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Bahir Dar

Getting there & around

Ethiopian Airlines (0582 200020) has daily flights to Addis Ababa (US$78, 30 minutes), Gonder (US$37, 17 minutes), Lalibela (US$61, 1¼ hours) and Aksum (US$86, two to three hours).

Two daily buses serve Addis Ababa (via Debre Markos Birr61, 1½ days; via Mota Birr57, 12 hours). There are morning buses to Gonder (Birr23, four hours). Minibuses serve Addis Ababa (Birr120 to Birr150, six hours) and Gonder (Birr30, three hours); ask your hotel.

A ferry sails Sunday for Gorgora (Birr105, 1½ days), on Lake Tana’s northern shore. The Marine Authority office (0582 200730; closed Sun) sells tickets.

Bikes are perfect for exploring; hire one just south of Tana Pastry (Birr3 per hour). An airport taxi costs Birr40.