Travel to Ethiopia

Air Transport

Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport is a gateway to the rest of Ethiopia. The airport also serves many destinations in Africa, Middle East, Asia, Europe and North America. The country’s national carrier Ethiopian Airlines has an extensive domestic network flying to 43 airfields and an additional 21 landing strips. There are many other airlines that also serve Ethiopia. Probably the best way of getting round the country is the good domestic flight service offered by Ethiopian Airlines between the major towns and prices are reasonable.

Road Transport

There are some 4,100 kilometers of asphalt roads with a further 19,000 kilometers of gravel and dry-weather roads. Due to the nature of the terrain, road conditions in Ethiopia are poor. Driving is on the right hand side and a valid British license is acceptable although if you intend to drive you should obtain a temporary Ethiopian driving license. Cars are available for hire in Addis Ababa. The bus service is run by the government and is extremely slow and unreliable. Fuel shortages often means there is no form of public transport available and this will also have an effect on those who want to hitch. There is only one route for train running from Addis Ababa to Dire Dawa and conditions can be overcrowded. Railway: A 778 kilometers railway line links Addis Ababa with Djibouti, and carries both freight and passengers.

Hotels

Addis Ababa has hotels that cater to all budgets, from the luxurious Sheraton and Hilton hotels to the tourist class hotels. All tourist resorts offer a choice of modern hotels. There are many restaurants in the area not compared in dining styles. Guests need not to leave Ethiopia without experiencing finest international dining in Addis Ababa. A chic yet comfortable ambience and unpretentious, hearty cooking create the setting for a fun-filled evening with friends or colleagues.

Taxis

Taxis are available in cities and major towns. These include the blue-and-white mini buses, pickups with a closed Canopy or Saloon Cars. They normally operate on a fixed rate and standard route. Personalized and specific trips should be negotiated with the driver in advance. In the Capital, there are Luxury Mercedes Benz taxis operated by National Tour Operation (NTO). They are stationed outside major hotels and at the airport. They also do not have meters. In addition, there are yellow taxis stationed at the airport for special hire which necessitates a prior negotiation with the driver for the price.

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