SGR Train charges and how it compares to the other options
The Standard Gauge Railway Line between Mombasa and Nairobi which is 472 kilometers is set to be open on 31/5/2017. The SGR trains will travel at an average speed of 100km/hr and this means it will take about four and half hours from Mombasa to Nairobi.
The SGR coaches will only have two classes and this are the charges;
- First Class- sh. 3ooo
- Economy class- sh. 900
This is way cheaper than what Rift Valley Railway (RVR) trains have been charging. A First class ticket costs sh. 4,405 while a second class ticket costs sh. 2,335 and an economy class ticket costs sh. 680. The RVR trains are very slow and take 12 hours from Mombasa to Nairobi the same distance and did not offer daily trip.
The SGR trains will bring serious competition to the bus companies that have been commuting the route. The trains have a cheaper rate and take less time than the buses with the fastest bus taking at least 6 hours. Here are some charges of the major bus companies;
- Mash Poa – sh. 1000
- Coast Bus – sh. 1200
- Dreamliner – sh. 1300
- Modern Coast – sh. 1400
The fastest way between Mombasa and Nairobi is by air which takes about 45 minutes. However, this does not come cheap as the cheapest ticket is by Jambo Jet which goes for sh. 5000 one way and is booked some weeks before the date of travel. During peak seasons an air ticket between Mombasa and Nairobi goes for sh. 15,000 one way.
Traveling to Mombasa should be interesting once the SGR opens its doors.