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

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Fly

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

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Bus, ferry

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

Bus, ferry via Nairobi

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

Nairobi (NBO) to Zanzibar (ZNZ) flights

24 Weekly Planes
1h 28m Average Duration
$184 Cheapest Price
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Advice

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Last updated: December 7 | Data sourced from: ACAPS, OXFORD

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Nairobi to Zanzibar City is to bus and ferry via Nairobi which costs $65 - $120 and takes 18h 57m.

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The fastest way to get from Nairobi to Zanzibar City is to fly which takes 1h 46m and costs $160 - $350.

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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 which takes 18h 32m and costs $60 - $120.

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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 57+ hotels available in Zanzibar City. Prices start at $100 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 $30 - $45.

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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 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $750
Precision Air
Website
precisionairtz.com
Flights from Nairobi to Zanzibar
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $750
Bus operators
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
Tahmeed Coach Ltd
Phone
0729356561
Website
tahmeedexpress.com
Bus from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam
Ave. Duration
16h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$33
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
4 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $80
Schedules at
azammarine.com
Economy
$35
Business
$40
VIP
$60
Royal
$80

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