getting around Djibouti
If you do decide to meander downtown Djibouti and if you don;'t have car. Just flag down a cab but make sure you negotiate the price before you go anywhere. from the airport to downtown Djibouti or local market it shouldn't cost you more than 1000DF
You can find boats to yemen at the dock. Visit the immigration office, and they will redirect you directly to the captain of the next boat. They also stamp your passport. Have a yemeni visa in advance, and visit the yemeni embassy, maybe you need some official papers. I know four guys who did this trip in august 2005. (price: 30$)
From Assab you can find a truck to Moulhoule (5-10$, the first Djiboutian village), where you can change transportation to Obock(20$). The boat departs Obock 3 times a week to Djibouti City (5$), or you can find an another truck to Tadjoura(15$)
It took 2 days for me (from Djib. to Eritrea)
You can hitch till the border with an ethiopian truck (about 6-10$), than you can find a bus till djibouti city (20$!!). In theory the journey should not take more than 4 hours, for us it was 12, becouse the driver had some rest halfway.
Fly Yemenia from Sanaa to Djibouti
Yemenia flys twice (or thrice - sorry i forgot) from Sanaa to Djibouti city. The flight is about 2 hrs and it costs about 260 USD return including all taxes. If u r coming from US or Europe or from somewhere in the south east asia, you can easy fly with Yemenia to Sanaa and from there to Djibouti. Here in the picture you can see their plane which brought me from the middle east (Yemen) to the African soil (Djibouti) :-)))
Landing in Djibouti City from Sanaa by YEMENIA
After having the comfortable 2 hrs flight from Sanaa, around 2100 hrs (i think), i landed in Djibouti city. Before landing, i could see the lights from the port of Djibouti on the Indian Ocean. Landing was normal - nothing horrific happened - Thanks to Allah :-)
Services in the air
Where as the European regional flights which are about two hours in duration take money from its passengers for catering in the air, Yemenia provided a small meal with famous Yemeni coffee (Mokka or Mocha) Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm it was good!!! Thanks Yemenia.
Green Djibouti taxis
The taxis are old worn out cars from asia. They come with usualy a unwashed driver. THey charge the equivilant of 6 dollars for a short trip and 3 dollars for a stop along the way. The drivers drive reklesslyt with little regard for human life and are mostly stoned on khat (a leafy drug like cocoa leaf)
It may be possible to travel between Djibouti and Yemen by boat.
There are also boats within the country, connecting Djibouti City with the towns of Tadjourah and Obbock across the bay a few times weekly. The Obbock boats pass some inviting looking islands along the way.
Buses connect Djibouti City with Ethiopia and the towns within Djibouti itself, while jeeps go to Hargeisa in Somaliland.
Djiboutian buses tend to be incredibly crowded and booking is recommended.
Fares are also relatively high.
The French built a railway line connecting Djibouti with neighbouring Ethiopia, but in the past years this has largely fallen into disuse. Services are now limited to irregular cargo trains, and most people prefer to travel by bus between the two countries, or within Djibouti itself.
Air France goes to Djibouti,...
Air France goes to Djibouti, but you have to know that there is a 1 hour stop in Jeddah. So it take 9 hours to go to Djibouti from paris.
Yeman Airways goes to Djibouti too.Cheaper.
You can use a taxi, ask for the price before getting into.
Djibouti is a small town , you can do everything by your feet.
To go around the town, you may need a 4x4, if you go in the desert for example. Very expensive.
You can use the Addis-Djibouti train too, it is a very long trip (24hours!)
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