The Standard Gauge Railway will officially start operating from Nairobi to Mombasa on 31 May,2017 and the fare prices are shockingly low as compared to what bus companies like Mash and Modern Coast charge. It will now cost Ksh 500 to travel on train from Nairobi to Mombasa,which is Ksh 600 cheaper.
What is more interesting about SGR is that you will take a maximum 5 hours from Nairobi to Mombasa, which is 4 hours less than what buses take on the same route.
The most amazing thing is that the comfort in the SGR is so heaven. This is motivated by the lack of traffic jam and potholes, the speed, too, is constant.
Below is the breakdown on fare costs and travel hours for buses and SGR train.
SGR begins operations on 31/05/2017.
Economy Class Sh500
First Class Sh800
Time taken 5hrs
CURRENT BUS RATES
MASH Poa Sh1,000
Coast Bus Sh1,200
Modern Coast Sh1,400
Approx time taken 9-12hrs.