" (higher fares for non-Kenyans).

Edited: 08 June 2017, 19:23
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