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Kilimanjaro Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Kilimanjaro 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 had been warned about staying at the airport, but were pleasantly surprised. It was clean and safe. – a traveller

JRO Airport Overview

kilimanjaro airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Kilimanjaro Airport.

What to Expect

The small terminal at Kilimanjaro Airport (code: JRO) has been recently renovated. Parts of the terminal are open to the outdoors, so expect mosquitoes. Shops and eateries are located both inside and outside the terminal. Some reviews suggest waiting till close to your boarding time to pass through security, as the boarding area is small. Luckily, WiFi is free. For added comfort while you wait, economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Sleeping in Kilimanjaro Airport

We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews.  For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Some airport reviews and tips in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Kilimanjaro 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 sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Kilimanjaro Airport:

With Covid restrictions constantly changing, we recommend that you confirm shuttle availability prior to booking and/or prior to your arrival.

  • Kia Lodge – Free airport shuttle is available upon request and day rooms are available. » Check Rates
  • Airport Planet Lodge – Free airport shuttle is available.   » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Kilimanjaro Airport 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 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: Airside. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: Kilimanjaro Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free unlimited WiFi is available at Kilimanjaro Airport.

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

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available 24-hours a day. 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 Shops are available, as are a few bookshops, garment shops, curio shops and jewelry shops.

Food & Drink – At the time of writing, no 24-hour options are available. However, the airport does have a few restaurants inside and outside the passenger terminal.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Medical Care – First Aid and emergency medical care is provided at the AAR KIA Clinic. Hours: open 24 hours.

Mobile Charging – Power outlets are available for mobile charging.

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 – Not available.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airlines

Kilimanjaro airport is served by the following airlines: Air Kenya • Air Tanzania • Condor • Ethiopian Airlines • Fast Jet • flydubai • Kenya Airways • KLM • Precision Air • Qatar Airways • Rwandair • Safarilink • Turkish Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

A reader mentioned that a taxi to Moshi/Arusha will cost approximately $US 50.00 each way. As a cheaper alternative (if you are travelling light), they also mentioned a bus (dalla dalla) to the KIA Bus Stop and from there a moto taxi to the airport area, all for approximately TSH 5,000. If you are familiar with other modes of ground transportation available at this airport, click here to update this airport guide.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.

Last updated: 2022-03-06

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.