How to Get From Dar Es Salaam to Nairobi

By Mark Wiens 10 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

photo credit JMHan


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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!

10 comments. I'd love to hear from you!

  • kabala

    8 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

    8 years ago

    How much is from kenya to Tanzania??

  • Albeto

    9 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

    10 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

    10 years ago

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

    • John O.

      9 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

  • Bangashzee

    11 years ago

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

    • John O.

      9 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

    13 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?

  • Rebecca

    13 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? 😉