By Dickens Luvanda
Kenya’s transport industry is one of the most competitive sectors that has been made even less lucrative with the introduction of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) in the Nairobi-Mombasa route. Investors have pumped huge chunks of money in this sector with the a sole aim of beating their rivals. It is because of this that Kenya is experiencing a fleet of modern luxurious buses on its roads, some ferrying passengers to as far as Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda.
Some of the top bus companies include;
Easy Coach buses are owned by Easy Coach Ltd, a passenger transport and courier service provider.
The company offers reliable and comfortable scheduled transport services to passengers to Western Kenya and Southern parts of Nyanza.
The company has booking offices in most major towns and trading centres in the said regions.
Nairobi: +254 738 200 301
Kisumu: +254 738 200 317
Siaya:+254 738 200 304
Maseno: +254 738 200 320
Sirare: +254 736 046 132
Busia: +254 738 200 315
Kampala: +256 776 727 270
Started in 2003, Mash East Africa operates Mash Poa and Mash Cool buses.
With main offices in Mombasa, the company operates more than 40 air conditioned, well serviced state of the art with Plasma Screens buses, serving major routes in the East African region, including Mombasa, Nairobi, Kampala, and Dar in Tanzania.
Mombasa: +254 723 463 685
Nairobi: +254 718 121 251
Kisumu: +254 724 893 667
Malaba:+254 721 967 023
Kitui: +254 722 378 056
Malindi: +254 733 845 464
Kampala: +256 714 555 544
Tahmeed Coach Limited is a luxury long distance bus company operating on the common routes of Nairobi, Mombasa, Eldoret, Kisumu, Kampala, Lamu, Malindi, and Dar-es-salaam. The company also provide courier services.
Nairobi: 0722 441 687
0724 581 902
Mombasa : +254 725 473343
Malindi :+254 727 623281
Lamu : +254 721 623282
Guardian Angel Bus
Owned by the Guardian Angel Bus Service, the buses provide passengers with comfort they deserve.
The buses ply Nairobi, Vihiga, Kakamega, Kisumu, Busia and Kericho routes.
Nairobi: +254 722 221 290
Kakamega: +254 728 777 701
Kisumu:+254 727 544 664
Mbale: +254 734 579 619
Kericho: +254 727 545 088
Dreamline Express Ltd is a bus company based in Mombasa, dealing in transport and logistics.
Dreamline buses operate Nairobi to Mombasa and Nairobi to Malindi among other routes.
Nairobi: +254 702 444 422
Mombasa: +254 716 000 100
Malindi:+254 703 805 050
Transline Classic provides upcountry passenger and courier services from Nairobi to various areas in Kisii, Kisumu, Nyamira, Migori, Homabay among other South Nyanza regions.
The company also obtained license to ply the Nairobi – Mombasa route.
Nairobi: +254 726 221 772
Kisii: +254 713 327 846
+254 725 541 077
Mombasa: +254 711 725 774
+254 733 429 726
The bus company is an offshot of Transline Classic.
ENA Coach is one of the latest bus companies to operate vastly on the Kenyan upcountry roads. The bus company also has shuttle services both operating same routes as Transline Classic.
Horizon Coach Bus Service is a well established bus service that operates between Nairobi and Mombasa using air conditioned buses and hostess on-board.
Mombasa: +254 716 422 422
Nairobi: +254 716 421 421
Started in October 2007, Modern Coast Express Ltd is a luxury coach company operating within Mombasa, Nairobi, Malaba, Busia, Kakamega, Kisumu and Kampala. It has over fifty branches across Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania.
The luxurious coach company started off with around six buses but has over the years grown to about 60 luxurious coaches.
Coast Bus is owned by Coastline Safaris. The bus company is the pioneer in east Africa’s passenger transport sector having ferried passengers across Kenya’s major destinations for over 54 years nonstop since its establishment.
The routes the buses traverse include; Mombasa, Kitui, Nairobi, Bungoma, Kisumu, and Kakamega.
Randa Coach Services offers scheduled passenger services and parcel services from Mombasa to Nairobi and vice versa.
Mombasa: +254 722 417311
Nairobi: +254 722 839796
Crown Bus started it’s operations in 2006 out of the passion for passenger transport.
The passenger bus plys Nairobi Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia, Kisumu, Mombasa and Malaba routes.
Nairobi: +254 722 719 944
Mombasa: +254 721 909 700
Kisumu:+254 (057) 202393
KBS is owned by the Kenya Bus Service Management Ltd.
The company runs buses that ply various routes in Nairobi and its environs, with a an objective of being the leading franchise company that facilitates and provides safe, accessible, sustainable and efficient transport services for Kenyans.
Bus fares of all the mentioned bus companies vary according to the seasons.