Online booking is not only convenient but also a great way to reserve a spot on the bus long before the travelling rush begins.
If this is your first time trying this, you do not have to worry. This is a quick and easy guide to help you do exactly that.
Follow these simple steps to book either a Tahmeed coach or a Mash Poa bus online.
Mash Poa bus online booking
Mash Poa is one of the most popular bus companies in Kenya, but do not take my word for it. You can try them.
All you need to do is first book your ticket online and have a ride with them.
Mash Poa online booking can be done from your phone or computer and within a few minutes, you will have an e-ticket.
How to book a Mash Poa bus online
If you intend to book a ticket now, you can follow these simple steps:
1. Go to the Mash Poa Online booking page by following this page, http://www.mashpoa.com.
This takes you to a page that looks this way.
2. Now fill in the required information. As you can see, this is your destination, the town you coming from, date of travel and number of passengers traveling. If you are happy with the information, hit the search bus button.
This takes you to a page that looks this way.
As you can see, this lists the buses available. For my case I was searching for a bus from Kisumu to Nairobi. I got one bus available. From the screenshot, you can see the departure time of the bus, the number of seats available and the price of the seats.
3. Mash Poa has three classes, which is VIP, business and normal. That is why you have three prices listed. Now click on View Seats.
That takes us here.
The yellow seats are VIP seats, the green ones are business while the blue ones are normal. You will notice that grey color around a seat shows that it is booked while white shows that it is not booked.
4. Now decide which class you want to travel in, and then choose a seat.
Once selected, you will see on your left the following.
a. The pickup point, where you will board the bus.
b. The Drop Off point.
c. The selected seats.
d. The cost of the seats.
e. Then the total fare.
5. If you are happy with what you have selected, then hit the continue button. If not. You can always go back by and start all over again.
You get to this page after hitting the continue button.
6. Now a pop-up page comes asking you to either Sign up with email, which is if you do not have an account. If you already have an account, you can Sign In. You can also choose to continue as a guest.
Note: Please choose appropriately.
For my case, I choose proceed as a guest. When that is done, a pop up page pops from your right hand. You are required to fill in your primary information. See the image below.
7. Now fill in your information accordingly. Once done, hit the proceed to pay button below the page.
This takes you to this page.
Here to have to pay attention to one detail, your phone. Yes your phone will be prompted to pay via Mpesa. When prompted, please pay.
Once the payment is made, you will receive a confirmation message that your payment is successful. Later you will receive a message on phone to confirm your booking. An e-mail will simultaneously be sent to your email address with your e-ticket.
8. You can print it and present it at pick up point.
Mash Poa booking offices contacts
Here is a list of Mash Poa booking offices contacts countrywide.(That is if you want to physically book your ticket the old way).
Tahmeed bus online booking
Tahmeed Coach is one of the most notable bus transport companies with operations in parts of East Africa, that is Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
If you are looking for a cheap bus, then you can try out Tahmeed.
Tahmeed Coach destinations
Tahmeed bus plies many routes within East Africa. From its Nairobi River Road Base, it travels to:
How to book a Tahmeed bus online
Visit the booking page and indicate your departure town, destination, preferred departure as well as your preferred seats.
The seat in yellow are free. You can select those.
You can select more than one seat at a go
Once you are done with the selection, click on the 'select seats' at the bottom.This will close the selection menu.
Scroll to the bottom of the site and click the 'Book selected seats' option. This will take you to this payment page
Pay for your seats through M-PESA.
On your cellphone, go to the Safaricom > M-PESA menu and select Payment Services > PAYBILL.
Enter Our Business Number: 980431
For the Account Number Enter: TICKETS
Enter the fare amount, Your PIN Number and complete your transaction.
Wait for the MPESA confirmation SMS
Enter your ID number and name.
Enter the phone number you used to make the MPESA payment and also enter the MPESA confirmation code from the payment
Type the captcha code correctly and click on get tickets
The last step is to print or download your ticket in PDF format.
The bus schedule varies from week to week. Be sure to check out the Tahmeed Coach website first to find out the current schedule.
Tahmeed bus contacts
Customer helpline: 0729356561 or 0735356561
Physical address: Located Off Lunga Lunga
Road Website: www.tahmeedcoach.co.ke
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