No more cash payments for SGR trains


No more cash payments for SGR trains


Passengers board the train at the Nairobi terminus. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Passengers using the standard gauge railway (SGR) trains will no longer be allowed to pay with cash from Wednesday next week, limiting their options to mobile money and electronic cards.

Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) said in a public notice on Tuesday that travelers can pay through Safaricom’s M-Pesa or debit and credit cards.

“We wish to inform our customers and the general public that from 1 February 2023 we will no longer accept cash for the purchase of tickets at all Madaraka Express Passenger Service stations,” the notice said.

The switch to cashless has been introduced to improve the efficiency of the ticketing process and improve security by reducing the risk of fraud.

The move is also in line with the government’s plan to digitize services to improve delivery and broaden the tax base.

Currently, the SGR service charges Sh1,000 for economy class tickets and Sh3,000 for first class tickets between Nairobi and Mombasa.

Madaraka Express passenger service has been operational since 1 June 2018. It transports passengers between Mombasa and Suswa station with stops at Mariakani, Miasenyi, Voi, Mtito Andei, Kibwezi, Emali, Athi River, Nairobi Terminus, Ongata Rongai, Ngong, and Harvest Mahiu Stations.

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