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Arusha

Getting there & away

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Land

Bus

The central bus station near the market is for buses to Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Nairobi, Mombasa and other points north and east. The Kilombero bus station, about 2km west of town along the Dodoma road, opposite Shoprite, has buses to Mwanza and other points west and south. Both, especially the central bus station, are chaotic and popular haunts for flycatchers (a local name for con artists that prey on gullible or newly arrived travellers looking for a cheap deal) and touts. Watch your luggage and don’t negotiate any safari deals at the stations.

Comfortable (but pricier) coaches to/from Dar es Salaam have their own offices. The main lines include the following:

Dar Express (0744 946155; Colonel Middleton Rd) Buses depart Arusha at 6am (luxury TSh14, 000) and 7.30am, 8.15am and 9am (ordinary TSh12, 000).

Royal Coach (250 7959, 0744 366121; Colonel Middleton Rd) Departures at 9am (TSh17, 000).

Scandinavian Express (250 0153; cnr Somali & Kituoni Rds) Departures at 7am (luxury TSh24, 000), 8.30am (ordinary/luxury TSh15, 000/24, 000) and 11am (luxury TSh24, 000). Scandinavian Express also goes to Mwanza via Nairobi and Musoma (TSh32, 000 plus US$20 for a Kenyan transit visa, 20 hours), departing Arusha about 3.30pm.

There are other lines serving Lushoto (Fasaha; TSh8000, six hours, daily at 6.30am); Mbeya (Hood; TSh27, 500, 16 hours, daily at 5.30am); and Tanga (Tashriff; TSh9000, seven hours, daily at 8.30 and 11.30am).

Buses and minibuses run throughout the day between Arusha and Moshi (about TSh1500, one hour). It’s more comfortable and safer to take one of the Arusha–Nairobi shuttles (TSh4000 between Moshi and Arusha).

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Air

There are daily flights to Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar (ZanAir, Coastal Aviation, Precision Air, Air Tanzania), Nairobi (Precision Air), Seronera and other airstrips in Serengeti National Park (Coastal Aviation, Air Excel, Regional Air). There are also daily flights to Mwanza (Precision Air), and Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks (Coastal Aviation, Air Excel, Regional Air). Verify whether departure is from Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) or Arusha airport when buying your ticket. International airlines flying into KIA include KLM and Ethiopian Air.

Airline offices include the following:

Air Excel (254 8429, 250 1597; reservations@airexcelonline.com; Goliondoi Rd)

Air Tanzania (250 3201/3; www.airtanzania.com; Boma Rd)

Coastal Aviation (250 0087; arusha@coastal.cc; Boma Rd)

Ethiopian Airlines (250 6167, 250 7512; tsm-a@ethair.co.tz; Boma Rd)

KLM (250 8062/3; reservations.arusha@klm.com; Boma Rd)

Precision Air (250 2818, 250 2836; www.precision

Also handles Kenya Airways bookings.

Regional Air (250 4477, 250 2541; www.airkenya.com; Nairobi Rd) West of the centre.

ZanAir (024-223 3670; www.zanair.com; Moshi Rd) In Bushbuck Safaris building.

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