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There are 5 ways to get from Kakamega to Zanzibar City by taxi, plane, car, bus or ferry

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Taxi to Kisumu, fly

  1. Take a taxi from Kakamega to Kisumu
  2. Fly from Kisumu (KIS) to Zanzibar (ZNZ)

Cheapest option

Bus, Matatu, ferry

  1. Take the bus from Kakamega to Naivasha
  2. Take the Matatu from Naivasha to Nairobi
  3. Take the bus from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam
  4. Take the ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar

3 alternative options

Drive to Kitale, fly

  1. Drive from Kakamega to Kitale
  2. Fly from Kitale (KTL) to Zanzibar (ZNZ)

Bus, ferry

  1. Take the bus from Kakamega to Nairobi
  2. Take the bus from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam
  3. Take the ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar

Bus, ferry via Nairobi

  1. Take the bus from Kakamega to Nairobi
  2. Take the bus from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam
  3. Take the ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar

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Questions & Answers

The cost-effective way to get from Kakamega to Zanzibar City is to bus and ferry via Nairobi, which costs $75 - $130 and takes 27h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Kakamega to Zanzibar City is to taxi and fly which costs $450 - $950 and takes 4h 15m.

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The distance between Kakamega and Zanzibar City is 870 km.

The best way to get from Kakamega to Zanzibar City without a car is to bus and Matatu and ferry which takes 25h 25m and costs $70 - $140.

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It takes approximately 4h 15m to get from Kakamega to Zanzibar City, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Kisumu Airport to Zanzibar Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 20m and has one stopover.

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Jambojet Limited, Renegade Air, Precision Air and two other airlines offer flights from Kisumu Airport to Zanzibar Airport.

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There are 57+ hotels available in Zanzibar City. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Kakamega to Zanzibar City.
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  • Distance: 870.4 km
  • Duration: 4h 15m

What companies run services between Kakamega, Kenya and Zanzibar City, Tanzania?

There is no direct connection from Kakamega to Zanzibar City. However, you can take the taxi to Kisumu airport, fly to Zanzibar, then take the taxi to Zanzibar City. Alternatively, you can take the drive to Kitale airport, fly to Zanzibar, then take the taxi to Zanzibar City.

Airlines
Kenya Airways
Website
kenya-airways.com
Flights from Kisumu to Zanzibar via Nairobi
Ave. Duration
5h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$410 - $950
Flights from Kisumu to Zanzibar via Nairobi, Dar es Salaam
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$350 - $850
Safarilink
Website
flysafarilink.com
Flights from Kisumu to Zanzibar via Nairobi Wilson
Ave. Duration
3h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$470 - $1,100
Flights from Kitale to Zanzibar via Nairobi Wilson
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $550
Bus operators
Coast Bus
Website
coastbus.co.ke
Bus from Kakamega to Naivasha
Ave. Duration
3h 47m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $9
Schedules at
coastbus.com
Nairobi Matatu
Website
digitalmatatus.com
Bus from Naivasha to Nairobi
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
digitalmatatus.com
Darlux Co. Ltd
Phone
+255 744 666 643
Email
info@darlux.co.tz
Bus from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam
Ave. Duration
15h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
darlux-booking-and-parcels-office.business.site
Normal
$27 - $40
MASH
Phone
+254 730 889 000
Email
info@masheastafrica.com
Website
masheastafrica.com
Bus from Kakamega to Nairobi
Ave. Duration
6h 22m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $21
Schedules at
masheastafrica.com
Book at
mashpoa.com
VIP
$21
Business
$19
Normal
$15
Tahmeed Coach Ltd
Phone
0729356561
Website
tahmeedexpress.com
Bus from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam
Ave. Duration
16h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29
Schedules at
tahmeedexpress.com
Easy Coach
Phone
+254 0202210711
Email
ict@easycoach.co.ke
Website
easycoach.co.ke
Bus from Kakamega to Nairobi
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Schedules at
easycoach.co.ke
Ferry operators
Azam Marine
Phone
+255 22 2123324
Email
info@azammarine.com
Website
azammarine.com
Ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $80
Schedules at
azammarine.com
Economy
$35
Business
$40
VIP
$60
Royal
$80
Other operators
Taxi from Kakamega to Kisumu
Ave. Duration
47 min
Estimated price
$95 - $120

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