Cheap flights to Kilimanjaro

Finding cheap flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport is not an easy task because not many airlines fly to JRO, the IATA code for Kilimanjaro International Airport.

In this short article we’ve outlined the different flight options to Kilimanjaro.

This article is most relevant to United Kingdom and United States readers, but can equally be used by Europeans and travellers from Southern Africa, Australia, Asia and South America.

Flights to Kilimanjaro, Explained!

To get to Kilimanjaro you need to fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport (IATA code is JRO).

The airport, shown on the map below, is situated south-west of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park and is nearly equidistant from the two main towns, Arusha and Moshi.

Most trekkers spend the night before their Kilimanjaro climb in Moshi, which is about a 45 minute drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport.


It is possible to fly into Arusha airport, but this is a small domestic airport that only receives internal flights and a few connecting flights from Kenya.

Sadly there are not many direct International flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), and none from the United Kingdom or United States.

Most Convenient Flight to Kilimanjaro

The most affordable, yet convenient flight for most prospective trekkers from the Northern Hemisphere is to fly from Amsterdam on a direct KLM flight to Kilimanjaro.

This flight departs Amsterdam around 10:00am everyday and arrives at Kilimanjaro International Airport around 20:30pm the same day.

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For trekkers in Europe, UK and the US, the easiest thing to do is to fly from a major local airport hub near you to Amsterdam (most major airports in Europe, UK and the US have flights to Amsterdam), and then catch the KLM to JRO connecting flight.


The KLM flight disembarking at Kilimanjaro International AirportA major benefit of flying KLM, apart from the fact that it is one of the only International airlines that fly to Kilimanjaro, is that they are super efficient and issues related to lost / or delayed baggage are very unlikely.

Review KLM flight It is also worth checking out flight aggregators, like Flight Network.

Flights to Kilimanjaro (other options)

Kenyan Airways and Ethiopian Airways

In terms of indirect flights to major African airport hubs near Kilimanjaro International Airport, your best option is either Kenyan Airways or Ethiopian Airways, who both operate routes from major United Kingdom, United States, European and some Southern Hemisphere airports.

These flights go via Nairobi (in Kenya) and Addis Ababa (in Ethiopia) respectively.

Once at these airports it is relatively easy to catch a connecting flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport. Connecting airlines include Kenyan Airways, Precision Air and Ethiopian Airways.

A major downside of this route are the long delays and more worryingly, some reports of lost or delayed baggage, which can really mess up a trekking schedule.

British Airways

British Airways operate a route from London, UK to Nairobi, but this flight tends to be quite expensive.

Kilimanjaro Flights by Destination

London to Kilimanjaro

Your best option for flights rom London to Kilimanjaro is KLM via Amsterdam. Alternatively you can fly Kenya Airways to Nairobi and connect to Kilimanjaro, or Ethiopian airways to Adds Ababa. British Airways also flys to Nairobi.

Southern Africa

From Southern Africa there are many airlines that will get you to Nairobi, Dar es Salaam or Addis Ababa including South African Airways, Kenyan Airways and Emirates.

Qatar and Middle East

A new international route direct to Kilimanjaro International Airport is operated by Qatar via Doha. For Brits living near London or Manchester this can work pretty well as there is an option of travelling from both UK airports to Doha. The route also works well for trekkers living in the Middle East, India and Eastern Europe. Unfortunately layovers can be quite lengthy.

Turkey and Eastern Europe

Finally, Turkish Airlines are the newest operator with direct flights to Kilimanjaro.

Flights are via Istanbul, which is great for anyone living in Europe or the Middle East.

The flight times however, are rather anti-social, with the flight arriving at Kilimanjaro at 02:00am and departing, if you are taking the same airline back at 03:00am!

Prices tend to be cheaper than other airlines though, so this option may be worth considering if you are on a tight budget. However, with an arrival at 02:00am, any gains in a cheaper flight will most likely be lost in the cost of an extra hotel night that will be required unless you want to tackle Kilimanjaro jet-lagged and sleep deprived (not recommended!!). This route doesn’t run every day either.

13+ Best Hotels In Arusha (Accommodation Near Kilimanjaro)

Arusha is a popular tourist town in Northern Tanzania. It is located just below Mount Meru and 1.5-2 hours South-West of Kilimanjaro National Park, which makes it a popular base town for avid trekkers. Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation AreaLake Manyara National Park, Olduvai Gorge and Tarangire National Park are also not very far from the town of Arusha.

If you’re looking to explore more of Arusha and neighbouring Moshi, you can check out our guide on the 13 best hotels near Mount Kilimanjaro

My friends and I stayed in Arusha after our trek up Kilimanjaro. The town has over 420,000 inhabitants, and is pretty multicultural as far as East African locales go!

In this article I have provided a brief overview of the best hotels in Arusha. I’ve arranged my reviews into three categories – cheap and cheerful, more comfort, and premium and luxury. Whatever your budget is, there is a perfect hotel or guest house here for you.


Best Hotels In Arusha

Budget Options

Feel like enjoying an Arusha holiday on a budget with spending money left over? Here are some of the best budget hotel options in Arusha.  

4Js Hotel & Tours

This hotel is located in central Arusha and is popular with business and leisure travellers. The rooms are clean and modern and the service is adequate. You could do a lot worse for the price.

Costs: Room prices with breakfast included range from $45 for a standard twin or double to $55 for a deluxe double. Note: Hotel tax is not included in the room price.

Ideal for: Travellers looking for some comfort but at a cheap price.

Main selling factor: Clean, modern rooms. 5km from Arusha city centre. Wifi in all rooms. 

Other Budget Options

  • Korona House Bed & Breakfast: A simple B&B a little way outside of Arusha. ~$35-$40 a night
  • Natron Palace Hotel: It’s functional and central, but don’t expect any charm. ~$40-$50 a night
  • Hotel Aquiline: It’s not the prettiest of hotels, but clean, friendly and central. ~$30-$40 a night

Comfort Options

If comfort and relaxation are a high priority for you, then these are some of the best comfort hotel options in Arusha. 

Christina House

Total peace, harmony and authenticity can be found at Christina House. A short drive outside of Arusha, the guest house offers 10 lovely rooms and great service for an unbeatable price. If you can secure a booking, then book immediately.

Costs: Room prices with breakfast included range from $45 for a single to $65 for a double and $100 for a triple. Note: Hotel tax is not included in the room price.

Ideal for: The discerning traveller looking for an authentically quaint African experience at a bargain!

Main selling factor: It’s small and quiet. It has beautiful jungle scenery around the guesthouse with great local cuisine.

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Planet Lodge

A little way outside of Arusha, Planet Lodge offers great accommodation lodges set in a beautiful garden. It has a fantastic bar, swimming pool and restaurant. The service is excellent!

Costs: Room prices with breakfast included range from $80 for a single to $120 for a double. Note: Hotel tax is not included in the room price.

Ideal for: It’s great for families and couples alike.

Main selling factor: The swimming pool and large gardens are a treat. The service is excellent and the lodges are very comfortable.

Planet Lodge

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Palace Hotel

The Palace Hotel offers western standard quality at a very affordable price. You can expect all the bells and whistles that come with a good 4-star hotel. The rooms are very modern and amenities are varied (spa, fitness centre, good restaurant, Wifi in the rooms). It’s located centrally in Arusha.

Costs: Room prices with breakfast included range from $135 for a standard room to $160 for a superior room and $200 for a deluxe.

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Ideal for: Travellers accustomed to Western comforts, or for people who want to be based centrally.

Main selling factor: It has a spa and gym. Wifi in all rooms. The rooms are modern and the location is very central.

Luxury Options

Want to be treated like a king and queen during your stay? Well, look no further than these luxury hotel options in Arusha. 

Kibo Palace Hotel

This is a fantastic hotel, located in the centre of Arusha. It includes great rooms, a poolside bar, a fitness centre, a spa, an awesome restaurant and all-area Wifi access. It’s known for its great service.

Costs: Room prices with breakfast included range from $150 to $200, excluding hotel tax.

Ideal for: Travellers looking for a central location that provides the best quality and service for an affordable price.

Main selling factor: Its location and amenities, which are all 5-star quality.

Kibo Palace Hotel

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The Arusha Hotel

Four Points by Sheraton (The Arusha Hotel) is by far the best hotel in Arusha. It includes all the amenities that you would expect from a 5-star hotel. It’s claim to fame is being the oldest hotel in the region – founded in 1894!

Costs: Room prices with breakfast included range from $180 for a superior room to $230 for an executive deluxe, and $350 upwards for a suite, excluding hotel tax.

Ideal for: The discerning traveller!

Main selling factor: It has a real old school colonial feel. It has fantastic service and brilliant amenities. You can’t knock this hotel, but it comes at a price.

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The Arusha Hotel

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Other Luxury Options

  • Mount Meru Hotel: Everything you would expect from a top hotel.   ~$150-$200 a night
  • The African Tulip: It’s a super nice hotel. If budget is not a problem, then book a room here. ~$150-$200 a night
  • Kili Villa Guest House: This is my favourite guest house in the region. It has proper luxury but it comes at a price for $550 a night
  • Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp Hotel: A good hour away from Arusha on Lake Manyara. It’s a really great safari spot and costs $180 a night