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SWVL launching long distance trips next week

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One of the SWVL mini buses. The firm plans to roll out long distance service. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Summary

  • Egypt-based ride-hailing service provider SWVL will unveil long-distance trips outside Nairobi next week as part of its diversification plans aimed at boosting revenue.
  • The firm will launch the service in partnership with select matatu saccos, allowing commuters to book and pay for upcountry trips to destinations such as Naivasha, Nakuru, Molo, Eldoret, Narok, Kericho and Kisii, among others, through the Swvl app.

Egypt-based ride-hailing service provider SWVL will unveil long-distance trips outside Nairobi next week as part of its diversification plans aimed at boosting revenue.

The firm will launch the service in partnership with select matatu saccos, allowing commuters to book and pay for upcountry trips to destinations such as Naivasha, Nakuru, Molo, Eldoret, Narok, Kericho and Kisii, among others, through the Swvl app.

“Our aim is to help play a part in building a more efficient mass transit system. As part of that, we also need to expand the reach of our services to ensure that all commuters from all parts of the city have a service that suits their needs. This is the driving force behind our new offerings,” said Swvl Kenya general manager Dip Patel yesterday.

The service will allow users to book their rides in a similar manner as those who utilise regular SWVL services in Nairobi.

Mr Patel said rides would operate on fixed timings and prices, adding that the service will be rolled out progressively in the coming weeks.

The tech company leases the vehicles that currently include 11-seater and 14-seater vans as well as 22-seater shuttles at a daily rate of $70 (Sh7,595) and $150 (Sh16,275) to ply the various routes in the city.

The company scaled down all its ride-hailing services in Nairobi due to the Covid-19 pandemic.