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ARK Airport Guide

Arusha Airport, also known as by its IATA Code ARK and ICAO Code HTAR, is a regional airport located in the Arusha Region in the northern part of Tanzania.

Arusha is the start point for safaris in the Northern circuit and is a bustling city with a cool climate which is perfect for growing coffee.

Geographical Location - see map below

Arusha Airport is located to the West of the city, along the A104 Highway which passes  Lake Manyara and leads to Dodoma. Arusha is know as the Geneva of Africa due to its climate and because it hosts the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Getting Here

  • Taxi There are taxis which will get you from Arusha town to the airport 3 kilometers (10 minutes) away for Tzs 10000- Tzs 15000 (USD $5-7).
  • Preferred Mode  Pre arranged transfer or Taxis are the preferred method especially if you have luggage with you.
  • Shuttle Bus The airport does not operate one. Hotels can arrange a pickup for you.
  • Alternatives – Local busses operate on the route from the city centre and there is a bus stop right outside the airport. It is a short walk, however this would only be recommended if you are travelling light.
  • Car Parking & Fees – There is no automated POS parking system at the airport and it is safe to assume that parking is free although there may be minimal charges from the local municipality.
  • Auxiliary Information
    • Flight from Hub

There are several flights a day from Julius Nyerere International airport in Dar es Salaam to Arusha (scheduled and unscheduled)and the flight duration can be between 1 hour and 3 hours depending on the aircraft that you will be travelling on.

Your taxi or transfer will drop you at the entrance to the airport terminal where you can check in and await your flight while enjoying views of Mount Meru from the departure lounge.

  • Kiosks – There is a shop that sells local soft drinks and snacks and a small lounge selling hot and cold drinks.

Hotels & Transit Accommodation

As Arusha is the start point for most Safaris in the Northern Circuit, accommodation is widely available to suit all budgets. Mount Meru hotel offers luxury accommodation and is one of the best known hotels in Arusha. For a stay close to the Airport, there is the Arusha Coffee Lodge, a luxury getaway only five minutes from the airport. Settlers Executive Lodge offers all the essentials at a reasonable rate. TripIndigo offers comprehensive reviews on various locations throughout East Africa.

 
 

Arusha Location

Facilities

  1. Wi-Fi  None
  2. ATM None
  3. Forex None
  4. Restaurants & Lounges – A basic lounge to wait for your flight.
  5. Toilets – The toilets are western styled.
  6. Disabled Facilities - There are wheelchairs for the disabled (please contact the airport/airline in advance to arrange this)

Quick Facts

  • GPS coordinates: Latitude (-3.366667, 3° 22′ 0″ S), Longitude (36.621944, 36° 37′ 19″ E)

  • Time Zone: UTC +3, GMT +3

  • Altitude- Elevation, 4,550 feet, 1,387 Meters above Sea Level, MASL.

  • Operating Hours: The airport operates from 5am until 8pm.