Sleeping in Airports

Dar-es-Salaam Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Dar-es-Salaam Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

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.
  • 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.

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.

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, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Passes  Tanzanite Lounge – Location: Terminal 2, Airside. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info]

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. » Check Rates
  • Transit Motel Ukonga – (5 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available for a fee. » Check Rates

To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Dar es Salaam Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Dar-es-Salaam Airport. A reader tells us there was WiFi in the baggage claim and “probably” the rest of the airport.

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

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? 2 ATMs can be found Landside. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans.

Children’s Play Areas – Not available.

Currency Exchange – Yes

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free shopping is available. At the time of this update, we did not have information about more shops.

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.

Medical Services – The Airport Medical Unit provides medical services. Hours and Location: unknown.

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 [email protected]

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


As of November 2018, Dar-es-Salaam airport is served by the following airlines: Air Mozambique • Air Seychelles • Air Tanzania • Air Uganda • EgyptAir • Emirates • Ethiopian Airlines • Ewa Air • Fast Jet • Fly Dabei • Kenya Airway • KLM • Malawian Airlines • Oman Air • Precision Air • Qatar Airways • Rwand Air • South African Airways • Swiss • Turkish Airlines.



Bus stops are located within 1km of the airport terminals. Connections can be made to a variety places in Dar-es-Salaam.

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.

Last updated: 2018-11-20

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   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/update any items mentioned in the guide, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.