This will take approximately 9 hours and offers a
chance to view safari animals while travelling
through Mikumi National Park. You can book
your tickets in advance with JM Luxury, Ota High
Class and Greenstar. There are also cheaper bus
companies, but we would advise going for the more
expensive tickets. Prices (2014) range from
TSH18,000 – 26,000. NB: Some buses will drop you
at Ipogolo (or Ipogoro), which is a small suburb of Iringa, from here you will need to catch a taxi up the hill into town. Don’t pay more than TSH8-10,000 for this taxi to Neema Crafts.
Fly: This is by far the safest and most expedient option, but also of course expensive. Auric Air fly directly to and from Iringa on a daily basis. Please click on the links to find out about their times and prices: www.auricair.com
Drive: If you already have a vehicle or are thinking about hiring one, this can be slightly more comfortable than catching a bus. It is not cheap however, and may be restrictive unless you are sharing the costs between a group. The going rate for hiring taxi for this route is between TSH4-500,000 one way.
Overnight in Dar: Depending on when you arrive into Dar you may find you need to stay over night before starting the journey to Iringa. There are some good accommodation options near the airport including: Transit Motel.
The only company we know regularly driving this route is Hood. Leaving from the central bus stand in Arusha at 06:00 it travels via Moshi and then Chalinze, Morogoro, eventually arriving into Iringa after 12-14hrs driving. Ensure you are on a direct bus when you book your tickets (from the bus stand) to avoid a change at Morogoro. Single tickets approx TSH40,000
Air: Unfortunately, you cannot fly directly to Iringa from Arusha or Moshi (yet!) but there are cheap flights (currently TSH65,000) available from Fast Jet on the Kilamanjaro to Dar es Salaam route.
Bus: Unless you have your own car, this would be the obvious mode of transport. There are many buses leaving the main bus stand in Mbeya for Iringa for a range of prices. The cheaper option is to go for a ‘coaster’ bus, but be aware that these will stop regularly on the way to pick up passengers! You should look to leave before 11:00.
NB: Some buses will drop you at Ipogolo (or Ipogoro), which is a small suburb of Iringa, from here you will need to catch a taxi up the hill into town. Don’t pay more than TSH8-10,000 for this taxi to Neema Crafts.
Drive: If you have your own vehicle you can comfortably drive to Iringa in 6 hours. Again, it is possible to hire your own taxi, but this will be expensive unless you are splitting the cost.
Air: There are currently no regular flights from Mbeya to Iringa.