Nairobi railway station

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Nairobi railway station
Heavy rail / freight
Nairobi Railway Station entrance.jpg
Coordinates1°17′30″S 36°49′43″E / 1.291664°S 36.828619°E / -1.291664; 36.828619Coordinates: 1°17′30″S 36°49′43″E / 1.291664°S 36.828619°E / -1.291664; 36.828619
Line(s)Uganda Railway

Nairobi railway station is a railway station located in Nairobi, Kenya.[2] The station is on the Uganda Railway, and used to provide services to Mombasa three times per week.[3] However, as of 2017, the new Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway has taken over services to Mombasa, starting from a new Nairobi Terminus in Syokimau, 20 km from Nairobi CBD.[4]


Kenya Railways in 2011

The station was built in 1899 and saw structural additions throughout the 20th century.[1]

This was the site of the first stone building in Nairobi in 1904 which was a Catholic church. That church now meets at the Cathedral Basilica of the Holy Family.[5]

When the railway connection between Kenya and Tanzania closed in 2006, rail services ceased to operate between the two countries. A bus route, however, provides international transport between Nairobi and Arusha, and takes approximately 5 hours.[6]

In 2012, the Kenyan government opened a new metro rail service station to the suburb of Syokimau. Syokimau will get several trains every day although there was criticism that a ticket would cost more than the average daily wage.[7]


In 1971, the East African Railways and Harbours Corporation established the Nairobi Railway Museum to preserve and display the history of rail travel in East Africa. The museum is connected to the main line by rail, allowing steam excursions on restored locomotives.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Nairobi Railway Station". ArchNet. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 2010. Archived from the original on 9 May 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2010.
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  3. ^ "Nairobi-Mombasa train with Kenya Railways". East Africa Shuttles and Safaris. 8 February 2010. Retrieved 13 February 2010.
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  5. ^ Kenya: centenary celebrations at Nairobi's Basilica, 2004, Independent Catholic News, Retrieved 28 October 2015
  6. ^ "Nairobi railway station page". 1 November 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2010.
  7. ^ Traffic-clogged Nairobi opens commuter rail route, 16 November 2012, CapitalFM, Retrieved 29 October 2015
  8. ^ Wall, Graeme (30 October 2009). "Nairobi Railway Museum". Greywall. Greywall Productions. Retrieved 13 February 2010.

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