Many airlines have flights to Dar es Salaam International Airport (See below). From the airport to Bagamoyo it is roughly 1 – 2 hours drive by car, depending on the time of day. Moyo Mmoja Guesthouse can arrange for a pick-up at the airport at a fixed price. Other means of transportation is regular Taxi (prices depends on negotiation), or regular daladala – local minibuses.
We can help arrange for transport from Dar es Salaam. We do not have our own car service but if given a notice well in advance we can help you to arrange transport from Dar airport, harbour or Ubungu bus terminal. The trip is secure, the driver knows where to go and the price is more or less the same as regular Taxi.
– Traveling around in Tanzania and to Zanzibar, see below.
The daladala are of course the cheapest option and you can get to Bagamoyo for US$ 2 – 3 in travel expenses, but it might take you several hours especially in rush hours. This way of traveling all the way to Bagamoyo is not advisable for others that the very well experienced traveler with time to spare and wide awake after the hours on the airplane. On the other hand traveling with the daladala to and from Bagamoyo and in Dar es Salaam after being «culturally acclimatised» is a good way to experience a part of real Tanzanian life up close. In Dar it is seldom any problems but be aware that the daladalas drive rather fast on the road to and from Bagamoyo and accidents from time to time do occur.
If deciding to travel this way you will have to walk out of the airport area to the main road and try to stop a small bus (daladala) going to city centre. The city centre is to the right when you have the airport at your back. Remember that they drive on the left side of the road in Tanzania, so you will have to cross the road. Look for people waiting for a bus and join them. You might as well try to ask about the buses to town. The daladalas are often already loaded with people going to town, so you might see some busses passing before you can get on to one. Mind your luggage – most likely they will throw it on the roof if it is possible or if you are lucky you will get it inside somewhere. Are you traveling light then this might work well.
Arriving Dar es Salaam with boat from Zanzibar? It is not far to walk to the bus stand at Posta (described above), but it can be wise to take a taxi for the 2-3 minutes it takes instead of walking around in the crowded down town area with your back-pack or suitcase, especially if you do not know the way. You can also negotiate a price for taxi straight to Makumbusho (described above). If deciding to take a taxi you will not need any assistance from the «hang-arounds» at the port. Instead go straight to the left outside the port houses and across the street where many taxis are waiting.
Arriving at Bagamoyo bus station («stendi«), get to the main road by the petrol station and the post office, turn right and walk up the small hill for a few minutes. Take the first dirt road to the left and walk another few minutes until you se the «Moyo Mmoja Guesthouse» sign. Its a bout 10 minutes walk from the bus station – or you can take a Pikipiki – motorbike taxi (about 500 – 1000 Tshs daytime), or a Bajaji – auto rickshaw/three-wheeler (about 1000-2000 Tshs).
To travel to other destinations in Tanzania from Bagamoyo, you will have to go back to Dar. Looking at the map you will see a road (it’s just a dirt road) going north from Bagamoyo intersecting with the main road going north in Msata. This is just a small place, a crossroad. You might be lucky to get on a bus going north if you arrive early in the morning. Most likely you will be stuck there.
Buses for all parts of Tanzania runs from Ubongo bus terminal in Dar es Salaam. Tickets have to be bought in the offices there or for some companies also in downtown Dar. It is advisable to buy tickets in advance. Most buses runs early in the morning. Riding the long distance buses after dark is not advisable if at all they run to your destination. It is recommended to travel with the first class coaches. They are most reliable and tend to drive slower (which is desirable). These include: Fresh Coach, Scandinavia Express, Dar Express, Kilimanjaro Express.
Boats to Zanzibar departs from the port close to downtown Dar es Salaam. The cheapest option is Flying Horse. This is the slow boat and takes about 4 hours from Dar to Zanzibar. It leaves Dar daily at noon, and returns from Zanzibar daily at 21.30 and arrives Dar early next morning after anchoring up outside mainland for the night. Non-residents have to buy the first class tickets and mattresses will be provided. Going with Flying Horse at least on the way to Zanzibar is a great experience since this is a larger boat with many people on board. Remember to take your sea sickness pill. The faster boats use approximately 1.5 hours and runs several times during the day. See e.g. www.zanzibar.cc for information.
Domestic flights: see e.g. www.flightstats.com for departure times and more.
Trains are going from Dar to Mbeya and continuing to Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia. From there you can change train and continue traveling in Zambia. Another line goes west to Kigoma with possibilities to change train for Mwanza in north by the Victora Lake. The Tanga Line takes you north to Tanga, Moshi and Arusha.
When taking the train in Tanzania, make sure to have plenty of time since extreme delays does occur quite often. Both on departure and even more along the line. Even so, it is well worth the ride since it is a great experience with amazing view and interesting people to meet. It is also and overall safer way to travel in Tanzania than by bus. Remember to book well in advance for first class tickets – at least two to three weeks.