Transfers Guide to Zanzibar City

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Zanzibar City is a beautiful vacation destination not only because of its beaches but also because of the colorful culture of the locals, the history, and the unique destinations on the island. The beaches on Zanzibar are indeed so captivating that you may even consider canceling your flight. The island offers breathtaking views, serenity, and endless views of crystal clear waters. You will also be entwined in the beauty of Stone Town, the culinary journey of the locals, and the social and lively nightlife. Each part of the island has its unique identity and ethos that will leave you wondering why you only decided to stay in Zanzibar for a few days.

Zanzibar must be on your itinerary when travelling to Tanzania. If you are interested in visiting the mystical island but want some help picking out transfers from the airport, our transfer guide to Zanzibar City has you sorted.


Many of the hotel accommodations do provide airport transfers free of cost. However, if your hotel does not provide this service, you can easily find taxis at the airport or hire a private transfer company. The public taxis will cost you $5 to $7, while the private companies may charge $15 to $18. The trip from the airport to Zanzibar city will take approximately 7 minutes, covering a distance of 6.6 kilometers.

Zanzibar Airport Transfers

Zanzibar Airport Transfers is a private airport-owned company that provides transfers to Zanzibar city. Although it is costlier than the other options, Zanzibar Airport Transfers provides comfortable cars and is known for friendly drivers. You can book one in advance from their website or by contacting them on their WhatsApp number. You can also book the transfer on-demand at the airport’s arrival gate.

Zanzibar Airport Transfers offers small cars to coasters. You can choose vehicles according to the number of passengers. You can also share a coaster with a group to divide the cost. The company also offers 40% discounted rates and online payment options.

Karibu Taxi

Karibu Taxi is another excellent private transfer company with a user-friendly online booking process where you can reserve a taxi anywhere in Zanzibar. They offer lower prices, starting at $15.

Kiwi Taxi

Kiwi Taxi also provides an excellent online booking process to reserve a private transfer from the airport to the city. The company also has a free cancellation policy and allows online payments. They have licensed English-speaking drivers as well. However, their prices are higher, starting at $38.

City Airport Taxis

Like other private companies, City Airport Taxis offers online bookings, allowing you to book and reserve your taxi in advance. They claim to monitor flight timings to ensure that their drivers reach the airport on time. The company also offers free cancellations. However, their prices are much higher than the other private taxi companies. You can opt for a shared transfer to reduce the cost of your trip.

There are many options you can take for airport transfers to Zanzibar City. You can easily book your transfer in advance to avoid wasting any time at the airport. The companies offer punctual services. Your budget will most likely determine the company you want to book.  Once you visit Zanzibar, you can always catch a flight to Kenya (if you have a visa) to visit Maasai Mara. If this is something you might consider, check out 8 Things to Know Before you Visit the Maasai Mara.


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