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There are 5 ways to get from Nairobi to Zanzibar City by plane, bus, ferry or train

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Fly  •  1h 46m

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

Cheapest option

Bus, ferry via Dar es Salaam  •  17h 1m

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

3 alternative options

Bus, ferry  •  17h 58m

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

Bus, ferry #2  •  18h 57m

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

Bus, train, ferry  •  26h 57m

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

Nairobi (NBO) to Zanzibar (ZNZ) flights

24 Weekly Planes
1h 25m Average Duration
$181 Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from Nairobi to Zanzibar City is to bus and ferry via Dar es Salaam which costs $60 - $130 and takes 17h 1m.

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The fastest way to get from Nairobi to Zanzibar City is to fly which takes 1h 46m and costs $200 - $280.

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The distance between Nairobi and Zanzibar City is 604 km.

The best way to get from Nairobi to Zanzibar City without a car is to bus and ferry via Dar es Salaam which takes 17h 1m and costs $60 - $130.

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It takes approximately 1h 46m to get from Nairobi to Zanzibar City, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Nairobi Airport to Zanzibar Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 20m.

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Precision Air and Kenya Airways offer flights from Nairobi Airport to Zanzibar Airport.

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There are 122+ hotels available in Zanzibar City. Prices start at $52 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Nairobi to Nairobi Airport is to taxi which takes 18 min and costs $27 - $35.

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Map of how to get from Nairobi to Zanzibar City.
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  • Distance: 603.6 km
  • Duration: 1h 46m

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

Kenya Airways and Precision Air fly from Nairobi to Zanzibar City 3 times a day.

Airlines
Kenya Airways
Website
kenya-airways.com
Flights from Nairobi to Zanzibar
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $600
Precision Air
Website
precisionairtz.com
Flights from Nairobi to Zanzibar
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $600
Train operators
Tanzania Railways Corporation
Phone
+255 800 11 0042
Website
trc.co.tz
Train from Arusha to Dar es Salaam
Ave. Duration
18h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $18
Schedules at
trc.co.tz
Book at
eticketing.trc.co.tz
3rd Class (sitting)
$8
2nd Class
$11
2nd Class ( sleeping)
$18
Bus operators
Kidia One Express
Phone
0714583373
Email
info@kidiaone.co.tz
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam
Ave. Duration
14h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26
Schedules at
facebook.com
Bus from Nairobi to Arusha
Ave. Duration
4h 23m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
facebook.com
Dar Express Co. Ltd
Phone
+255 (22) 2860230
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam
Ave. Duration
15h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26
Schedules at
facebook.com
Tahmeed Coach Ltd
Phone
0729356561
Website
tahmeedexpress.com
Bus from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam
Ave. Duration
16h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30
Schedules at
tahmeedexpress.com
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
5 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $100
Schedules at
azammarine.com
Economy
$35
Business
$40
VIP
$60
Royal
$100

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