Eritrea Transportation

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Eritrea Transportation

  • Buses and taxis

    Petrol is extortionate in Eritrea! As such, taxis are very expensive, though readily available at a price. But you can find people to share the cost if taking long journeys... Expect to pay 50 nakfa for a short taxi ride in Asmara. We paid over $100 for a 2-hour taxi ride.The reason for our occasional taxi extravagance was that buses are difficult....

  • Visas and travel permits

    As is well documented, the visa you obtain to visit Eritrea only lets you travel to Asmara. You need to visit the Tourist Office on Harnet Avenue and apply for a tourist travel permit for the other places you'd like to visit. This costs 20 Nakfa and we obtained it the same day we applied (go early in the morning). When writing where you'd like to...

  • Excellent transportation service

    It seems to be easy to travel around the country by pubblic transportation. Small buses run almost everywhere, from early morning to late afternoon. Probably it takes time to visit the country just by pubblic buses. If you need a car with driver I recommend Gebrehiwet Waldemariam. He is a nice man, good driver, always ready to help, and can provide...

  • Overland to Eritrea

    As of 2004, the only land border of Eritrea open for travellers was the one with Djibouti.There are shared taxis between Assab in Eritrea and Moulhoule in Djibouti, with connections to Obbock.The Sudanese border was only crossed by locals illegally during my visit, but reopened in late 2006. It remains to be seen how long it will stay open, and you...

  • Railways in Eritrea

    The Italians built a good railway network in Eritrea under their rule, but it has fallen into disuse later on. However, since independence the Eritrean givernment has restored the extremely scenic line between Asmara and Massawa. Unfortunately there are no scheduled services anyway (probably because the buses are faster). Your only hope is tagging...

  • By Road around Eritrea

    There is an extensive and cheap bus service around much of Eritrea. Fares are incredibly low: around 1 USD for a 3-4 hour long journey! Of course, at these prices you can't expect much in the way of comforts.Should you need those comforts (or flexiblity), you can either hire a car to drive yourself, or hire a taxi with a driver to take you around.

  • By Sea to Eritrea

    Many travellers are hoping to catch a boat between Massawa & Sudan/Egypt, and Assab & Yemen.However there are no passenger boats on either of these routes, and even if you found a cargo ship going your way, burocracy might stop you from taking it!

  • By Air to Eritrea

    Eritrea is only served by a few airlines.Of the neighbouring countries it is connected to Sudan, Djibouti and Yemen (but not Ethiopia!), while in Europe Rome, Milan, Amsterdam, and Frankfurt (and by now perhaps London) have direct flights.Some of the cheapest flights to Eritrea tend to be on Egypt Air via Cairo.

  • Getting to Dhalak Islands

    I have been to the Dahlak islands for snorkelling and general sightseeing. Even if this was close to 4 years ago, I assume the situation is much the same as Eritrea has gone from one economic-political crisis to the other and not much has happened in tourism development and investment. I guess that my description may still hold water... It is...

  • Overland to Eritrea

    You cannot legally cross from Ethiopia into Eritrea because of the war-like but truce situation. It would also be dangerous to try to cross illegally due to land mines, unexploded ordinance and trigger-happy nervous soldiers on both sides.You can enter from the Sudan from Kassala into Tesenay and on to Barentu.There are cargo ships calling at...

  • Flying to Asmara, often fully booked

    Getting to Eritrea can sometimes be difficult, because there are not that many flights and flights are often fully booked long time ahead. The Eritrean diaspora has led to many Eritreans traveling. Especially true during Christian and Muslim holiday times.Another factor seems to be the sectorized travel: Lufthansa certainly at the time I was flying...

  • At the time of this...

    At the time of this submission, only air travel will get you into Eritrea to the Asmara Airport. Ensure that you get an Entry Visa before you fly to Eritrea. If not, you might end up back on the aircraft you just got off of!!!!In Asmara there are rental car agencies, and taxis are abundant. In Massawa, there are boats available to take people to...

  • the Lufthansa flight to Asmara...

    the Lufthansa flight to Asmara is ok.there is a stop in Jeddah, but the daytime trip is very comfortable.The return flight is harder...beacause of the same stop int he nightime!

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