Kenya Railways has commissioned its express service to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. This is to ease travelers’ burden as construction peaks along Mombasa Road.
The commissioning of the JKIA Express Service comes nearly after Diesel Multiple-Units (DMUs) began to ply key routes in Nairobi.
The plan is to become competitive with the ongoing construction of an expressway. This has made motorists spend long hours on Mombasa Road between the JKIA turnoff and Waiyaki Way.
“This is how an integrated city transit system should work. We want to ensure that both locals and visitors enjoy the city. Also to offer with ease of mind that they will go to the airport hassle-free,” said Transport CS James Macharia.
Kenya Railways says the train will take 20 mins from the central station to the Embakasi station. Also, a further 10 mins connection using the Bus Rapid Transport system to JKIA.
Train fares vary for an express trip, which takes 32 minutes from the central station to the Embakasi station. And there will be no stops in-between and a further connection to the BRT, it will cost you Ksh.500.
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If you opt for the regular train with several stops before the final station, it will cost you Ksh.100. And also with an extra Ksh.40 for the BRT to the airport terminal.
“This service will have options depending on how fast you want to get to the airport. There have been a lot of issues with the ongoing road construction. Some individuals have even missed their flights,” said Philip Mainga, the Kenya Railways MD.
According to Mainga, since President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the DMUs, they have ferried more than 200,000 passengers.
He added that more DMUs are to land in the country by end of January next year. This will double the number of passengers.