How to Get To Kilimanjaro

The closest major cities to Kilimanjaro National Park are Arusha and Moshi. The closest international airport is Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) which is served daily by many airlines. Depending on where you are traveling from, you can usually fly direct to JRO via the Gulf (Qatar airlines, Emirates) or via Europe (KLM).

Alternatively, you can fly into Tanzania’s capital, Dar-Es-Salaam (DAR), for a short internal flight, or to Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International (NBO) airport for a connection to JRO (Kenya Airways, Precision Air).

It’s also possible to travel by road from Kenya. There are numerous bus and shuttle options to take you to Moshi or Arusha, though the roads can be quite rough at times; you might consider this if you’re feeling adventurous, trying to save money and have sufficient time.

 

International Flights to Kilimanjaro

Below we have listed airlines that fly directly to Kilimanjaro airport:

  • KLM: Direct flights from Amsterdam to Kilimanjaro airport
  • Condor Air : Direct flights from Frankfurt to Kilimanjaro airport
  • Turkish Airlines: Direct flights from Istanbul to Kilimanjaro airport
  • Kenya Airways: Direct flights from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro airport
  • Precision Air: Direct flights from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro airport
  • Qatar Airlines: Direct flights from Doha to Kilimanjaro airport
  • Ethiopian Airlines: Direct flights from Addis Ababa to Kilimanjaro airport
  • RwandAir: Direct flights from Kigali to Kilimanjaro airport

If you are unable find direct flights to Kilimanjaro airport, you can fly to Kilimanjaro airport via Dar Es Salaam or Nairobi (Kenya). Kilimanjaro is much closer to Nairobi than it is from Dar Es Salaam. Nairobi receives a lot more air traffic than Kilimanjaro Airport, making for more competitive prices.

Domestic flights within Tanzania

The following airlines offer domestic flights within Tanzania region:

  • Precision Air
  • Fly540
  • Regional Air
  • Fastjet
  • Zan Air
  • Coastal Aviation
  • Air Excel

Where do the Kilimanjaro Climbs Begin?

The Tanzanian towns of Moshi and Arusha are the main starting points for any Kilimanjaro adventure. Bustling with activity, most tour operators have their base in one of these towns, and there are plenty of good accommodation options, restaurants, shops, and markets. You can also read more about where is Mt Kilimanjaro

Moshi is closer to the international airport, about 40 minutes by road, where Arusha is around 90 minutes.

 

Other Considerations For Mt Kilimanjaro Travel

  • Check your Visa & Passport requirements well in advance of your booking, including any visa requirements for transit countries.
  • Make sure you are up to date with vaccinations, including Yellow Fever, particularly if you have a layover in a country at risk (eg. Kenya)
  • Arrive a couple of days ahead of your trek. This allows for any unexpected delays and gives you an opportunity to be properly rested before the start of your climb.

We arrange accommodation before and after your climb in one of our excellent options, so you’ll have a chance to rest and relax, and maximize your success and enjoyment on the mountain.

We’re here to help. We can help you plan your travel itinerary, book local options and any questions you’ve got!

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