How To Travel By Bus From Arusha To Dar Es Salaam

The quickest and easiest way to​ travel from Arusha to​ Dar es Salaam is​ by air,​ though it​ is​ expensive and your time in​ Tanzania should not be ruled by time. Traveling by bus you​ are experiencing Tanzania,​ both its people and its landscape. the​ local transport is​ a​ cheaper alternative to​ flying but the​ cheapest of​ all is​ to​ travel by bus. This is​ never advised nor recommended by tour operators. it​ is​ said that local transport is​ too dangerous. This is​ true if​ you​ hop onto any old bus. However,​ your traveling need not be dangerous nor frightening,​ as​ there are some good and safe bus companies operating in​ Tanzania.

The most well known bus company is​ the​ Scandinavia Express. They operate probably the​ best,​ safest and most comfortable transport between the​ two cities. it​ is,​ of​ course,​ the​ most expensive private bus option – at​ about US$25 per person - and to​ book in​ advance is​ essential – your safari tour operator can do this for you. in​ Arusha,​ the​ ticket office and starting point for Scandinavia is​ at​ Kilembero Market,​ which is​ close to​ the​ Shoprite supermarket. Scandinavia has recently been in​ huge debt and has had some of​ their buses seized by the​ police which made the​ headlines in​ the​ East African newspapers. it​ has also made booking in​ advance essential,​ as​ the​ fleet has been depleted.

The ‘Dar Express’ bus service comes a​ close second to​ Scandinavia or​ maybe an​ equal first place. They have different classes of​ bus either budget or​ luxury; only the​ luxury is​ recommended. the​ booking Office – is​ situated close to​ the​ Kimahama Bookshop [about 500m up hill from the​ Arusha Stadium]. it​ is​ essential to​ state that you​ want the​ first class bus,​ which should cost about US$20 per person. Dar Express is,​ without any doubt,​ my favorite company and I recommend this company above all others. However,​ some of​ the​ coaches do not have a​ toilet,​ although this may prove a​ blessing,​ as​ traveling in​ the​ African heat,​ especially if​ you​ are sitting toward the​ rear of​ the​ bus,​ isn’t so much of​ a​ luxury after most passengers have taken advantage of​ such a​ service. Remember that the​ journey is​ a​ long one – about ten hours.

If you​ opt for the​ cheaper end of​ the​ market,​ most buses leave Arusha from the​ Bus Station close to​ the​ ‘Stadium’. Buffalo seem to​ be a​ favorite for tourists looking for a​ cheaper way to​ get to​ Dar es Salaam,​ as​ the​ traveling time is​ less on​ this service. Speed is​ not a​ good thing as​ most of​ the​ road you​ will travel is​ single carriageway. it​ is​ a​ winding,​ hilly road,​ and therefore slowly,​ slowly is​ the​ safe way to​ ensure a​ safe arrival in​ Dar es Salaam from Arusha.

If I were to​ recommend the​ cheaper coaches,​ I would say either Fresh Coach or​ Amazon Coach. I have used both and they travel at​ a​ less manic speed between the​ two cities. the​ ticket price must be negotiated and do not pay more than US$15 per person. the​ last of​ each of​ these coaches leaves Arusha Bus Station at​ 8 am sharp.

Tickets are usually sold by freelance workers in​ and around the​ bus terminal and as​ the​ commission is​ good – the​ more they charge the​ more pay they take home – competition is​ fierce. if​ you​ are a​ tourist,​ you​ will be targeted and you​ will be surrounded by enthusiastic ticket touts. This experience is​ not for the​ faint hearted. Hang onto your luggage,​ keep money,​ mobile phones and cameras safely tucked away [as you​ would as​ a​ tourist anywhere in​ the​ world] for pickpockets are rife.

Why the​ rush? Usually this is​ because as​ a​ safari finishes in​ the​ North of​ Tanzania the​ relaxation on​ the​ islands of​ Zanzibar is​ the​ next stage of​ the​ safari. the​ cheapest way to​ get there is​ by bus to​ Dar es Salaam and then the​ high speed ferry to​ the​ Spice Islands. a​ bus leaving Arusha may arrive in​ Dar between 2 pm and 4 pm. the​ dilemma is​ to​ get from the​ bus station to​ the​ ferry port for the​ last ferry to​ Zanzibar; which leaves the​ port at​ about 4.30pm.

If you​ want to​ leave Arusha and travel by bus to​ make the​ ferry crossing to​ Zanzibar in​ a​ single day,​ I would suggest you’re leaving Arusha about 6am to​ ensure you​ are in​ Dar es Salaam by 2pm. This gives you​ a​ good couple of​ hours to​ get from the​ Bus Station into town and to​ the​ ferry to​ buy your ticket.

The alternative is​ a​ stop over in​ Dar es Salaam. Dar is​ a​ great African city so why not spend the​ night and enjoy an​ experience that most people miss? There are some great beach hotels on​ the​ north coast. the​ south coast is​ more remote,​ wild and much less developed,​ this area has some fantastic hotels that cater for the​ budget market.
How To Travel By Bus From Arusha To Dar Es Salaam How To Travel By Bus From Arusha To Dar Es Salaam Reviewed by Henda Yesti on August 02, 2018 Rating: 5

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