Addis Ababa Transportation

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    Inside Bole international airport
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    BMI

    by iaint Written Jan 10, 2012

    I used BMI from London to get to Ethiopia.

    My flight stopped in Beirut on the way out, but I think some stop in Amman. We were on the ground for only 45 minutes. Some passengers got off (none boarded) and the crew changed. The rest of us stayed on board. A bit of an irritation when it’s a long flight anyway.

    We were about 45 minutes late leaving LHR - air traffic, so probably not BMI’s fault.

    Service was pretty sparse. A breakfast just after leaving LHR. A “dinner” just after Beirut. When we got to Addis Ababa 4.5 hours after Beirut, I was ravenous. Suggest you pack snacks...

    The cabin crew - mixed. Some pleasant, some very sour.

    The plane - Airbus 321. Comfortable enough.

    BMI did change my flights twice (same day - different times) as they brought in the winter timetable.

    Ok as value for money - about £500 return from Edinburgh, booked 8 months in advance.

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    hotel shuttle

    by iaint Written Jan 10, 2012

    My hotel (Hilton) offers an airport shuttle. They charge $5, but some hotels will do it free.

    On arrival I'd certainly recommend it. Maybe you'll relish the prospect of doing battle with a local taxi driver just after arrival off a long flight, but not me!

    By all accounts the cost of a taxi is about the same as the cost of the Hilton shuttle.

    I just had to go to the Hilton desk opposite the arrival gate, and 5 minutes later I was on my way to the bus. I was the only passenger, so I got a brief cultural introduction to the country as well

    Worth the $1 tip

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    Bole Airport

    by sphynxxs Written Sep 16, 2009

    If you haven´t got a visum yet, obtaining one on arrival is no problem. It is issued for a fee of 20$ - just as much as if you´d go for it at the next Ethiopian embassy.. when you come down the escalator from the arrival flight you will see a visum on arrival sign leading to a room where you can get your visum - it is easily overlooked unless other people are already queuing, so do not immideately proceed to the immigration counters. The whole procedure is usually very swift and efficient

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    Europcar

    by erifla Written Apr 7, 2008

    If you want to be independent and want your own car then Europcar is the way to go. They have new cars with really good rates. They will charge you only for the amount of hours that you rent the car. They have offices at the airport, Hilton lobby and one in the city centre at there location in Mexico Square. You can even book through the internet. You know you won't be left stranded on the road if you have one of their cars.

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    Taxi

    by boltonian Written Aug 3, 2008
    Taxi

    Taxi cabs are found all over Addis.

    They are mostly age old lada cars, painted blue and white.

    Some are on their last legs and send fumes and smoke into the car.

    Prices are negotiated at the start of the journey.

    Most journeys should be 30 Birr

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    Minibus

    by boltonian Written Aug 3, 2008
    All aboard

    Cheaper than the taxi is the shared minibus.

    The 'conductor' hangs from the window and shouts the destination. Journeys cost between 0.75 - 2 Birr.

    If in doubt, ask any minibus and they will direct you to the right van for your preferred journey.

    Minibuses tend to congragate around set areas until full (Piazza, Bole etc).

    Be aware, that often when you ask for a destination (e.g. Entoto), the van may only go part of the way, and you will have to change (and thus pay again).

    Journeys allow you to mingle with the locals. In the van designed for 12 people, we had 25 in at one time. Funny stuff.

    Vans can be private hired if no taxis are around, but will cost slightly more.

    From the airport, you will be charged double if you have bags or cases.

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  • Cabs to and from the airport

    by RblWthACoz Written Jun 28, 2006

    A taxi from the airport into the city should cost you 60 birr, unless it is really out of the way in which case it should cost you no more than 100 birr. The pricing will be the same for going to the airport as well.

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  • Take the minibus!

    by RblWthACoz Written Jun 28, 2006

    Just like in other places in Africa, the good ol' minibuses (all of them are blue) are here in Addis. It might be difficult to get to exactly where you want to go if you don't speak Ahmaric, but hey...give it a shot if you want. A guy will lean out the window and yell where the minibus is going to. So if you can understand him or just feel like being adventurous, go for it. The prices are 60 cents for standard rides and 1.20 birr for trips farther out.

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    BOLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

    by DAO Updated Mar 29, 2007

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    VISA ON ARRIVAL IS AVAILABLE AT BOLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT !

    Just to make sure, check your nationality on the Project Visa website:

    PROJECT VISA

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    Bus in Addis Ababa

    by georeiser Updated Jun 9, 2010

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    9�� 1' 59.4900
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    The buses in addis Ababa are not for foreigners. You don't understand where they are going since the front boards are written in ethiopian letters, or with only a number.

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    Hotel Shuttle

    by Jecloosey Written Jul 26, 2005

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    On my way to the airport

    I ordered a hotel shuttle at the airport and was positively surprised by the road system. Traffic flows freely and organized. The roads are well maintained.

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    tour guide

    by hanspeter_W. Written Nov 24, 2012
    guide tilahun on left side in harar house
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    to visit diferent parts of the country would recommend a professional guide to take you around
    my guide Tilahun was absoltu good, reliable and good friend

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