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Country Details

Name: Kenya (officially the Republic of Kenya)
Language: The national language is Kiswahili; the official languages are Kiswahili and English
Currency: Kenyan shilling (KES)

National Railway System

Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC), also Kenya Railways (KR) is the national railway of Kenya. Established in 1977, KR is a state corporation.


Journey Planner

Book a Train

Downloadable Timetable

Go to - but see also "Recent and future changes" (below) for schedule of the weekly Nairobi - Kisumu service.

Printed Timetable

None known

Summary timetables are available in some editions of the European Rail Timetable.

Engineering Information

None known

Bus Information

Not known

Other Sources

Extensive information is available at the Man in Seat 61.


Printed Maps

Web-based Maps


Go to



Standard and Metre (which is sometimes referred to as 3 foot) - see "Recent and future changes", below.


There are no electrified lines in Kenya.

Rule of the road

Left, but the system is almost entirely single track

Other Railways

Magadi Railway - see PSUL: World Beyond Europe

Tourist Lines

None known

Metro and light rail systems


Recent and future changes

After a gap of 15 years, the metre gauge service from Nairobi to Kisumu resumed on 17 December 2021: Fridays only: Nairobi 06:00 Kisumu 17:45; Sundays only: Kisumu 06:00 Nairobi 18:20. See

The 472 km Mombasa – Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) opened to passenger service on 1 May 2017, whereupon Rift Valley Railways (RVR) suspended their Nairobi - Mombasa long distance passenger service on the old metre gauge line to "enable RVR to reorganize their services". Rift Valley Railways' 25 year concession was prematurely terminated from 31 July 2017, when Kenya Railways Corporation (Kenya Railways) commenced running their own services. Commercial freight began on 1 January 2018.
This was followed by a 120 km extension from Nairobi to Naivasha inland container depot for freight and then to Suswa, completed in October 2019. Kenya hopes to resume construction in July on the remaining sections: Phase 2B from Naivasha to Kisumu (262.3 km) and Phase 2C from Kisumu to Malaba (102 km) on the Ugandan border. It had seemed doubtful that this would happen as China had reduced its funding. However, the Export-Import Bank of China (Exim Bank) has now committed to funding these remaining sections

Obscure and Sparse Passenger Services

See PSUL: World Beyond Europe

Special Notes

Distances in km:

Nairobi – Mombasa 530
Nairobi – Nakuru – Kisumu 398
Kisumu – Butere 69