Which Airport to fly into for Tanzania safari and Zanzibar?

There are three main international airports in Tanzania as described below. Most visitors usualy fly to / from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) when visiting Tanzania however you should always consider your full Tanzania tour for the most convenient airport and whats actually available options from your origin country.

Kilimanjaro International Airport – (JRO)

Located in Northern Tanzania between the Kilimanjaro and Arusha Regions, KIA is probably the most popular choice when going to Tanzania for climbing Kilimanjaro or a safari tour to Serengeti. The airport sits between Moshi (35km) and Arusha (45km) which are both the common start / end locations for these popular African experiences. Although this is one of the most used airports in the country (and an International Airport).

Common international flights into KIA
The following airlines have regularly scheduled flights into Kilimanjaro International Airport:

– KLM (via Amsterdam, Netherlands)
– Ethiopian Airlines (Via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
– Qatar Airways (Via Doha, Qatar)
– Turkish Airlines (via Istanbul, Turkey)
– Edelweiss Air (via Zurich, Switzerland)
– Kenya Airways (via Nairobi, Kenya)
– Air Tanzania (Direct) on limited routes

Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR)

Located in the commercial capital on the South East coast of Tanzania, Julius Nyerere International Airport (named after the countries first president) is located in Dar Es Salaam and around 12km from the city centre. The airport handles about 2.5 million visitors per year. It is serving Dar es Salaam city and is the most suitable airport for those who want to explore the Southern Parks such as Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha, Udzungwa Mountains and Mikumi National Park.

Common international flights into Julius Nyerere International Airport
The following airlines have regularly scheduled flights into Kilimanjaro International Airport:

– KLM (via Amsterdam, Netherlands)
– Ethiopian Airlines (Via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
– Qatar Airways (Via Doha, Qatar)
– Turkish Airlines (via Istanbul, Turkey)
– Kenya Airways (via Nairobi, Kenya)
– Air Tanzania (Direct) on limited routes
– FlyDubai (via Dubai, UAE)
– Oman Air (via Muscat, Oman)
– Egypt Air (via Cairo, Egypt)

Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ)

Located on the main ‘Unguja’ island of Zanazibar, it is approximately 5km from the Stone Town city centre. This airport has gained in popularity during the last few years and is a hub for many international flights and a popular departure airport for those who combine Tanzania safari tours with a beach holiday in Zanzibar. Many international airlines do also offer flights to / from Zanzibar International Airport and can be a perfect location for a beach holiday.

Common international flights into Julius Nyerere International Airport
The following airlines have regularly scheduled flights into Kilimanjaro International Airport:

– KLM (via Amsterdam, Netherlands)
– Air France (via Paris, France)
– Eurowings (via Frankfurt, Germany)
– Ethiopian Airlines (Via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
– Qatar Airways (Via Doha, Qatar)
– Turkish Airlines (via Istanbul, Turkey)
– Kenya Airways (via Nairobi, Kenya)
– Air Tanzania (Direct) on limited routes
– FlyDubai (via Dubai, UAE)
– Oman Air (via Muscat, Oman)
– Etihad Airways (via Dubai, Abu Dhabi)
– Lufthansa (via Frankfurt, Germany)