Flights from Arusha To Zanzibar

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Arusha to Zanzibar flights



For an unforgettable Tanzania experience, consider taking a flight from Arusha (ARK) to Zanzibar (ZNZ) to witness the tropical beauty of the island. Here we provide an overview of the flight, so you can plan your journey with confidence.

With several daily flights available, the journey from Arusha to Zanzibar typically takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. The flight path passes over the Indian Ocean, providing stunning views of the Tanzanian coastline and the Zanzibar archipelago.

What to expect from your flight from Arusha to Zanzibar

Flight Distance and Time

The flight from Arusha to Zanzibar is approximately 354 km, and the average flight time is 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Flight Route

The flight from Arusha to Zanzibar usually takes a southeastern route over the Indian Ocean. As the plane gains altitude, passengers can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Tanzanian coastline, with its sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters.

The flight path then passes over the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, with a glimpse of the stunning Zanzibar archipelago visible in the distance.

On clear days, passengers may even catch a glimpse of the snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, which towers over the surrounding landscape at an impressive height of 5,895 meters (19,341 feet). As the flight nears its destination, the pilot may make a turn to the west, offering passengers a spectacular view of the bustling port and capital of Zanzibar Town. The sight of the traditional dhows and local fishing boats on the sea, colorful coral reefs, and the picturesque coastline of the island adds to the scenic experience of the flight.

Top Tips

  • Book in advance: To get the best price, it’s recommended to book your flight in advance, especially during peak travel periods.
  • Choose the right airline: Different airlines offer different services and prices. Do your research to find the one that best suits your needs and budget.
  • Pack accordingly: Check the baggage allowance for your airline and pack accordingly. Keep in mind that some airlines may charge extra for excess baggage.
  • Arrive early: Arrive at the airport early to allow enough time for check-in, security, and boarding.

Arusha Airport (ARK)

Arusha Airport Safarisoko
Arusha Airport (ARK) is 8 km from the city center and serves as a gateway to Tanzania’s northern safari circuit.

Basic facilities include restaurants, shops, and car rentals. Ideal for budget-conscious travelers, but There are no lounges available at Arusha airport.

How To Find Arusha Airport

Arusha Airport (ARK) is located about 8 km from the city center. If you’re driving, take a taxi or shuttle service for a 15-20 minute journey, depending on traffic.

Alternatively, some hotels and lodges offer airport transfer services. You can also take a taxi or shared shuttle service from other areas of Arusha. Taxis are available 24/7, and you can negotiate the fare before the journey.

Shared shuttles can be booked in advance or arranged through your accommodation.

Zanzibar Airport (ZNZ)

Zanzibar Airport
Also known as Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, is located on the main island of Unguja and serves both domestic and international flights.

The airport has several facilities including restaurants, duty-free shops, currency exchange services, car rentals, and a VIP lounge.

How To Find Zanzibar

If you’re driving to Zanzibar Airport (ZNZ), it’s located approximately 7 km south of Zanzibar Town on the main island of Unguja. From Zanzibar Town, take the Malawi Road southbound and follow the signs to the airport. The journey by car takes around 10-15 minutes depending on traffic.

Alternatively, you can take a taxi or a shared shuttle service from Zanzibar Town or other areas of the island. Taxis are available 24/7, and you can negotiate the fare before the journey. Shared shuttles are a more budget-friendly option and can be booked in advance or arranged through your accommodation. Some hotels and resorts also offer airport transfer services for their guests.

Top Safari Airlines

In Tanzania and Kenya, several smaller airlines focus on offering both charter and scheduled flight services, enabling passengers to explore the breathtaking landscapes and attractions of these East African countries.

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