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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘selam ’
( suh-lam )
Amharic
Plug combo cf
Electricity
220V/50hz
Oct-Jan
Best time to go
Dry
Sunday
HRS
16
16
MINS
15
15
Current Time
GMT +3

Money and costs

Currency
Ethopia Birr (ETB)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated May 15, 2019 11:47AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
US$50
  • Basic double with private facilities: US$15–25
  • Travel between cities by bus: US$8–17
  • Local-style meals are tasty and cheap: from US$6–10
Midrange
US$50–100
  • Double room in a comfortable hotel: US$25–75
  • Occasional internal flight: US$115–250
  • Dinner with alcohol at a midrange restaurant: around US$10
Top end (more than)
US$100
  • Accommodation in a full-board resort or an upmarket hotel room: from US$75
  • Private 4WD with driver: US$180
  • Fine dining at an upmarket restaurant: US$15 and up

Visas

Most visitors flying into Addis Ababa can either obtain an e-visa beforehand (www.evisa.gov.et) or acquire a one-month visa upon landing (US$50). If arriving by land, you must obtain a visa at an embassy in advance.

Get the latest visa advice for Ethiopia from our community.

When to go and weather

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Getting to Ethiopia

The vast majority of travellers arrive in Ethiopia by air at Addis Ababa, but for those with time and a spirit of adventure it’s possible to enter Ethiopia overland via Sudan, Kenya, Djibouti and even Somaliland. There are no land or air links between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Borders with South Sudan and the rest of Somalia are either closed and/or dangerous.

Flights, tours and rail tickets can be booked at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Getting around Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a huge place, and – due to the terrain, the distances and the condition of the roads – it can take a long time to get anywhere.

  • Air Internal flights are huge time savers. The national carrier has an extensive network and solid safety record. It’s usually cheaper to book your flight once in Ethiopia.
  • Bus Opt for the newer companies, which offer better service and more comfortable buses.
  • Car Though expensive, we recommend a 4WD with a driver. Having your own car allows you to stop wherever you want and saves time. The driver can also act as a guide-cum-interpreter. Also, some national parks can only be entered with a 4WD. Shop around and hire through a reputable agency.

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