31 May 2017

Kenya launched a new railway between Nairobi <> Mombasa!

update (02 June 2017):  The Madaraka Express train service between Nairobi and Mombasa is currently operational with one train leaving Mombasa and another leaving Nairobi as below:
This is an express service with the train only stopping at Mtito Andei Intermediate station. Tickets are on sale at the Mombasa Terminus and the Nairobi Terminus. Travelers can buy tickets by cash or through the debit/credit cards. 

Kenya has launched a new railway between Nairobi and the coastal city of Mombasa. The 472km Mombasa–Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) is the country's biggest infrastructure project since independence. The passenger service named Madaraka Express operates three passenger trains between Nairobi and Mombasa: two Intercity Trains and one County Train. The Intercity Trains are express train between Nairobi and Mombasa while the County Train makes stops at the Intermediate Stations (Mariakani, Maisenyi, Voi, Mtito Andei, Kibwezi, Emali and Athi River).

An economy class ticket for the Madaraka Express costs Sh900 ($8.5; £6.7; €7.6), while a  business class ticket is Sh3,000 ($28.5; £22.2; €25.6).
The Intercity Trains offer 1,200 seats per train and are operating at a maximum speed of 120 km/h. The travelling time between
Nairobi and Mombasa is four hours and 30 minutes (bus: nine hours; previous railway: twelve hours). The County Train has the same seat capacity and is scheduled to have a travelling time of about five hours and 30 minutes.

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