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Airlines in Tanzania
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Getting Around Tanzania
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Getting Around in Tanzania

By Air

Air Tanzania (TC) (website:, Coastal Aviation (website: and Precision Air (website: run regular services to all main towns. Check with the airline office before leaving for the airport. All national parks have airstrips and there are several charter companies operating single- and twin-engine aircraft to any town or bush airfield or airstrip in the country.

Departure tax: For all departures from Zanzibar to destinations within Tanzania, the tax is TZS5000.

By Sea/ Lake

Azam Marine runs comfortable, air-conditioned ferry services daily between Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar (travel time - about two hours). Alternatively, the faster Sea Express, a hydrofoil, and the Flying Horse, a large catamaran, make this connection. There is also a crossing from Zanzibar to Pemba Island. Timetables and tickets can be obtained at the booking office at the main passenger port. Both Lake Tanganyika and Lake Victoria have steamer services. First-, second- and third-class seating is available on both services; first class has more comfortable seats and is likely to be less crowded. The service on Lake Victoria calls at the ports of Bukoba, Musoma and Mwanza.

By Rail

Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) (Tel: 211-7833; website: provides the principal services, including routes to northern Tanzania, while those on the route to Zambia are run by Tazara (website: TRC runs a daily service from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza on Lake Victoria and Kigoma on Lake Tanganyika with a restaurant car.

By Road

Traffic drives on the left. Tanzania has a good network of tarmac and all-weather roads connecting all major towns. Most minor roads are not all-weather, becoming impassable to all except 4-wheel-drive vehicles during the long rains in April and May. It is not advisable to drive at night because of wild animals, cattle and goats on the road. There are often petrol shortages and spare parts for vehicles can be hard to find. There are a large number of road accidents.


Inexpensive buses connect most places; for example, there are services from Dar es Salaam to Arusha, Morogoro and Moshi. Visitors should avoid traveling by bus during the April/May rains. Scandinavia Express ( is one of the more reliable and comfortable intercity operators.

Car rental

Self-drive car hire is available in major cities, although it can be expensive. Vehicles with drivers are also available.

Documentation: An International Driving Permit is required for car rental and must be endorsed by the police on arrival. Otherwise an International Driving Permit is recommended although it is not legally required. A temporary licence to drive is available from the police on presentation of a valid national driving licence.

Urban Transportation

Buses and minibuses operate in Dar es Salaam on a flat-fare basis. Services are often crowded. Taxi services are available. It is advisable to use authorised taxis.





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