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Fly from Arusha (ARK) to Zanzibar (ZNZ)

Whether you’re travelling from Arusha to Zanzibar for vacations, business or family visits its always a smart choice to compare prices and make sure you’re getting the best deal before booking your travel. Travelling from Arusha in the North of Tanzania to the East coast Islands can be quite the exhausting journey but as soon as you reach the beautiful beaches and see those stunning sun-kissed shores you’ll feel the calming effect generated by the relaxed atmosphere that is the Island life in Zanzibar.

 There is a direct connection between Arusha and Zanzibar. Use the box above to search flights for your specific dates and passenger numbers.

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Distance and Flight Time

Arusha Airport, a few kilometres outside its city, is between 1 hour 30 and 2 hrs flight time to Zanzibar’s international airport 500 km (311 miles) away. Flight times vary due to the different type of aircraft servicing the route.

If you prefer to get a better lay of the land you can also travel by road by hiring a car or booking a bus, travelling by road you will have to cover around 925 kilometres in total. You will need to travel by road from Arusha to Dar es Salaam and then grab a ferry to the Island of Zanzibar. The entire trip will take you around 13 hours and 6 minutes to complete.

Not to Miss During Flights

Usually airborne in an easterly direction, the views are amongst the best in the world. The plains below quickly open up, the frozen peak of Kilimanjaro off to the left, and the beautiful Mount Meru. Tanzania’s second highest mountain within the Arusha National Park is easily spotted.

Soon you’ll be headed southeast, Indian ocean and Zanzibar (official name Unguja) bound. One of the sweetest and mellow sounding place names in the world. And so it is. The flight-path routes you to the western side, middle of

Your route takes you to the right of the East Usambara Mountains and the Mkomazi National Park. The flight will cross the coastline close to Saadani with Pemba Island out to the northeast, the left.

Your descent provides great views of the local boats plying their trade, the reefs and multi-coloured seas, and of the bustling port and capital of Zanzibar Town.

Airport & Layover Tips

Explore Tanzania’s larger airport also known as the Abeid Amani Karume International Airport. This international airport may not be the largest or most modern by international standards but it never the less plays host to thousands of domestic, regional and international travellers each week. Once passed immigration – Zanzibar is semi-autonomous but there is nothing needed as you’ve already cleared into Tanzania – baggage collection is easy.There are many options for your onward transfer: taxis and buses to the town a mere 10 km away.

Upon departing the airport you will find that there is no shortage of travel alternatives when leaving the airport with a range of rental car agencies, cabs, buses and shuttles all just a call away.

Top Tip:

If you’re having to wait at the airport, there are cafes and restaurants with good wifi outside. Waiting there is a more pleasurable way of passing the time.

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