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There are 3 ways to get from Kampala to Zanzibar by bus, plane or ferry

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Bus to Entebbe, fly to Zanzibar

  1. Take the bus from Gapco - Post Office to Entebbe Town
  2. Fly from Entebbe (EBB) to Zanzibar (ZNZ)

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Fly Entebbe to Dar es Salaam, ferry

  1. Fly from Entebbe (EBB) to Dar es Salaam (DAR)
  2. Take the ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar

Bus to Kisumu, fly to Zanzibar

  1. Take the bus from Kampala to Kisumu
  2. Fly from Kisumu (KIS) to Zanzibar (ZNZ)

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Kampala to Zanzibar is to fly and ferry which costs $170 - $380 and takes 8h 34m.

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The quickest way to get from Kampala to Zanzibar is to fly and ferry which costs $170 - $380 and takes 8h 34m.

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The distance between Kampala and Zanzibar is 1040 km.

It takes approximately 5h 24m to get from Kampala to Zanzibar, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Entebbe Airport to Zanzibar Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 50m.

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Uganda Airlines, Kenya Airways and Precision Air offer flights from Entebbe Airport to Zanzibar Airport.

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There are 154+ hotels available in Zanzibar. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Kampala to Zanzibar.
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  • Distance: 1039.8 km
  • Duration: 5h 24m

What companies run services between Kampala, Uganda and Zanzibar, Zanzibar Central/South, Tanzania?

There is no direct connection from Kampala to Zanzibar. However, you can take the bus to Entebbe Town, take the drive to Entebbe airport, fly to Zanzibar, then take the taxi to Zanzibar. Alternatively, you can take the bus to Entebbe Town, take the drive to Entebbe airport, fly to Dar es Salaam, take the drive to Dar es Salaam, take the ferry to Zanzibar, then take the drive to Zanzibar.

Airlines
Kenya Airways
Website
kenya-airways.com
Flights from Entebbe to Zanzibar via Nairobi
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$390 - $700
Flights from Entebbe to Dar es Salaam via Nairobi
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $350
Flights from Kisumu to Zanzibar via Nairobi
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Flights from Kisumu to Zanzibar via Nairobi, Dar es Salaam
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Uganda Airlines
Website
ugandairlines.com
Flights from Entebbe to Zanzibar
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$40 - $410
Flights from Entebbe to Dar es Salaam
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$30 - $330
Air Tanzania
Website
airtanzania.co.tz
Flights from Entebbe to Dar es Salaam via Kilimanjaro
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $460
Rwandair Express
Website
rwandair.com
Flights from Entebbe to Dar es Salaam via Kigali
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $420
Safarilink
Website
flysafarilink.com
Flights from Kisumu to Zanzibar via Nairobi Wilson
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $550
Bus operators
14-Seater Paratransit Taxi
Website
transportforcairo.com
Bus from Gapco - Post Office to Entebbe Town
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Schedules at
transportforcairo.com
Easy Coach
Phone
+254 738 200314
Email
ict@easycoach.co.ke
Website
easycoach.co.ke
Bus from Kampala to Kisumu
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
easycoach.co.ke
Ferry operators
Azam Marine
Website
azammarine.com
Ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $80
Schedules at
azammarine.com
Book at
newbooking.azammarine.com
Economy
$35
Business
$40
VIP
$60
Royal
$80

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