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The main airport in Dar es Salaam, Julius Nyerere International Airport is the biggest in Tanzania, and is also on course to become the largest in the whole of East Africa. Our Dar es Salaam Julius Nyerere International Airport guide provides useful information on airport facilities, public transport options and contact details.

Airport news:

In a joint venture between the Tanzanian government and China, the airport is currently being redeveloped and modernised, making it East Africa’s largest.


There is an information counter on the concourse of Terminal 2 (tel: 2228 44212) and a further one in Terminal 1 (tel: 2228 44095).



Transfer between terminals:

There are no shuttle services, but taxis are available to ferry passengers between the two terminals. Terminal 1 caters for general aviation and charter services, while Terminal 2 caters for international airlines, regional and scheduled flights.

Driving directions:

The airport access road is reached from Nyerere Road, formerly known as Pugu Road, which connects to central Dar es Salaam.

Public Transport

Public transport road:

Buses: City buses are easily accessed from Dar es Salaam Julius Nyerere International Airport, with stops located 500m (600 yards) from the terminal. Services run 24 hours, and the 30-minute (minimum) ride to the city centre costs around TZS 400. Many hotels have shuttle services for their guests.

Taxi: Airport taxis are available for hire to any destination in the city. Travellers are advised to negotiate a price before setting off, as taxis are not metered.

Terminal facilities


There are banks, ATMs and a bureau de change at the airport.


A post office is located on site.


There are three restaurants at Dar es Salaam Julius Nyerere International Airport, one in the public area, and two in Departures.


There are both duty-paid and duty-free shops within the terminals, as well as several gift shops and a pharmacy.


A lost and found desk is located in the arrivals lounge. Porters are available to assist with luggage.


Several travel agents operate at the airport.

Airport facilities

Conference and business:

There is a conference room normally used by airport stakeholders for hosting meetings, seminars and training. Call TAA (tel: 2228 42402/3) for further information. A business lounge and secretarial services are also available. Several hotels in central Dar es Salaam have conference and business facilities, including the Golden Tulip Hotel Dar es Salaam (tel: 2226 00288; www.goldentulipdaressalaam.com).

Disabled facilities:

Wheelchairs are available at Dar es Salaam Julius Nyerere International Airport. Services and information for disabled travellers are provided by the Ground Handling Company (tel: 2228 44611/9).

Car parking:

Free car parking is available in front of Terminal 1. Parking is charged at the busier Terminal 2.

Car rental:

Car hire is available from Tanzania Rent a Car and Avis at the airport (desks are in the Arrivals area). Alternatives can be arranged in town.

Airport hotels

There are no hotels at Dar es Salaam Julius Nyerere International Airport, but many hotels in Dar es Salaam have shuttles to/from the airport. Our Dar es Salaam Julius Nyerere International Airport guide includes the following hotel:

Transit Motel Airport

Type: Moderate

Offering basic accommodation five minutes’ drive from the airport, Transit Motel Airport is the closest accommodation to the terminals. Airport transfers are available on request.

Off Nyerere Road, Plot 4 Block D, P O Box 18083, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Telephone: +255 2228 42177.


Other airports in Tanzania

Kilimanjaro International Airport

Airport Code: JRO. Location: The airport is 50km (31 miles) from Arusha (journey time – 1 hour). Website: N/A. Public transport description: Shuttle bus services are provided by Air Tanzania to their offices in Arusha and Moshi or taxis are available.

Mwanza Airport

Airport Code: MWZ. Location: The airport is 10km (6.2 miles) from Mwanza (journey time 25 minutes). Website: N/A. Public transport description: Public minibuses and taxis are available at the airport.

Zanzibar Airport

Airport Code: ZNZ. Location: The airport is 4km (2.5 miles) from Stone Town (journey time 15 minutes). Website: N/A. Public transport description: Public minibuses and taxis are available for the short distance to Stone Town.

Contact Information

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Contacting us by telephone
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