Tanzania information

Flights to Tanzania

International flight routes to Tanzania


We arrange the flights to Tanzania for most of our travellers, and have excellent flights rates. However, if you would prefer to arrange your own flights, or book with air-miles or the like, then feel free to do so. If you organise the flights, we are happy to just make your ground arrangements.

To Tanzania from Europe

There are only two direct routes from Europe to Tanzania: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines fly daily to Dar es Salaamand Kilimanjaro from Amsterdam; as do Turkish Airlines from Istanbul Ataturk International Airport.

Alternatively travellers from Europe can fly to the pivotal East Africa ‘hub’ of Nairobi. Then Kenya Airways connects at least daily to all of Tanzania’s gateway airports.

Options to Nairobi include British Airways from London Heathrow; Air France from Paris; Swiss Air from Zurich; Brussels Airlines from Brussels; Lufthansa from Frankfurt; and Kenya Airways from London Heathrow or Amsterdam. Overall, Kenya Airways is our travellers’ favourite, taking under nine hours overnight from London to Nairobi, which connects to arrive in Dar es Salaam at around 09:00.

If you’re flying into Dar es Salaam, then alternatively you can connect through Cairo with Egypt Air; via Dubai with Emirates; via Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways; via Addis Ababa with Ethiopian Airlines; via Muscat with Oman Air; or via Doha with Qatar Airways. Some of these airlines also have routes into Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar.

From North America

There are no direct flights from North America to Tanzania. Travellers have to either make two stops en route; or a single stop in Istanbul or Amsterdam. Turkish Airlines has direct flights from about 13 cities in North America to Istanbul, and then directly to Tanzania; similarly KLM links rather more North American destinations to Tanzania via Amsterdam. For example, the journey from New York to Dar es Salaam with KLM via Amsterdam takes about 21 hours; getting from Los Angeles currently takes only an hour or so longer, albeit with a tighter flight connection in Amsterdam.

Alternatively travellers from North America can fly directly to Johannesburg from Atlanta with Delta Air Lines, or from New York (JFK) or Washington-Dulles with South African Airways. Many travellers will then overnight near the airport in Johannesburg before continuing on the fairly short (3 hours 30 minutes) hop to Dar es Salaam with South African Airways.

From South America

The most direct route from South America to Tanzania uses South African Airways direct flight from São Paulo to Johannesburg, before connecting onto Dar es Salaam from there. This whole journey typically takes about 15 hours. Other alternatives are often less convenient, using hubs in Europe or the Middle East: key airlines include: Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates, KLM and Turkish Airlines.

From Asia

Kenya Airways has three direct flight links with Asia: with Bangkok, Hanoi and Mumbai – and then onward connections to all of Tanzania’s gateway airports. Alternatively, travellers from Asia will usually fly via a hub in the Middle East, probably using Emirates, Etihad Airways, Oman Air or Qatar Airways.

From Australasia

There are no direct flights from Australasia to Tanzania. A popular South African Airways flight links Perth to Dar es Salaam, via Johannesburg; the whole journey typically takes around 20 hours. Alternatively, the next best routes are probably via the Middle East using Emirates, Etihad Airways or Qatar Airways.

Flights to the rest of Africa

For more information on flights, please see our webpage on International flights to Africa.

Click on the links below to read specific information about flights to each of our other African destinations:

Flights to Botswana
Flights to Malawi
Flights to Mozambique
Flights to Namibia
Flights to Rwanda
Flights to Seychelles
Flights to South Africa
Flights to Zambia
Flights to Zanzibar
Flights to Zimbabwe