Moshi, a picturesque town nestled on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania, is a destination worth exploring. If you’re planning a visit, here’s a detailed guide on how to get there:
The Best Route: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
The most convenient way to reach Moshi is by flying into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Airlines like KLM/Kenya Airways, Ethiopian, and Condor operate here. Once you land at JRO Airport, we offer a private transfer to Moshi for $50 one way.
While tickets to Kilimanjaro Airport might be a bit pricier compared to flights to Nairobi or Dar es Salaam, it’s a cost-effective choice considering the time saved on bus travel, domestic flight expenses, Kenyan visa costs (if flying to Nairobi), and the potential savings of avoiding two hotel nights in Nairobi or Dar es Salaam.
Arrive Early for Your Trek or Safari – It’s a good idea to arrive at least one day prior to your Kilimanjaro trek or safari departure. This buffer day allows you to settle in and acclimate to the new environment.
Other Airports and Travel Options
1. Dar es Salaam (DAR): Buses between Dar es Salaam and Moshi are priced at approximately $50 per person for a one-way trip, taking around 8 hours. Morning departures are available. Alternatively, domestic flights take around 1 hour, costing about $240 one way. Secure hotel options in Dar es Salaam range from $70 to $150 for a double room. We’re here to assist you with hotel bookings and transportation to/from Dar es Salaam.
2. Nairobi (NBO): For traveling between Nairobi and Moshi, flight options are available through Kenya Airways and Precision Airways. These flights can be easily booked online.
The “Riverside” bus shuttle connects Nairobi and Moshi, charging $40 per person each way for a journey of about six hours. The shuttle departs Nairobi at 8 am daily. Arrive 30 minutes early for luggage loading. The shuttle halts at the Tanzanian border for immigration and customs checks; a visa is required to enter Tanzania. Although the route might be a bit bumpy due to ongoing construction, it offers an authentic African experience. The shuttle also stops in Arusha for a shuttle switch and lunch. Feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks for the ride.
Additionally, a private car option is available from Nairobi to Moshi. This car accommodates 7-8 people, or you can choose a mini-bus for 20-25 passengers. You decide the pickup time and location, and we handle the transportation arrangements. The cost for a 7-8 person car is approximately $500 one way.
3. Mombasa (MBA): Flights to/from Mombasa are around $150.
4. Zanzibar (ZNZ): If your Tanzanian journey concludes in Zanzibar, you can find international flights to/from Zanzibar. Domestic flights between Zanzibar (ZNZ) and Kilimanjaro (JRO) are approximately $240 one way per person.
If your travels take you to Kenya, keep in mind that the visa costs are at least $50 per person.