Tazara Train Booking

Tazara is gateway to the Eastern, Central and Southern African business markets covering both the SADC and COMESA regional groupings, runs from the port of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to the town of New Kapiri Mposhi in Central Zambia where it links with the existing Zambia Railways System. The gauge of the line is same at 1067 millimeters (three and half feet) as that of Zambia Railways as well as all the other main trunk lines in Central and Southern Africa. Excellent, this is the really Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority, your preferred Transporter.

Dar es Salaam - Kapiri Mposhi (Tazara)

The Tanzania & Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) runs trains between Kapiri Mposhi, Mbeya and Dar es Salaam, taking two nights. The trains have sleeping-cars and a restaurant car, and the journey is a great adventure, see the travellers' reports below. The line is 1,860km long and was only opened in 1976, built with Chinese funding and assistance. The times shown here reflect the new timetable introduced on 10 October 2008 and still in force as far as I know in 2010. There are no longer any additional local trains Dar-Mbeya or Kapiri-Nakonde, just the two train shown here, one train per week an express, the other now an ordinary train.

 Dar es Salaam ► Mbeya ► Kapiri Mposhi

Km

 Classes:

"Mukuba" or "Kilimanjaro"
Express train
1S, 2S, 2, 3, M or R

Mukuba" or "Kilimanjaro"
Ordinary train
1S, 2S, 2, 3, R

0

 Dar es Salaam

depart

15:50  Tuesdays

13:50   Fridays

849

 Mbeya

arrive
depart 

13:08   Wednesdays
13:23   Wednesdays

14:10   Saturdays
14:40   Saturdays

969

 Tunduma (frontier) 

arrive
depart 

17:02   Wednesdays
17:17   Wednesdays

18:38   Saturdays
18:53   Saturdays

970

 Nakonde

arrive
depart 

16:22   Wednesdays
16:47   Wednesdays

17:58   Saturdays
18:18   Saturdays

1852

 Kapiri Mposhi (New)  

arrive

09:26*  Thursdays

13:37   Sundays

1S = 1st class 4-berth sleepers; 2S = 2nd class 6-berth sleepers; 2 = 2nd class seats; 3 = 3rd class seats; M = meal at seat service; R = Restaurant car. One of the two Dar-Kapiri Mposhi train sets is Zambian and called the "Mukuba Express" (= 'copper' in the Bemba language), the other is Tanzanian and called the "Kilimanjaro". You have a 50:50 chance of getting either trainset. Each train typically consists of 3 x 1st class sleepers, 3 x 2nd class sleepers, 3 x 3rd class seats cars, a 2nd class seats car, two restaurant cars, a 1st class lounge car and a couple of baggage vans.


Kapiri Mposhi ► Mbeya ► Dar es Salaam

Km

 Classes:

"Mukuba" or "Kilimanjaro"
Express service
1S, 2S, 2, 3, M or R

Mukuba" or "Kilimanjaro"
Ordinary train
1S, 2S, 2, 3, R

0

 Kapiri Mposhi (New)  

depart

16:00   Tuesdays

14:00   Fridays

882

 Nakonde

arrive
depart 

08:39   Wednesdays
09:09   Wednesdays

09:13  Saturdays
09:23  Saturdays

883

 Tunduma (frontier) 

arrive
depart 

10:14   Wednesdays
10:29   Wednesdays

10:30  Saturdays
10:45  Saturdays

1003

 Mbeya

arrive
depart 

14:13   Wednesdays
14:28   Wednesdays

14:32  Saturdays
15:00  Saturdays

1852

 Dar es Salaam

arrive

12:35   Thursdays

15:46  Sundays


Kapiri Mposhi (New) station is 2km from Kapiri Mposhi (Zambia Railways) station.


 Fares...

One way per person.  Express train fares.  Ordinary train fares are around 20% less.

 Dar es Salaam to Kapiri Mposhi  VIA Mbeya:

1st class70usd Reserve/book

2nd class50usdresearve/book

 

 

3rdclass 3ousdreserve/book


On Tazara, Children under 7 travel free, under 15 pay half fare. Bookings open 1 month in advance. The sleepers are single sex, so men and women will be in separate compartments unless your party books the complete compartment.

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