Kenya Railways Launches Night Passenger Train Service

Kenya Railways to begin a night passenger trains service on its Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) service effective Monday January 4, 2021.

This will see the Madaraka Express night train commence its journey from Nairobi and Mombasa at 9pm and end its journey at 3am.

According to Kenya Railways Managing Director Philip Mainga, the night train service will complement the demand for travelers amid mass reopening of schools across the country this week.

“We are running this service because of the boom in passengers from the schools reopening with the aim of supporting parents, teachers and students moving from different locations. Airports and matatus have been overwhelmed,” Mainga told Citizen TV.

The Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) train. Photo/Courtesy

“For as long as one has their ticket, there shouldn’t be a challenge in connecting. For Nairobi, we have no challenge as we have a commuter train which will bring passengers into the Central Business District (CBD) at around 4am,” he added.

The night trains will make stop overs at Mtito Andei, Voi, Emali, Kibwezi and Mariakani.

Kenya Railways however stated that the night train service will only be operational on Monday and Tuesday night and may only be extended or made permanent if there is steady demand.

The corporation has been operating two pairs of trains for the SGR passenger service between the Nairobi and Mombasa during the day with journeys commencing at 8am and ending at 3pm.

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