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Kilimanjaro International Airport | Shuttles and Taxis

Kilimanjaro International Airport | Shuttles and Taxis

 Kilimanjaro International airport (KIA) (IATA: JRO, ICAO: HTKJ) | Jomo Kenyatta International airport (IATA: NBO, ICAO: HKJK)  | Julius Nyerere International airport (IATA: DAR, ICAO: HTDA) – Dar-es-salaam  | Abeid Amani Karume International airport(IATA: ZNZ, ICAO: HTZA)  Airports in and near  Arusha airport – (IATA: ARK, ICAO: HTAR) 

Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) is located between the cities of Moshi and Arusha in northern Tanzania.

Also known as the ‘Gateway to Africa’s Wildlife Heritage’, it is the first privatised international airport in Africa and is operated by Kilimanjaro Airports Development Company (KADCO), which is fully owned by the Government of Tanzania. The airport received the Routes Africa Marketing Award in 2013 and 2014.

Major airlines operating from the airport include Royal Dutch Airlines, Qatar Airways, Fly Dubai, Turkish Airlines and Kenya Airways.The airport was built in 11,000ha and was officially opened in 1971. Its old terminal was designed to handle 200,000 passengers a year, but was expanded to handle approximately one million passengers a year.

What to Expect

The small terminal at Kilimanjaro Airport (code: JRO) has been recently renovated. Parts of the terminal are open to the outdoors, so expect mosquitoes. Shops and eateries are located both inside and outside the terminal. Some reviews suggest waiting till close to your boarding time to pass through security, as the boarding area is small. Luckily, WiFi is free. For added comfort while you wait, economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Kilimanjaro Airport Lounge

Kilimanjaro airport lounge

Where to Sleep?

There is no place to sleep inside the Kilimanjaro airport (Hotel/Lodge), but for uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service. If sleeping in Kilimanjaro International Airport does not appeal to you, these are some of the closest hotels to the airport:

  • #1. Kia Lodge – (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport transfers are available upon request and day rooms are available.
  • #2. Airport Planet lodge – (8 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle is available.  Highly (Recommended)
  • #3. Snow View Hotel – (18 minutes from the airport) Free airport transfers.

Services, Facilities and What to Do On a Layover?

  • #1. TMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available 24-hours a day. Fees may apply,  check your daily withdrawal limit.
  • #2. Currency Exchange – Yes
  • #3. Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free Shops are available, as are a few bookshops, garment shops, curio shops and jewelry shops.
  • #4. Food & Drink – At the time of writing, no 24-hour options are available. However, the airport does have a few restaurants inside.
  • #5. Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
  • #6. Medical Care – First Aid and emergency medical care is provided at the AAR KIA Clinic. Hours: open 24 hours..

Kilimanjaro airport Transfers Service

Kilimanjaro View Point

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Discover the best day trips from Arusha or try one of the best Arusha tours. If you’re here as a family, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Arusha with kids and find suitable accommodation such as Arusha holiday apartments. Whether you’re looking for the best weekend breaks in Arusha or planning a longer holiday in Tanzania, you can be sure you’ll find all the information you need.

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