Arusha (ARK) Airport

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ARK Airport Guide

Arusha Airport, also known as by its IATA Code ARK and ICAO Code HTAR, is a regional airport located in the Arusha Region in the northern part of Tanzania.

Arusha is the start point for safaris in the Northern circuit and is a bustling city with a cool climate which is perfect for growing coffee.

Arusha Airport is the main destination / arrival location for flights from within the safari circuits, Zanzibar as well as other key / popular Tanzanian destinations. Flights from Arusha tend to be more competitively priced and routes are serviced with much greater frequency than nearby (55km distance) Kilimanjoro International Airport which primarily services in- and out-bound international flights.

 There are a number of options to transfer between Arusha and Kilimanjaro airports, including booking a transfer right here on Tripindigo.

Geographical Location – see map below

Arusha Airport is located to the West of the city, along the A104 Highway which passes  Lake Manyara and leads to Dodoma. Arusha is know as the Geneva of Africa due to its climate and because it hosts the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.


Please note that due to Covid-19,the Arusha Airport have enacted several safety measure in order to protect both the staff and tourists coming in and out of the airport. These measures include:

  1.  Ensuring every tourist arriving in the country is not infected with COVID-19; All travelers arriving will be subjected to an intensive screening and where necessary COVID-19 rapid testing.
  1.  The airport staff will have to be tested for COVID-19 so that only those who are safe will provide services; In addition, all attendants will have to wear facemasks all the time; they will also have to wear gloves and will have to use sanitizers as directed by MoHCDEC. In addition, they must make sure that they observe the social distance of not less than one meter from one staff to another and from the guest
  1. All other members on the tourism activities value chain will be regularly monitored to ensure they are not infected with the Corona virus; These include ensuring gloves are always worn when loading and unloading passenger baggage, cargo and pouches and the taxi drivers at the airport are tested.Only staff that are not infected with Corona Virus will be allowed to cater to tourist. However, all staff will have to wear masks and make sure that they stay at least one meter apart between themselves and the tourist.
  1. All tourist transport facilities, tourist accommodation and all other facilities used by tourists must be cleaned and sanitized before and after service in an acceptable manner to ensure that they do not become infected with Corona Virus.

Getting Here

  • Taxi – There are taxis which will get you from Arusha town to the airport 3 kilometers (10 minutes) away for Tzs 10000- Tzs 15000 (USD $5-7).
  • Preferred Mode – Pre arranged transfer or Taxis are the preferred method especially if you have luggage with you.
  • Shuttle Bus – The airport does not operate one. Hotels can arrange a pickup for you.
  • Alternatives – Local busses operate on the route from the city centre and there is a bus stop right outside the airport. It is a short walk, however this would only be recommended if you are travelling light.
  • Car Parking & Fees – There is no automated POS parking system at the airport and it is safe to assume that parking is free although there may be minimal charges from the local municipality.
  • Auxiliary Information
    • Flight from Hub

There are several flights a day from Julius Nyerere International airport in Dar es Salaam to Arusha (scheduled and unscheduled)and the flight duration can be between 1 hour and 3 hours depending on the aircraft that you will be travelling on.

Your taxi or transfer will drop you at the entrance to the airport terminal where you can check in and await your flight while enjoying views of Mount Meru from the departure lounge.

  • Kiosks – There is a shop that sells local soft drinks and snacks and a small lounge selling hot and cold drinks.

Hotels & Transit Accommodation

As Arusha is the start point for most Safaris in the Northern Circuit, accommodation is widely available to suit all budgets. Mount Meru hotel offers luxury accommodation and is one of the best known hotels in Arusha. For a stay close to the Airport, there is the Arusha Coffee Lodge, a luxury getaway only five minutes from the airport. Settlers Executive Lodge offers all the essentials at a reasonable rate. TripIndigo offers comprehensive reviews on various locations throughout East Africa.


  1. Wi-Fi – None
  2. ATM – None
  3. Forex  None
  4. Restaurants & Lounges – A basic lounge to wait for your flight.
  5. Toilets – The toilets are western styled.
  6. Disabled Facilities – There are wheelchairs for the disabled (please contact the airport/airline in advance to arrange this)

Quick Facts

  • GPS coordinates: Latitude (-3.366667, 3° 22′ 0″ S), Longitude (36.621944, 36° 37′ 19″ E)
  • Time Zone: UTC +3, GMT +3
  • Altitude- Elevation, 4,550 feet, 1,387 Meters above Sea Level, MASL.
  • Operating Hours: The airport operates from 5am until 8pm.

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