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The Bukoba airport offers daily flights to and from Mwanza (US$72 one way) on Auric Air, and to and from Dar es Salaam (from Tsh360,000) via Mwanza (Tsh165,000) with Precision Air.


At the time of writing, the ferry service between Bukoba and Mwanza had stopped operating, and restarting it is taking some time. Hopefully the service will begin again in 2018.


All bus companies have ticket offices at or near the bus station. If you prefer to leave the haggling to an expert, the staff at Bukoba Tours can also buy tickets for you, for a US$3 fee.

Among the options are buses to the following:

Kampala, Uganda (Tsh20,000, six to eight hours) Two departures daily at 6am and 12.30pm. Visas can be issued at the border.

Kigoma (Tsh28,000, 13 to 14 hours) Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6am.

Mwanza (Tsh20,000, eight hours) Frequent departures between 6am and 12.30pm.