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

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

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

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

1st Class Seats cost $75.-USD per seat/berth, this has a sleeping bunk in it, 4 of them per cabin, usually each cabin has just males or females in it, it is common for people to book the entire cabin.

The Tanzania & Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) runs trains between Kapiri Mposhi, Mbeya and Dar es Salaam, taking two nights.

The trains have sleeping-cars and a restaurant car, and the journey is a great adventure, see the travellers’ reports below.

The line is 1,860km long and was only opened in 1976, built with Chinese funding and assistance.

The timetable below came into force from 16 February 2016.

The Zambian Mukuba now permanently operates the express service, the Tanzanian Kilimanjaro now always operates the ordinary train, previously the two trainsets alternated on both services, so you never knew which set you’d get.

 Dar es Salaam ► Mbeya ► Kapiri Mposhi

km

 Classes:

Mukuba

Express train

1S, 2S, 2, 3, M or R

Kilimanjaro

Ordinary train

1S, 2S, 2, 3, R

0  Dar es Salaam depart 15:50  Friday 13:50   Tuesday
849  Mbeya arrive

depart

13:08   Saturday

13:23   Saturday

14:10   Wednesday

14:40   Wednesday

969  Tunduma (border) arrive

depart

17:02   Saturday

17:17   Saturday

18:38   Wednesday

18:53   Wednesday

970  Nakondé arrive

depart

16:22   Saturday

16:47   Saturday

17:58   Wednesday

18:18   Wednesday

1852  Kapiri Mposhi (New) arrive 09:26*  Sunday 13:37   Thursday

1S = 1st class 4-berth sleepers;

2S = 2nd class 6-berth sleepers; 2 = 2nd class seats;

3 = 3rd class seats;

M = meal at seat service;

R = Restaurant car.

Tazara Dar Mbeya

Ordinary train departs on Tuesdays and the new Express train departs on Fridays, there is no Thursday services no more.

Tickets have to be booked in advance and we can supply tickets either way from Dar es Salaam to Mbeya or the other way around from Mbeya to Dar es Salaam.

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.

This is a good 22 hours journey minimum.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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