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How to Get to Zanzibar

How to Get to Zanzibar by Air

Zanzibar is an international terminus served by the national airline, Air Tanzania (TC) that connects it to destinations in Asia, Africa and Europe. Other international airlines also fly to Zanzibar. Airport facilities include shops, post office, bar and restaurant. A Departure Tax of US$20 has to be paid in cash before international departures from Zanzibar. The national carrier also serves on all internal routes, and has daily flights to Zanzibar. Privately operated light aircraft companies provide services between the mainland and the offshore islands of Pemba and Unguja (Zanzibar).

How to Get to Zanzibar by Bus

By Waterways

Ocean freighters, passenger liners, ferries and steamers connect the island of Zanzibar to other destinations in and around the region. Speedboats plying between Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar take around 2/3 hours one way. Pemba Island is connected to the mainland via Zanzibar. Schedules for ferry and steamer services can be obtained from the office of TRC at Dar es Salaam.

Getting Around Zanzibar

Between Dar es Salaam and the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba, there are different types of boat rides available: a hydrofoil, a catamaran and regular ferries. They are highly organized with daily runs to and from the island.

Taxis are without the metre and fares have to be negotiated in advance. Self-driven rental vehicles cost quite a bit more than chauffeured vehicles; most rental companies actively encourage the latter. An International Driving Permit is required for car hire and driving and must be endorsed by the police on arrival in the country. Temporary Tanzanian licenses can be obtained from the police on presentation of a valid national driving license. If you plan to drive yourself, then make sure you pick a sturdy MUV/SUV or 4WD, check its road worthiness and stock up on spares and essential supplies. Also, always bear in mind that while technically traffic drives on the right of the road, goats, cattle and villagers seem blissfully unaware of it and tend to meander across the entire road.

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