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INTRODUCING THE DIRECT BUS FROM NAIROBI TO DAR ES SALAAM VIA NAMANGA

The Company just recently celebrated its 6th anniversary but to many it seems like we have been around forever, at the time of inception we only plied the Nairobi Mombasa route and even that had its fair share of challenges. Challenges are what defines any institution, you have to learn to face them, pre-empt  them and put neccesary measures in place to ensure the smooth running of the institution. Despite all this we decided we were too a big a company for the Mombasa Nairobi route alone hence begun the exploration into other regions, first on the agenda was the lucrative Kampala route via Kisumu and Busia. The upcountry routes soon followed and soon we  became a brand to recon with.

With over 18 branches in Kenya and Uganda at the start of 2014 we decided to take it a notch higher, we set our eyes on covering as much of the region as we could and being a Kenyan company, charity was bound to begin at home, in came Mombasa-Kitale, Mombasa-Machakos-Kitui and then Mombasa-Tanga-Dar Es Salaam and by the end of 2014 we had offices in over 22 regions up from the 18 at the start.

The Dar Es Salaam passengers were the happiest of the lot, they finally had the comfort they felt they not only desired but also deserved. They were happy to book from Nairobi to Mombasa as long as they had an assurance they would get into our Dar bound bus from Mombasa. It was a long and tiring journey a minimum 8 hours to Mombasa and another 8 hours from Mombasa to Dar Es Salaam , a total of 1010 kilometers , factor in the change of buses in Mombasa and the border clearance it was a journey that however much comfort the buses offered was due to cause one fatigue.

The Nairobi passengers soon made it clear they needed a bus of their own, one that would save them time, preferably one that went through the Namanga route as it was relatively shorter about 918 Kilometers, almost 100 Kilometers shorter than the Mombasa-Tanga route.

Hence came the introduction and you can always trust the ultimate leader to get its timing right, on the 12th of February 2015 we finally begun operating the  Nairobi-Arusha-Moshi-Dar Es Salaam route just on the eve of valentines day, better still we had amazing offers for the 1st 20 tickets purchased as they were going for half prices, they also had the priviledge or riding in our newest buses. Another milestone passed in our quest to maintain our status as the most reliable and trusted travel partner in the East African region.

66 comments

  1. Nice move. am more than happy, since I’ll be using the route often. I would be lots happier if u also have Nairobi Mwanza route, as Akamba used to do. that would also earn you passengers from the other side.

    • hi, thanks for choosing us and for your feedback, we will look into the Mwanza route and let you know if it is possible.

  2. I enjoyed your services right out from kla up to Dar as i took vip seat on both routes, however i noticed to major concerns you need to address allbuses offer us a meal at mombo modern doesnt 1 driver called Hafith is a good one and has control over the bus but he over takes in sharp corners, Thx

    • Modern Coast Express Ltd

      hi thanks for choosing us and for your feedback, we will look into the issues raised, kindly note too that, we are the cheapest bus on that route from Nairobi,

  3. pliz i wanna send a parcel from kisumu to dar es salaam
    need ya help

    • Modern Coast Express Ltd

      Hi Alvine, thank you for writing to us, we appreciate you for choosing us, please contact our customer care on +254705700888 or +254737940000 for urgent help on this.

      • how much from Dar to mwanza via Nairobi?

        • Hi Augustine, please note, our fare charges vary with the seat selected, from Dar to Nairobi,VIP Seat Price TZS 75000, First Class Seat Price TZS 70000 and Business Class Seat Price TZS 65000. And from Nairobi to Mwanza VIP Seat Price KES 2000, First Class Seat Price KES 1750 and Business Class Seat Price KES 1500. Kindly note, you can be able to check this from our website, http://www.modern.co.ke when you select the travel points, date, currency and click on search on the main page. You will see fare charges as well as timings. Thank you.

  4. I would like to travel to dar from Nairobi, how much, and is the half price offer still ob

    • Modern Coast Express Ltd

      Hi Avilla, thank you for your interest to travel with us, kindly note, we currently do not have any offers, our fare charges vary depending with the seat type. VIP Seat Price TZS 75000, First Class Seat Price TZS 70000 and Business Class Seat Price TZS 65000. Visit our booking office near you for booking.

  5. Hi how much is the fare from nairobi to darslaam in ksh

    • Modern Coast Express

      Hi Joseph. Thank you for writing to us, we appreciate you. Please note, our fare charges vary depending with the seat type. From Nairobi to Dar. VIP Seat Price KES 3850, First Class Seat Price KES 3600 and Business Class Seat Price KES 3350. Kindly note, you can be able to check this from our website, http://www.modern.co.ke when you select the travel points, date, currency and click on search on the main page.

  6. Hi,

    how long does it take (time) from Nairobi to dar es salaam and how much is the fare this festive season?

    • Modern Coast Express

      Hi Dorcas, thank you for writing to us, kindly note, our fare charges vary depending with the seat type selected. From Nairobi to Dar duration is approximately 14 hours. Fare charges, VIP Seat Price KES 3850, First Class Seat Price KES 3600 and Business Class Seat Price KES 3350
      Kindly note, you can be able to check this from our website, http://www.modern.co.ke when you select the travel points, date, currency and click on search on the main page. Thank you.

  7. Do you provide service Moshi to Mwanza?If so, what is the fare?

    • Modern Coast Express

      Hi Kenneth, thank you for writing to us, We offer services in major towns across East Africa. Discover our locations and route maps when you visit the “Services & Office Locations” menu or by clicking on this link: (www.modern.co.ke/index.php/online/page/network). Also please note, you can get all price details on our website at http://www.modern.co.ke our fares vary depending with the seat type selected, please click on the link below and select the bus type, seat type, destination and currency type then click on search to see our fares as well as bus timings? http://bit.ly/1PNVpwj. Thank you.

  8. Hello,
    i had something sent over from Nairobi to Dar, where is your office so i can come collect my parcel or if you have contact numbers please provide me with them. thanks

    • Modern Coast Express

      Hi Nallie, thank you for writing to us, kindly note our booking office in Dar is located at Kariakor contact number is +255 657 620985 +255 785 563015, Open from 7 am to 8 pm. Thank you.

  9. How long does it take to get to Dares Sallam? can you pick someone from Kajiado?

    • Modern Coast Express

      Hi Shaz, thank you for writing to us, kindly note, from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam is approximately 14 hours, please note, we only pick our passengers from our booking offices, hence picking from Kajiado will not be possible. Please visit our booking office near you to be assisted to book and travel the modern style to Dar. Thank you.

  10. Hello,What time does the bus arrive in Nairobi and do u offer shuttle services to hotels

    • Modern Coast Express

      Hi Mali, thank you for writing to us, kindly note, duration from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam is approximately 14 hours, please note, we are not able to state the exact arrival time, as there might be delays with boarder clearance. Apologies, we do not have Shuttle services to hotels, but we have many taxi services near by, and some wait for customers even near our offices. Thank you.

  11. immaculate shija

    What time do you arrive from Nbi to Arusha and what time do you reach Dar?

    • Modern Coast Express

      Hi Immaculate, thank you for writing to us, please note, duration from Nairobi to Arusha is approximately 6 hours, while from Nairobi to Dar is approximately 14 hours, please note, we are not able to give the exact time, since there is border clearance and this consumes time as well. Thank you.

  12. do i need any immigration documents before i book with you or its done at namanga

    • Modern Coast Express

      Hi Joseph, thank you for writing to us, please note, to visit another country one needs a passport and a yellow fever card. Please visit any huduma center for further clarification and help on how to get the two. It’s advisable you get then in advance to avoid being charged exorbitantly at the boarder. Thank you.

  13. DO I NEED ANY DOCUMENTS FROM IMMIGRATION AS A KENYAN TO BOOK WITH YOU OR I GET THEM AT THE BORDER?
    Urgent pls

    • Modern Coast Express

      Hi Joseph, thank you for writing to us, please note, to visit another country one needs a passport and a yellow fever card. Please visit any huduma center for further clarification and help on how to get the two. Thank you.

  14. What are the charges for NRB-DAR .. ( return) and where are your offices located in Nairobi? can one book 2 weeks in advance and what are the payment options?

    Suzan

    • Modern Coast Express

      Hi Susan, thank you for writing to us, please note, our fare charges vary depending with the seat type selected. From Nairobi to Dar VIP Seat Price KES 3850, First Class Seat Price KES 3600 and Business Class Seat Price KES 3350. Please note, when you book for return, you will get Ksh 200 off your returning ticket. Kindly note, you can be able to check this from our website, http://www.modern.co.ke when you select the travel points, date, currency and click on search on the main page. Thank you for choosing Modern Coast Express. We value you. You can book online from our website and pay via Mpesa or Visa card using the procedure below.
      • On your computer or phone/tablet, visit http://www.modern.co.ke and select your travel details from the “getting started” section of the homepage and search for available buses.
      • Select your preferred available seat(s) on the bus chart that appears and proceed to enter your personal details.
      • Select a payment option of your choice (Mpesa, Visa or Mastercard)
      • When you select MPESA, you will get an sms notification with the paybill number and account number
      • You should make the payment within 15 minutes after receiving the sms. You will receive another sms confirmation of your booking, which also has your ticket number. In case you need more help, our care numbers are. +254705700888 or +254737940000. Thank you.

  15. Do you have Dar es salaam to Migori route and what are the costs

    • Modern Coast Express

      Hi Alfred, thank you for writing to us, please note, we do not have a direct bus from Dar to Migori, but we have our buses on this routes, please visit our booking office near you to be assisted to book and travel our our connecting buses. Thank you.

  16. hey i want to travel from Nairobi to Dar es salaam and then zanzibar where i want to be in zanzibar before 7pm do you have any buses travelling early enough or during the night that i can travel from 4 august and also do you have booking office in nakuru or where are you located in Nairobi

    • Modern Coast Express

      Hi Jane, thank you for writing to us, please note, we only have 6am bus from Nairobi to Dar, fare charges vary depending with the seat type selected. VIP Seat Price KES 3750, First Class Seat Price KES 3500 and Business Class Seat Price KES 3250. We have a booking office in Nakuru located Falcon Petrol at station opposite Midland Hotel. Kindly note, you can be able to check our fares from our website, http://www.modern.co.ke when you select the travel points, date, currency and click on search on the main page. You will see fare charges as well as timings. Thank you.

  17. How much is it from arusha to mombasa

    • Modern Coast Express

      Hi Sheenj, thank you for writing to us, please note, we do not have direct buses from Arusha to Mombasa, we have our buses from Dar to Nairobi that passes through Arusha, please visit our booking office you will be assisted to book and travel. Thank you.

  18. please advise how can i book a bus ticket from Nairobi to Dar. – which website I can use and how much does it cost – I am resident and not looking for the cheapest price – I do not need any high class or VIP. Please respond ASAP I have to travel tomorrow or day after tomorrow at the latest. Thanks

    • Modern Coast Express

      Hi Sam, thank you for writing to us, please note, our fare charges vary depending with the seat type selected. From Nairobi to Dar. VIP Seat Price KES 3750, First Class Seat Price KES 3500 and Business Class Seat Price KES 3250. Kindly note, you can be able to check this from our website, http://www.modern.co.ke when you select the travel points, date, currency and click on search on the main page. You will see fare charges as well as timings. Thank you.

  19. Do you take un-accompanied luggage to Dar from Nairobi (Normal clothing only). If so, how much do you charge?

    • Modern Coast Express

      Hi Yusuf. Thank you for writing to us, please note, you can send the clothes via our courier services. But please note, if they are new clothes, border charges will apply. Please visit our booking office in Dar located at Kariakor market, Gerezani road just near the road, you will be assisted to send your parcel to Nairobi via our courier services. Thank you.

  20. Hello.Do you offer any drinks or meals during the travel?

    • Modern Coast Express

      Hi, thank you for writing to us, please note, we offer water, juice and snacks to our customers on Oxygen buses and water only to our customers on normal buses, but we have stop overs to some of the designated restaurants where customers usually buy food and eat. The driver and the conductor usually alert customers on the same during the journey and stop over. Thank you.

      • Daniel Richard Lwendo

        Hello Modern Coast, I’ll be travelling to Nairobi on February 28th. How can I book a seat now…?

        • Modern Coast Express

          Hi Daniel, thank you for writing to us, please use the procedure below to guide you. • On your computer or phone/tablet, visit http://www.modern.co.ke and select your travel details from the “Book now” section of the homepage and search for available buses.
          • Select your preferred available seat(s) on the bus chart that appears and proceed to enter your personal details.
          • Select a payment option of your choice (Mpesa)
          • When you select MPESA, you will get an sms notification with the paybill number and account number
          • You should make the payment within 15 minutes after receiving the sms. You will receive another sms confirmation of your booking, which also has your ticket number. In case you need more help. Our official customer care numbers are +254705700888 or +254737940000 or +254709897000. Thank you.

  21. Hi,
    You need to check on your fares for Kampala Arusha coz it gives the fare as 3000 when you enter UGX. This may lead to under budgeting and misunderstandings.

    • Modern Coast Express

      Hi Michael, thank you for writing to us, please note, we do not have direct buses from Kampala to Arusha, you can only be able to travel via our connecting buses through Nairobi. Thank you.

  22. Hi. Want to travel from Kisumu to dare salaam. Must I go through Nairobi or there’s direct bus from Kisumu. If so how much would it cost in kshs?

    Steve M

    • Modern Coast Express

      Hi Steve, thank you for writing to us, sorry we do not have a direct bus from Kisumu to Dar, you can only be able to travel via our connecting buses through Nairobi. Our fare charges from Nairobi to Dar are. VIP Seat Price KES 3750, First Class Seat Price KES 3500 and Business Class Seat Price KES 3250. Kindly note, you can be able to check this from our website, http://www.modern.co.ke when you select the travel points, date, currency and click on search on the main page. You will see fare charges as well as timings. Thank you.

  23. Hey 20kg package dar to nairobi is howmuch

    • Hi Mahlon, thank you for writing to us, please visit our booking office in Dar located at Kariakor market, Gerezani road, you will be advised on the parcel charges from Dar to Nairobi, and also if the parcel will incur boarder charges as well. Thank you.

  24. Kindly confirm if you still don’t have a direct bus from Kisumu…planing to travel to Dar over the weekend.

    • Hi Wycliffe, thank you for writing to us, please note, we do not have a direct bus from Dar to Kisumu, you can only be able to travel via our connecting buses through Nairobi. Thank you.

  25. How long does the journey from Nairobi to Dar take ? I need to know so that I can effectively plan for my tour to Zanzibar

    • Hi Willie, thank you for writing to us, please note from Nairobi to Dar is approximately 14 hours journey. Thank you.

  26. How much is from Nairobi to Iringo tz

  27. Hellow!! I love modern coast ! Its always been gooood! And safe alhamdulillah!
    So I needed to send a parcel from Nairobi to Kibaha which is 2 hours before dar es salam, i want to send a Playstation4 its a gaming machine for my kids. I want to know the price for the parcel sending.
    Thankyou!

    • Hi Shabbir, thank you for writing to us, please note, we do not have our booking in Kibaha yet, hence no parcel services to that town at the moment. Thank you.

  28. What if I want to send a fragile parcel from Nairobi to dar es salam will it get there safely? And in how long can I pick the parcel? ThNkyou for your reply!!

    • Hi Shabir, thank you for writing to us, yes the parcel will arrive safely, you need to label on the parcel (Fragile) Handle with care so that the parcel can be handled with the care it deserves. The parcel will be delivered within 24 hours. Thank you.

  29. Nairobi to Arusha travel rates?

    • Hi Aisha, thank you for writing to us, please note, our fare charges vary with the seat selected, from Nairobi to Arusha. VIP Seat Price KES 1600, First Class Seat Price KES 1350 and Business Class Seat Price KES 1100. Kindly note, you can be able to check this from our website, http://www.modern.co.ke when you select the travel points, date, currency and click on search on the main page. You will see fare charges as well as timings. Thank you.

  30. Hi this is cake world, I would like to send a parcel to Dar es salaam. How much will It be , and I am in Nairobi
    kindly waiting for your respond as soon as possible

  31. How much does it cost to send a parcel from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam? The parcel is roughly weighing less than 5kg. thanks.

    • Hi Ishanullah.

      Thank you for writing to us, please note, all parcel charges are given at our booking offices based on the parcel rate cards available, please visit the office near you for advise. Thank you.

      Kind Regards
      Jared Ombongi.

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