Kampala trains start ferrying passengers next week


KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi boards a train in Kampala

Uganda Railways Corporation [URC] with Kampala Capital City Authority and Rift Valley Railways [RVR] have announced the launch of commuter passenger services between Namanve and Kampala starting Monday, December 7, 2015.

The estimated journey according to a joint statement, will be approximately 40 minutes either way at a cost of Shs1,500 per journey

The three partners [URC, KCCA and RVR] agreed to resume passenger services following the signing of a Passenger Services Agreement with Government of Uganda.

KCCA executive director, Jennifer Musisi, said in a tweet that it was time to “start the first phase of Kampala Passenger Rail Transport”.

According to Musisi, the rail transport kicks off in Kampala starting December 8, 2015.

Five coaches from the central business district will be plying the Kampala-Namanve route.

Train tickets will be going for Shs 1000.


Morning time, the trains will be departing from Namanve at 6:30am and arriving in Kampala at 7:20 am.

Evening time, the trains will depart from Namanve at 4:15pm and arrive in Kampala at 5:05pm.

In February 2015, Musisi conducted a train test run in her efforts to decongest the city.

The test run started from RVR office in Kampala, made stops in Bugolobi, Kireka and finally in Namanve.

Stephen Wakasenza, an official with RVR, said the 600-seater train will run from Namanve station making stops in Kireka, Nakawa, Namboole and finally in Kampala.

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