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Intercity train services and routes in Africa

TransNamib train passing Klein Karras mountains

Passenger trains meet travel and tourism needs to rail destinations across Africa. Photo: TransNamib train passing Klein Karras mountains. © Harald Süpfle.


Nairobi, Kenya

RVR operates several weekly long-distnace roundtrips between Nairobi and Mombasa, Uganda as well as Greater Nairobi commuter services connecting the capital with Ruiru, Syokimau and other destinations. Travel notes: There are three classes of long-distance travel. Bedding and breakfast are optional.



All aboard the Marrakech Express: "Plus Classe" Casablanca-Marrakech service is AC-cooled, meal-inclusive and delivers in 3 hours. Morocco's cohesive and up-to-date rail scheme supplements national services with the Al Bidaoui Airport Shuttle to Mohammed V Airport and Extended European Rail Plans for ONCF passengers.



Limited domestic services feature modern air-conditioned coaches with airline-style seating, audio/video entertainment units and vending machines. Trains, traveling mostly at night, connect Windhoek, Wolvis Bay, Tsumeb, Gobabis, Keetmanshoop and intermediate points. International: Service to Uppington, South Africa has been discontinued. Travel notes: Choose Econo-class or Business class travel; academic, senior and child discounts available.

South Africa


Main article: Passenger Rail South Africa
Africa's most comprehensive passenger rail service connects ZA's principal cities including Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. Premiere Classe luxury travel available on selcted routes.


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Services linking Dar es Salaam with Mwanza and Kigoma include two weekly Upcountry (local) trains and three weekly Deluxe (semi-express) trains. Supplemental Upcountry trains make three weekly connections between Tabora and Mpanda. Commuter trains link Dar with Ubungo Maziwa and intermediate stations. . Travel notes: Deluxe 1st, 2nd and 3rd class travel offered .

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - New Kapiri Mposhi, Zambia

International service operates weekly Express and Ordinary (local) roundtrips between Tanzania's largest city and Kapiri Mposhi (connect by Zambia Railways Limited or bus to Zambia's capital, Lusaka). Separate commuter services link Dar es Salaam with Mwakanga (connect with Udzungwa shuttle train to Kidatu). Travel notes: 1st, 2nd, Seater, and 3rd classes offered, berths and catered dinng cars are available; one-month advance reservations are advised.


Mombasa, Kenya

RVR operates several weekly long-distance roundtrips between Mombasa and Narobi, Kenya. Travel notes: There are three classes of travel. Bedding and breakfast are optional.


Kapiri Mposhi, Zambia - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

See details under Tanzania, above.

Livingstone - Kitwe, Zambia

Premium Zambezi trains and reduced-fare Kafue trains make twice-weekly long-distance connections between Livingstone and Kitwe. Commuter service is provided between Ngwerere and Lilayi.Travel notes: Zambezi trains feature Business, Standard, and Economy classes, air conditioning, sleep compartments, and snack car.



A weekly long-distance train operates between the capital, Harare and Bulawayo, the country's second largest city. Trains operate daily between Bulawayo and Victoria Falls. Additional trains extend service to Mutare, Masvingo, Chinhoyi and other locales. Travel notes: Three classes of service are offered including Sleeper Class. Onboard dining is available on selected trains.

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