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, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Dar-es-Salaam Airport.

What to Expect

Dar-es-Salaam Airport 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 airport guide below for locations and access information.

Where to Sleep

We have no recent sleep-related reviews, but travellers do report feeling safe and that seating, though limited, is armrest-free . For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service for a fee. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info.

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.

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]

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.

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.

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 – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

The airport is open 24 hours.

As of February 2019, 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 Dubai • Kenya Airway • KLM • Malawian Airlines • Oman Air • Precision Air • Proflight • Qatar Airways • RwandAir • 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 available outside the airport, 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: 2019-02-28

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.