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How to Book Nairobi – Kisumu safari train, Fares, Arrivals, Departure, Stops, Tickets

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Nairobi - Kisumu safari train

The long-awaited Nairobi-Kisumu safari train renewed its functions On December 17, 2021, after it was discontinued ten years ago due to the imperfect state of the old meter-gauge railway (MGR). 

The rehabilitated train has an ultra-modern glimpse. It brags comfortable seats and coaches to let you relax as you admire the scenery throughout the journey. 

Railways have plans to deliver a seamless connection between the Port of Mombasa and Lake Victoria in Kisumu. Moreover, the corporation strives to offer a new prospect for transportation of goods from the Port of Mombasa to neighboring countries including Uganda through the Kisumu port. 

Nairobi-Kisumu safari train fares 

Commuters traveling from Kisumu to Nairobi and vice versa are interested in knowing how much they will be required to pay.

The good news is that the commuters will not need to dig deeper into their pockets to board the train. 

Fares are affordable compared to bus and matatu charges which range between Kshs. 1000 and Kshs. 1800 for the seven-hour journey. 

The safari train has the economy and business classes to attract passengers from all walks of life. 

You will be required to pay Kshs. 2000 for first class. The first-class passengers enjoy luxury services, including Wi-Fi, refreshments, and spacious closets. 

On the other hand, economy class passengers pay Kshs. 600

The fare chart for other destinations along the route is as follows: 

  1. Nairobi to Nakuru – Kshs. 300 
  2. Nakuru to Kisumu – Kshs. 400 

Nairobi-Kisumu train timetable 

The journey is 12 hours long, but there are several stops along the way. During the stop, commuters have the opportunity to disembark and stretch for a few minutes before they continue with their journey.

 Here are the departure and arrival times for the safari train.

 1. Nairobi to Nakuru 

  • Departure from Nairobi: 0600 hours 
  • Arrival at Nakuru: 1135 hours 

 2. Nakuru to Kisumu 

  • Departure from Nakuru: 1145 hours 
  • Arrival at Kisumu: 1745 hours 

3. Kisumu to Nakuru 

  • Departure from Kisumu: 0600 hours 
  • Arrival at Nakuru: 1300 hours 

4. Nakuru to Nairobi 

  • Departure from Nakuru: 1310 hours 
  • Arrival at Nairobi: 1820 hours 

There is no need to panic if you feel hungry during the journey. You can walk into the restaurant section at any time to take a light meal.

 It is important to note that the journey from Kisumu to Nairobi terminates in Naivasha town. Therefore, passengers are required to exit the train and board the SGR train

The full schedule for the safari train will be released at the start of next year. 

How to Book Nairobi - Kisumu safari train, Fares, Arrivals, Departure, Stops, Tickets

Nairobi-Kisumu train booking 

If you wish to travel to Kisumu using the safari train, you must book in advance because there are limited tickets. 

It would be best to visit the Nairobi Central station to book your ticket. Alternatively, you can reserve your seat by contacting 0115169759 or  0115102558

 When fully booked, the train can carry up to 212 passengers. However, the corporation plans to add more coaches if the number of commuters increases. 

The launch of the Nairobi-Kisumu safari train is a great relief to the commuters plying the busy route. 

You will not need to dig deeper into your pockets to pay the bus fare, especially during the festive season. 

Instead, you can book your ticket to explore the beautiful scenery on your way to Kisumu and back. 

The commuters have every reason to smile following the government initiative to minimize traffic congestion through the expansion of rail transport and the introduction of commuter trains. 

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