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

DAR Airport Overview

dar es salaam airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Dar es Salaam Julius Nyerere International Airport.

What to Expect

Dar es Salaam Airport (Code: DAR) has 3 terminals: Terminal 1 (primarily charter and private flights), Terminal 2 (domestic flights) and a recently completed Terminal 3 (international flights).

Travellers have encountered a range of issues here, including dirty bathrooms, poor air conditioning, long security processes (arrive early), uncomfortable seating, and even a cockroach at a landside eatery – so dine at your own risk. Facilities include a few basic eateries and some duty-free shops, though none are open 24 hours. Free WiFi is available in most areas. Economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge, which several reviewers say is worth it. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and access information.

Sleeping in Dar es Salaam Airport

We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews, but general travellers do report feeling safe and that seating, though limited, is armrest-free.  Have a backup plan if you’re planning to spend the night.  For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service for a fee. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Dar es Salaam Airport Guide.

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.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

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 Ukonga – (Distance: 5 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available for a fee. » Check Rates
  • Transit Motel Airport – (Distance: 15 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

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 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. 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!

Tanzanite Lounge – Location: Terminal 2, Airside. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door.

Passes CIP Lounge – Location: Terminal 3, Airside.  International and transit flights only.  Hours: open 24 hours.  Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass.

Twiga Business Lounge – Location: Terminal 3, Airside.  International and transit flights only.  Hours: open 24 hours.

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.

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 – A reader tells us “In terminal 3, on the first floor you can find plugs for mobile charging in the gates area.”

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – A reader tells us there are free showers in the new terminal, on the 1st floor behind the Bistro Bar. Hours: open 24 hours. (Cubalibre84 / January 2020)

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airlines

Dar es Salaam airport is served by the following airlines: Air Mozambique • Air Seychelles • Air Tanzania • Air Uganda • EgyptairEmirates • Ethiopian Airlines • Ewa Air • Fast Jet • Fly Dubai • Kenya Airway • KLM • Malawian Airlines • Oman Air • Precision Air • Proflight • Qatar Airways • RwandAir • South African Airways • Swiss • Turkish Airlines.

Transportation

Bus

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!

Taxis

Fixed-rate taxis are available outside the terminal, in the ground transportation area, and can be identified by their green ribbons and TAA logo. 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: 2021-10-20

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: update the airport guide or  write a review.