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
Minibus taxis are a mode of transport that falls between private transport and bus transport. The minibuses in Addis are mostly Toyota Hiace and have a blue-and-white color. They are preferred over public buses and taxis because they are cheap and flexible, and operate on semi-fixed routes. They don't have fixed stops along their route, but instead the passenger is required to say where to stop. The minibus taxi has a crew member called a "weyala", a kind of conductor who arrange all payments. He is also the person who is shouting out the destination from the window to get hold of new passengers. Minibus taxis are known for road accidents and reckless driving. Beware of pickpocketing aboard minibus taxis.
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The old russian car Lada is still used as taxi here. They are fragile vehicles. Make sure to bargain the price before entering the car. It's normal to charge a tourist more than a local citizen. Price should be from 30-50 birr within the city centre on the daytime.
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
VISA ON ARRIVAL IS AVAILABLE AT BOLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT !
Just to make sure, check your nationality on the Project Visa website:
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.
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.
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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