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How do you get to Kilimanjaro?

To reach Kilimanjaro, your journey typically begins by flying into Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) (IATA: JRO, ICAO: HTKJ), which is well-connected with daily flights from various airlines. The airport serves as the gateway to Kilimanjaro National Park, with nearby access points being the city of Arusha and the town of Moshi. Depending on your departure location, you can often find direct flights to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) from hubs in the Gulf (e.g., Qatar Airways, Emirates) or Europe (e.g., KLM). For flight options, check out the Kilimanjaro Flight Options link.

Alternatively, you can fly into Dar-Es-Salaam (DAR), Tanzania’s capital, and take a short internal flight to JRO, or fly into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi, Kenya, and connect to JRO (with airlines like Kenya Airways or Precision Air).

For budget-conscious travelers, consider flying into Nairobi, Kenya, as it often offers cheaper flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport. You can then opt for a road journey into Tanzania, with various bus and shuttle options available to reach Moshi or Arusha. Keep in mind that the roads can be challenging at times, but this option might suit adventurous travelers looking to save money and have extra time to spare.

Where to fly to climb Kilimanjaro – International Flights to Kilimanjaro

If you want to get to Kilimanjaro you need to fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). The airport is situated south-west of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. Below we have listed airlines that fly directly to Kilimanjaro airport (JRO).

  • KLM: Direct flights from Amsterdam to Kilimanjaro airport
  • Condor Air : Direct flights from Frankfurt to Kilimanjaro airport
  • Turkish Airlines: Direct flights from Istanbul to Kilimanjaro airport
  • Kenya Airways: Direct flights from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro airport
  • Precision Air: Direct flights from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro airport
  • Qatar Airlines: Direct flights from Doha to Kilimanjaro airport
  • Ethiopian Airlines: Direct flights from Addis Ababa to Kilimanjaro airport
  • RwandAir: Direct flights from Kigali to Kilimanjaro airport

If you are unable find direct flights to Kilimanjaro airport, you can fly to Kilimanjaro airport via Dar Es Salaam or Nairobi (Kenya). Mount Kilimanjaro is much closer to Nairobi than it is from Dar Es Salaam. Nairobi receives a lot more air traffic than Kilimanjaro Airport, making it have competitive prices.

Where do the Mount Kilimanjaro Climbs Begin?

The Tanzanian town of Moshi and the city of Arusha serve as the primary hubs for embarking on a Kilimanjaro adventure. Both locations are bustling with activity, hosting the bases of many tour operators and offering a variety of accommodations, restaurants, shops, and markets.

Moshi, situated closer to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), is approximately a 40-minute drive away (45 kilometers). On the other hand, Arusha is about 90 minutes away by road (70 kilometers).

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