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How to Catch Flights to Zanzibar Tanzania From London

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Written by Abraham Odhiambo

Tourists worldwide catch flights to Zanzibar Tanzania to enjoy the intriguing history, idyllic beaches and unique blend of cultural diversity.

Zanzibar is a perfect destination for international tourists who want to enjoy the view of crystal clear turquoise waters and miles of powder-white sandy beaches. 

However, travellers from London cannot fly directly to the beautiful island. 

There are currently no direct flights to Zanzibar Tanzania, from London. But there are several options via other international airports the travellers can use to visit the archipelago of islands.

1. From London Heathrow to Doha to Zanzibar 

You can depart London Heathrow in the evening and fly to Doha. From Doha, you will catch a direct flight to Zanzibar Tanzania, and by 1420 hours, you will be in the archipelago of islands.

Zanzibar Airport

Zanzibar International Airport. Photo/ Hi Fly.

Qatar Airways works particularly well when you want to fly from London to Zanzibar via Doha.

2. From London Heathrow to Nairobi to Zanzibar 

The other way you can catch flights to Zanzibar Tanzania is by flying to Nairobi first. You would depart London Heathrow in the afternoon and fly to Nairobi. From Nairobi, you will catch a direct flight to Zanzibar.

There are around five flights from Nairobi to Zanzibar every day. The first departs at around 0730 hours and the last a few minutes before midnight.

You would then arrive in Zanzibar at around 1000 hours the following day. When you decide to fly to Nairobi first, Kenya Airways works well.

3. From London Heathrow to Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar

Another way to catch flights to Zanzibar Tanzania is by flying to Dar es Salaam from London. In Dar es Salaam, you would be met at the airport, where you would then use a light aircraft to fly directly to Zanzibar.

The flight from Dar es Salaam to Tanzania takes around 20 minutes. The first flight to Zanzibar departs Dar es Salaam at around 0730 hours, and the last at around 1830 hours.

4. From London to other airports in Tanzania to Zanzibar 

Travelling to other places in Tanzania from London is also a way you can use to catch flights to Zanzibar. This works well if you are on vacation.

You would fly from London to either Arusha, Ruaha, Manyara, the Serengeti, or Pemba and Mafia islands. Once you arrive at any of those destinations, you will catch a direct flight to Zanzibar.

However, some of the flights will require a change in Dar es Salaam.

What airport do you fly to for Zanzibar? 

All flights to Zanzibar land at Zanzibar Kisauni Airport. The airport is also known as Abeid Amani Karume Intl, Zanzibar Intel or Kisauni. The airport code is ZNZ.

Do British Airways fly to Zanzibar?

At the moment, British Airways, Kenya Airways, Safarilink, Precision Air and KLM all fly to Zanzibar. British Airways takes an average of 1 hour and 20 minutes to fly from Kenya to Zanzibar.

British Airways

British Airways fly to Zanzibar. Photo/ World Baggage Network.

What is the cheapest month to fly from London to Zanzibar? 

November is the cheapest time of the year to fly to Zanzibar from London. The most expensive month is July.

The cheapest day of the week to depart London for Zanzibar is Thursday, and the most expensive day is usually Friday.

How long is the flight from London to Zanzibar? 

The total flight time between London and Zanzibar is around 12 hours and 45 minutes, considering the average distance of 9,481 km. The flights to Zanzibar Tanzania, from London, may have one or more stops in other cities in between.

How do you get to Zanzibar Tanzania?

You can use two ways to get to the tropical island of Zanzibar – by plane or by ferry.

Most travellers prefer to fly to the main island of Unguja and Pemba Island. Flights are available at Dar es Salaam, on the coast of Tanzania. It takes around 15 minutes to fly to Stone Town from Dar es Salaam.

Are there direct flights from Europe to Zanzibar? 

There are currently no direct flights to Zanzibar Tanzania, from London. However, you can use several options via other international airports to travel from Europe to London.

A few airlines fly into Zanzibar, avoiding the need to transfer to Dar es Salaam.

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About the author

Abraham Odhiambo

Abraham Odhiambo is a writer with interests in nature, travel, African safari and sports. I'm pursuing a bachelor's degree in Media and Communication at Egerton University.

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