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How to get from Zanzibar Airport to Nungwi

Located at Zanzibar Island’s northernmost tip and 67 km away from Zanzibar International Airport, Nungwi is one of the larger villages on the island. Known for its incredible beaches, it has become increasingly popular amongst tourists. As it grows in popularity, it is now a place where traditional and modern meet, making it a great holiday destination for all.

So, when travelling to the grand resorts of Nungwi, you will be landing at Zanzibar airport, also known as Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, and you have two transportation options; you can take a taxi or the local bus. Taxis and private transfers from Zanzibar airport to Nungwi are the only direct way, taking 1 hour 20 minutes. For a more adventurous and cost-savvy alternative, you can take Zanzibar’s famed local bus, a ‘dala dala’, from Stone Town to Nungwi.

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Comparison of the options

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Taxi €34.50 80min 24/7
Bus €2.10 150min 05:00–17:00

How to get from Zanzibar Airport to Nungwi by taxi

Taking a taxi or private transfer from Zanzibar airport to Nungwi is most certainly the safest and best way to get around. Taxis are not only inexpensive but they provide 24/7 door-to-door services, taking you to your Nungwi hotel in 1 hour 20 minutes.

How much is a taxi from Zanzibar airport to Nungwi?

All Zanzibar taxis are privately owned companies, offering set rate prices. The journey from Zanzibar airport to Nungwi should cost $35 (€34.50), depending on the taxi company you choose to travel with. However, if you prefer to travel with a trusted and well-known transfer company and get a guaranteed set rate, you canpre-book your Zanzibar transfer with Welcome Pickups.


$35 (€34.50)

Trip Duration

1 H 20 Min.

*Rates may vary unless booked in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Zanzibar International Airport.

Where do I get a taxi from?

Zanzibar International Airport’s official taxi ranks can be found just outside the arrivals hall.


Taking a taxi from Zanzibar airport to Nnungwi is undoubtedly the best way to get around the island. Not only are taxis the only safe, reliable and direct way to travel, but they are also comfortable, offer air-conditioned vehicles and operate 24/7.

Editor’s Note

Please note that all taxis in Zanzibar are independently owned, and most double up as tour guides. Ensure that you are travelling with an official taxi company.

Useful Tips

It is important to know that taxi prices can be displayed in US Dollars; you can pay with this currency, with Euros or Tanzanian Shillings.
Tipping your taxi driver in Zanzibar is uncommon, but it is always highly appreciated. You can round up your end fare to the higher amount.
Taxis in Zanzibar mainly offer set rate fares, although you can haggle your price if you feel the need to.

How to get from Zanzibar International Airport to Nungwi by bus

For real travel adventurers (and a more cost-savvy option), you can take the local bus, also known as a dala dala. There is no direct option from Zanzibar airport to Nungwi; you will first have to make your way to Stone Town – taking 30 minutes. Here, you can get the dala dala No. 116 to Nungwi which takes 1 hour 30 minutes.

How much is a ticket on a dala dala from Zanzibar airport to Nungwi?

As you must make your way from Zanzibar International Airport to Stone Town, you need to purchase a first ticket which costs $0.15 (€0.15). From here, you can get your second dala dala to Nungwi, which costs $0.90 (€0.90) – adding up to a total of $1.05 (€1.05) for your journey.


$1.05 (€1.05)

Trip Duration

2 H 30 Min.

Dala dala's don't follow any schedule, you will have to wait at the stop.

Value for Money

Dala dala shuttles are available from 05:00 to 17:00.

Where do I get the bus from?

From Zanzibar airport to Stone Town: You can find the Dala Dala buses outside ZNZ’s main terminal building. You can then find the buses heading to Nungwi at the Darajani market.


Although being a much cheaper travel option taking a dala dala is a very adventurous choice and not suited to everyone. Vehicle space is very cramped, and suitcase storage is not provided. Also, you will have to make your way to Stone Town before getting a bus to Nungwi, which can be tedious, especially after a long flight.

Editor’s Note

Dala dalas are best suited to backpackers, as the buses don't have storage; you must put your bags on your lap or on the roof. Moreover, the price per bag is $0.20 (€0.20).

Useful Tips

Never pay for a dala dala trip beforehand - you should always pay in the vehicle, upon boarding.
Please note that there are no set times for dala dalas - you will have to wait for one and then wait for the bus to fill up before the driver leaves.
If you are lucky enough to choose your seat - head for the seat at the front by the window if you want a more comfortable ride.

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Frequently asked questions

What’s the distance from Zanzibar Airport to Nungwi?

Zanzibar International Airport is located 67.30 km away from Nungwi; it takes around 1 hour and 20 minutes to reach by taxi or a private transfer.

What is the average taxi price from Zanzibar airport to Nungwi?

Taxis in Zanzibar are privately owned and offer set rates. The average price for a taxi transfer from Zanzibar airport to Nungwi is around $35 (€34.50), depending on the taxi company you choose.

Is there a shuttle bus from Zanzibar Airport to Nungwi?

There are no official shuttle buses from Zanzibar airport to Nungwi. However, you can take a local bus called a dala dala, or pre-book a convenient private transfer with Welcome Pickups.

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