There are 3 ways to get from Nairobi to Zanzibar City by plane, bus, train or ferry

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 from Nairobi  •  4 h 22 min

  1. Fly from Nairobi (NBO) to Zanzibar (ZNZ) NBO - ZNZ

$152 - $369

2 alternative options

Fly from Nairobi Wilson  •  4 h 5 min

  1. Fly from Nairobi Wilson (WIL) to Zanzibar (ZNZ) WIL - ZNZ

$245 - $735

Bus, train, ferry  •  2 days 7 h

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

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Nairobi to Zanzibar City is to fly which costs $150 - $370 and takes 4 h 22 min.

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

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The distance between Nairobi and Zanzibar City is 604 km.

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

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Map of how to get from Nairobi to Zanzibar City.
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  • Distance: 377.2 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 22 min

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

Kenya Airways and Precision Air 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
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
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
Train operators
Tanzania Railways Limited
Phone
+255 22 211 0599
Email
info@trl.co.tz
Website
trl.co.tz
Train from Mwanza to Dar es Salaam
Ave. Duration
38 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Schedules at
trl.co.tz
Bus operators
Modern Coast
Website
modern.co.ke
Bus from Nairobi to Mwanza
Ave. Duration
11 h 42 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $22
Schedules at
modern.co.ke
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

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