Kenyans Can Now Book Madaraka Express SGR Train Tickets Online (UPDATED)

**Updates at the end of the article

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UPDATE (8th January, 2018): The official Madaraka Express online booking platform can be found here

As last week hit its eleventh hour, Kenya Railways took it to Twitter to reveal that they will unveil their new online booking and payments platform on Monday the 12 of June, 2017.

 

Well, Monday came and passed and for a moment, we were ready for some PR explanations for the delay, but instead we got silence. Tuesday…Wednesday…Thursday…

One Week Later Spongebob

It’s June 19 and still no word from Kenya Railways. However, they finally updated the website to announce that they have delayed the launch of the platform due to “unavoidable circumstances” and they would be up “in a few hours”.

SGR Online Platform delay

“Few Hours” turned to a lot of hours, which turned to days – no kidding – but finally, Kenyans can now access the online booking platform and book for their ride to and from Mombasa or Nairobi.

How to book Madaraka Express tickets online

  • Access https://traintickets.co.ke/ (for some reason the website does not work fully on Chrome and Safari)
  • You will see a form to select whether you want a return trip or a one way ticket, as well as your travelling dates
  • You will then be required to choose which cabin you want, i.e. economy class or business class.
  • Select your seats
  • Enter your details i.e. name, phone number, email
  • Select your payment method, either cash or M-Pesa
  • Confirm your booking

Unfortunately, you cannot pay for your ticket online, so you will still have to physically visit the train stations or use the cumbersome M-Pesa method.

UPDATE 1: The online booking platform is still under testing. Kenya Railways says that it will launch towards the end of August.

UPDATE 2: So, it’s September and instead of an online booking platform, Kenya Railways gave us a USSD system to book tickets. I guess it is a good step as we continue waiting for the online platform.

UPDATE 3: Kenya Railways finally launched the official online booking platform and it works well – Madaraka Express Train Online Booking Platform Goes Live

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