Madaraka Express Train in Kenya

Madaraka Express Train in Kenya

Madaraka Express Train in Kenya; Since its introduction in June 2017, Madaraka train has been the most desired form of transport by Kenyans, tourist and other non-resident travelling to Mombasa.
Previously Kenya Railways co-corporation had a challenging of the mode of ticket booking for its client where some middle men were taking advantage of the whole process to their benefit.

Madaraka Express Train in Kenya

How to book the Madaraka Express Train in Kenya

Currently there are few option of booking the train which include

A) Tickets bought at the respective terminus or station

It’s important to note that the train should be booked fourteen (14) days in advance or before the day of travel. At the station tickets are booked between 7:00 am and 4:00 pm. Payment method is through cash or debit card. Carry the necessary identification documents like ID as they may be required for identification reference in your ticket. It’s advisable to confirm all the details in the ticket to avoid inconveniences during the day of travelling

B) Madaraka tickets bought through the phone or USSD

1. Can be bought through Safaricom line. Make sure to have enough airtime as there some charges.
2. Since the payment will be through the phone ensure you have enough money in your phone
3. From your phone Dial *639#
4. Follow the prompts the following prompts

• Chose the date of travel, then the destination
• Chose the class
• NB it will notify on seats availability and the amount charged
• NB: The maximum number of people you can book for is 5

5. Enter your details such as official name and National ID number.

6. Select the payment.

7. After payment you will get an SMS confirming your booking and a reference number.

8. Ensure to keep the confirming message because during the day of will require your reference number to print your ticket at the station on the day of travel.

9. For verification you will also need your ID or identification document.

Transfer from Madaraka Express Train terminus

The train from Nairobi is boarded at Syokimau terminus so for travelers from Nairobi they can get commuter train from railway station at CBD to take them to Syokimau. There are also commuter buses at the railways station. The commuter train normally leaves CBD railway station at exactly 6:10 am and the charges are 50 shillings.
In Mombasa the train is boarded at Miritini terminus. Travelers are picked up at the old Mombasa Railways station by buses and transported to Mombasa CBD. Usually the same buses also transport customers on arrival from the Mombasa Terminus to Mombasa CBD at a cost of 100 shilling.

Advantages of using Madaraka Express Train in Kenya

  • Takes shorter time compared with the road transport
  • Travelers enjoy game viewing as the train passes through several national parks
  • Travelers are also able to socialize with people from different culture
  • Goods are transported faster
  • More reliable
  • It’s the cheapest mode of transport to Mombasa

Important contribution by the Madaraka Express Train to the Kenya economy

Has promoted both domestic and international tourism, as results it increased the revenue for both government and the Kenya Railways co-corporation. Few months after its inauguration by Uhuru Kenyatta Madaraka Express Train is estimated to have transported more than 100,000 commuters. The country has also gained some foreign currency exchange as more tourists are using the train.

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