ZANZIBAR is served by many international direct flights that are ever expanding. Zanzibar International Airport which is also named Kisauni Airport and is the only airport on the island of Unguja. Zanzibar is served by several airlines offering convenient flights from the United States and Europe. Ethiopian Airlines offers the most comprehensive flight schedules and most convenient service from the U.S. mainland Africa, Asia and Europe via Addis Ababa to Zanzibar: it regularly operates approximately 21-hour, one-stop flights from Washington D.C with a short stop in Addis Ababa. The airline also offers alternative convenient routes at a low cost with stops in other US or European cities for passengers traveling from smaller airports. Cheap and convenient flights to Zanzibar are available on many other airlines operating flights to Zanzibar. Airline choice is great and ever expanding, including major US and international carriers like KLM, Lufthansa, British Airways, American Airlines in cooperation with Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Oman Air, Qatar Airways and Fly Dubai in partnership with Emirates. These major carriers offer multiple flights and schedules which can be customized to your needs. Based on your departure city, airline preference and preferred route, you can usuallly find a discount fare to Zanzibar with any of these airlines from virtually anywhere in the world.
There are several direct flights a day on various major carriers including direct flights from several international cities on the following airlines-
Oman Air: www.omanair.com
Qatar Airlines: www.qatarairways.com
Arkia Israeli Airlines: www.akira.com
who all fly directly to Zanzibar and there is talk Turkish air will also add a direct route (Now they only fly into Dar Es Salaam.)
There several carriers flying between Zanzibar and Pemba, Dar-es-Salaam, Mafia, Arusha, Selous, Tanga, Ruaha and other Tanzanian game parks. The short but exhilarating flight in a tiny, twin-engined Cessna is part of the holiday fun.
Here are the main airlines to research and find the best prices:
www.fastjet.com has recently announced they will have flights between Dar and Zanzibar at a great low cost.
FLY540 www.fly540.com has 2 flights a day from Nairobi to Zanzinbar.
Coastal Air, who is considered reliable, organised and friendly. They fly daily from Zanzibar to Pemba, Tanga (via Pemba), Dar and Mafia (via Dar); and from Zanzibar to Ruaha and Selous (all airstrips), as well as other game parks using connecting flights. Their website and e-mail to book.
Precision Air, who have now teamed up with Kenya Airways, have a similar network, with flights from Zanzibar to Arusha and Mombasa as well as Pemba, Dar and Mafia (via Dar).
Zan Air flies daily to Dar, Selous and Arusha and near-daily to Pemba.
Auric Air now offers 4 X daily flights from Dar es salaam to Zanzibar, Pemba to Zanzibar and Tanga to Zanzibar
Flightlink Charters operates 8 aircraft on its schedule network and charter flights with a combination of piston, turbo prop and jet engine aircraft with capacity of 5 to 30 seats.
Flightlink operates flights from
Zanzibar to Pemba, Dar Es Salaam, Arusha , Seronera, Lake Manyara and Selous
There are 8-10 crossings daily between Stone Town (Zanzibar) and Dar, taking 1 ½ - 2 hours depending on the vessel. No need to pre-book, just turn up at the city docks – and watch out for pickpockets and papaasi (self-appointed guides and hasslers). There are a few ferry operators but be careful when selecting your trip. Firstly, you may be hassled at the port by overeager locals wanting a commission for referring you to a specific ferry operator and secondly, the "cheaper" ferries are very slow, and some don't look seaworthy. It's best to go straight to the ferry ticket office.
*Note: Be sure to remember your passport when traveling to Zanzibar port from Dar, as the authorities will ask for it.
There are a few different companies you can choose from with the major one being Azam Ferry who boasts a fleet of 8 vessels with a spreed range from 25 knots up to 58 knots allowing passengers to be in Zanzibar from Dar es Salaam within 40 minutes! Their newly launched Sea Rocket Limousine is a speed and comfort machine. With the capability to carry minimum and maximum (around 300 passengers)
* Note: The water can be rough, usually worse returning from Zanzibar to Dar. If you are prone to sea sickness, you might want to consider taking a flight.
There is a slow ferry from Stone Town (Zanzibar) to Mkoani (Pemba) departing four times per week and taking about 3 hours.
The services from Zanzibar to Mombasa and Tanga no longer operate.
BY DHOW or CRUISE
There are traditional dhows who cross from the Mainland of Tanzania to Zanzibar, and someone with an adventurous spirit may be inclined to take one, but this is not recommended as the 1st mode of transportation by means to arrive. Please take precautions and ride at your own risk, if you decide to go this route.
Although Dhow boats are generally safe to sail on around Zanzibar, and some people DO take them all the way to the mainland, it can be a long half day ride, and depending on the ocean conditions, rough. So it is best to use your own discretion.
Large cruise lines are now starting to come to Zanzibar. The 2 major carriers with stops in Zanzibar include Oceania Cruises on their 30 Nights - Marvels Of Time - Dubai U.A.E. to Cape Town South Africa
2016 Sails: Nov 21
30 Nights - Safaris Temples & Jewels - Cape Town South Africa to Singapore Singapore
2017 Sails: Jan 5
61 Nights - Odyssey To The Orient - Cape Town South Africa to Shanghai China
2017 Sails: Jan 5
Silversea Cruises on their
14 Nights - Mombasa to Cape Town
2016 Sails: Jan 19
Silversea Cruises, Silver Discoverer
Maldives (Male) to Dar Es Salaam
2016 Sails: Dec 17
Please contact us for more information about booking a cruise to Zanzibar on one of these carriers. We can arrange all cruise details for your dream vacation to Zanzibar.