Apart from paying rent, transport is the other thing that most people who live in Nairobi spend a huge chunk of their money on. If you learn the tricks, you can actually end up saving more than half the money that you normally spend on transport.
Here are a few pointers to help you save money on transport in Nairobi.
1.Make use of off peak hours.
It is a well known culture that Public Service Vehicles are more expensive in the mornings and in the evenings when most people are commuting to and from work. During these peak hours, popularly known as the rush hour, you are likely to pay double the off peak rate. If you do not have anything urgent to attend to then make good use if the off peak hours and save more.
2. Make Good Use of The Commuter Trains.
Conduct a due diligence and find out if the commuter train goes through your neighbourhood. If yes, find out the schedule. Once you have established this, you can plan your commute arround the schedule.
Commuter trains are cheaper. They don’t also have different rates as compared to matatus and buses. The rate is constant at all times which means you can have a fixed budget for that.
If you live or work in the same area with friends, you can organise yourselves and share the cost of transport by using one car. For example, if you are four people and want to use Uber, which will cost you ksh500 at the end of the trip, you can decide to split the amount between the four of you and pay ksh125 per person. You have just saved ksh375.
4. Use Public Transport
Another way to save money on transport while in Nairobi is by using public transport.
If you hail a taxi, you might spend approximately ksh500 for a distance that you would have spent ksh50 had you used public transport. If the errand is not urgent and public transport is available, use that, save the ksh450.