Swvl Kenya today announced starting to roll out a new innovation that will allow commuters to use Swvl for long distance travel in Kenya.
The new service called Swvl Travel will offer commuters the chance to book and pay for their upcountry trips going forward to over 12 destinations including Naivasha, Nakuru, Molo, Eldoret, Narok, Bomet, Kericho, Kisii, Kisumu, Nyeri, Nanyuki & Machakos through the Swvl app. The firm will start partnering inclusively with existing Matatu saccos and operators plying long distance routes across the country. The new innovation coming up is in line with Swvl’s strategic approach to providing commuters with frictionless, tech-enabled safe commutes.
“We are constantly innovating for the Kenyan commuter to provide them with safe, tech-enabled commutes that make it easier for them to travel. We are looking to make it easier for Kenyans to make their journeys upcountry, especially as we approach the festive season next month. With Swvl Travel, we will partner with operators who travel across the country and our digital platform will enable commuters to use our app to book these routes, giving commuters the comfort of booking and paying from home”, said Dip Patel, the General Manager for Swvl in Kenya.
The service will be accessible to all commuters through the Swvl app and users can pre-book their rides in a similar manner to their regular Swvl rides in Nairobi. The rides will operate on fixed timings and fixed prices. The routes shall not all be available immediately but will be rolled out slowly in the coming weeks. Long distance travel operators who would like to operate on the app shall continue to be onboarded as well.
Another innovation that the company has launched this month is Swvl premium. The new service powered by technology will allow Swvl users to safely carpool together. To ensure safety, each car will only carry two passengers at a time in line with the guidelines published by the National Transport and Safety Authority on seating capacity. Swvl premium will allow commuters to split the fare of a car with their fellow rider (subject to the driver of the vehicle possessing a valid PSV license). The service will operate on fixed routes, fixed prices and timings using Swvl’s existing app.
“Our aim is to help play a part in building a more efficient transit system. As part of that, we need to expand the reach of our services to ensure that all commuters from all parts of the city have a service that suits their needs. This is the driving force behind our new offerings”, said Swvl Kenya General Manager, Dip Patel.
The new services will be available via the Swvl app.