Things have been tough for the past seven days for those people who have been trying to travel back to their rural areas to join family and friends for the Christmas festivities.
Some passengers had to literally spend sleepless nights at bus stations especially in Nairobi before getting a vehicle to their various destinations.
Most people managed to travel at hefty bus fares and now the city looks calms with little activities going on here and there.
For those who did not manage to travel to the villages to join family and friends, you can still make it before the year comes to an end. If you would like to travel comfortably from Nairobi, the time is now.
Although the bus fare is still high, long distance vehicles from the city are now available. For instance, if you are travelling the Western Kenya route, Western Express Coach is charging 1,500 shillings to Kakamega, Butere, Khwisero and other areas.
Most PSV companies are charging between 1,500 and 2,000 shillings from Nairobi to Kisumu, Kakamega, Bungoma and between 1,200 and 1,500 shillings to Eldoret.
Most vehicles going to Kisumu have reported full booking to 30th December, with some having booked to 3rd January 2019. This means those planning to travel to Kisumu will in some incidence forced to travel to Kakamega before connecting to Kisumu.
If you are planning to travel from the village back to Nairobi, you are in trouble because the bus fare have started spiking. Most PSVs know that thousands of people will be travelling back to the city after the festivities hence the hiking of the fair to the city.
Already those traveling back to Nairobi from Bungoma, Kakamega, Kisumu and Eldoret have reported night bus fares. For instance, those travelling from Kisumu are paying an average of 2,500 shillings while those from Bungoma an average of 2,000 an indication that the fare will be even higher as the new year approaches.