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How to Get from Arusha Airport to Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro District is 180 km west of Arusha Airport in northern Tanzania. This region is known for its protected conservation area, which extends over vast stretches of grassland, bushland, highland and lowland forest. The area is home to the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the largest caldera in the world, and a large population of lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffalo.

The only way to get from Arusha Airport to Ngorongoro Crater is by taxi or private transfer. Indeed, the country’s rail network is still underdeveloped. The journey takes around 3 hours and booking a private transfer in advance is the best way to secure a guaranteed rate in an air-conditioned, modern vehicle. 

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How to get from Arusha Airport to Ngorongoro Crater by taxi

For a long journey such as this one, arranging your transfer in advance from Arusha Airport is strongly recommended instead of relying on regular Arusha Airport taxis. Choose a reputable taxi company specialising in the region, with a fleet of modern vehicles, so your transfer is as comfortable as possible. By pre-booking a taxi, you can be sure that a professional driver will be waiting for you when you arrive, ready to drive you to Ngorongoro Crater.

Arrange your transfer from Arusha Airport in less than 60 seconds with Welcome Pickups, and travel comfortably and seamlessly to Ngorongoro Crater.

How much is a taxi from Arusha Airport to Ngorongoro Crater?

The Ngorongoro Crater is a popular natural attraction. Several companies offer private transfers from Arusha Airport. Prices are not fixed and vary from company to company, depending on the options offered.

Don’t hesitate to compare offers. Pay close attention to additional charges, such as child seats and the maximum number of people and luggage allowed. A taxi journey from Arusha Airport to Ngorongoro for three passengers costs around €185 (TZS 51,500).

With Welcome Pickups, you can pre-book your private transfer between Arusha Airport and Ngorongoro Crater. You benefit from a fixed and transparent rate with no extra fees.



Trip Duration

180 Min.

*Fares will vary unless booked in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis and private transfers are available 24/7.

Where do I get a taxi from?

Arusha Airport is small. If you book your taxi in advance, your driver will wait for you in the Arrivals Hall.


Taxis or private transfers are the only way to Ngorongoro Crater from Arusha Airport. Given the state of the roads and the journey’s length, booking in advance is particularly important for this journey to ensure you’re comfortable in a modern vehicle with air-conditioning. 

Editor’s Note

Though Tanzania’s official currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TSZ), US dollars are also widely used, and you can pay your taxi fare using this currency if you prefer.

Useful Tips

The park where the Ngorongoro Crater is located closes at 18:00. If you are not planning to stay overnight, take this schedule into account.
When booking your taxi, double-check the maximum number of people in the vehicle. Some cars are limited to 3 passengers.
Remember to take some water with you and possibly some snacks, given the length of the journey.

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If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Arusha. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

How can I get from Arusha Airport to Ngorongoro Crater?

To get from Arusha Airport to the Ngorongoro Crater, you must arrange a taxi or private transfer as it is the only mode of transport available. 

What is the distance from Arusha Airport to Ngorongoro Crater?

Arusha Airport is 180 km from the Ngorongoro Crater. The journey takes around 3 hours by car. One-third of the roads are tarmac, and the rest are gravel.

How much is a taxi from Arusha Airport to Ngorongoro Crater?

The cost of a taxi from Arusha Airport to the Ngorongoro Crater is flexible and varies from one taxi company to the other. On average, a standard vehicle carrying 3 passengers will cost around €185 (TZS 51,500).

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