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There are 5 ways to get from Cape Town to Zanzibar Island by plane, ferry, car, bus, car train or train

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly to Zanzibar  •  9 h 17 min

  1. Fly from Capetown (CPT) to Zanzibar (ZNZ) CPT - ZNZ

$259 - $614

Cheapest option

Fly to Dar es Salaam, ferry, drive  •  14 h 9 min

  1. Fly from Capetown (CPT) to Dar es Salaam (DAR) CPT - DAR
  2. Take the ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar
  3. Drive from Zanzibar to Mahonda

$240 - $477

3 alternative options

Bus, drive, ferry  •  3 days 6 h

  1. Take the bus from Cape Town to Johannesburg
  2. Take the bus from Johannesburg to Mangochi
  3. Drive from Mangochi to Monkey Bay
  4. Take the ferry from Monkey Bay to Makanjila
  5. Drive from Makanjila to Dar es Salaam
  6. Take the ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar

Car train, bus, drive, ferry  •  3 days 14 h

  1. Take the car train from Cape Town to Johannesburg
  2. Take the bus from Johannesburg to Mangochi
  3. Drive from Mangochi to Monkey Bay
  4. Take the ferry from Monkey Bay to Makanjila
  5. Drive from Makanjila to Dar es Salaam
  6. Take the ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar

Bus, train, ferry  •  3 days 12 h

  1. Take the bus from Cape Town to Johannesburg
  2. Take the bus from Johanneburg to Lusaka
  3. Take the bus from Lusaka to Nakonde
  4. Take the train from Tunduma to Dar es salaam
  5. Take the ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cape Town to Zanzibar Island is to fly and ferry and drive which costs R 3 400 - R 7 000 and takes 14 h 9 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cape Town to Zanzibar Island is to fly which costs R 3 700 - R 9 000 and takes 9 h 17 min.

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The distance between Cape Town and Zanzibar Island is 3765 km.

The best way to get from Cape Town to Zanzibar Island without a car is to bus and train and ferry which takes 3 days 12 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 9 h 17 min to get from Cape Town to Zanzibar Island, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Capetown Airport to Zanzibar Airport. The quickest flight takes 7 h 10 min and has one stopover.

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Zanzibar Island is 1 h ahead of Cape Town. It is currently 6:57 PM in Cape Town and 7:57 PM in Zanzibar Island.

Precision Air, British Airways, Comair and two other airlines offer flights from Capetown Airport to Zanzibar Airport.

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There are 328+ hotels available in Zanzibar Island. Prices start at $35 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Cape Town to Capetown Airport is to bus which takes 30 min and costs R 60 - R 100.

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Map of how to get from Cape Town to Zanzibar Island.
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  • Distance: 2352.8 miles
  • Duration: 9 h 17 min

What companies run services between Cape Town, South Africa and Zanzibar Island, Tanzania?

Mango, South African Airways and four other airlines fly from Cape Town to Zanzibar City 3 times a day.

Airlines
South African Airways
Website
flysaa.com
Flights from Capetown to Zanzibar via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
7 h 2 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$180 - $410
Flights from Capetown to Dar es Salaam via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
6 h 42 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,100
Flights from Capetown to Dar es Salaam via Sun City, Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,100
Flights from Capetown to Dar es Salaam via Upington, Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,100
Flights from Capetown to Dar es Salaam via Kimberley, Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,100
Kenya Airways
Website
kenya-airways.com
Flights from Capetown to Zanzibar via Livingstone, Nairobi
Ave. Duration
9 h 44 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,400
Flights from Capetown to Zanzibar via Victoria Falls, Nairobi
Ave. Duration
9 h 44 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,400
Flights from Capetown to Zanzibar via Nairobi
Ave. Duration
10 h
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,400
Flights from Capetown to Zanzibar via Johannesburg, Nairobi
Ave. Duration
11 h 29 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,400
Flights from Capetown to Dar es Salaam via Nairobi
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,300
Flights from Capetown to Dar es Salaam via Livingstone, Nairobi
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,300
Flights from Capetown to Dar es Salaam via Victoria Falls, Nairobi
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,300
Mango
Website
flymango.com
Flights from Capetown to Zanzibar via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
7 h 2 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$180 - $410
Air Mauritius
Website
airmauritius.com
Flights from Capetown to Dar es Salaam via Mauritius
Ave. Duration
12 h 20 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$480 - $1,300
Train operators
Shosholoza Meyl
Phone
086 000 8888
Website
shosholozameyl.co.za
Car train from Cape Town to Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
26 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$24 - $50
Schedules at
shosholozameyl.co.za
2nd Class
$24 - $35
1st Class
$40 - $60
Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority
Website
tazarasite.com
Train from Tunduma to Dar es salaam
Ave. Duration
25 h 41 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Schedules at
tazarasite.com
Bus operators
Citiliner
Phone
087 352 0352
Email
enquiries@citiliner.co.za
Website
citiliner.co.za
Bus from Cape Town to Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
17 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Schedules at
citiliner.co.za
Greyhound ZA
Phone
+27 11 611 8000
Email
enquiries@greyhound.co.za
Website
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Cape Town to Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
18 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
JR Choeu Express & Coaches
Phone
(011) 026 - 8800/8805
Email
info@jrchoeu.com
Website
instantonline.co.za
Bus from Johannesburg to Mangochi
Ave. Duration
26 h 30 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$60
Schedules at
instantonline.co.za
Bus from Johannesburg to Lusaka
Ave. Duration
21 h 45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$53
Schedules at
instantonline.co.za
InterCape
Phone
+27 (0)21 380 4400
Email
info@intercape.co.za
Website
intercape.co.za
Bus from Cape Town to Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
18 h 35 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Schedules at
intercape.co.za
TransLux Express
Phone
011 774 8304
Email
translux@apx.co.za
Website
translux.co.za
Bus from Cape Town to Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
17 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$36
Book at
res.prasa.com
Juldan Motors
Phone
260 955 776315
Email
juldanmotors2012@gmail.com
Website
juldanmotors.com
Bus from Johanneburg to Lusaka
Ave. Duration
20 h 38 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$47
Schedules at
juldanmotors.com
Bus from Lusaka to Nakonde
Ave. Duration
12 h 38 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20
Schedules at
juldanmotors.com
Ferry operators
Azam Marine
Website
azammarine.com
Ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$60
Schedules at
azammarine.com
MV Ilala
Phone
+265 1 587 411
Email
Mary.zulu@msc.mw
Website
malawitourism.com
Ferry from Monkey Bay to Makanjila
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Once a week
Schedules at
malawitourism.com

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