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Sadly no passenger service is available from Kampala train station anymore! This lovely old building hasn't seen a fare-paying passenger for some years. There was some hope a year or 2 ago when the stations and rolling stock were bought by a South African company but up till now there only seems to be freight moving along the line.
I think they are missing a trick here especially with cracks appearing in the side of Owen Falls Dam, if they have to close the bridge in Jinja down they could be on a nice little earner use the rail link again!
If you are travelling out of Kampala the obvious to place to head to is the Bus Park the other side of Nakivubo channel from the new taxi park. Buses travel to all parts of the country from here. Up and till a couple of years ago the bus park used to be three times the size it is now. The City council were also keen to sell off the remaining plot but the bus companies refused to shift to an out of town bus park fearing they would lose business.
I've never got on a bus here and left straight away the minimum wait for the bus to fill up is around 1 hour and at other times much longer. At least while you are waiting you can buy food from the dozens of hawkers selling everything from plates of chips, chilled drinks, the days newspaper, any amount and shape of loaf on the market to coffee beans wrapped in their little banana leaf pouch.
Cooper Complex has now become the 3rd taxi park. Minibus taxis bound for Ggaba, Kabalagala, Kansanga and Muyenga Tank Hill now depart from here.
Sadly Aklamba are no longer in business
Good old Akamba bus safe and reliable and possibly reassuringly slow now have a website whose information I found contradicted what I was told at the office.
I always thought paying the extra for the royal service would be a bit of a rip but I was well impressed with the no messing drivers and the veg samosa and eggy bread included in the price for breakfast.
If you can make out the photo it has the prices of the buses as of Nov 2010.
If you can't its
48,000 UGX or 65,000 to Nairobbery
78,000 or 95,000 to Arusha
75,000 or 92,000 to Mombasa
Departures for Nairobi leave from their compound on De Winton Rd at
7;00 in the morning and at
14:00 15:00 16:00 in the evening.
Other Contact: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 006 - 41 - 4250412
Gone are the days when the only bus that plied the potholed roads from Kampala to Nairobi in Kenya were the ones operated by Akamba Road Services. One of the many new kids on the block (well certainly new to me) are Starways Bus.
They have a very organised booking office in a large compound on Buganda Rd near constitutional square. The buses that I saw coming and going while I was there looked like fairly new Scania models.
A trip to Nairobi will set you back 45,000 UGX. Departing at 7:00 am and 3:00 pm.
The Kigali bound bus costs 30,000 and departs at 2:00am.
Other departures are
Juba 12:30 am
Dar Es Salaam 2:00 pm
One of many companies that pound the pot-holed road from Kampala to Nairobi but having the added advantage of leaving Kampala from across the road from where I stay and arriving in Nairobi spitting distance from where I usually stay.
Nowt wrong with door to door service!
Cooper Complex, Kampala to Duruma road, Nairobi!
As well as locations in Kenya, Kampala Coach can take you to Juba, Kigali or Bujumbura.
The Modern Coast Mombasa office
If you really like long journeys you could always hop on a Modern Coast bus to Nairobi and then on to Mombasa. Several companies do the journey even fewer do it all the way to Mombasa. Modern do it all on the same bus without a change at Nairobi.
They have got a smart booking office and waiting room on De Winton Rd opposite the national theatre.
It will cost you 77,000UGX first class and 65,000UGX business class on the Kampala to Mombasa route which departs every day at 12:00pm. First class from Kampala to Nairobi is 50,000UGX and Business class 45,000UGX
It's not as bad as it first looks!
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