Almost all of the buses depart from the Ubungo Main Bus Station 7 odd kilometers out of the city center, some of our buses though do depart from the city center.
This is a good 9 hours road trip, there are no bathrooms on board but the bus does stop at petrol stations along the way with very short fast bathroom breaks.
Apart from being close to 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.
Tanzania, Kenyan, Ugandan, Rwandan and Zambian buses easily cruise at over 150km an hour, a beast on the open road that can blow you away just passing by you at such speeds:0)
Modern buses with Wifi and electrical sockets in all seats.
Top of its class buses such as the Panther X-Tasy bus shown in pictures, seats 45 to 60 passengers.
You may also hire the whole bus for your group:0)
Buses from Arusha to Dar es Salaam or from Dar es Salaam to Arusha cost $50.- USD one way x 2 for return fare.
This is with luxury buses departing daily from 0500HRS and every half an hour after that up to approximately 1100HRS.
Tickets should be bought in advance and your full names are requested, please do contact us.
Bus travel is an inevitable part of the Tanzania experience for many travelers.
Prices are reasonable for the distances covered, and there’s often no other way to reach many destinations.
On major long-distance routes, there’s a choice of express and ordinary buses. Express buses make fewer stops, are less crowded and depart on schedule. Some have toilets and air-conditioning, and the nicest ones are called ‘luxury’ buses.
On secondary routes, the only option is ordinary buses, which are often packed to overflowing, stop often and run to a less rigorous schedule (and often not to any recognizable schedule at all).
For popular routes, book in advance.
You can sometimes get a place by arriving at the bus station an hour prior to departure.
Express buses have a compartment below for luggage.
Otherwise, stow your pack under your seat or at the front of the bus near the driver.
Prices are basically fixed, although overcharging happens. Most bus stations are chaotic, and at the ones in Arusha and other tourist areas you’ll be incessantly hounded by touts.
Buy your tickets at the us and not from the touts, and don’t believe anyone who tries to tell you there’s a luggage fee, unless you are carrying an excessively large pack.
For short stretches along main routes, express buses will drop you on request, though you’ll often need to pay the full fare to the next major destination.
Major lines along the Dar–Arusha route include Dar Express, Royal Coach and Kilimanjaro Express.
Please contact us for other Tanzania and neighboring Country Bus Schedules and Fares.