There are 4 ways to get from Cape Town to Zanzibar Island by plane, ferry, car, bus or car train

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

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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 10 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

2 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

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 10 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.

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 5 min and has one stopover.

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Zanzibar Island is 1 h ahead of Cape Town. It is currently 1:39 AM in Cape Town and 2:39 AM 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 307+ 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 Kimberley, Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,100
Flights from Capetown to Dar es Salaam via George, Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
9 h 40 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
Kenya Airways
Website
kenya-airways.com
Flights from Capetown to Zanzibar via Livingstone, Nairobi
Ave. Duration
9 h 50 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 50 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,400
Flights from Capetown to Zanzibar via Nairobi
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,400
Flights from Capetown to Zanzibar via Johannesburg, Nairobi
Ave. Duration
11 h 30 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,400
Flights from Capetown to Dar es Salaam via Nairobi
Ave. Duration
9 h 5 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,300
Flights from Capetown to Dar es Salaam via Livingstone, Nairobi
Ave. Duration
10 h
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,300
Flights from Capetown to Dar es Salaam via Victoria Falls, Nairobi
Ave. Duration
10 h
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
Ethiopian Airlines
Website
ethiopianairlines.com
Flights from Capetown to Dar es Salaam via Addis Ababa
Ave. Duration
11 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $1,400
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
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
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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