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Dar es Salaam International

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, but despite its small size squeezes in a lot of chaos, including long and disorganised queues and a frustrating lack of signage. The airport has all the basic necessities but is not the sort that encourages travellers to spend any more time than is necessary. As it can be difficult to get through the checking-in process fast, travellers are advised to allow ample time before flights.


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)22 284 4324

Car rental

Car hire companies operate at the airport.

Airport Taxis

Taxis can be easily hailed from outside the terminal building but few of these have meters so it is best to negotiate a price first. The journey to the city can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic.

Transfer between terminals

Transferring between the terminals is not usually required but can be done on foot or by taxi.


The airport has a post office, ATMs, a bureau de change, restaurants, bars, duty free shops, a business lounge, and a tourist help desk. Facilities are available for disabled travellers.


There is a car park at the airport.


Internet is not available.

Business Lounges

There is a conference room available, as well as a business lounge and secretarial services.

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