Getting there & away
Ethiopian Airlines (0333 360046) flies daily to Addis Ababa (US$102, 2½ hours), Gonder (US$51, 30 minutes), Bahir Dar (US$61, 1¼ hours) and Aksum (US$72, 40 minutes). Most midrange hotels offer airport transfers (Birr25 to Birr30 one way).
Overland, the best approach is currently from Woldia via Gashema. Two buses depart Lalibela daily at 6am heading for Woldia (Birr25, five to seven hours), with one continuing to Addis Ababa (Birr75, two days) after overnighting in Dessie (Birr39, 8½ to 10 hours).