Kenya Railways has announced that train fare prices will increase from January 1, 2024, due to the rise in fuel costs in the country.
The price hike will affect the Madaraka Express services, the Nairobi Commuter Rail Service, and the Kisumu and Nanyuki Safari trains.
According to a notice issued by Kenya Railways, the cost of travelling by the Standard Gauge Railway on First Class from Nairobi to Mombasa will rise from Ksh. 3,000 to Ksh. 4,500, an increase of Ksh. 1,500. The cost of travelling by Economy Class on the same route will rise from Ksh. 1,000 to Ksh.1,500, an increase of Ksh. 500.
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Kenya Railways said the increase was informed by changes in the energy and petroleum sectors, where fuel prices have significantly increased and affected the cost of operations.
“This increase is informed by changes in the energy and petroleum sector where prices of fuel have significantly increased thus affecting the cost of our operations,” said Kenya Railways in a statement.
Currently, a litre of Super Petrol is retailing at Ksh. 217.36, diesel at Ksh. 205.47 and kerosene at Ksh. 205.06 in Nairobi. This follows the recent fuel price increase of Ksh. 5.72 for petrol, diesel by Ksh. 4.48 and kerosene by Ksh. 2.45 per litre.
Customers making advance purchases for the Madaraka Express Passenger Service will notice the adjusted fares as of November 1, 2023, to take into account the advance ticket purchasing window of 60 days.
The adjusted train fare prices for the Kisumu and Nanyuki routes are yet to be released.