How to Get From Dar Es Salaam to Nairobi

By Mark Wiens 17 Comments

Flying and taking a bus are the 2 main ways to get from Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania to Nairobi, Kenya.

Flights from Dar Es Salaam to Nairobi

Even though the distance is not great, flights which include a hefty tax can be quite expensive.

There are 3 main airlines that fly between the two cities frequently:

Bus From Dar Es Salaam to Nairobi

The much cheaper option for getting from Dar Es Salaam to Nairobi is by taking the bus.  Depending on the conditions of the bus and the conditions of the highway in both Tanzania and Kenya, the ride can either be a great experience, or a frustrating and very tiring experience.

There are 2 ways:

    1. Direct bus from Dar to Nairobi

    2. Bus from Dar to Arusha / Moshi and a seperate shuttle from Arusha / Moshi to Nairobi.

If you have the time, consider option number 2 by splitting the trip up and taking an overnight break in either Moshi or Arusha.

The best benefit of taking the bus is being able to see the beautiful country side of Tanzania with spectacular views of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro!

The best companies to research and get more information to take the bus from Dar to Nairobi are:

Kenya Tanzania Border Crossing

The main and reliable border crossing is in the town of Namanga. The bus will drop you off, you can purchase your Kenya / Tanzania visa at the border and then continue on.

Bus From Dar Es Salaam to Nairobi

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Note: I would highly recommend doing a little bus planning research once you have arrived in Tanzania / Kenya. Contact the company either by phone of even better in the office and ask them what exact option they can offer. A lot of the information varies and is constantly changing so it’s important to ask for the information directly from the company.

If you know any better options on traveling from Dar Es Salaam to Nairobi, I’d love to hear your input or comments!

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  • kabala

    5 years ago

    i am traveling to Nairobi using a bus from Lusaka/Zambia. i would at the end of my journey communicate to everyone what would be my experiences.

  • Lauryn

    5 years ago

    How much is from kenya to Tanzania??

  • Albeto

    6 years ago

    There are soapy buses nowadays which travels to and from Nairobi, I think the easiest method is through jipaconnections, it is an online bus service.

  • Aidil

    7 years ago

    And in addition how is the road?…koz it simz alot happens at nyt travel….and what cud be the cost frm nairobi-daresalaam

  • Aidil

    7 years ago

    Hi..i wanted to use a.a bus to travel from nairobi-daresalaam bt am nt sure if they do have that?

    • Mark Wiens

      7 years ago

      Hey Aidil, not exactly sure of the current situation, but yes it’s possible to take a bus. You might also try a flight on Precision Air.

    • John O.

      6 years ago

      Hi,
      You can travel fairly comfortably by Dar Express. It leaves at 06:00 am and arrives Dar after 20:00 pm. The re are taxis around the bus area along river road. It coast Ksh.3500 one way. The other bus is SAI BABA which is picked from the same place at River road and costs the same. Departs the same time and arrives about the same time in Dar Es Sallam.
      Regards,
      John

  • Tony kibagendi

    8 years ago

    Have used AA SHUTTLES from Nairobi to Moshi with my family it came to my notice they
    have very nice driver especially when we reached Namanga boarder the driver assisted
    us so fast to get our Tanzania Visa to me the bus fare was good compared to take the flight
    to kilimanjaro airport thanks AA PLEASE KEEP IT UP FOR THE GOOD WORK
    to read their departure programme log in http://www.aashuttles.com.

  • Bangashzee

    8 years ago

    Hi can any body tell me what’s the fare from nairobi till dar es salaam by bus.

    • John O.

      6 years ago

      Hi,
      You can travel fairly comfortably by Dar Express. It leaves at 06:00 am and arrives Dar after 20:00 pm. The re are taxis around the bus area along river road. It coast Ksh.3500 one way. The other bus is SAI BABA which is picked from the same place at River road and costs the same. Departs the same time and arrives about the same time in Dar Es Salaam.
      Regards,
      John

  • msafiri

    10 years ago

    Hi Mark, Stumbled onto your site and my wife and I are busy gobbling up the information on Nairobi. We are planning to travel from Dar to Nairobi via Dar Express and as we might be arriving quite late, I was wondering if you know where the Dar Express bus terminal is located in Nairobi and if there are any taxis directly from the bus?

    • Mark Wiens

      10 years ago

      Hey,

      Thanks so much for reading about Nairobi and checking out my website! Great to hear that you are planning to go to Tanzania and then on to Kenya. I don’t know exactly where their office is in Nairobi, I would think it is somewhere near River Road in downtown Nairobi.

      It’s always a toss up in Nairobi, some taxi’s will probably be waiting for the bus to arrive, but some of the taxis may not be legit. Try to ask a local (maybe even riding in your bus) how much the fare would cost from the terminal to the location you are staying in order to get a price range. After that I would just recommend using your own judgment to see if the taxi driver looks suitable.

      I wish you all the best for your trip! Thanks again for checking out my site.

  • Mark Wiens

    10 years ago

    @Rebecca: I’ve done it a couple times, leaving Dar / Nairobi at 6 am and arriving at about 6 pm. Sometimes I haven’t arrived until 10 pm or 11 pm. I’d say anywhere from 12 – 18 hours.

  • Rebecca

    10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing – how long is the bus ride between Dar and Nairobi? Well… I know you’re going to say that’s anyone’s guess, but a rough estimate? 😉