Kilimanjaro Airport

Kilimanjaro Airport

Planning a mind-blowing adventure of Kilimanjaro Hike? But wondering how to get there? Confused about all the commute options? Well, Jerry Tanzania Tours excellent and safe travel options for all its tourist guests looking to travel to Mt. Kilimanjaro or Tanzania, even Zanzibar as well. So, let’s discuss how to get to Kilimanjaro safely, affordably, and within a sociable timeframe!

 If you’re looking to Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro then hands down your best option is Kilimanjaro International Airport(IATA code is JRO).

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Kilimanjaro International Airport

Kilimanjaro International Airport fits all the criteria. The airport is situated just south-west of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. Which is just 90mins outside the city of Moshi aka Gateway to Kilimanjaro.

Moreover, Arusha city is less than an hour away from the Kilimanjaro international airport. Hence you can easily book a taxi to Arusha and begin your memorable Holidays.

Unfortunately, there are very few direct international flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), and none from the United Kingdom or the United States. Airlines that fly into Kilimanjaro Airport include:

  • KLM
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Qatar

Please note these direct flights or airlines are subjected to change, please check the airline’s websites and the Kilimanjaro Airport before booking your flight.

Convenient Flight options to Kilimanjaro Airport

If you’re traveling from the Northern Hemisphere to Kilimanjaro Climb, then the most affordable and convenient option is to fly from Amsterdam on a direct KLM flight to Kilimanjaro.

This flight departs Amsterdam around 10:00 am every day and arrives at Kilimanjaro International Airport around 20:30pm on that very day.

As per USA, UK, and other European Kilimanjaro Climbers, the easiest thing to take a flight to Amsterdam from your nearby airport (almost all major airports in the USA, UK, and Europe have flights to Amsterdam). From Amsterdam, you can catch the KLM to JRO connecting flight.

Cheap flight alternatives

Turkish Airlines

If you’re on a tight budget it’s a good option to score a cheap flight. Recently, Turkish Airlines have also started direct flights to Kilimanjaro. They fly via Istanbul, which is great if you’re living in Europe or the Middle East. However, the timings are a bit anti-social. The flight arrival is at Kilimanjaro at 02:00 am and departure at 03:00 am! But the prices are cheaper than other airlines though. However, with this redeye flight, you need to take into account the cost of an extra hotel night. Otherwise, you’ll be Climbing Kilimanjaro jet-lagged and sleep-deprived (not recommended!!).


Qatar has introduced direct flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport via Doha. This works pretty well for Brits living near London or Manchester. This is convenient for trekkers coming from the Middle East, India, and Eastern Europe too.

Kenyan Airways And Ethiopian Airways

Both Kenyan Airways and Ethiopian Airways operate routes from major United Kingdom, United States, Europe, and some Southern Hemisphere airports. They fly via Nairobi (in Kenya) and Addis Ababa (in Ethiopia) respectively. From there you can easily book a connecting flight to Kilimanjaro Airport through Kenyan Airways, Precision Air, and Ethiopian Airways.

From Southern Africa

Coming from Southern Africa there are many airlines to Nairobi, Dar es Salaam or Addis Ababa including South African Airways, Kenyan Airways, and Emirates.

British Airways

British Airways mainly operate from London, UK to Nairobi. But these flights are a little on the expensive side.

On The Kilimanjaro Airport


You can spot a crowd of drivers just outside the airport waiting to pick up their passengers. Jerry Tanzania Tours provides pick-up and drop-off services to all our clients. But we strongly encourage pre-booking for a hassle-free ride. In case of your transfer booking, look for the friendly driver wearing a blue-white Jerry Tanzania Tours shirt and holding a sign with your name on it. He will assist you, carry your bags to the vehicle then drive you to your hotel.

Ideally, you’ll be landing at the airport where our Kilimanjaro Travel Guide will be waiting to receive you. He\she will guide you with all the necessary paperwork (if needed). And also he’ll help you with vaccination or other necessary procedures as per the Tanzania Tourism protocol.

Departure From Kilimanjaro Airport

As per your departure, we recommend you arrive at the airport two hours prior to your flight time. Also, it is ill-advised to arrive at the airport more than three hours beforehand or you will have to wait until the airline booth is open for your flight.

Always keep your boarding pass and passport in hand. After security clearance, you’ll enter the common waiting area. There are six gates at Kilimanjaro Airport. If you want, you can see your plane as it arrives as the seating at the gate faces outdoors through large windows.

Kilimanjaro Airport Top Facilities

If you’ve arrived at the airport a bit early and have time to kill before your departure, then Kilimanjaro Airport has a lot of good options. You can shop, sit, eat and lounge. Or just relax before your potentially long flight out.

Don’t worry, there is free Wi-Fi throughout the airport!

If you’re looking for some last-minute shopping, next to the common waiting area is a row of shops, including a:

  • a) Book shop
  • b) Garment Shop
  • c) Souvenir and Snack Shop
  • d) Gemstones & Jewelry Shop
  • e) Currency Exchange
  • f) Duty-Free Shop

If you want to relax or just stretch your legs ahead of a long flight there are two business / VIP lounges available for business class passengers or qualified passengers with flying status. You can purchase access to these lounges too.

The restrooms are located downstairs in Kilimanjaro Airport.

There are fine restaurants with a bar and comfortable booths decorated with beautiful.

Mount Kilimanjaro From Other Airports

Mount Kilimanjaro from Nairobi Airport

If you’re planning your Kilimanjaro Hike after Tanzania Safari then you can end your Safari Kenya in Nairobi and from there take a direct flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport. It will be a one-hour connecting flight to Kilimanjaro.

Flights to Nairobi are cheaper than flying directly into Kilimanjaro Airport. Plus it gives you an opportunity to explore another region before Climbing Kilimanjaro.

However, you should consider the cost of an additional visa to Kenya, local taxis, and accommodation in case you choose to spend the night in Nairobi before traveling to Arusha.

Mount Kilimanjaro from Julius Nyerere International Airport

Julius Nyerere International Airport is just 12 kilometers from the Dar es Salaam city center. This is the main hub for most domestic and international travelers. Domestic flights within Tanzania are operated by regional airlines, including:

  • Precision Air
  • Fastjet
  • ZanAir
  • Hahn Air
  • RwandAir
  • Kenya Air

Plus you can explore nearby Kipepeo Beach, Cocoa Beach, or Mbezi Beach if you choose to travel via Julius Nyerere International Airport.

Nairobi To Kilimanjaro National Park; How To Travel & Will It Be Costly?

From Nairobi, you can fly with Kenya Airways, which works with Precision Air. The average cost would be about $400/person for a roundtrip ticket.

Alternatively, you can commute via shuttle buses. It’s a 5-6hrs bus ride of 8am and 2 pm daily. The average ticket price is about $35/person.

If you’re coming from Dar es Salaam there are two options. Either take a flight to JRO for $320/person roundtrip; or take a 7-8hrs bus ride costing $20/person to Arusha or Moshi.

Airline Connecting From Destination How to get to Kilimanjaro
KLM Airways Amsterdam Airport Kilimanjaro International Airport
Kenyan Airways and Ethiopian Airways  United Kingdom, United States, European and some Southern Hemisphere airports. Nairobi and Addis Ababa Airport Connecting Flight to Kilimanjaro airport or travel by road
British Airways London, the UK Nairobi Airport Connecting Flight to Kilimanjaro airport or travel by road
South African Airways, Kenyan Airways, and Emirates. South Africa Airports  Nairobi, Dar es Salaam or Addis Ababa Airports Connecting Flight to Kilimanjaro airport or travel by road
Qatar Doha,  Middle East, India, and Eastern Europe Airports Kilimanjaro International Airport

Things to Consider Before Booking Kilimanjaro Hike

  • Before you start your Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Expedition, you need to consider the best mode of transport to suit your itinerary or tour.
  • Evaluate each option based on your budget and how much time you have to explore Tanzania before, or after your trek.
  • Look for a catch; don’t be tricked into booking the cheapest flight without considering it. Think about the long layover times, additional visas, or transport arrangements.

What are the Health and safety guidelines Before reaching Kilimanjaro Airport?

  • Getting a Yellow Fever vaccination shot is a mandatory requirement to enter Tanzania if you’re travelling via Kenya.
  • Also it is wiser to get booster injections for Hepatitis A and other related diseases.
  • Seek medical advice from your nearest travel clinic.
  • We strongly recommend you to take malaria tablets. Even though there will be none of them at altitude (over 1,800 meters) where you will be spending most of your trip, but be sure to encounter them before and after the climb.
  • Lastly, upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, it is mandatory to produce a Tanzanian visa. You can procure the visa either before departing or on arrival in Tanzania.


So there you have it. Now you have all the necessary information about flight options to Kilimanjaro Airport. However you plan your itinerary or whichever travel option you choose one thing is for sure; nothing will beat the ultimate pleasure of reaching the Roof of Africa with Jerry Tanzania Tours!

Kilimanjaro Airport FAQ’s

We Have Compiled A List Of The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro In General, And About Kilimanjaro Climbing Program, Get The Real Kilimanjaro Guide From Jerry Tanzania Tours.

There are different angles to view Mount Kilimanjaro. By arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport for Kilimanjaro Climb in daytime, you can able see the mountain out of the plane window. In other hand you can see mountain while you leave the airport onto the main highway.

Emirates flights, Ethiopian Airlines flights, Turkish Airlines flights, Qatar Airways flights, flydubai flights, RwandAir flights, KLM flights, Kenya Airways flights are some direct flights to Mount Kilimanjaro as per Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Guide.

For your Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro you have to switch to Tanzania serves the cities of Arusha and Moshi as Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) (IATA: JRO, ICAO: HTKJ) is an international airport are situated here.

Arusha is obliged by two International airports for the tourist who come for Kilimanjaro Hike. 1st one is IATA and JRO. It has regular flights to Amsterdam with KLM, Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Nairobi. Kilimanjaro Airport is around 60km (45min) from the city.

The distance between Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and Arusha is nearly 50.58 km. The best idea to get from Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) to Arusha Airport (ARK) by booking taxi which takes 56 min and costs  around $20 - $24.

General Uber taxies are available to Arusha airport and should book in terms of Kilimanjaro Safety. The fares desires for pickup at airport as to Arusha Park.

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