Happy New Year 2018 from Wander Kenya
The year 2017 came with the launch of the new Madaraka Express Train in July and the SGR Inter-County train in November. This marked the end of the era of the old Lunatic Express train which took 15 hours between Nairobi and Mombasa.
Passengers can now be able to travel between Nairobi and Mombasa fast, safely and with ease.
In 2018 the trains will continue operating along the SGR railway line ferrying people between the two cities.
Madaraka Express and SGR Intercounty Train Schedule
Here is the schedule for the two trains between Nairobi and Mombasa. For a comprehensive schedule for the SGR intercounty train to the Intermediate stations, check this article.
Nairobi to Mombasa SGR Schedule and Timing
Madaraka Express Train
Depart: 14:20 pm
Arrive: 19:20 pm
SGR Intercounty Train
Depart: 08:00 am
Arrive: 13:55 pm
Mombasa to Nairobi SGR Schedule and Timing
Madaraka Express Train
Depart: 15:15 pm
Arrive: 20:15 pm
SGR Intercounty Train
Depart: 07:15 am
Arrive: 13:05 pm
Madaraka Express Train and SGR Intercounty Train Booking 2018
As from January 2018, you can now book Madaraka Express and SGR intercounty trains 30 days in advance unlike the 14 days window last year.
There are a few methods you can use to book the SGR tickets in advance. Some of these methods include;
Make the SGR Booking in person at the stations
You can visit the respective station where you intend to travel from and make the booking in person. If you are making a booking for a large number of individuals or group, you will need to carry their travel documents (or at least screenshots or photocopies of the same) and have their Full names ready.
SGR advance booking
There is an online website (Kenyan Backpacker) which helps international tourists and travelers book the SGR tickets in advance. You can contact them here.
Madaraka Express Booking Using Mpesa USSD *639#
This is by far the easiest way to book the train tickets. You use Safaricom sim card and Dial *639#. After dialing the USSD code, you just follow the prompts and pay using Mpesa. Once you have paid, you will get a Mpesa confirmation message with an Account number. Use the account number together with your mobile number (the one you have used to make the booking) to print the tickets at the respective station.
You can print the tickets on the travel day (arrive one hour before departure time) or a few days before.
Kenya Railways SGR Stations opening Hours and Contacts
The opening hours for the SGR Ticketing are daily between 6:30 am and 4:00 pm
SGR Opening and Closing hours
Monday: 6:30 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday: 6:30 am – 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 6:30 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday: 6:30 am – 4:00 pm
Friday: 6:30 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday: 6:30 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday: 6:30 am – 4:00 pm
Madaraka Express/Kenya Railways contacts
Mobile: 0709 388 888
Facebook Page: Kenya Railways
Another Useful resource: Kenyan Backpacker
SGR Main Terminus Location
There are two main stations for the SGR trains namely SGR Nairobi Terminus or the SGR Syokimau Station located in Syokimau Nairobi and SGR Mombasa Terminus or the SGR Miritini Station located in Miritini, Mombasa.
Their google maps location are;
SGR Link Train and Transport from Main Station
To get from Nairobi to SGR Syokimau Station and Vice Versa, you can use the SGR Link train scheduled daily. You can also use Uber Taxi, personal vehicle or board public buses from the railway’s bus station.
Passenger from Miritini Station can use public buses, taxis or private means to get to Mombasa and vice versa
SGR Nairobi Terminus to CBD Railway station Commuter train connect service Schedule
- Weekdays Morning: Depart CBD at 6:20 Am and Arrive at SGR Terminus at 6:50 Am
- Weekdays Afternoon: Depart CBD at 12:00 noon and Arrive at SGR Terminus at 13:30 pm
- Weekends Morning: Depart CBD at 6:20 Am and Arrive at SGR Terminus at 6:50 Am
- Weekends Afternoon: Depart CBD at 12:00 noon and Arrive at SGR Terminus at 13:30 pm
Madaraka Express SGR Refund Policy
You can get an 80% refund of your ticket(s) if;
The refund is claimed before the train departs and the ticket is undamaged.
Weight: Maximum of 30 kilograms per person
Size: Your luggage should not measure more than 1.6 meters in height, width, and depth
Other useful information;
- Arrive the train station about 1 hour 30 minutes before departure time.
- The SGR ticket is not transferable
- You can book SGR Tickets 30 days in advance
- There are 2 trains daily from either Nairobi or Mombasa
- You can board the SGR link train from Nairobi central station in the city center to SGR Syokimau Terminus
- There is a restaurant in the trains.
- Both trains have two classes; Economy class and first class.
If you have any question, leave it in the comment section below and we will do our best to answer.