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Dar es Salaam Airport Transportation

Located several miles south of Dar es Salaam, a large Tanzanian port city, Julius Nyerere International is known for its big crowds and isolated location that makes arriving paradise easy, even easier if you’ve got a ride to take care of the day. Take your time at beaches and lush natural getaways with the freedom of private rentals, or stick to a schedule with the help of a meet-and-greet service, choosing between taxis, local personal drivers, or stretched limousines.

DAR Transportation
Ground transportation at DAR Airport is limited to car rental services, taxi kiosks, and a few bus lines that run along Julius K. Nyerere Road. The closest station is the Airport Bus Stop, located down the road from the main terminal. Get around without having to follow someone else’s schedule by getting a personal shuttle instead, booking through either local companies or area providers for a professional pick-up and custom drop-offs, plus helpful luggage-handling services.

Shared Ride Van
Get a simple lift to your hotel or resort by booking a shared ride van with local shuttle companies, choosing between Ramada Resort, home to private beach access and balconied views of Msasani Bay, or Serena hotel, a deluxe downtown choice renowned for its on-site golf course, lux spa, and 24-hour buffet.

Private Van
Book a private van from local providers to carry up to a dozen passengers at once, arriving to expansive locales big enough for everyone to enjoy, whether it’s at Bongoyo Island, home to beach-side cafés and the Marine Nature Reserve, or Oyster Bay, a famous neighborhood beloved for its beaches and street vendors.

Private Sedan
Find intimacy in a place that knows how to showcase the region’s quiet side, reserving a private sedan from local executive providers to take your time at memorable locations, from Azania Front Church’s late 19th-century architecture to the isolated views from Mbezi Beach.

Local Personal Drivers
The best way to get to know the region from a perspective that matters is by getting a local personal driver to show you around town. Ask where to find the best handicrafts by day as well as how to celebrate in the evening, also finding the best hidden beaches and cliff-sides for watching the sunset (a difficult task with the east-facing shores).

Private SUV
Families and mid-sized groups in search of a safe and comfy ride for up to six passengers should get a private SUV, making arrangements through local companies to arrive to Fun City Kigamboni with ease, a massive waterpark located on the distant outskirts of town, also considering a trip to the equally distant Water World.

Taxi Cab
Get a taxi to avoid the hassle of traffic and parking, something especially desirable for business travelers making their way to the Julius Nyerere International Conference Centre, as well as flyers in need of early-morning rides to the airport.

Stretched Limousine
A stretched limousine is a symbol for good times in high places – book through area limo providers to take that everywhere you go, whether it’s toward the elevated views from Akemi Revolving Restaurant or a night of jackpots and drinks at the upscale Sea Cliff Hotel.

Chartered Bus
Take care of over a dozen passengers without needing any help, booking a chartered bus for group field trips to expansive locales, whether it’s toward the kid-friendly slides and wave pools at Kunduchi Wet ‘N Wild Water Park or an afternoon of escaping the heat through the shops and restaurants of Mlimani City Mall.

DAR Airport Terminals
DAR Airport is home to two separate terminals; Terminal II, which mainly takes care of domestic passengers, and the newer Terminal III, which has become the airport’s chief international terminal. Little information is available on the facilities, though there are typical services like currency exchange, luggage carts, and elevators, not to mention duty-free shops, souvenir vendors, and a cafeteria.

 

Dar es Salaam Airport Shuttles

Less than 10 miles from the city and known for its high-volume traffic, Julius Nyerere International Airport makes getting where you need to be difficult for first timers. Make it simple by reserving a shuttle instead, booking through either local companies or area providers for the perk of custom drop-offs and luggage handling services.

Have your shuttle driver take you to the coolest neighborhood in town by planning ahead of time, choosing between popular districts like Oyster Bay, located north of downtown and offering coveted access to Coco Beach as well as beloved restaurants like The Two O’ Six, while Masaki provides peninsula overlooks of Msasani Bay, ferries to Bongoyo Island, and the scenic entertainment inside Sea Cliff Hotel. Go for the gold by staying somewhere central instead, choosing between Kisutu many 5-star attractions and historic landmarks, or Upanga’s close access to Muhimbili University and western-style eats at Texas Grill.

Make sure you don’t get lost in the process by keeping track of all important documents and information, starting with your shuttle reservation. Print out your confirmation email the moment it comes in, keeping it in a travel journal with other important bookings, whether it’s for Waterbuck Safaris or Safari Big 5, also scanning personal identification, passports, and medical prescriptions in case of emergencies. Keep those digital scans somewhere besides your physical person, choosing between cloud storage devices or your email's inbox.

About Julius Nyerere International Airport
About half an hour from the coast, Julius Nyerere International makes arriving to most hotels and resorts a bit difficult, an easy problem to fix by booking somewhere close instead. The best options are Triniti Airport hotel, Airport FQ Hotel, and Hotreef Hotel, each offering an on-site restaurant and quaint rooms, while KICEC Bar & Guest House offers the lowest rates perfect for delayed departures. You can also get a combination of quietude and convenience at Airport Guesthouse, ideal for families and located a few miles north of the airport.

Enjoy your time while you wait at the airport, looking forward to the many on-site goodies, whether that means getting a souvenir from Out of Africa, something shiny at Gems & Jewelry, or a quick necessity from several duty-free shops. On-site food includes fresh produce and snacks at ABC Self-Service Supermarket, traditional American diner food at Flamingo Cafeteria, and to-go eats from the Tasty Life food truck, located outside of level 1. The airport is also home to a relaxing VIP lounge in the new terminal, perfect for business travelers looking to escape the crowd.

Have fun with what’s around the airport as much as what’s within, enjoying unique getaways located on the southwest side of Dar es Salaam, from soccer games at the astounding Tanzania National Stadium to a day of shopping in the Chang’ombe ward, whether it’s at Quality Center Mall or Mkuki House. There are also several bars located northwest of the airport, the most popular being Kilima Bar, Ndindindi Pub, and Nona Pub, plus fresh food, from coffee & sweets at MotoMoto Café to the all-you-can-eat grub at Kazimoto Pork Park.

Dar es Salaam Destinations
Carrying old traditions of Tanzania fishing tribes and blending it with the modernity of sleek beachside resorts, Dar es Salaam is one of the country’s biggest port cities offering world-class seafood and white-sand views of Msasani Bay. Get to the heart of the region by exploring its roots, visiting the National Museum of Tanzania for a look at old Tanzanian culture, military relics, and ancient hieroglyphs showcased on bits of cave wall, afterward walking through even more history at Old Boma, constructed in the mid-19th century and commissioned by the then-sultan of the area. To get truly immersed in the area’s old ways, check out the Makumbusho Village museum, home to life-sized huts you can walk through, real artifacts, and live tribal dances. One last stop worth visiting is the Azania Front Lutheran Church, a glimmering waterside structure built by early German missionaries, especially known for its iconic red-tiled roof.

Get lost in the region’s natural scenery once you’ve got a solid understanding of its background, exploring the four islands off the coast of Dar es Salaam as well, choosing between the busy Bongoyo and Mbudya Islands, or the smaller (and quieter) Fungu Yasini and Pangavini Islands. Enjoy an afternoon at the busy Coco Beach as well, located north of town and home to the memorable lookouts of Coco Beach Cliff, or for controlled nature, take the family to Dar es Salaam Zoo, home to exotic safari creatures, bright birds, and monkeys. Take a break from the heat by cooling off at Fun City Kigamboni, a huge waterpark south of the city, also considering an art walk through the local works showcased at Tinga Tinga Arts Co-operative Society. Save room for dinner when the night winds down, going to town on the cash-only seafood at Cape Town Fish Market for a taste of the city’s best.

Lounges at Dar es Salaam Airport
- Tanzanite Lounge: Located in terminal 2, upper level. Perks include free Wifi, reading material, TVs, and drinks, plus disability access and flight information monitors.

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