Tanzania by Train

Trains - Tickets - Routes

A Travel Guide For Train Travel In Tanzania.

Here you will find information for Tanzania about trains, routes, tours, connections, where to buy train tickets, and more.

Useful Information

Population: 58 million

Currency: Tanzanian Shillings

Language: Swahili, English

Capital: Dodoma

Country code: +255

Time zone: Eastern Africa Time

Train Companies

The rail network in Tanzania is operated by the state-owned company Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) as well as the Tanzania & Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA).

Train Tickets

You cannot book train tickets online. Check timetable and fares online on Tazarsite and book by phone or buy tickets at the station.

Rail Passes

There are no rail passes available for Tanzania.

TrAIN tYPES

Ordinary*

  • 1st class sleeper: 2-berth compartment
  • 2nd class sleeper: 6-berth compartment
  • 2nd class (2 x 2 seats)
  • 3rd class* (padded bench seat 2 x 3 seats)
  • Restaurant car

Express / Deluxe

  • 2nd class sleepers
  • 2nd class (2 x 2 seats)
  • 3rd class (padded bench seat 2 x 3 seats)
  • Restaurant car

*On some routes the Ordinary service may only have 3rd class seating – please confirm your train and your options with the ticket office.

TAZARA Train connects the cities Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Kapiri Mposhi, Zambia

Rovos Rail – Pride of Africa

Rovos Rail – Of Two Oceans

Blue Train

Routes

Frequently Travelled Routes In Tanzania

National

 
From > To
Duration (h)
Changes Transport
Dar Es Salaam to Dodoma 14:40 Direct Train
Dar es Salaam to Mbeya 28:29 Direct Train
Dodoma to Kigoma 25:56 Direct Train
Dar Es Salaam to Mwanza 49:00 Direct Train

 

 

International

 
From > To
Duration Changes Transport
Dar Es Salaam to Kapiri Mposhi, Zambia 28:29 Direct Train
Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar 2:00 Direct Ferry

 

Tanzania travel routes

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Main Train Stations

  • Dar es Salaam
  • Mbeya
  • Kigoma
  • Dodomo
  • Mwanza

Good to know

Best Time To Travel To Tanzania

We recommend travelling to Tanzania during the dry season as more activities will be available and the roads are less likely to be flooded in national parks. Depending on the reason for the visit, a certain time of year may be best for you in particular.

If you’re wanting to witness the great migration of over 2 million zebra and wildebeests, you’ll want to plan that for June and July and to be in the western Serengeti. If wanting to just go on a safari in general, plan on visiting during Tanzania’s longest dry season from June to October. Keep in mind safaris can book out up to a year in advance, especially during the busy season of June to September. Enjoy the northern safari circuit including Arusa national park, Rift Valley and Lake Manyara National Parks, or the southern circuit including Selous and Ruaha National Park. 

If wanting to summit the tallest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro is best climbed anytime from January to February or June to October. If wanting to witness the large bird migration, visit during March, November or December during the rainy season. April and May are often too rainy to be able to spot wildlife. 

Rainy Season: March to May, November to December
Dry Season: June to October, January to February
Busy Season: June to September

 

Accommodation In Tanzania

Booking

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Hostelworld

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Guidebooks For Tanzania

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Travel Insurance

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