Zanzibar City, Tanzania Travel Guide

Last Updated: Jan 2024

Zanzibar City is the economic and government capital of the Zanzibar Archipelago. The city is divided into two sections, Stone Town and Ng’ambo. Ng’ambo is the newer area focused on economics and growth. Stone Town is the center of all tourism in the city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unless you are visiting on business, you will likely not find a reason to visit Ng’ambo.

Zanzibar City Facts

Population 200,000
Area 1,300,000
Timezone UTC+3
Currency Tanzanian Shilling
Airports Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ)

Where to eat and drink in Zanzibar City

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 lunchStreet vendors and small local cafes cater to both local residents and tourists. Ordering seafood increases the price drastically$2.16 - $4.31
Budget dinnerSmaller, local restaurants offer daily “specials” depending on what they were able to purchase. Always delicious and normally the cheapest option$2.94 - $5.88
Beer .5LMost East African beer is sold in .5L bottles. Because of the Muslim culture on the island, many local restaurants and hotels will not sell alcohol$1.41 - $2.16
Beer .5L (retail)If your hotel doesn’t sell alcohol, you can purchase beer from many smaller shops in town. You may have to put a deposit down on the bottle$0.86
Soda and waterTap water isn’t safe to drink, but you can easily buy water and sodas at any small shop$0.78 - $1.96
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$0.94 - $2.35
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When to visit Zanzibar City

Temperature and rainfall

Month High F Low F Precip (inches)

Zanzibar City Weather advice

Sunrise and sunset

21 Mar6:27am6:34pm
21 Jun6:32am6:18pm
21 Sep6:13am6:19pm
21 Dec6:07am6:36pm

Where to stay in Zanzibar City

Zanzibar City Hotel Seasons

Zanzibar City Hotel Prices

Rating Price(USD)
starstarstarstarstar21.93 - 26.32
starstarstarstarstar70.18 - 71.06
starstarstarstarstar59.65 - 80.71
starstarstarstarstar76.32 - 121.06
starstarstarstarstar200.01 - 388.62
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Zanzibar City Hostel Prices

Type Price(USD)
Hostel Bed14.04 - 21.93

Getting around Zanzibar City

Zanzibar City Transport prices

Type Price(USD)
Taxi from airport to city center16.86 - 19.61
Public bus from airport to city center0.16 - 0.20
3-km taxi ride in Zanzibar Town1.25 - 2.51
Dala Dala0.78
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Where to go before and after