Djibouti in detail

Flights & getting there

Most visitors arrive by air. A few come overland from Ethiopia or Somaliland.


Airports & Airlines

Djibouti has one international gateway for arrival by air, Djibouti-Ambouli Airport, about 5km south of Djibouti City. Djibouti does not have a national airline.

Air Djibouti Two flights a week to/from Addis Ababa and three flights a week to/from Hargeisa (Somaliland). Also flies to Dire Dawa and Dubai, and has plans to fly to Paris and London.

Air France One weekly flight to/from Paris.

Daallo Two flights a week to/from Hargeisa and on to Dubai. Also flies once weekly to/from Mogadishu and to/from Jeddah.

Ethiopian Airlines Two daily flights to/from Addis Ababa (one via Dire Dawa).

FlyDubai Operates three flights a week to/from Dubai.

Jubba Airways Two flights a week to/from Hargeisa and on to Dubai. Also flies once weekly to/from Mogadishu and to/from Jeddah.

Kenya Airways Six flights a week to/from Nairobi.

Qatar Airways Flies six times a week between Djibouti and Doha.

Turkish Airlines Daily flights to/from Istanbul.


If you’re coming from Europe or North America, your best bet is to fly to Dubai, Doha, Addis Ababa, Istanbul or Nairobi and find an onward connection to Djibouti. You can also fly direct from Paris.

From Australasia, fly to Dubai or Doha and find an onward connection to Djibouti.

Departure Tax

Departure tax is included in the price of a ticket.


The border with Eritrea is closed; land borders with Ethiopia (Galafi and Gelille) and Somaliland (Loyaada) are open.

Border Crossings

  • Eritrea The border with Eritrea is closed.
  • Ethiopia The two crossings from Ethiopia are Gelille and Galafi.
  • Somaliland The border crossing is at Loyaada.

All borders are open daily. Border posts are generally open at least between 8am to 5pm.

Bus & 4WD

There are services to/from Ethiopia and to/from Somaliland.


There is a daily bus service between Djibouti City and Dire Dawa – a strenuous 10- to 12-hour ride on a gravel road (which is being upgraded and asphalted). Take your first bus to the border town of Gelille (DFr1500), then another bus to Dire Dawa (Birr185). Bring plenty of water.

From Djibouti City, buses leave around 7.30pm from a bus station located on the southern outskirts of the city, in an area called Balbala. The company is called Assajog. Buy your ticket at least a day in advance to be sure of getting a seat.


From Ave 26, 4WDs depart daily to Hargeisa and Borama (Somaliland). They usually leave around 3pm (it’s wise to buy your ticket in the morning). It costs US$40 (front seat). Be warned: it’s a taxing journey of about eight to nine hours. Bring plenty of water.


Hitching is never entirely safe in any country, and we don’t recommend it. Travellers who hitch should understand that they are taking a small but potentially serious risk. Still, if you want to enter Djibouti from Ethiopia via the border town of Galafi, you can hitch a lift (front seats only) with one of the legions of trucks that ply the route between Addis Ababa and Djibouti City via Awash, Gewane, Logiya and Dikhil. This option is best avoided by women.


Launched in 2017, a Chinese-built railway line links Djibouti City to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. It should carry passengers.


There are no passenger services from Djibouti to other countries.