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TAZARA RELEASE NEW TRAIN SCHEDULES

TAZARA RELEASE NEW TRAIN SCHEDULES

TAZARA RELEASE NEW TRAIN SCHEDULES for interstate passenger trains known by the names Mukuba and Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam Tanzania to Kapiri Mposhi Zambia.

TAZARA RELEASE NEW TRAIN SCHEDULES

TAZARA RELEASE NEW TRAIN SCHEDULES

Dar es Salaam, Thursday 4 February 2016 –

In order to incorporate the newly acquired passenger coaches in the system and further streamline our passenger train operations, the timetables for the through interstate passenger trains, known by the names Mukuba and Kilimanjaro, have been adjusted with effect from 16th February 2016 as follows:

The Mukuba Passenger Train, which used to run as Express Train from New Kapiri-Mposhi every Tuesday and as Ordinary Train from Dar es Salaam every Friday, will now be running as MUKUBA EXPRESS TRAIN departing from New Kapiri-Mposhi every Tuesday and then departing from Dar es Salaam every Friday.

The change is that the Mukuba Express Train will run both ways as EXPRESS TRAIN and will follow the current Express Passenger Train running times.

The Kilimanjaro Passenger Train, which used to run as Express Train from Dar es Salaam every Tuesday and as Ordinary Train from New Kapiri-Mposhi every Friday, will now be running as KILIMANJARO ORDINARY TRAIN departing from Dar es Salaam every Tuesday and then departing from New Kapiri-Mposhi every Friday.

The change is that the Kilimanjaro Ordinary Train will run both ways as ORDINARY TRAIN and will follow the current Ordinary Passenger Train running times.

TAZARA RELEASE NEW TRAIN SCHEDULES

In summary, the new Passenger Train Departures from the terminal stations are as follows:

TRAIN NAME                    DEPARTING STATION                    DAY TIME
Mukuba Express               New Kapiri-Mposhi                          Tuesday 16:00
Kilimanjaro Ordinary        Dar es Salaam                                  Tuesday 13:50
Mukuba Express                Dar es Salaam                                  Friday 15:50
Kilimanjaro Ordinary        New Kapiri-Mposhi                         Friday 14:00

TAZARA RELEASE NEW TRAIN SCHEDULES

This new interstate passenger train schedule supersedes all other schedules.
Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority

Train Tickets Dar es Salaam to Zambia Kapiri Mposhi $100.- USD

Train Tickets Dar es Salaam to Mbeya $75.- USD per seat one way

Tazara Train Tickets Dar es Salaam to Makambako 1st Class $40.- USD

TAZARA RELEASE NEW TRAIN SCHEDULES

Tazara Railway Fares New Weekly Schedules Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

Tazara Railway Fares

Tazara Train Fares

Tazara Train Fares

New Weekly Schedules Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

Tazara Railway has introduced a new schedule with an extra Express Train departing Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia on every Thursday, apart from Tuesdays and Fridays.

Tazara Railway Fares

Tazara Train Fares

Tazara Train Fares

A great way to get from Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania to Lusaka in Zambia (or vice-versa) is by train on the Tazara Railway.

Tazara Train Fares

Tazara Train Fares

Like many forms of transport in Africa, there is very little information online about the journey and the experience.

Here is a short video to help anyone thinking of travelling with the train to make their decision.

If you are one of those people, then we really recommend you do, it’s a fantastic, unique experience and an amazing way to see Tanzania and Zambia!

We hope you enjoy the video and more importantly, have a great journey on the train!

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We also provide accommodation in Dar es Salaam at the KianGO House and at Ocean Sea View Roof Gardens close to all main train departure and arrival offices and stations.

Apart from being close to the train station the harbor and the airport, these accommodation listings also offer in house taxi services to and from airports, train stations, sea ports and bus stations.

Tazara Railway Fares

Tazara Railway Fares

Tazara Railway Fares

Tanzania Train Ticket Fares Dar es Salaam to Mwanza

Tanzania Train Ticket Fares Dar es Salaam to Kigoma

Tanzania Train Ticket Fares Dar es Salaam to Kigoma

You may secure your Tanzania Train Tickets with us online.

Tanzania Train Ticket Fares Dar es Salaam to Kigoma

Fares… One way per person…

Dar es Salaam to Kigoma

$75.- USD 1st class sleeper
$55.- USD 2nd class sleeper

$35.- USD 3rd class seat.

Dar es Salaam to Mwanza

$75.- USD 1st class sleeper
$55.- USD 2nd class sleeper
$35.- USD 3rd class seat.

Tanzania Train Ticket Fares Dar es Salaam to Kigoma

By train:
 
The Dar-Kigoma train takes 48 hours, and passes through Dodoma and Tabora.
The schedule varies, but should be twice a week, arriving and departing from Kigoma every Thursday and Sunday.
Dar es Salaam to Kigoma
Dar es Salaam * depart 17:00  Tuesdays & Fridays
Dodoma 08:10           Wednesdays & Saturdays
Tabora arrive 18:25    Wednesdays & Saturdays
Tabora depart 20:10   Wednesdays & Saturdays
Kigoma arrive 07:25   Thursdays & Sundays

Tanzania Train Ticket Fares Dar es Salaam to Kigoma

Kigoma / Mwanza ► Dar es Salaam

Mwanza depart  18:00 Thursdays & Sundays

Kigoma departs  17:00 Thursdays & Sundays

Tabora arrive 04:30 Fridays & Mondays

Tabora depart  07:25 Fridays & Mondays

Dodoma   18:40 Fridays & Mondays

Dar es Salaam * arrive  08:50 Saturdays & Tuesdays

Tanzania Train Ticket Fares Dar es Salaam to Kigoma

Dar es Salaam-Kigoma/Mwanza by Tanzania Railways.

Dar es Salaam Tanzania Railways station is about 8 km (5 miles) from the Dar es Salaam Tazara station.

1st class consists of 2-berth sleepers; 2nd class converts to 6-berth sleeper compartments for overnight use; 3rd class is basic seating.

Change at Tabora for Mpanda. A train departs Tabora on Wednesdays & Saturdays at 21:00 arriving Mpanda 10:30 next day.

A train leaves Mpanda on Thursdays & Sundays at 13:00 arriving Tabora at 02:45 next day, connecting with the train to Dar es Salaam.

Tanzania Railways Corporation Dar es Salaam-Kigoma/Mwanza,

www.trctz.com.

Tanzania Train Ticket Fares Dar es Salaam to Kigoma
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Tanzania Trains Tazara Railways Tickets and Info to Zambia and Mbeya

Tanzania Trains Tazara Railways Tickets and Info to Zambia and Mbeya

Tanzania Trains Tazara Railways Tickets and Info to Zambia and Mbeya

We wish we could say that train travel was a classic Tanzania experience, watching the landscapes roll by and getting a snapshot of local life, but the country’s rail lines are so under-maintained these days, and so often beset by delays and breakdowns, that it would be too much of a stretch – but if you get lucky, you’re likely to enjoy the ride.

Once planned privatization and upgrading programs are implemented, the situation is bound to improve.

The Tanzania – Zambia train service, known as TAZARA, operates trains three times a week between New Kapiri Mposhi, Zambia, and Dar es Salaam, leaving from Dar es Salaam on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

A domestic railroad network links the country’s major cities, including Kigoma, Mwanza, Dodoma, Tabora, and Dar es Salaam.

The domestic train service is usually unreliable, and ticket prices are affordable.

Ticket prices differ, however, according to ‘class’, typically first, second, and third.

First and second classes offer cabins with two and four beds, respectively.

Third class is open seating.

Hot meals and beverages are usually available from the dining car.

It is not uncommon for the train kitchen to purchase fresh produce at many of the stopping points along the way.

It is also possible to purchase fruit and snacks directly from local vendors who frequent the many train stations on each of Tanzania’s many train routes.

Train Tickets have to be booked in advance and we can supply tickets either way from Dar es Salaam to Kapiri Mposhi just outside Lusaka or the other way around from Zambia Kapiri Mposhi to Dar es Salaam.

Tanzania Trains Tazara Railways Tickets and Info to Zambia and Mbeya

Tanzania Trains Tazara Railways Tickets and Info to Zambia and Mbeya

Please be warned, the train is notoriously unreliable especially from south to north and can be 15 hours late getting into its destination.

It is a two day journey in any case, through the Selous National Reserve and we recommend you have enough time on your hands when deciding to use this form of transportation.

Tanzania Trains Tazara Railways Tickets and Info to Zambia and Mbeya

Tanzania Trains Tazara Railways Tickets and Info to Zambia and Mbeya

TAZARA covers a distance of 1,860km between Dar es Salaam and New Kapiri Mposhi stations, negotiating its way through many amazing topographic features and monuments, including game parks, thick jungles, mountains and steep valleys.

From what I hear quite a few construction workers including the Chinese got eaten by lions during construction.

Tanzania Trains Tazara Railways Tickets and Info to Zambia and Mbeya

Tanzania Trains Tazara Railways Tickets and Info to Zambia and Mbeya

From a low altitude of 14.06m above sea level at Kurasini Station, the line rises steeply to 500m at Mlimba and further up to a peak of 1789.43m at Uyole Station (the highest point of TAZARA) in Mbeya before cascading down to 1660m above sea level at Mwenzo (the highest point in Zambia) and runs at a relatively steady level up to New Kapiri-Mposhi where it settles at 1274.63m above sea level.

Tanzania Trains Tazara Railways Tickets and Info to Zambia and Mbeya

Tanzania Trains Tazara Railways Tickets and Info to Zambia and Mbeya

Tanzania Train Passenger Services
Mandated to provide the most efficient, effective and reliable mode of transport in the two partner states, TAZARA runs three types of passenger trains, i.e. Express, Ordinary and Special Trains.

Apart from conveying people, passenger trains also transport parcels and luggage using the parcel vans attached to the passenger trains.

Each parcel van can carry up to 15.7 metric tons of parcels and, depending on the demand, one or more vans can be attached to the train at a time.

Attached to each train are dining cars in which professional caterers serve international cuisines at very reasonable prices.

Tanzania Trains Tazara Railways Tickets and Info to Zambia and Mbeya

Tanzania Trains Tazara Railways Tickets and Info to Zambia and Mbeya

Tanzania Train Express Trains
TAZARA operates one pair of cross-border express passenger trains every Tuesday between Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and New Kapiri-Mposhi in Zambia, and vice-versa.

The express trains are known as the Kilimanjaro Express and Mukuba Express. It takes approximately 46 hours to travel between Dar es Salaam and New Kapiri Mposhi.

Passengers have the rare treat of viewing a variety of game along the way.

When traversing the mountainsides, passing though the tunnels, crossing rivers and gorges, passengers have a chance to appreciate the awesome and inspirational engineering works of the Chinese, who constructed the railway between 1970 and 1975. Express trains are recommended for international travelers.

Tanzania Trains Tazara Railways Tickets and Info to Zambia and Mbeya

Tanzania Trains Tazara Railways Tickets and Info to Zambia and Mbeya

Tanzania Train Ordinary Trains
A pair of Ordinary Passenger Trains, on the other hand, runs in each direction every Friday.

The ordinary trains stop at every serviceable railway station in the respective regions of Tanzania and Zambia.

Tanzania Trains Tazara Railways Tickets and Info to Zambia and Mbeya

Tanzania Trains Tazara Railways Tickets and Info to Zambia and Mbeya

Tanzania Train Commuter Trains
On 29th October 2012, TAZARA introduced Commuter Train Services in Tanzania’s port city of Dar es Salaam, covering a distance of 30km from Dar es Salaam main station to Mwakanga, on the outskirts of the city.

The Commuter Train Service was introduced at the request of the Tanzanian government, keen to ease the transport challenges in the city, especially during peak hours.

The government financed the initial costs of refurbishing the dilapidated coaches and locomotives to put them back into service having been discarded for years.

The Commuter Trains utilize TAZARA’s main track, transporting some 9,000 passengers every day, except weekends and public holidays when the service is not available.

TAZARA’s passenger train services are on very high demand.

TAZARA also happens to have very limited equipment available at the moment and, therefore, the number of trains currently in service is also limited.

Those factors imply that the passenger trains are usually fully booked, sometimes as much as two weeks before the travel date.

Therefore, it is important that you plan your journey with TAZARA long before your travel date.

Give it at least a month of advance planning. Book your seat or sleeping berth at least two weeks in advance.

Tanzania Trains Tazara Railways Tickets and Info to Zambia and Mbeya

Tanzania Trains Tazara Railways Tickets and Info to Zambia and Mbeya

Remember that you will need to purchase your ticket either a few days before the journey or on the actual day of travel.

Therefore, you need to choose the most convenient booking office, from where you will also buy your ticket.

If you have not bought your ticket in advance, but have made an advance booking, you need to arrive at the station earlier, say an hour or two before the Expected Departure Time (EDT).

In terms of getting to the station where you intend to board from, it is advisable that you ensure that you get on the earliest bus that would deliver you to that station at least two hours before the indicated EDT.

Tanzania Trains Tazara Railways Tickets and Info to Zambia and Mbeya

Tanzania Trains Tazara Railways Tickets and Info to Zambia and Mbeya

 

Our experience is that many passengers make mistakes by using public buses that depart late or delay along the way and end up reaching the boarding station too late and find the train has already left.

 

You have no control over public transport; neither does TAZARA have that control.

 

Therefore, play it safe. Look for the earliest and fastest means of transportation to get you to the boarding station.

Book your seat or sleeping berth at least two weeks in advance.

Tanzania Trains Tazara Railways Tickets and Info to Zambia and Mbeya

Tanzania Trains Tazara Railways Tickets and Info to Zambia and Mbeya

You booked in advance and acquired your ticket in good time. Now you are on Board.

Rest assured that travelling by train between Tanzania and Zambia is comparatively the safest mode of transport you can ever come across.

It is also the most interesting and relaxing mode of transport. Read books and relax. Make friends and chat. Walk around and stretch your legs. Enjoy refreshments and watch movies.

Dine and wine if you like. Enjoy the scenery, watch the wildlife and occasionally take a stroll and feel the freshness of Africa when the train stops. It is all part of the package.

Tanzania Trains Tazara Railways Tickets and Info to Zambia and Mbeya

Tanzania Trains Tazara Railways Tickets and Info to Zambia and Mbeya

However, whereas TAZARA ensures the highest safety standards in all train operations, passengers on board are urged to complement these efforts by abiding to the following precautions: No doors must be opened whilst the train is in motion.

Passengers must wait until the train has come to a complete stop before opening the exit doors.

Similarly, passengers must not jump onto or disembark from the train whilst it is still in motion. Excessive drinking of alcohol on the train is dangerous. Drunkenness impairs judgment and affects movements, which is not safe on the train.

Sticking out the head or limbs through windows could be dangerous due to jerking and abrupt stoppages of trains. It is not advisable to drink piped water.

Whilst every care is taken to fill the tanks on the train with clean water, its cleanliness cannot be guaranteed. It is therefore advisable that tap water is only used for washing and not drinking. Passengers are advised to drink bottled mineral water which is available for sale on the trains at all times.

Do not leave your compartment open and luggage unattended to at any time. Play it safe. Have the compartment locked by the train attendants whenever you leave your compartment.

Tanzania Trains Tazara Railways Tickets and Info to Zambia and Mbeya

Tanzania Trains Tazara Railways Tickets and Info to Zambia and Mbeya

Tanzania Trains Tazara Railways Tickets and Info to Zambia and Mbeya

TAZARA covers a distance of 1,860km between Dar es Salaam and New Kapiri Mposhi stations, negotiating its way through many amazing topographic features and monuments, including game parks, thick jungles, mountains and steep valleys.

From a low altitude of 14.06m above sea level at Kurasini Station, the line rises steeply to 500m at Mlimba and further up to a peak of 1789.43m at Uyole Station (the highest point of TAZARA) in Mbeya before cascading down to 1660m above sea level at Mwenzo (the highest point in Zambia) and runs at a relatively steady level up to New Kapiri-Mposhi where it settles at 1274.63m above sea level.

Tanzania Trains Tazara Railways Tickets and Info to Zambia and Mbeya

Tanzania Trains Tickets

Train Tickets Dar es Salaam to Mbeya $75.- USD per seat one way 

Train Tickets Dar es Salaam to Zambia Kapiri Mposhi $100.- USD per seat one way