Travel: Everything You Need To Know About The Nairobi Commuter Train Schedule

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Towards the end of 2020, the government unveiled a new look of the modernised Nairobi central railway station, introducing an integrated commuter rail system aimed at decongesting vehicular traffic. The Nairobi Commuter Rail Service which also entails a ride to the JKIA is set to ease the movement of people within the Nairobi Metropolitan Area while providing an efficient and cost-friendly mass rapid transit transport. 

Currently, the 10 stations in Nairobi have commuter rails service and will be served by modern trains also known as DMUs (Diesel Multiple Units). New stations include; Umoja, Donholm, Buruburu, Githurai and Pipeline.

Kenya Railways has also introduced a night train. Here are the details – The Kenya Railways Night SGR Train From Nairobi To Mombasa & Here Is What You Need To Know

The DMUs commuter trains and link trains will transverse through these five estates operating on a fixed schedule across Nairobi.

Embakasi

The timelines are as follows for the 6 trains departing from Nairobi central station to Embakasi village terminus.

DMU commuter trainNairobi

Arrival

Makadara

(Arrival

Departure)

Donholm

(Arrival

Departure)

Pipeline 

(Arrival

Departure)

Embakasi Village Terminus

Arrival

Train 1 07:20 hrs07:30 hrs 

07:32 hrs

07:36 hrs

07:38 hrs

07:42 hrs

07:44 hrs

07:52 hrs
Train 209:30 hrs09:42 hrs

09:45 hrs

09:49 hrs

09:51 hrs

09:55 hrs

09:57 hrs

10:05 hrs
Train 311:20 hrs11:30 hrs

11:32 hrs

11:38 hrs

11:40 hrs

11:44 hrs

11:46 hrs

11:54 hrs
Train 413:30 hrs13:42 hrs

13:44 hrs

13:48 hrs

13:50 hrs

13:54 hrs

13:56 hrs

14:04 hrs
Train 518:00 hrs18:12 hrs

18:14 hrs

18:22 hrs

18:24 hrs

18:32 hrs

18:34 hrs

18:45 hrs
Train 618:30 hrs18:42 hrs

18:44 hrs

18:48 hrs

18:50 hrs

18:54 hrs

18:56 hrs

19:04 hrs

The Nairobi Commuter Rail Service to JKIA journey combines rail and road services for users going to and coming from the airport. Thus, it entails a ride on the DMU train up to Embakasi Village station, then a BRT (bus rapid transport) bus ride to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. This will cost you Ksh. 500.

Embakasi Village to Nairobi Central Station

On the other hand, there are 7 trains departing Embakasi Village each day to Nairobi Central Station. Below are the timelines.

Embakasi village

Arrival

Pipeline

(Arrival

Departure)

Donholm

(Arrival

Departure)

Makadara

(Arrival

Departure)

Nairobi

Arrival

DMU 

06:29 hrs

06:33 hrs

06:35 hrs

06:39 hrs

06:41 hrs

06:53 hrs
Commuter train07:00 hrs07:08 hrs

07:10 hrs

07:18 hrs

07:20 hrs

07:28 hrs

07:30 hrs

07:42 hrs
DMU 08:00 hrs08:08 hrs

08:10 hrs

08:14 hrs

08:16 hrs

08:20 hrs

08:22 hrs

08:34 hrs
DMU10:15 hrs10:23 hrs

10:25 hrs

10:29 hrs

10:31 hrs

10:35 hrs

10:37 hrs

10:49 hrs
DMU 12:10 hrs12:18 hrs

12:20 hrs

12:24 hrs

12:26 hrs

12:30 hrs

12:32 hrs

12:44 hrs
DMU 14:2014:28 hrs

14:30 hrs

14:34 hrs

14:36 hrs

14:40 hrs

14:42 hrs

14:54 hrs
DMU19:15 hrs19:23 hrs

19:25 hrs

19:29 hrs

19:31 hrs

19:35 hrs

19:37 hrs

19:49 hrs

Syokimau

Nairobi Central Station to Syokimau

6 modern trains leave the Nairobi Central Station for Syokimau through the day. The timelines are as follows.

DMU commuter trainNairobi

Arrival

Makadara

(Arrival

Departure)

Imara Daima

(Arrival

Departure)

Terminus

(Arrival

Departure)

Syokimau

Arrival

DMU or Link 106:35 hrs06:47 hrs 

06:49 hrs

06:57 hrs

06:59 hrs

07:03 hrs

07:05 hrs

07:10 hrs
DMU 08:00 hrs08:12 hrs

08:14 hrs

08:22 hrs

08:24 hrs

08:32 hrs

08:34 hrs

08:39 hrs
DMU 09:35 hrs09:47 hrs

09:49 hrs

09:57 hrs

10:01 hrs

10:05 hrs

10:07 hrs

10:12 hrs
DMU or Link 212:00 hrs12:12 hrs

12:14 hrs

12:22 hrs

12:24 hrs

12:28 hrs

12:30 hrs

12:35 hrs
Commuter train17:30 hrs17:42 hrs

17:44 hrs

17:56 hrs

17:58 hrs

18:06 hrs

18:08 hrs

18:13 hrs
DMU18:20 hrs18:32 hrs

18:34 hrs

18:42 hrs

18:44 hrs

18:48 hrs

18:50 hrs

18:55 hrs

Link trains operate between Nairobi central station and Nairobi terminus. 

Syokimau Station to Nairobi Central Station

The schedule for the modern train/DMUs leaving Syokimau station to Nairobi central station is as follows.

Syokimau

Arrival

Terminus

(Arrival

Departure)

Imara Daima

(Arrival

Departure)

Makadara

(Arrival

Departure)

Nairobi

Arrival

Commuter train06:20 hrs06:25 hrs 

06:27 hrs

06:35 hrs

06:37 hrs

06:49 hrs

06:51 hrs

06:53 hrs
DMU 07:15 hrs07:20 hrs

07:22 hrs

07:26 hrs

07:28 hrs

07:36 hrs

07:38 hrs

07:50 hrs
DMU 08:50 hrs08:55 hrs

08:57 hrs

09:01 hrs

09:03 hrs

09:11 hrs

09:13 hrs

09:25 hrs
DMU10:40 hrs10:45 hrs

10:47 hrs

10:51 hrs

10:53 hrs

11:01 hrs

11:03 hrs

11:15 hrs
DMU or Link 114:30 hrs14:35 hrs

14:37 hrs

14:45 hrs

14:47 hrs

14:59 hrs

15:01 hrs

15:13 hrs
DMU or Link 220:20 hrs20:32 hrs

20:34 hrs

20:46 hrs

20:48 hrs

21:00 hrs

 

Kahawa West

Kahawa west to Nairobi Central station 

Kahawa west

(Departure)

Githurai

(Arrival

Departure)

Mwiki

(Arrival

Departure)

Dandora

(Arrival

Departure)

Makadara

(Arrival

Departure)

Nairobi

(Arrival)

Commuter train09:00 hrs09:08 hrs

09:10 hrs

09:18 hrs

09:20 hrs

09:34 hrs

09:36 hrs

09:57 hrs

09:59 hrs

10:15 hrs

 

Nairobi central station to Kahawa West station

The commuter train rain arrives in the Nairobi Terminus at 8:00 am Below is the schedule.

 

Nairobi

Arrival

Makadara

Arrival

Dandora

Arrival

Mwiki

Arrival

Githurai

Arrival

Kahawa west

Arrival

Commuter train08:00 hrs08:12 hrs08:28 hrs08:42 hrs08:49 hrs08:55 hrs

 

Athi River

The new Athi River train schedule

As of this September 2021, residents could take the train from Athi River to the CBD and back. Now it has been revised to include Lukenya. Here is the new schedule – the revised Nairobi Central station to Kitengela route schedule. The second morning train will leave Lukenya station (Kitengela) at 7:00 am while the last evening train will be leaving Nairobi Central Station to Lukenya station at 18:40hrs.

Kikuyu

Nairobi central station to Kikuyu station 

Nairobi

Departure

Kibera

Arrival

Departure

Dagoretti

Arrival

Departure

Kikuyu

Arrival

Commuter train17:35 hrs18:00 hrs

18:02 hrs

18:37 hrs

18:39 hrs

19:10 hrs

 

Kikuyu station to Nairobi 

The Commuter train departs from Kikuyu as detailed below:

Kikuyu

Departure

Dagoretti

Arrival

Departure

Kibera

Arrival

Departure

Nairobi

Arrival

Commuter train06:00 hrs06:35 hrs

06:37 hrs

07:02 hrs

07:04 hrs

07:30 hrs

 

Ruiru

Nairobi central station to Ruiru

The train travelling from Nairobi central station to Ruiru departs Nairobi at 17:40 hrs and arrives at Ruiru – the fina stop – at 19:10 hrs. Below is the schedule.

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Ruiru to Nairobi Central Station

The train from Ruiru takes one 1hour 35 minutes to arrive at Nairobi CBD. It leaves at 6:00 a.m and arrives at 7:35 a.m. Check below for other timelines.

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A few pointers to note;

  • A ride on the modern train also known as the DMU is priced at Ksh100 to every destination
  • Link trains operate between Nairobi central station and Nairobi terminus.
  • Every passenger must adhere to the COVID-19 rules otherwise they will not be allowed in the train. 
  • Kikuyu, Athi-river, Kahawa west and Ruiru have one commuter train travelling to/from the CBD to the distinct destinations.
  • The commuter trains have cyclist provisions on board allowing road users to continue the rest of their journey with their preferred mode of transport.

The commuter rails passengers will also have access to the SGR railway line, the Nairobi terminus and the Ongata Rongai railway station.

To make sure you are getting the latest news in terms of the Nairobi Trains follow Kenya Railways on Twitter.

The SGR

SGR updated its train schedule, making some changes on the Madaraka Express, the train from Nairobi to Mombasa. SGR schedule is as indicated below. Travel: How To Book The SGR Madaraka Express Train

An image of the SGR schedule

The Kenya Railways Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) night schedule can be found here. Here is the regular train schedule.
TrainDestinationDeparture (New)Arrival (New)
Morning SGR Express TrainNairobi – Mombasa

Mombasa – Nairobi

08:00 hrs

08:00 hrs

13:15 hrs

13:05 hrs

Afternoon SGR Express TrainNairobi – Mombasa

Mombasa – Nairobi

14:15 hrs

14:15 hrs

19:30 hrs

19:20 hrs

Inter-county train scheduleNairobi – Mombasa

Mombasa – Nairobi

08:00 hrs

08:00 hrs

14:00hrs

14:10 hrs

You can book the tickets 60 days in advance, although when it comes to group bookings, for more than 20 passengers, you need to book officially 30 days in advance.  Options to book the SGR remain either via USSD or online. Prices remain unaltered. Here is where to book.

Alongside the commuter railway system, President Uhuru Kenyatta commissioned the Kenya Railways Transit Shed. The transit shed will facilitate seamless transportation, reduce the cost for small scale traders and provide a facility where traders can self-clear their cargo within a day if coming from Mombasa.

Even though the travelling experience might be different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we must live with the new norm. Therefore, to travel safely ensuring that you and your loved ones are protected, be sure to follow the COVID-19 regulations.

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