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Dar-es-Salaam Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Dar-es-Salaam Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

We were not allowed inside the Airport lobby so we had to stay outside. Security is OK but you have to have a tireless fight with mosquitoes.  - rowlandmichael

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Julius Nyerere International Airport.

What to Expect

  • A small international airport with two terminals (Terminals II and III), and very limited shopping and dining options.
  • Some areas of the airport terminal are not air-conditioned, so dress in layers that can be removed if you get too warm.
  • Uncomfortable seating, and seemingly not enough for everyone at the airport.
  • One reviewer reported seeing cockroaches in the food display units at landside food concessions but not airside, so eat at your own risk.
  • Reviews are mixed on the cleanliness of the bathrooms, but be sure to use one before you disembark the plane or before you leave the airport. Traffic in Dar Es Salaam is terrible, so you don’t want to be stuck while having to go!
  • No WiFi, no flight display boards and barely any overhead announcements.

Where to Sleep

  • One of our reviewers slept in the airport without incident. The seats are uncomfortable but armrest-free. Although sleeping in the airport will invite curious stares, airport security will probably leave you alone.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Economy class passengers can pay to enter the airport’s first class lounge, and reviewers for this airport highly recommend it for its superior amenities. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Dar Es Salaam Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.

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Dar-es-Salaam Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door or purchasing a lounge pass. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

» Buy a Lounge Pass

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Airport WiFi / Internet

As of this update we were unable to confirm whether internet access is available outside of the Tanzanite Lounge. If you know, please email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.

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Airport Hotels

If attempting to sleep in the Dar es Salaam Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Transit Motel Airport - (5 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available for $5.00 USD each way. The Motel offers a day rate of $25.00 USD.
  • Transit Motel Ukonga - (5 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available for a fee.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • ATMs / Cash Machines - 2 ATM cash machines are available landside, none inside
  • Children's Play Areas - Not available.
  • Currency Exchange - Yes
  • Food & Drinks - At the time of this update there were no confirmed 24-hour food concessions. Food is available in the Departures Lounge. There is nothing available in the Arrivals area.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Not available.
  • Mobile Charging - At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, write a review or email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Showers - Not available.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Shared-Ride Shuttles

Travel like the locals do! Shared-ride minivans called “daladalas” run along the main road in front of the airport. Make sure the one you hire is heading to your destination before you hop in!


Fixed-rate taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area of the airport. Cheaper rates are available from taxis out on the main road in front of the airport, but for safety reasons, it is best not to attempt this at night.

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Last Updated: 27 October 2017

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning and is subject to change at any time. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please contact us .