Kilimanjaro International Airport the Gateway to Adventure

Strategically positioned in northeastern Tanzania, Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) serves as the gateway for over 500,000 visitors each year. Located just 40 minutes from the towns of Moshi and Arusha, its proximity to Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, as well as popular safari destinations like the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, make it a hub for adventure travelers.

Kilimanjaro International Airport location

International Flights

international hubs

Direct international flights land daily from Europe and the Middle East, with KLM, Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar Airways, and Kenya Airways offering connections through Amsterdam, Addis Ababa, Doha, and Nairobi.

Domestic carriers like Precision Air and Coastal Aviation provide short flights between JRO and other Tanzanian cities like Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar.

Currently, there are no direct flights to JRO from the US or Canada.

Arrival and Transportation

Kilimanjaro International Airport tarmac
Visitors debark on the tarmac. and walk to the terminal

Upon arrival, passengers disembark on the tarmac and clear immigration inside. Different queues cater to those with pre-existing visas and those obtaining visas on arrival.

Kilimanjaro International Airport visa lines
Visa lines

After security, collect your checked baggage and head to the exit. Kilimanjaro Sunrise provides pre-booked pick-up and drop-off service to your hotel in Arusha. Our driver is easily identifiable by a “Kilimanjaro Sunrise” sign.

Driver with Kilimanjaro Sunrise sign

Taxi service is an alternative to the private transfers. Taxis run about $50 each way.

private jro transfer
Kilimanjaro Sunrise private vehicle


For departures, it’s advisable to arrive two hours before your flight. Boarding passes can only be obtained within three hours of departure.

After security, enter the common waiting area with six gates. You can view the arriving planes through large windows.

Kilimanjaro International Airport baggage area
Baggage area


The airport contains over half a dozen dining options ranging from quick snacks to full-course meals as well as foreign exchange bureaus.

The restaurant with a bar has comfortable booths, along with additional seating upstairs. Two business/VIP lounges cater to business class passengers or those with flying status. Access is also available for purchase. Free wifi is available throughout.

Its recent expansion increased the annual passenger capacity to handle growing numbers of visitors.

Kilimanjaro International Airport online visa line
Online visa line

Final Thoughts

As tourism surges, JRO stands as the vibrant gateway to Tanzania’s incredible natural wonders and rich cultural heritage. It provides services to enrich travelers’ experiences in the region.

Are you ready for an unforgettable African adventure? Book your Kilimanjaro climb and Tanzanian safari, and let the journey of a lifetime kick off at Kilimanjaro International Airport

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