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Bus travel

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Bus travel

We will be traveling in Tanzania mid July, a very busy month. We have only one day in Dar before we need to catch the bus to Aruasha. Will we have any difficulty getting a bus ticket on a long distance carrier the day before leaving? Any suggestions how we can make arrangements in advance, possibly with a reputable travel agent. Thanks.

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1. Re: Bus travel

You are right that July is a High Season

To get a Ticket is very easy and most of Tour Operator are not involved on bus ticketing issues unless you have booked some part of your trip with them.

Alternative,take a Taxi to Ubungo Bus Terminal upon arrival and have your tickets,although can not guarantee to get those reliable buses but there are lot of buses crossing to this sector and won`t miss the route

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2. Re: Bus travel

There are many buses plying the route from Dar to Arusha every day, so getting a ticket should not be a problem at all, especially the day before (on the day of travel it might be). As suggested, get a taxi to take you to the Ubungo Bus Terminal, there are a lot of small shops where the buses have their ticket offices outside the Ugunbo Bus Terminal. I would suggest the Dar Express or the Kilimanjaro Bus Line (sometimes noted as KLM) which are two reliable bus lines. When you get your ticket they will ask you for a seat assignment.

If you want to stay close to the Ugungo Bus Terminal I might suggest staying at the Rombo Green View Hotel, it's about a 5 minute taxi ride to the bus terminal, it's a decent local hotel, hot water showers, cost was 30,000 Tsh (1,550 Tsh = $1) and that included breakfast. There are other hotels in this same area, but this is where I always stay when catching a bus.

Take a taxi to the Ubungo Bus terminal when you depart, and ask the taxi to take you to your bus inside the terminal. This will avoid all the many touts standing around trying to sell you a bus ticket, and some are rather aggressive.

Buses typically depart very early in the morning.

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Karl's advice, as always, is spot on.

A couple more tips. When you select seats... depending on where the door is - front left or center left, you can possibly pick your seats for extra leg room... the very front of the bus is the best for views, but also means you will see the sometimes hair-raising road situations. The front of the bus is less safe. The back of the bus is the worst ride. For stability, the center is probably best. I'd take seats on the right side of the bus for this trip as you might luck out and have some good views of Kilimanjaro... in any case, the Usambaras will be on the right as you make this trip. Sitting nearer the driver and door made us feel more secure - we figured they were watching out a little for the mzungu... and you see a lot more of what goes on - packages and people and so on... but it is more busy.

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Ubungo is a long way from the city centre; if you're staying in the Kisutu area (middle of the city), you should be able to book a seat on the Kilimanjaro Express from their office at the Libya bus stop on a service that leaves from outside the office. Libya bus stop is located on the corner of Libya and Morogoro streets, it is used as a car park during the day.

Dar Express should also still have an office at Libya from where you can book seats, but I don't think they have any services ex Libya, so you'd need to get out to Ubungo the next morning to catch the bus. That said, it would still save you going out to Ubungo twice!

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thanks for your input. We will be staying at the Slipway hotel on the peninsula, a long way from downtown. being that we are going mid July peak season, should we encounter difficulty getting a bus ticket a day in advance or would it just be safer having our hotel make the arrangement for us, but at a greater cost? Janet

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We are trying to get to Victoria Falls from Kilimanjaro. Flights are expensive and we would like another alternative. HELP!

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It will take you a long time and be expensive no matter how you do this. This is quite a distance from Arusha.

If you want to go to Dar es Salaam from Arusha and then take a train, you can take the Tazara Train line out of Dar to Zambia, then do some buses, and trains to get to Victoria. Look on www.seat61.com for some information on train travel in Tanzania/Africa. If you don't take a flight it will take you about 3 - 4 days to get there, at least. It will take one day to get from Arusha to Dar es Salaam on the bus.

In Africa there are not all that many transportation options.

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10. Re: Bus travel

Thanks for your note Karl