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Transportation to and from Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume Airport


What is the distance from Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume Airport to the centre of Zanzibar City?

The distance from the airport to the historic centre (Stone Town) of Zanzibar City is 8 kilometres / 5 miles. Travel time by car is approximately 20 minutes.

From ZNZ Airport to Zanzibar City City centre by Taxi
8 km
20 min
TZS 30000.-

Public transport

Bus to Zanzibar City

Public transport on the island of Zanzibar is operated by so-called “dala dala” buses that come in different shapes and sizes, most of which are converted trucks or minibuses. It is possible to travel from the airport to Zanzibar City by public transportation, buses run from Terminal 2 / Domestic Terminal and Terminal 3 / International Terminal to Darajani Market (Dala-Dala Terminus). This bus station is located on the edge of the city centre and is one of the two major bus stations in Zanzibar City together with Mwanakwerekwe Market in the east of the city. From here, “dala dala” buses run to destinations on the east coast of Zanzibar, such as Peja.

On the front of a “dala dala” you can read where the vehicle is heading to. Travel time from Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume Airport to Darajani Market is approximately 30 minutes. In addition to the driver, there is also someone on board the “dala dala” who sells tickets. Never buy your tickets before getting on the bus, only when you are inside. The price for a one-way ticket between the airport and the city is currently 300 TZS. A bus ticket from Zanzibar City to other destinations on the island is 2,000 TZS, in some cases you have to pay extra for large pieces of luggage. If you are not that adventurous, it is a better choice to travel to and from the airport by taxi.

Discover and book tickets, activities and tours:



Zanzibar: Stone Town 3-Hour Walking Tour

Peruse the Zanzibar Stone Town on this 3-hour walking tour, with a professional guide who will take you to the historical sites, fruits and spice market, curio shops and bazaar streets.


Zanzibar: Parasailing Experience with Instructor

Experience Zanzibar from 300 meters up with a parasailing experience you won’t forget. Discover the distinctive colorful coral reef around Zanzibar while indulging your adventurous side.


Zanzibar: Stone Town Night Tour with Live Performance

Experience the best of Stone Town's night life with this private Zanzibar tour. Enjoy authentic street food and local beer with a guide that knows the best food. Listen to a live performance of African music



Zanzibar: Quad Bike Tour and Visit to Local Village

Self-drive a quad bike for 4 hours; this off-road adventure through remote African villages, farm lands, and plantations, lets you view Baobabs and spice trees, taste excellent tropical fruits, and stop on the beach to eat a great Italian pizza.


Zanzibar: Spice Farm Tour with Traditional Cooking Lesson

Visit a real spice farm where you can see, smell, and taste the freshest, top-quality spice plants. Join a cassava leaf harvest, and enjoy lunch on the spice farm after a traditional cooking lesson. Purchase fresh spices to take home with you.


Prison Island: Private Half-Day Tour

Discover Prison Island on this 3-hour guided tour. Play with tortoises, swim or snorkel, and relax on the beach. Your qualified guide will help you and give you a detailed explanation of the history of the island.

Tours and transport

Tour & transport

Zanzibar: North Coast and Turtle Sanctuary Tour

This trip offers unique opportunities to learn more about how traditional dhow boats are built and all about the natural preservation of turtles. See beautiful beaches and get a chance to swim with turtles.

Tour & transport

Zanzibar: Changuu Island and Stone Town Tour with Lunch

Spend the day exploring two of Zanzibar’s most popular landmarks, Changuu Island and Stone Town, on a private, guided tour. Learn about the rich-history of the locations, the people who live there, and the local culture, then enjoy a traditional lunch.

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Zanzibar: Mnemba Atoll Marine Reserve Snorkeling Tour

Discover the best snorkeling spot in Zanzibar on a private tour. Delight in the chance to see various species of fish, huge corals, and dolphins. Savor a snack on a picture-perfect sandbank and admire the natural scenery. Enjoy included hotel transfers.


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