Fares for traveling from Nairobi City to neighboring counties have become cheaper with the launch of inter-country train service Madaraka Express on Wednesday that will stop just at seven county stations.
According to Railway Corporation the train service will stop at Athi River in Machakos County, Emali, Kibwezi, and Mtitl Andei in Makueni County, Voi in Taita Taveta, Miasenyi on Tata Taveta and Kwale counties’ border, and Mariakani in Kilifi County.
The fare from Nairobi to Athi River will be Sh50 and for Mtito Andei is tagged at Sh360. It is less compared to traveling by buses.
The economy class fare between Nairobi and Voi is set at Sh510 while in a bus journey it costs Sh1,000. Passengers need to part with Sh590 for traveling from Nairobi to Maisenyi and Sh600 between Nairobi and Mariakani.
Kenya inaugurated standard gauge railway train operations between Nairobi and Mombasa about three months ago and passengers need to pay Sh700 and Sh3,000 for economy class and first class respectively on the route.
The Madaraka Express is learned to have the capacity of carrying 1,200 passengers at a go. This mean the volume of 20 buses can be carried in a single train.
Nairobi residents have welcomed the new train service saying it will ease traffic congestion in Mombasa and other roads.
However, bus owners and bus drivers have commented with different tone saying the train service may kill the bus business as lot of people will opt for the Madaraka Express due to comfortability and reduced fares.