Bus from Arusha to Dar
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Feb 3, 2013 7:43 PM Last Post By: johannestz
Feb 2, 2013 12:37 PM
Bus from Arusha to DarDear Fellow travellers, I would need to know whether there are buses in late morning from Arusha, around 11-12.
Thanks. In every single book and blog I only see a vague reference about an abundance of buses but mostly advising to take one early in the morning.
Best and many thanks
Feb 2, 2013 5:41 PM
1Just so I have the routing correct - you want to know about buses/coaches from Arusha to Dar es Salaam - departing around 11.00 am to 12.00 (midday). Correct??
It is my understanding that there are a number of buses departing between 6.15 am and 9.30 am (with both Kilimanjaro Express and Dar Express). I would expect that there will be buses around the time you are interested in - but maybe not every day. The one problem with this departure time is that you will be arriving at the Dar Bus Station ( Ubungo) around 7.30-9.00 PM depending upon weather and traffic. The Ubungo station is 8km west of the city centre and is often (if not always) chaotic and finding a reliable/licence taxi might be interesting. This is why the early morning departures are recommended. Hope this helps.
Feb 2, 2013 6:35 PM
2There are two late buses departing Arusha to Dar, one is from Dar Express around 10, and one from Sai-Baba Express around 10.30, maybe 11. I don't know exactly the departing time, because I see these two in Usa River around 11 and 11.30, so take half hour or more, depending on the traffic, then this should be the times in Arusha.
Feb 2, 2013 11:04 PM
Feb 3, 2013 1:51 AM
4Dze - with respect I am not sure that #3 was of any use; travelling from Arusha to Dar es Salaam at night is possibly the most risky road journey in all Africa - certainly within Tanzania. Its my understanding that more people are killed (in motor vehicle accidents) on this road (at night) than on any other road in TZ. Thus I could never recommend anyone travel from Arusha to Dar and Dar-Arusha if it involves night travel.
One other question - are Akamba still operating - there was a post (before the shut down) which said that they had ceased operation - but maybe that was only on a selected route (Mwanza to Nairobi).
Feb 3, 2013 6:12 AM
5And what I forgot, when you are in Arusha for few days before, you should also look to Fastjet. In Arusha you can book online and pay by Vodacom M-Pesa, which is almost every 100 mtrs, or go direct to the office. It is probably double the bus fare plus transport from airport in Dar downtown (I think they have also shuttle there), but much safer and faster. The bus ride is very boring, special between Segera and Chalinze, and reaching the outskirts of Dar it can be a long, long stop and go, until you are in Ubungo.
Feb 3, 2013 2:49 PM
6Many thanks. Do they ever cancel flights, at flightjet? It will be rainy season.
(If they do, I wonder whether there is a plan B, like a bus at night from Moshi; which is dangerous...)
Feb 3, 2013 2:49 PM
Feb 3, 2013 7:43 PM
8I never heard of cancelled flightsfrom them up to now. But every airline here has this problem, may it be Air Tanzania or Precision Air. So it is difficult to see the future. Last weekend was very heavy storm and rain around Boma N'gombe, which is between airport and Moshi. And this can also effect the bus service. To be on a very tight schedule in Tanzania is very risky. The price of Fastjet depends how long before you book. The closer you book to your flight date, the more expensive it's going. But the most expensive flight booked one day before around Christmas was 128,000 TZS, which is about 80 US or 65 EUR-
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