Nairobi to Mombasa night train
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Jan 10, 2013 4:36 PM Last Post By: lacie8
Oct 5, 2011 7:02 AM
We are planning to take the Monday night train between Nairobi and Mombasa in a few weeks. However, we only arrive back in Nairobi from a safari on that same afternoon (about 3-4pm). Is it ok to buy the 1st class tickets on the same day as we plan to travel or would you recommend us trying to sort this out in advance.
Thanks in advance!
Oct 5, 2011 2:45 PM
You CAN buy your tickets on the same day that you want to travel, but I would recommend having a back-up plan in case the train isn't running for any reason. I would go to straight to the railway station as soon as you arrive back in Nairobi and book your tickets. If there is any problem, you can then make alternative arrangements. You would have to do this even if you had booked in advance,
Once you've got the tickets booked, leave your bags in the Left Luggage Office for a small charge and go and buy some supplies for your journey from a nearby supermarket. Bottled water and some snack foods to keep you going if the train is delayed, which often happens. And a roll of toilet paper. Don't go too far from the station, you need to be back in good time for your departure. The station is very busy in the early evening with all the commuters.
Have a great trip!
Oct 6, 2011 2:47 AM
Oct 6, 2011 1:39 PM
3(1) Arrival scheduled for 3.00 pm/ 4.00 pm would most likely get you into NBO between 5.00 pm/ 6.00 pm. I think you are cutting the trip very fine. Rush hour traffic in Nairobi would easily earn its place in the book of world records; and the Moi Avenue/ Haille Sellasie Junction (which you must use) takes the crown...
(2) Also, the last time I checked, the train service only ran twice a week. Hopefully it will be running on your intended day of travel.
Oct 6, 2011 2:17 PM
Oct 7, 2011 4:38 AM
5Last month we caught the Nairobi to Kisumu train. A Kenyan contact bought our tickets the day before and ALL first class tix were already gone. Seems a tour group of 6 or 8 filled it up. Day of travel had always worked before. Second class suited us well enough, and at $20US for travel, bed, dinner and breakfast--it was a steal.
Offhand, I'd say getting to the train station will be harder than getting the tix. If you're already using a travel agent or guide, ask him or her to pre-purchase the tix and drop you at the station if possible.
Here is a link to a travel agent who is trying to pick up train ticketing business by looking like a Kenya Railroad website: http://www.kenyatraintravel.com/kenyatrainreservations.htm It's got train info and their travel agency contacts. You might want to negotiate their service fees. I've come across one agent (not this one) who wanted $50US to book my $20 fare!!!
Oct 10, 2011 4:32 AM
Dec 16, 2011 11:40 PM
7It is always better to book in advance wit any travel agent because you are assured of whether the train is full or not and they will always keep you informed if any changes happens at the railway stations because there are always changes of travel days.
We have heard good recommendations from this two Kenya train booking travel agents.
You can check their website links here and you can find all the detail on their websites:
They will help you with your train reservations.
All the best,
Dec 16, 2011 11:52 PM
8Check with this two Kenya railroad website agents http://www.kenyatrainbooking.com and http://www.nairobi-mombasa-train-tickets-booking.com.
Nov 18, 2012 2:38 AM
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