Arusha, Tanzania Travel Guide

Last Updated: Jan 2024

Arusha is the perfect starting point if you plan to visit the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Kilimanjaro or Mt. Meru. Due to its status as a layover city, there are many hotels, a wide range of food and a reasonably developed transportation system. There still aren’t a great number of tourist targeted activities even though the city is growing.

Why Visit Arusha

Arusha Facts

Population 540,000
Area 1,900,000
Timezone UTC+3
Currency Tanzanian Shilling
Airports Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

Where to eat and drink in Arusha

Budget breakfastAlmost all hotels will include breakfast in the price of the room. If not, local stalls and small cafes have cheap and simple breakfast options$1.57 - $2.35
Budget lunchSmall local restaurants dish up prepared lunch items for a reasonable price$2.35 - $3.92
Budget dinnerPrices range greatly depending on the type of food you want and what sort of atmosphere$3.92 - $9.02
Beer .5LMost East African beer is sold in .5L bottles$1.57 - $2.35
Soda and waterTap water isn’t safe to drink, but you can easily buy water and sodas at any small shop$0.20 - $0.78
Konyagi .5L bottleBy far the cheapest alcohol in town, this local spirit tastes most like cheap gin and can be purchased at every shop and restaurant that sells alcohol$0.82 - $2.35
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When to visit Arusha

Temperature and rainfall

Month High F Low F Precip (inches)

Arusha Weather advice

Sunrise and sunset

21 Mar6:37am6:44pm
21 Jun6:37am6:33pm
21 Sep6:23am6:30pm
21 Dec6:22am6:41pm

Where to stay in Arusha

Arusha Hotel Seasons

Arusha Hotel Prices

Rating Price(USD)
starstarstarstarstar11.76 - 26.27
starstarstarstarstar35.07 - 48.22
starstarstarstarstar42.96 - 86.80
starstarstarstarstar81.64 - 138.47
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Arusha Hostel Prices

Type Price(USD)
Hostel Bed10.96 - 16.74

Getting around Arusha

Arusha Transport prices

Type Price(USD)
Taxi from airport to city center3.92 - 4.31
Shuttle service from airport to city center8.55
3-km taxi ride in Arusha1.76 - 1.96
Daladala (minibus) ride in Arusha0.16
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Where to go before and after