Airports in Dar Es Salaam

Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR)


Officially known as Julius Nyerere International Airport after the first president of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam International Airport is located just outside of Dar es Salaam and is the primary gateway for travellers to Tanzania.

The airport is relatively small, processing only 1.2 million passengers each year on flights to and from destinations in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Despite its small size, the facility squeezes in a lot of chaos, including long and disorganised queues and a frustrating lack of signage. Passengers should also be prepared for an uncomfortable lack of air-conditioning.

Dar es Salaam International Airport is currently undergoing an expansion however, so there is hope that the new terminal will have better facilities.


The airport is situated eight miles (13km) southwest of Dar es Salaam.

Getting to the city

Most large hotels offer airport pick-up services and it is a good idea to arrange these when possible. Taxis are almost always available. It is also possible to rent a car.


Local time is GMT +3.


Tel: +255 (0)51 284 3403.

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Dar es Salaam International Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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