Kenyans to pay minimum Sh700 for Mombasa-Nairobi SGR train ride

Passengers travelling between Nairobi and Mombasa on the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) train will pay Sh700 on the economy class, President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced.

President Kenyatta made the directive on the charges as he flagged off the SGR passenger train dubbed Madaraka Express on Wednesday.

Cargo charges will not exceed Sh50,000 per container, he said.

Kenya Railways had initially announced a Sh900 fare for the economy class and Sh3,000 for the business class. On Wednesday, it indicated the Sh700 as a promotional fare.

The launch of the SGR train was attended by top Chinese and Kenya government officials.

Inaugural trip

The President and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, along with other government officials, diplomats and other Kenyans from all walks of life, are expected to ride on the train from Mombasa to Nairobi in an inaugural trip.

The Sh327-billion Standard Gauge Railway is a flagship project of President Kenyatta's administration.

On Tuesday, Mr Kenyatta flagged off a cargo train at the Mombasa port’s second container terminal in a colourful ceremony attended by officials from China Communications Construction Company and Exim Bank.

“This is a historic moment we are witnessing today because this project will transform the economy of this country and all Kenyans,” he said.

China provided loans that were used to construct the railway, a Vision 2030 flagship project, and its companies built the line and supplied locomotives.