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Air Transportation

Before arranging transportation to Tanzania and ultimately to the starting point of your climb you must decide on whether you are going to just climb Kilimanjaro or going to enjoy one of the many other adventure and relaxation opportunities in the country.  If you are staying just to climb Kilimanjaro then fly directly to Kilimanjaro International Airport. If you are going to spend time visiting Zanzibar, going on safari or visit other places in the region then then flying into Nairobi, Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar may be better.

More and more international airlines fly to Tanzania every year. The two major airports in Tanzania are Dar es Salaam International Airport, and Kilimanjaro International Airport (near Arusha and Moshi). Most Kilimanjaro treks start out in Arusha or Moshi in Tanzania. Kilimanjaro International Airport (airport code JRO), located midway between Arusha and Moshi, handles the international flights, while the much smaller Arusha airport (airport code ARK) handles domestic Tanzanian air traffic.

Budget travellers and backpackers with more time and money should definitely check out all those options carefully. A bus trip is not the most comfortable way to get around Tanzania, but it's an adventure in itself and a cheap one as well.

International Flights

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) Flights

The only regularly scheduled direct flights from outside Africa to JRO are from Europe (Amsterdam and Frankfurt). If you're arriving from North America or elsewhere, you'll have to make a transfer in Europe, or else fly into another African city and make a connection.

For most travelers, the most convenient way to get to Kilimanjaro from outside of Africa is to take the daily flight on KLM from Amsterdam AMS to JRO. The KLM flight does a loop: leave Amsterdam in the late morning, arrive at Kilimanjaro in the evening (flying time is about 8 hours), short hop to Dar es Salaam DAR, then back to Amsterdam overnight. KLM and its Sky Team partners (Northwest, Continental, Delta, Air France, etc.) have connections to Amsterdam from around the globe.

If you're flexible about your dates, the discount German airline Condor has some great fares from Frankfurt, Germany  FRA to JRO. However, they only fly once a week, leaving Frankfurt on Tuesday nights, arriving at JRO on Wednesday mornings, and flying back to Frankfurt on Wednesdays. Condor has connections to Frankfurt from across Europe, as well as from several North American cities.

Another option to get to JRO is to take Ethiopian Airlines to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia ADD, then transfer to their daily flight to JRO. Ethiopian Airlines has connections to selected major cities in Europe, North America, and Asia. You can also fly into another African city, then change airlines for the flight to Kilimanjaro (or else take a long African bus ride!). We don't like to mix and match airlines too much, as it increases the risk of lost luggage and missed flights. Some of the logical cities to fly into and common routings include:

  • Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania DAR, on SWISS Airlines from Zurich ZRH, Air Emirates from Dubai DXB
  • Nairobi, Kenya (airport code NBO, on British Airways from London Heathrow LHR
  • Johannesburg, South Africa JNB, on South African Airways from Washington DC IAD, Sydney Australia SYD, Hong Kong HKG, etc.

If time is at a premium, or if you are flying to Tanzania solely to climb Kilimanjaro, then a flight to Kilimanjaro airport is the best option. Kilimanjaro airport is located half way between Arusha and Moshi, about 50 km from each. Kilimanjaro flights from Europe are the most convenient of all. KLM fly the route Amsterdam - Kilimanjaro -Dar es Salaam daily. Any Kilimanjaro flights from other continents involve a change of airlines once in Africa.

Kilimanjaro is much closer to Nairobi than it is from Dar es Salaam. Nairobi receives a lot more air traffic than Kilimanjaro Airport, making for more competitive prices.

Carriers that fly to Tanzania:

In Country Flights

Ehtiopian Airways offer Kilimanjaro flights at good prices from Addis Ababa via Nairobi. (They also fly to Europe and a handful of other international destinations.) Kenya Airways offer flights to Kilimanjaro from Nairobi three times a day. The flights are operated by Precision Air, a young and dynamic Tanzanian airline with competitive prices. Precision Air also operates flights from Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar to Kilimanjaro.

The other local carrier is Air Tanzania who operate Kilimanjaro flights from Johannesburg in South Africa and also connecting flights from Kilimanjaro to Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar.

Charter airlines operating flights into & out of Tanzania

Between these cities

  • ADD - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • AMS - Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • ARK - Arusha, Tanzania
  • DAR - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
  • EBB - Entebbe, Uganda
  • FRA - Frankfurt, Germany
  • JNB - Johannesburg, South Africa
  • JRO - Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
  • JRO - Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
  • KGL - Kigali, Rwanda
  • MBA - Mombasa, Kenya
  • MWZ - Mwanza, Tanzania
  • NBO - Nairobi, Kenya
  • WIL - Nairobi, Kenya (Wilson Airport)
  • ZNZ - Zanzibar, Tanzania

Ground Transportation

Bus and Shuttle

Regional Luxury Shuttle

ttp://www.regionalluxuryshuttle.com/ Link takes you to the scheduling table and booking portal.
CELL PHONE:+254-722-34 13 97, +254-731 477 950.

Costs as of April 2012

Departure Arrival Cost Return trip
Nairobi Arusha $25 $50
Arusha Nairobi $25 $50
Nairobi Arusha $25 $50
Arusha Nairobi $25 $50
Nairobi Moshi $35 $70
Moshi Nairobi $35 $70
Moshi Nairobi $35 $75
Nairobi Marangu $75 $150
Marangu Nairobi $75 $150
Nairobi Dar-as-salaam $100 $200

Shuttle Express East Africa, aka Davanu Shuttle

http://davanushuttle.com/ Link takes you to the scheduling table and booking portal.

Costs as of April 2012

One Way


Nairobi to/from Arusha



Nairobi to/from Moshi



Arusha to/from Moshi Kilimanjaro



Nairodi Airport transfers & Tours

Email: info@nairobiairporttransfers.com

Kilimanjaro Airport

Transfers from Kilimanjaro airport to Arusha or Moshi
US$50/Vehicle by salon car, 4 Doors and 4 seats; US$80/Vehicle by safari van,3 Doors/7 seats; US$150/Vehicle by Minibus, 3 Doors/ 24 seats.

Dar es Salaam airport

Transfers from Dar es Salaam airport to Dar es Salaam
US$50/Vehicle by salon car, 4 Doors and 4 seats; US$80/ Vehicle by safari van, 3 Doors/7 seats; US$130/Vehicle by Minibus, 3 Doors/ 24 seats.

Zanzibar airport

Transfers from Zanzibar airport to Stone town
US$20 per Vehicle by salon car, 4 Doors/4 seats; US$40/Vehicle by safari van,3 Doors/7 seats; US$80/Vehicle by Minibus, 3 Doors/ 24 seats.


Taxis may usually be found outside the Arrivals hall at Kilimanjaro International Airport, especially with KLM flights. If you can find one, expect to pay about USD 50 or TZS 75,000 for a car to either Moshi or Arusha for 4 people. Some room for negotiation is possible on these fares, especially since taxi drivers likely have come from Moshi or Arusha to drop off passengers departing from Kilimanjaro International Airport and do not want to drive back without a fare.

Note that many booking agents, including several online, offer transfers between Kilimanjaro International Airport as well, so it might be worthwhile exploring this option prior to arrival.



Impala Hotel
Old Moshi Road, Kijenge
US$72–83 per night.

L’Oasis Lodge
Lot 734, Sekei
US$70–75 per night.


Hotel Da Costa
Mawenzi Road
Tel: +255-74-481-7615
Email: hoteldacosta@yahoo.com
About US$5 per night for a single. Very basic, but affordable.

Keys Hotel
Uru Road, PO Box 933
Tel: +255-27-27-52250 / 51875
Fax: +255-27-27-50073
Email: reception@keys-hotels.com
About US$30 per person, bed and breakfast. Located on the northeast side of Moshi, this hotel is nevertheless a base for budget climbers.

Kilimanjaro Crane Hotels, Ltd.
Kaunda Street, PO Box 1496
Tel: +255-27-27-51114 / 53037
Fax: +255-27-27-54876
Email: kilicrane@eoltz.com
Prices start at about US$40 for a single; suites are US$90. Gets relatively good reviews from travelers.

Kilimanjaro Tourist Inn
Lema Road, PO Box 1993
Tel: +255-27-27-53252
Fax: +255-27-27-52748

Kindoroko Hotel
Mawenzi Road, PO Box 1341
Tel: +255-27-54054 / 50082
Email: kindoroko@kilionline.com
About US$15 per night. A pretty nice place (on the inside) for the price, with a great bar and restaurant.

Moshi Leopard Hotel
Market Street, PO Box 232
Tel: +255-27-27-55134
Fax: +255-27-27-51261
Prices start at around US$35 for a single. Boasts clean and comfortable rooms, right in the center of Moshi.

Mountain Inn
6 kilometers east of Moshi on the road to Marangu / Dar
Tel: +255-27-275-2370 / 2998
Fax: +255-27-275-1449
Email: kilimanjaro@kilionline.com
Owned by the same people that own Shah Tours and Travel. Prices start at around US$35.

New Livingstone Hotel
Rangua Street, PO Box 1819
Tel: +255-27-27-55212
Fax: +255-27-27-55212
Prices start around US$20 for a single.

Springlands Hotel
Pembo Road
Tel: +255-27-27-53581
Email: info@zaratravel.com
A gorgeous hotel and grounds located on the southeastern side of Moshi. Owned by the same people who own Zara Tanzania Adventures. Prices start at US$70. The hotel is for (trekking, safari, etc.) clients of Zara Tanzania Adventures only.

Uhuru Tourism & Conference Centre
Sekou Toure Way, PO Box 1320
Tel: +255-27-27-54084
Email: uhuru@elct.orgwww.uhuruhostel.org
About US$14–45 per night for a single. An excellent place to stay. It’s a Christian retreat serving only soft drinks; alcohol is strictly prohibited.


Harbour View Suites
JM Mall Centre, Samora Avenue, PO Box 9163
Tel: +255-22-212-4040
Mobile: +255-0748-564848
Fax: +255-22-212-0333

Keys Hotel
13 Uhuru Street
Tel: +255-22-218-3033 / 2801
Fax: +255-22-218-3086
Around US$8 per night, great for budget travelers.

Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski
Kivukoni Street, PO Box 9574
Tel: +255-22-213-1111
Fax: +255-22-212-0777
At about US$270 per night (and up to US$900!) a swanky place.

Kipepeo Beach & Village
PO Box 1520
Tel: +255-22-282-0877
Mobile: +255-744-276178
Campsite rates are US$4 per person per night. Simple beach bandas are US$13 for a single, US$20 for a double, and US$28 for a triple per night. They also offer self-contained, elevated chalets starting at US$50 for a single.

Mediterraneo Hotel
Off Kawe Road, PO Box 36110
Tel / fax: +255-22-261835
Mobile: +255-744-812567
Singles start at about US$60.

Palm Beach Hotel
305 Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road, Upanga, or PO Box 1520, Dar es Salaam
Tel: +255-22-213-0985 / 212-2931 / 741-222299
Fax: +255-22-211-9272 / 260-0151
Located near the ocean but within easy reach of the town center. Prices per room are US$55 for a single, US$80 for a double / twin, and US$90 for a triple.

Peacock Hotel
Bibi Titi Mohamed Road, in the center of Dar
Tel: +255-22-212-0334 / 14071
Fax: +255-22-211-7962
Email: info@peacock-hotel.co.tz
Singles start at about US$70.

Q-Bar & Guesthouse
Off Haile Selassie Road, behind Morogoro Stores, PO Box 4594
Tel: +255-722-282474
Fax: +255-22-211-2667
Email: qbar@cats-net.com
About US$45 per night. Fun place—reggae bands play here regularly.

Sleep Inn Hotel
Lumumba Road at Mahiwa Street, PO Box 88
Tel: +255-22-2183100 / 101 / 103
Fax +255-22-2183102 / 113
Email: sleepinn@cats-net.com
Singles start at US$30; executive suites are US$75.


Boulevard Hotel
Harry Thuku Road
Tel: +254-20-227567
Fax: +254-20-334071
Email: hotel@hotelboulevard.com
About US$70–120 per night.

Nairobi YMCA
State House Road
Tel: +254-20-2724116 / 7
Fax: +254-20-2728825
Email: info@kenya-ymca.org
About US$20 per night.

The New Stanley Hotel
Corner of Kimathi Street and Kenyatta Avenue
Tel: +254-020-228830
Fax: +254-020-229388
Email: reservations@thestanley.sarova.co.ke
Right in the heart of the city. The hotel’s famous Thorn Tree Cafe is one of Ernest Hemingway’s old haunts and is a great place to people-watch. US$90–180 per night.

Norfolk Hotel
Harry Thuku Road
Tel: +254-20-250900
Fax: +254-20-336742
Email: norfolkreservation@lonrhohotels.co.ke
About US$285 per night for a single. Staying here is a trip back in history.

Oakwood Hotel
Kimathi Street and Kenyatta Avenue
Tel: +254-20-220592
Across Kimathi Street from the New Stanley. About US$60 per night. Nairobi’s largest concentration of taxi drivers seems to congregate just outside the Oakwood, so it’s a good place to arrange a taxi to Mount Kenya.

Booking Websites

Vayama Vayama offers flights on regional and domestic African airlines, such as Air Tanzania and Precision Air. We also think their interactive mapping tool is pretty cool! The main limitation is that their website only accepts US and Canadian credit cards.

Kayak.com scours hundreds of online sources for the cheapest fares available. The more flexible you are on time and destination, the better your chances of finding a great deal. Search for dates up to three days before and after your ideal travel dates, or use the Buzz tool to search for flights that leave within a calendar month, in the six upcoming weekends or just anytime. If you’re flexible on destination, Buzz lets you search a region, such as the Caribbean, Europe or Asia. And with the site’s Explore tool, you can scan a world map for all the destinations you can reach within a specified price range.

Bing Travel gives you a recommendation to either buy a ticket now or wait for a fare based on its "price predictor." The price predictor forecasts whether fares on major domestic routes will go up or down. Enter your desired itinerary and the site will return a list of flight options, along with a recommendation to buy now or wait.

WhichBudget.com will help you build an inexpensive overseas flight plan by using local, budget airlines -- a great way to save on international travel. It's based on a comprehensive list of airlines servicing 170 countries. To start, select your overseas starting point, end point or both, and the site will list airlines you've probably never heard of that service each route. For example, if you search for flights from Bangkok to other Asian destinations, you'll get options from AirAsia, Jetstar and Nok Air. Click on an airline's link and you will be redirected to its home page to book a flight.

Yapta.com will track a flight's price for you after you buy your ticket. If the costs drop below what you paid, most airlines and online travel agencies will refund the difference, usually in the form of travel credits or vouchers. Yapta will alert you to falling fares via e-mail or tweet. And if the change in price dips below the cost of any "re-booking fees" some airlines charge in these situations, the site will explain how to collect your refund. Note: Yapta does not currently track Southwest flights.