Bus routes in Dar-es-salaam | Daladala in Dar
A dala dala is a van or small minibus, connecting to different parts of the towns in Tanzania. The larger ones travel from city to city. They are pretty run down but are reliable, cheap, and run all the time. There is no real schedule for a dala dala, they usually leave the bus terminal when they are full. Dala dalas are beautifully decorated with paintings or slogans, and most of them have names. Some have their route painted on the bonnet. They always have loud music on, which is often rap and hip hop.
Riding in a dala dala in Tanzania is part of the local experience. It is an adventure that you need to do at least once to get used to if you are travelling to Tanzania on a budget, and by you are exposed to locals and know a little about the local life, something you won’t get to experience if you travel in a private car. A dala dala will not leave the station until it is full – and when I say full, I mean a 14-seater bus with around 20 people squeezed inside. In order to guarantee a seat and avoid standing up, board the dala dala at the bus terminal.
Flag on the Street
Whilst you can flag down a dala dala on the street, unless you know a little Swahili, it will be hard to understand where it is going. Whilst dala dalas follow a fixed route, they can pretty much stop anywhere if there is a possibility of picking up another passenger, or if someone on board wants to get off.
Tips for Riding Daladala in Dar-es-salaam
As mentioned before, dala dalas are extremely crowded. If there are four chairs on a row, you can be sure that six people will be squeezed onto them. By starting your journey at the bus terminal, you have the chance to get on an empty dala dala and choose a seat towards the front, by the window.
The trick to getting a good seat in a dala dala is to wait until the rear seats are filled, because unless you get off at the last stop, it will be a nightmare to make your way to the front.
Most Dala dalas only have doors at the front of the minibus. The front seat next to the driver is also up for grabs, but don’t think you will have it all to yourself.
Major Dala Dala Bus Stations in Dar-es-salaam
Cities are the quintessential examples of complexity. In Dar-es-salaam, the dense population, many business operations, complex roads and the city’s diversity makes it easy to get lost, lose luggage or any other personal belongings. And if you are looking to move to the city’s outskirts, the dwelling of most residents, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with Dar-es-salaam Daladalas routes and respective stages.
Dar-es-salaam residents already familiar with the city hardly search for Daladalas stages and routes. After all, they are at their fingertips. The Daladala industry has undergone a gradual metamorphosis, whereby their respective saccos identify most routes. However, if you are new in town, and are looking for the most accurate way of reaching your desired destination, better familiarize yourself with the respective Daladala route in Dar-es-salaam.
Dar Es Slaam Daladala and DART Terminals/Stand Maps
Dar-es-salaam Rapid Transit Service - DART
The Dar Rapid Transit (DART) is a bus-based mass transit system connecting the suburbs of Dar Es Salaam to the central business district.
BRT Dar-es-salaam Services:
Paper tickets & smart cards:
Muhimbili routes Tshs 650.
Means for smart cards Top ups
Tips for using DART in Dar-es-salaam
In principle, more than 90 percent of DART bus users are supposed to have smart cards for bus fare when planning to take rides in the DART system. The rest of passengers can use paper tickets due to different reasons including visitors arriving from upcountry and perhaps are not intending to stay long in the city and therefore possessing a smart card for them is not necessary.
Currently, there are a few cards being used in the system. At the beginning of Interim Service Provider (ISP) period that started in 2016, the service provider sold 200,000 cards. However, later it was found that about 50, 000 cards were being used daily. Nonetheless, DART Agency is in the process of procuring more cards so that 90 percent of the BRT users can have cards for their daily commute.
Public Transport from Dar-es-salaam Julius Nyerere International Airport
Julius Nyerere International Airport is served by a wide range of public commuter bus routes. However, buses are not allowed into the Airport Parking Area. Arriving passengers who opt to use public transport must get out of the Airport premises to catch a bus. The bus stop is located between 500m and 1,000m from Terminal 1, 2 and 3 respectively.
All public commuter buses can drop you at a major bus stand in the City, in Kariakoo and/or at the Makumbusho bus terminal that connects buses from all routes in Dar es Salaam.
Bus fares are affordable as they regulated by the Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (SUMATRA).
Dar Es Salaam mini Guide
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