How to get from Nairobi to Zanzibar City

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Recommended option

Fly Nairobi to Zanzibar  •  4 h 22 min

  1. NBO - ZNZ

$152 - $369

3 alternative options

Fly Nairobi Wilson to Zanzibar  •  4 h 5 min

  1. WIL - ZNZ

$245 - $735

Fly Nairobi to Dar es Salaam, ferry  •  8 h 25 min

  1. NBO - DAR

$176 - $282

Bus, ferry  •  20 h 30 min

$154 - $156

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

Kenya Airways, Precision Air and Fly540 fly from Nairobi to Zanzibar City every 4 hours.

Airlines
Precision Air
Website
precisionairtz.com
Flights from Nairobi to Zanzibar
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Flights from Nairobi to Zanzibar via Kilimanjaro
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $800
Flights from Nairobi to Zanzibar via Dar es Salaam
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $750
Flights from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $370
Flights from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam via Zanzibar
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $450
Kenya Airways
Website
kenya-airways.com
Flights from Nairobi to Zanzibar
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Flights from Nairobi to Zanzibar via Dar es Salaam
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $750
Flights from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $370
Flights from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam via Kilimanjaro
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $2,000
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Nairobi to Zanzibar
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $750
Flights from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $360
Flights from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam via Kilimanjaro
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $2,000
Fly540
Website
fly540.com
Flights from Nairobi to Zanzibar via Mombasa
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Safarilink
Website
flysafarilink.com
Flights from Nairobi Wilson to Zanzibar
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $750
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $2,500
Bus operators
Marangu Luxury Shuttles
Website
marangushuttles.com
Bus from Nairobi to Arusha
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60
Schedules at
marangushuttles.com
Jipa Connection
Website
jipaconnection.com
Bus from Arusha to Dar es Salaam
Ave. Duration
10 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$28
Schedules at
jipaconnection.com
Ferry operators
Azam Marine
Website
azammarine.com
Ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$60
Schedules at
azammarine.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Nairobi and Zanzibar City is 604 km.

The cheapest way to get from Nairobi to Zanzibar City is to bus and ferry which costs $154 - $156 and takes 20 h 30 min.

The quickest way to get from Nairobi to Zanzibar City is to fly which takes 4 h 5 min and costs $240 - $750.

It takes approximately 4 h 22 min to get from Nairobi to Zanzibar City, including transfers.