Bus companies hike fare over fuel prices increase

Bus companies hike fare over fuel prices increase

By Peter Ochieng

Hundreds of Kenyans travelling to various destinations around the County, from Mombasa and Nairobi have to dig deeper into their pockets after various bus companies reviewed fare upwards, over a sharp increase in fuel prices.

The Guardian and Ena Coach are among travel companies to have increased fare to various destinations around the Country.

Guardian has revised fare rates by about Sh200 on most of the routes to and from Western Kenya. This means travelling from Nairobi to Western Kenya is now Sh1, 400, up from Sh1, 200.

“Following the current increase of fuel prices across the country, we wish to notify you that we have revised our fare rates,” stated the company in a statement.

Among the routes are:

Nairobi – Nakuru – Kisumu – Busia – 1, 400/-
Nairobi – Nakuru – Kisumu – Port Victoria – 1, 400/-

Nairobi – Nakuru – Kisumu – Butere – 1, 400/-

Nairobi – Nakuru – Bondo – Usenge – 1, 400/-

Nairobi – Kisumu – Luanda – Siaya – 1, 400/-

Nairobi – Nakuru – Kapsabet- Kakamega – Mumias – 1,400/-

Nairobi – Nakuru – Eldoret – Malaba – 1, 400/-

Nairobi – Nakuru – Eldoret – Kitale – 1, 400/-

Nairobi – Kisumu – 1,400/-

Nairobi – Kisumu – Mbale – 1, 400/-

The new rates apply to both the company’s buses and shuttles.

Ena Coach travel company has also made the same fare adjustments.

Travelling from Nairobi to Busia by Ena Coach Bus or shuttle is now Sh1, 400, while the charges for travelling from Mombasa to Mumias now stand at Sh2, 500.

This week, the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA), increased the prices of petrol, diesel and paraffin by at least Sh20.

As such, a litre of petrol is now retailing at Sh179.30, diesel at Sh165 and Kerosene at Sh147.94.

In August, a litre of petrol retailed at Sh159.12, diesel Sh140 and kerosene Sh127.94. The new fuel prices will be in place until another review is done in mid-October.

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