KR reverses decision to charge foreigners more for train

Commuters heading to board a train at the SGR Mombasa Terminus in Miritini on June 14, 2017. PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT | NMG
Commuters heading to board a train at the SGR Mombasa Terminus in Miritini. FILE PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT | NMG  

The Kenya Railways Corporation (KR) has suspended an earlier directive that would have seen foreign passengers pay higher fares for the Madaraka Express train.

Non-Kenyans travelling by rail between Nairobi and the tourist hub of Mombasa would have had to part with Sh4,000 for a first class ticket and Sh1,200 for economy class starting today.

However, foreigners will now go back to paying Sh700 in economy class and sh3,000 for first class travel.

“The position of having a different rate for foreigners have been suspended. They will just pay Sh700 on economy class ticket and sh3,000 on first class ticket,” said Kenya Railways corporate affairs manager Mary Oyuke, without revealing the reasons for the change.

Safer travel

Since launch, two Madaraka Express trains have been departing at 9 am daily from both directions, offering a four-and-a-half hour non-stop connection between Nairobi and Mombasa.

The express line is offering passengers a cheaper and safer alternative to the single-lane highway between Nairobi and Mombasa that is often congested.

The 472-kilometre standard gauge railway line is Kenya’s single largest infrastructure project since independence, constructed at a cost of Sh447.5 billion including financing expenses.