Mombasa has never been so close to Nairobi!
The Mombasa terminus is located in Miritini, Mombasa. I’d used a bus to get to Mombasa and it was such a long journey! So, on return journey to Nairobi, I opted for the train with my friend. The train has the express option which will have no stops and the intercounty whereby you will stop at each and every terminus in the different counties for 5 minutes each as people drop off and others get in. We booked the ticket online using mpesa via Safaricom which was so convenient. The economy ticket costs 1000kshs and the VIP is 3000kshs. The difference between the two classes apart from cost is that business class is offered food while in economy you’ll have to purchase it from their menu. I’d advise you to book early if you have a specific date you’d want to leave because the train is really popular so you might end up rescheduling when you find that your desired date fully booked. We also booked a shuttle that took us to the terminus on the departure day. I found this convenient especially for travellers without private means plus it’s also quite affordable compared to the uber costs. It cost us about 500kshs each from Mtwapa. The train leaves exactly on time so make sure you leave early to go to the terminus so that you are not delayed by traffic otherwise you will miss it. At the Mombasa terminus we went to receive our prepaid tickets and were directed to wait in the lobby which was a floor above. I was disappointed that the elevator was only used by people who had paid for business class while the rest had to carry their luggage up the stair case. At least they should have put an escalator for this. The journey lasted about 4.5 hours so it was not that tiring and you get to see the beautiful nature in Kenya as it passes through TSAVO national park. We saw zebras, gazelles and some antelopes! It’s the most convenient way to travel to and from Mombasa. I would recommend it to any traveller plus the hosts and hostesses are really professional and polite.