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Bus routes in Dar-es-salaam | Daladala in Dar

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

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. 

Simu 2000 Mawasiliano Bus Terminal

You can get transport to most corners of the city from here.

Mbezi Mwisho Bus Terminal

You can get transport to most corners of the city from here.

Kawe Bus Terminal

You can get transport to most corners of the city from here.

Makumbusho Bus Terminal

You can get transport to most corners of the city from here.

Posta Bus Terminal

You can get transport to most corners of the city from here.

Mbagala Bus Terminal

You can get transport to most corners of the city from here.

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., which began operations on May 10th, 2016. Phase I of the BRT system has a total length of 21 km and runs from Kimara to Ubungo ending at Kivukoni/Morocco. 

BRT Dar-es-salaam Services:

Trunk Routes:

  • 001: Kimara to Kivukoni
  • 002: Ubungo to Kivukoni
  • 003: Morocco to Kivukoni
  • 004: Kimara to Gerezani
  • 005: Ubungo to Gerezani
  • 006: Morocco to Gerezani
  • 007: Morocco to Kimara

Feder Routes

  • 000: Gerezani to Muhimbili
  • 001: Kimara to Mbezi

Paper tickets & smart cards:

  • Tshs 650 for adults
  • Tshs 200 for students
  • Mbezi to Kimara Tshs 800

Paper tickets

  • Mbezi Kimara Tshs 400.

Muhimbili routes Tshs 650.

Means for smart cards Top ups


Tips for using DART in Dar-es-salaam

Publi 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).

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