Zanzibar: Local Travel Info
Powdery white sands and crystal clear waters
Internal flights and major international airports
Zanzibar airport currently connects to all major East African airports. Arusha Airport Kilimanjaro Airport, Dar es Salaam Airport, Mombasa airport, and Nairobi Airport, all have flights to Zanzibar by airlines such as Air Tanzania, Air Uganda, Kenya Airways, Precision Air and South African Airlines. There are also a holiday charters such as Air Italy offering direct flights from destinations like Milan, Rome, Verona and Luxor or Condor Airlines from Frankfurt via Mombasa.
Getting to and from the airport
Getting to and from the airport is straight forward. Travellers can choose between a private taxi, minibus, or coach to pick them up from the Zanzibar airport and transport them and their luggage to their hotel or apartment in comfort. Zanzibar Taxi is listed on ‘infotaxi.org’, an internet taxi service that finds you a taxi anywhere in the world. The majority of the Hotels also have pick up and drop off service from and to the airport.
Transport between the airport and Zanzibar should be anywhere from €2 to €6.
It is fairly cheap to rent a car on Zanzibar, usually between €21 and €28 per day. You have to fill the tank yourself. Rent a Car facilities work in both Zanzibar and Pemba Islands offering car rental services to a variety of customers ranging from tourists, business companies, organizations, and institutions undertaking their daily activities in Zanzibar. They offer car hire services to all interested to drive or ride around Zanzibar Island to all tourist destinations within and outside Zanzibar town. Self drive and chauffer driven services are available Transfers direct from Zanzibar International Airport or Seaport direct to your hotel can also be arranged.
To book car rental in Zanzibar online, view our Car Hire section for Zanzibar . We offer Ok Alpha users the latest special offers and best rates available for car hire in Zanzibar . We advise you book your Zanzibar hire car in advance so you can pick it up and drop it off directly at the airport.
Drivers licenses requirements?
Driving in Zanzibar requires an International driver’s license. Alternatively a national driver’s license can be endorsed for an extra €7. Drivers must be over 23 years of age and under 70 years of age. The driver must also have a proper means of identification other than a driver's licence.
Rules of the road in Zanzibar
Driving on Zanzibar is reportedly a bit hectic as the roads are used by trucks, cars, daladala’s (open-bed utility trucks with benches), motorbikes, scooters, bicycles, donkey carts etc. etc. and everybody is overtaking everybody else at the same time and nobody seems keen to use their brakes. Also there are hardly any signposts around. But with a good map and some steel nerves you will get where you want eventually.
A bike is very handy to get around Zanzibar town and the surrounding area. Bikes can be hired from several different bike rental & tour companies. They are either sturdy steel Chinese-made models, or more modern looking (though almost as heavy) mountain bikes. Prices for Chinese bikes are about us€7 per day. Mountain bikes are us€11 per day. A deposit of around €38 may be required.
Three catamarans, and one Mono hull, speed boat for passengers and one cargo vessel, serve as Passenger and cargo ferry boats between mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar Island. Speedboats are also a common form of transport for both locals and tourists visiting Tanzania.
The air conditioned catamarans were built in Western Australia to international specifications to provide that best possible services for Tanzanian travelers, international tourists and businessman.
The entire fleet of vessels has up to date communication and navigation instrumentation along with stringent safety equipment on board. The crew is well trained and experienced.
Hitch hiking in Zanzibar is possible but the traffic can sometimes be light so patience is required. However, a combination of public transport, walking and hitching is sometimes the only way to travel and simply a matter of taking the first vehicle that will stop to give you a ride. Expect to pay a Euro or two for the lift.