Hujambo, Pwani! Mombasa Weekend by Train

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The Coast of Kenya is synonymous to finger-licking food, outstanding beaches, intriguing history, perfect weather, and party galore. The brand new Standard Gauge Railway has made what was once a dream holiday destination an affordable Mombasa weekend adventure. The high-speed train, Madaraka Express, has halved the travel time to a short 4 hours at a very affordable rate. For most parents, they no longer should endure 10 – 12 arduous hours on the road with tired children.

How to Book Train Ticket


Madaraka Express

For a Mombasa weekend, the ticket can be purchased at the Syokimau train station from 3 days in advance to the day of travel. If travelling from Mombasa to Nairobi, the ticket can be obtained at the Miritini Terminus. The online booking platform for the train ticket is yet to be fully operational but passengers can call to reserve seats and pay via Mpesa. Call Customer Care on 254(0) 709 388 888, after you’ve provided all the details such as travel dates, the number of passengers and preferred cabin, you’ll receive a text with the amount to pay as well as the Mpesa Paybill number. Before you board the train, you can print the ticket at the self-service machines at the train station.

Train Fares


Train Ticket

Above 11 years

1st class Kshs 3,000

Economy Kshs 700

Children aged 4-11

1st Class Kshs 1,500

Economy Kshs 350

Children below 3 free of charge

Getting to the Terminus

Nairobi Terminus at Syokimau

Nairobi Terminus at Syokimau

Since the Syokimau Terminus is about 20km from Nairobi’s CBD, there are daily shuttle buses to the train station at 7 am at Ksh.50. The Mombasa Terminus is in Miritini, 15km from Mombasa Town. Customers are transported to and from Miritini at Ksh. 100. If using a taxi, we recommend you be at the train station at least an hour before departure to allow enough time for security checks and boarding. Since the tickets have a non-refundable policy, nothing’s worse than stressing and running to catch your train.

Things to do in Mombasa

There are lots of budget-friendly places in Mombasa to visit especially for Kenyan citizens and EAC Residents. Take a walk around Mombasa Old Town where you can easily find reasonably priced souvenirs. For history enthusiasts, Fort Jesus and Jumba la Mtwana are inexpensive museums to visit. Nature lovers are can tour around Haller Park or take a boat ride to Mombasa Marine Park.

Must experience in Mombasa is the local food. Feast on Chicken Biryani, crackle the cassava crisps and sip mnazi (juice from a whacked-open-on-the-spot coconut) as you watch the sunset over the creek.

Cheap Hotels for Mombasa Weekend

Most beach resorts in Mombasa come at a hefty price. Opt to stay inland in a 2 or 3-star hotel as you are never too far away from the beach in Mombasa. If you are travelling with a group of friends, villas and apartments with the option of self-catering are an ideal, inexpensive choice for a stay at the Island.


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