Getting around in Dar es Salaam can be confusing for visitors. Walking is a pleasant way to see the city, but pedestrians should be mindful of aggressive drivers, as the city has no sidewalks.
Minibus taxis (called dala-dala) and buses operate on a flat-fare basis, but travellers should be aware that these do not operate on regular schedules and are often dangerously overcrowded and are popular with pickpockets. Taxi apps include QTaxi and TanTaxi.
Taxis can be hailed from outside most hotels in Dar es Salaam, at a fixed fare, but in most other places it is customary to negotiate the fare in advance. Travellers wishing to hire a car should make sure they have a valid international driver's license, which must be endorsed by the police on arrival in the country. Travellers opting to drive themselves outside of the city should look into hiring a 4x4 or SUV and be aware that cattle and other pedestrians tend to ignore the rules of the road.
Dar es Salaam International
The airport is situated eight miles (13km) southwest of Dar es Salaam.
Dar es Salaam International (DAR)
LocationThe airport is situated eight miles (13km) southwest of Dar es Salaam.
Getting to the city
Most large hotels offer airport pick-up services and it is a good idea to arrange these when possible. Taxis are almost always available. It is also possible to rent a car.
TimeLocal time is GMT +3.
Car hire companies operate at the airport.
Taxis can be easily hailed from outside the terminal building but few of these have meters so it is best to negotiate a price first. The journey to the city can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic.
Transfer between terminals
Transferring between the terminals is not usually required but can be done on foot or by taxi.
The airport has a post office, ATMs, a bureau de change, restaurants, bars, duty-free shops, a business lounge, and a tourist help desk. Facilities are available for disabled travellers.
There is a car park at the airport.