Ethiopia

Ethiopian Birr (ETB)

Amharic, Tigrinya, Oromo, Somali, Sidama, Afar, Gurage, Welaita, Hadiya

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all travel to some remote desert regions of the southeast, as well as to the area immediately west of Gambela on the South Sudan border. Areas near borders that are away from main roads are to be avoided. All-but-essential travel to remote parts of Amhara northwest of Gonder is also warned against. Before booking travel, click here for more information.

Transportation

Bus Station in Arba Minch

Bus Station

At least two buses leave Sikela’s bus station for Addis Ababa (Birr145, nine hours) and there’s one daily to Jinka (Birr110, six hours) and Awasa (Birr100, six hours). All depart at 6am. Many minibuses serve...

Bus in Bahir Dar

Selam Bus

Selam Bus runs to Addis Ababa (Birr320). It has a ticket office at the bus station, but the buses park in front of St George’s Church and depart at 5.30am.

Bus in Dire Dawa

Ee City

Operates a daily bus to Gelille (Birr185) at the border with Djibouti, where you'll find onward connection to Djibouti City. It leaves around 7pm.

Airport in Addis Ababa

Bole International Airport

Handles all domestic and international air services to/from Addis. The airport is in the Bole area, around 6km south-east of the city centre.

Bus in Bahir Dar

Sky Bus

Sky Bus charges Birr352 to Addis Ababa, has a ticket office near the lake and uses Dib Antessa as its 5am and 7am departure points.

Bus in Harar

Adil Transport

Across the road from the bus station. Sells minibus tickets to Addis Ababa (Birr250 to Birr270, seven to eight hours).

Airline in Dire Dawa

Ethiopian Airlines

Has two daily flights between Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa, one continuing to Jijiga and the other to Djibouti.

Bus in Harar

Selam Bus

Has a direct bus to Addis Ababa (Birr330, nine to 10 hours) that leaves around 5am from the ticket office.

Bus in Harar

Sky Bus

Has a direct bus to Addis Ababa (Birr300, nine to 10 hours) that leaves around 5am from the ticket office.

Bus in Jimma

Selam Bus

Selam Bus has a daily bus from Jimma to Addis Ababa (Birr205, six to seven hours) at 6am.

Bus in Gonder

Sky Bus

Sky Bus runs to Addis (Birr425, 5am) from the Royal Enclosure entrance gate.

Bus in Bahir Dar

Post Bus

Post Bus (Birr248) departs for Addis Ababa at 5.30am three days a week.