SGR Kenya is the Standard Gauge Railway in Kenya operated by Kenya Railways Corporation. The Railway line is currently running between the two major cities in Kenya, Mombasa, and Nairobi. Two Trains are operating on this line since November 01, 2017 with each train capacity being 1,200 passengers.
Available Trains in Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway
SGR Madaraka Express Train
This comprises of two express trains running every day between Nairobi and Mombasa. The trains do not stop at any intermediate station. Each train departs at the respective station (at 3:15 pm from MSA & 2:20 pm from NRB) and arrives at the other station (at around 7:20 pm in MSA and 8:15 pm in NRB East African Time). The trains were introduced in November 2017.
SGR Inter-County Train
Unlike the Express train, the Inter-County trains stop at the intermediate stations along the SGR railway line. These stations are; Athi River, Emali, Kibwezi, Mtito Andei, Voi, Miasenyi, and Mariakani. The trains leave either Nairobi (8:00 am) or Mombasa station (7:15 am) and stop along the way until it arrives in Mombasa at 1:55 pm and Nairobi at 1:05 pm East African Time.
Madaraka Express Schedule and Inter-County Train Timetable
Departure time: (3:15 pm from MSA & 2:20pm from NRB) Arrival time: (8:15 pm to Nairobi & 7:20 pm in Mombasa).
Departure time: (8:00 am from NRB & 7:15 am from MSA) Arrival time: (1:55 pm in MSA and 1:05 pm in NRB)
The train stops at different intermediate stations along the Standard Gauge Railway.
SGR Booking Online
Kenyan citizens and residents can book tickets online through Kenya Railways Website. If you are not residing in Kenya or if you can’t manage to buy the tickets using other means available, you can contact me for assistance.
SGR Booking using USSD
This is the easiest and most efficient way. Dial *639# from your Safaricom line and follow the prompts. You will get a Mpesa confirmation message with an account number. Use that number and your mobile number to print the tickets. Then print the tickets on travel day or any other day before you travel.
Other methods include visiting the respective station or calling the counter officers and pay via pay bill.
Location of SGR Train Main Stations
The main stations are Miritini in Mombasa and Syokimau in Nairobi. Click on the links below to the google maps location.
Madaraka Express Contacts
Here are the contact details for the Kenya Railways Corporation
0728603581, 0728603582, 0708572574, 0708571587
Advance tickets booking for the Train
Contact Kenyan Backpacker 7 days before travel if you need advance tickets.
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