Getting to Zanzibar

Getting to Zanzibar : Zanzibar has been well developed for the transportation sector to make it easily accessible and connected from all over the world by having one of the best international airports in East Africa, Abeid Aman Karume International Airport, which has the capacity to hold all types of airplanes from all over the world. There are two methods of arriving at Zanzibar’s tropical islands: by ferry or by plane. You can fly to both Unguja main island (also known as Zanzibar Island) and Pemba Island.

The best option of reaching the Island is to fly into Zanzibar’s Aman Abeid Karume international airport, however if you can’t find direct flights from your country to Zanzibar Flying to Dar es Salaam or Nairobi in Kenya is the best option whether you’re coming from the United Kingdom, Europe, or the United States as These two cities are East Africa’s two largest travel centers, with several international aircraft lines. There are regular flights to Zanzibar from Dar es Salaam and Nairobi.

From the European Union: There are a number of frequent commercial flights from Europe to Zanzibar. Air Europe, Air Italy, Blue Panorama, Lauder Air, Livingstone Air, Noes, and other Italian and German airlines are among them.

Getting to Zanzibar
Flights to Zanzibar

Although there are no direct flights from London to Zanzibar or Dar es Salaam at this time, there are a number of choices via other international airports. A few airlines fly directly into Zanzibar, eliminating the need to change planes in Dar es Salaam. Qatar Airways has a lot of potential in this category. You can fly out of London Heathrow in the evening, change planes in Doha, and arrive in Zanzibar at 14.20 a.m. This could be a nice option if you want to avoid light aircraft flights.

Qatar Airways also flies to Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro, making combining a Zanzibar vacation with a Tanzania safari easy. Flights between Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar are available every day and are fairly frequent, departing every hour or two. The first flight departs Dar es Salaam at around 07.30 a.m., while the final flight departs at 18.00 p.m.

Flying to Zanzibar is also available from a number of other Tanzanian cities, including Arusha, Manyara, Ngorongoro, Ruaha, the Serengeti, the Selous, Pemba, and Mafia Island; all of these routes have daily flights. Most of these flights will require a stopover in Dar es Salaam, but the rapid connections make them excellent for adding a Zanzibar beach vacation to your Tanzania safari.

Ethiopian Airlines, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Fly Dubai, and Kenya Airways all offer scheduled direct international flights to Zanzibar. Other airlines that fly to Dar es Salaam include the Royal Dutch Airline (KLM), British Air, Swiss Air, Egypt Air, Air France, Alliance Air, Emirates Air, Royal Swazi, Zambian Airways, and Air Zimbabwe. From there, you can connect to Zanzibar by sea or small local charters, some of which operate on a regular schedule. Precision Air, Zan Air, Coastal Travel, Tropical Air, Flight Link, and others are among them.

By water transport

After arriving in Dar es Salaam-Tanzania, you have the option of flying domestically or taking a boat to Zanzibar. If you prefer to travel by water, there are a variety of speedboats that run on a regular basis. Traveling by boat allows you to get up close and personal with the country’s sights and sounds on an amazing voyage. Reservations and bookings can be made at the ports and in towns, or through a travel agent.

Taking a ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar is the cheapest method to get there. Travel time between Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar varies based on the type of vessel used, but it might take up to 60 minutes.


After arriving in Zanzibar, you have a variety of options for getting around the island. Dala-dala is main and kind of transport used by locals to get around/ connect different parts of Zanzibar. Take a dala-dala for an authentic local experience, These Jeepney-style vehicles have been adapted to accommodate approximately 20 people (although you might find them a little overcrowded and uncomfortable). You can take them to the north and south from Darajani Market in Stone Town, Zanzibar City, and Unguja.

Getting to Zanzibar
Getting to Zanzibar

There are no timetables for the dala-dalas, so you’ll have to ask a local for directions. Some touts may try to take advantage of you by asking for your fare in advance and charging you a much higher price. A trip should not cost more than 2,000 Tanzania shillings, plus an additional 1,000 shillings if your bag has to be stored.

Taxis: Taxis can be reserved at major tourist destinations such as your hotel and the airport. If you require a car, inquire at the front desk. If you plan your trip through a tour operator, you can also request that they hire a private driver for you while on Zanzibar Safaris Tours.

If you want to do some exploring on your own, hiring a car or motorcycle is an appealing alternative. A license is not required to rent a two-wheeler, but it is required to rent a car. On foot: If you plan on staying in Stone Town, you’ll find that most places are walkable.