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Zanzibar Taxi

Zanzibar Taxi General Information and Tips


Hand picked & english speaking drivers


Same price as a regular Taxi from the line


Drivers are always on time


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  • 20 minute gap between transfers

    Following each ride, our drivers have at least 20 minutes to thoroughly clean the surfaces of the car and ventilate the cabin.

  • Regular Car Sanitisation

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  • Sanitiser in every car

    We provide hand sanitisers and hand wipes for all our travellers. Our drivers have their own sanitiser, which they use before and after every ride

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Taxis in Zanzibar

Zanzibar, Tanzania is one of the most beautiful islands in Africa and is visited by over 500,000 travellers a year. Known for its rich culture, stunning turquoise waters, incredible marine wildlife and characteristic cuisine, it is a wonderful holiday destination. With so much to explore, it is highly recommended to get around the island in a Zanzibar taxi.


Hand picked & english speaking drivers


Same price as a regular Taxi from the line


Drivers are always on time


24/7 Email & Phone support

How much does a taxi cost?

Taxi prices
Day time
(05:00 - 24:00)
Night time
(00:00 - 05:00)
14.80 €
14.80 €
34 €
34 €
44 €
44 €
49 €
49 €
white minivan taxis parked up in front of white houses and palm trees

Zanzibar Taxi Prices

Taxis in Zanzibar are mostly privately owned, whilst various companies operate on the island. Thus, Zanzibar taxi prices are usually set and do not work off a taximeter. Moreover, most companies offer the same transfer prices. For instance, the 15-minute trip from Zanzibar International Airport to Stone Town typically costs $15 (€14.80).

However, if you want to travel with a highly reputable company, you can pre-book your Zanzibar taxi with Welcome Pickups.

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How to get a taxi in Zanzibar

Unlike most cities, hailing a cab off the streets of Zanzibar is unadvised, as some taxis are not licensed. To get a taxi in Zanzibar, it is recommended to call or pre-book a trusted taxi company. Some of the popular local enterprises are:

Zan Island Taxi: +255 777 577 207

ZTrans: +255 777 041 191

Zanzitaxi: +255 773 104 273

Nevertheless, if you want to travel with a friendly, local English-speaking driver, it is highly recommended to pre-book your Zanzibar taxi with Welcome Pickups.

Benefits of Booking a Private Transfer With Welcome Pickups

When arriving in a new city, the last thing you want to do is get lost in the streets, haggle with unlicensed taxi drivers or waste your time trying to get from A to B.

Pre-booking a Zanzibar private transfer with Welcome Pickups is the best way to travel around the island. Welcome Pickups guarantees on-time pickups, premium customer service, fully personalised transfers, and friendly local English-speaking drivers, handpicked and trained by us. And now, with our mobile application, you can book your Zanzibar taxi in under 60 seconds!

Zanzibar Taxi Tips

  1. It is helpful to know that most private taxi companies in Zanzibar also operate as tour companies.
  2. It is uncommon to tip your taxi driver; however, it is appreciated. Most travellers round up their end fare to the higher dollar.
  3. Be aware that many unlicenced taxis operate around the island; ensure you book an official and reputable transfer company.
  4. Most taxis in Zanzibar cannot accommodate credit card payments. However, you can use your credit card if you pre-book your transfer online.

Zanzibar Wheelchair Accessible Taxis and Transfers

Most taxi vehicles in Zanzibar are minivans and can accommodate wheelchairs. However, confirming this beforehand with your driver or the taxi company you choose is always best, so ensure you specify your needs when booking a trip.

Taxi Safety and Complaints in Zanzibar

Zanzibarian taxi drivers are known to be very friendly and accommodating. Nonetheless, bad experiences may happen. If this is your case, you can file a complaint directly with the Zanzibar taxi company. It is essential to keep all valuable information, as the taxi company might need a transfer receipt, holding the date, time, driver’s name, etc.

Frequently asked questions

How do Zanzibar taxis calculate their prices?

Zanzibar taxi services offer set rate fares to most destinations around the island. Many taxi companies exist, although most companies offer the same set prices. The 15-minute trip from Zanzibar International Airport to Stone Town costs $15 (€14.80).

Are there any Zanzibar taxi services I can call?

Many Zanzibar taxi services are available around the island. Travellers can book via telephone, Whatsapp message or directly through their website. Some of the most popular local providers are Zan Island Taxi (+255 777 577 207) and ZTrans (+255 777 041 191).

Do taxis in Zanzibar accept card payments?

Unfortunately, most taxi companies do not accept credit card payments; thus, carrying cash in dollars, euros or Tanzanian shilling is always best. Nevertheless, most companies offer credit card payment options if you book a taxi via their website.

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