Getting Around Ethiopia

Best time of year to visit?

Days in Addis Ababa are warm, but not hot, and the evenings are very cold. The best time of the year to visit the country would be between September to December when you can avoid the rainy season in most parts of the country and the weather is also very temperate.

Where to eat and drink?

Food is extremely reasonable and the best places to eat in Ethiopia are in both local restaurants and chain hotels. Restaurants and big hotel chains in Ethiopia provide that right. Anyone is going to serve you some of the best coffee you ever had and the prices many times will be under two or three dollars. There aren’t many street vendors in Ethiopia; the local restaurants are the way to go.

Is internet in Ethiopia friendly?

Internet access is not good in Ethiopia simply because their access to the coast was cut off along with its Internet access after the war with Eritrea. Make sure you find a big hotel and you will surely find good Internet access. Most of the time you will be able to find it for free as well as you buy something.

Getting there and away?

The best way to get to Ethiopia would be to fly directly into the capital Addis Ababa with Ethiopian Airlines; one of the best airlines in Africa. The only border that can be crossed by land is via Kenya and even that has seen significant problems.

What’s the best way to get around?

Traveling around the country is very cheap. The roads are relatively fine between cities so it is best to fly since the prices are so cheap especially if you’re going over long distances- I would recommend that you fly. Within city limits you can use local transport which depending on the city can be a combination of Toyota vans, and even motorcycle taxis.

Electric Supply

Electric Power is 220V running at 50Hz. The Plug types used are; Round pins with ground, Round pins with round grounding pin (offset) and Round pins with round grounding pin (in-line).


The Prime Minister is the head of a federal parliamentary republic government in Ethiopia and is chosen by the parliament. The president of Ethiopia is elected by the House of Peoples’ Representatives for a six-year term. Executive power is exercised by the government while legislative power is vested in the Parliament. The Council of Ministers, according to the 1995 constitution, is comprised by the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Ministers, various Ministers and other members as determined and approved by the House of Peoples’ Representatives. There are 9 ethnically based administrative regions and two self-governing administrations; the capital city Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa.