Boat on the beach in Zanzibar
Dhow in Zanzibar

Zanzibar is one of the best places to visit in Tanzania, and is worth including on any travel itinerary. Flights from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar are among the best ways to get from the capital of the country to the famous islands.

Flights from Dar es Salaam are offered by Bankair, Coastal Aviation, Precision Air, and ZanAir. Some of these airlines offer charter flights, and others offer commercial flights. Additionally, some of them are low-cost airlines that offer cheap flights to Zanzibar.

All flights from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar take off from Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR), which is the large international airport in the capital. They land on Unguja island in Zanzibar. The airport there is called Kisauni Airport, or Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ). ZNZ airport is near Stone Town, which is the main city in the island archipelago.

The airlines that operate on this route vary in quality. Some are better known than others for having prompt departures and arrivals and for treating passengers well. As such, it is a good idea to choose wisely when flying to Zanzibar.

Precision Air has a reputation for overbooking its flights and rebooking passengers on later ones without notifying them in advance. Try to avoid flying with them if possible. Charter flights from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar are usually quite prompt and reliable, so traveling with a charter airline is a better bet.