The state-owned TRC (Tanzania Railway Corporation) has been offering a train connection between Moshi (the city at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro) and Dar es Salaam since December 2019 for the first time in 25 years. The train, which has a capacity of up to 700 passengers, will provide safe and comfortable transport twice a week.

A large portion of today’s narrow-gauge railway was originally built as the ‘Usamabara Railway‘ during the German colonial period and connected the important coastal town of Tanga with Arusha and Moshi. Even today, remnants such as old train stations or water cranes for steam locomotives can still be seen in some places, currently TRC uses diesel locomotives.

We recommend this train connection especially to railway enthusiasts and travellers with enough time – for the approximately 500 kilometres the train needs between 12 and 16 hours. Bookings can be made via the TRC online portal Tickets in 2nd class cost 23.500 TSH (approx. 8 Euro), the most expensive category are tickets for 2nd class sleeping cars for 39.100 (approx. 16 Euro). We recommend early booking, the tickets are sold out very quickly.