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Addis Ababa Bole International Airport(IATA: ADD, ICAO: HAAB) is an international airport serving the city of Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia. It is located 8 km southeast of Addis Ababa city center, in the Bole area. Addis Ababa Airport is at a 2,334 m elevation.

It is the main hub of Ethiopian Airlines and also for destinations to Europe, Asia, North and South America. It is one of the busiest airports in Africa.

About the name: The airport was previously named Haile Selassie I International Airport in honor to the former Ethiopia’s regent and emperor.

Addis Ababa Airport hosts over 150 flights per day.

Addis Ababa Airport registered a total flow of 8,900,000 passengers in 2016.

ADDIS ABABA AIRPORT TERMINAL 1

Addis Ababa Airport Terminal 1 exclusively hosts domestic and regional flights within the country. 

TRANSPORT BETWEEN TERMINALS

You can transfer to Terminal 1 by the walkthrough that connects both buildings. A free shuttle service is available.

LEVELS

Regarding levels, it has 14 check-in counters and 4 airlines gates. 

AIRLINES

Ethiopian Airlines, EgyptAir, Sudan Airways and Yemenia Yemen Airways gives service to regional and domestic flights in Addis Ababa Airport Terminal. 

SERVICES

The services offered in Addis Ababa Airport Terminal 1 are:

– Bank branch
– Currency exchange
– Post office
– VIP lounge
– First aid station
– Travel agency & tour operator
– Food & drink concessions
– News Stand
– Duty-free shops
– Information counters
– Free Wi-Fi connection 
– Luggage claim
– Wheel-chair renting service
– Smoking allowed areas
– Toilets
– Telephones 
– lost property
– public telephones
– Parenting rooms
– Airline lounges

ADDIS ABABA AIRPORT TERMINAL 2

Addis Ababa Airport Terminal 2, which was opened in 2003 with a new design, just hosts international flights. It is one of the largest airport terminals of Africa.

TRANSPORT BETWEEN TERMINALS

You can transfer to Terminal 1 by the walkthrough that connects both buildings. A free shuttle service is available.

LEVELS

Addis Ababa Airport Terminal 2 is a three level building. Within the building you can find a shopping mall, restaurants and also it has its own parking garage.

It counts with 28 check-in counters and 7 airline gates. 

Airline Lounges: Addis Ababa Airport has three airline lounges for their customers:

– Cloud Nine Lounge: The exclusive lounge for Cloud Nine travellers. It offers several amenities as wireless connection and computers.

– Gold Lounge: To be used by Star Alliance gold members, it is located in front of the fast track and the boarding gates.

– Shebamiles Lounge: Exclusive for Ethiopian Airways silver members. It is located nearby the security entrance of gates 4 to 8. 

AIRLINES

Find attached the Airlines operating in Terminal 2 of Addis Ababa Airport:

– Air China
– Air India
– Asiana Airlines
– EgyptAir
– Emirates
– Ethiopian Airlines
– FlyDubaiv – Gulf air
– Kenya Airways
– Lufthansa
– Oman Air
– Qatar Airways
– SAS
– Saudi Arabian Airlines
– Shenzhen Airlines
– Singapore Airlines
– South African Airways
– Sudan Airways
– Turkish Airlines
– Yemenia Yemen Airways

SERVICES

Find the following services and amenities in Addis Ababa Airport terminal 2: 

– Bank branch
– Currency exchange
– Post office
– VIP lounge
– First aid station
– Travel agency & tour operator
– Food & drink concessions
– News Stand
– Duty-free shops
– Information counters
– Free Wi-Fi connection 
– Luggage claim
– Wheel-chair renting service
– Smoking allowed areas
– Toilets
– Telephones 
– lost property
– public telephones
– Parenting rooms
– Airline lounges

Facilities and services

Addis Ababa Airport offers the following services to passengers:

– Bank branch
– Currency exchange
– Post office
– VIP lounge
– First aid station
– Travel agency & tour operator
– Food & drink concessions
– News Stand
– Duty-free shops
– Information counters
– Free Wi-Fi connection
– Luggage claim
– Wheel-chair renting service
– Smoking allowed areas
– Toilets
– Telephones
– Lost property
– Public telephones
– Parenting rooms
– Airline lounges

Transport

TAXIS ADDIS ABABA AIRPORT

By taxi you can get to Addis Ababa downtown from the airport within 10 minutes according to traffic, since it is 8 km away from the airport.

In Addis Ababa there are a couple of taxi types: The blue and white ones which belongs to private company, and the government taxis, painted in yellow cream colour, which are operated by the National Tour Operation (NTO).

Location

In order to board a taxi, you can get an immediate taxi service by the Airport Taxi at their counters located in the Arrivals Hall of both terminals. Opening hours: 24 hours.

To ride the taxi, you just need to go to the taxi ranks outside both terminals, they are facing them. 

Companies

Find taxi companies at the taxi ranks of Addis Ababa Airport operating 24 hours a day:

– National Tour Operation (NTO): +251 115 51 29 55
– Bole International Airport & Hotels Taxi Association: +251 116 62 7301 / +251 911 21 4655

Fares

Regarding fares, due to there are no meters, the yellow cream taxis have fixed prices for the scheduled routes, since they are the government taxis. You’ll need to pay your trip in advance and if you have the chance, you can agree on a fee with the driver.

Be careful since the blue and white taxis do neither have meter but prices are ten times higher than the blue and white ones, since they are unofficial taxis.

Estimated prices to get to Addis Ababa are between 200.00 to 300.00 Birr.

Share a car

Sharing car apps are a useful way to get to your destination at a reduced cost comparing to the above options. You can consider to share your ride with more people or simply join another one’s trip.

Apps like Uber or BlaBlaCar may be useful for your trip to any of the cities nearby.

BAJAJS (TUK – TUK)

By taking a Bajaj, you’ll be able to get around easily through Addis Ababa.

Location

You can find Bajajs at any point of the street, though they are banned from larger roads. 

Fares

A ride for an individual trip is 30 BIRR, for a multiple passenger trip is 1.50 BIRR. 

You can bargain the price to the driver. 

BUS FROM ADDIS ABABA AIRPORT

To be able to transfer between Addis Ababa Airport to downtown by bus, we present you the following options:

MINIBUS

To get safe and sound to Addis Ababa downtown, you can take a Minibus. It is without a doubt the cheapest way of transport to get to Addis Ababa from the Airport. They are coloured white and blue or just white. 

The trip time will be up to the location in Addis Ababa you decide to take off. 

LOCATION

You can take the bus from the Minibus Station, which is under the flyover, located opposite to the terminals. 

FARES

Estimated fares as it follows: 

– Short journey: 4.50 BIRR
– Medium journey: 2.90 BIR
– Long journey: 4.00 BIRR
– Very long journey: 4.80 BIRR

WHERE CAN I BUY MY TICKET?

You can buy your ticket on board to the driver. 

Car rental

If you seek for a more independent way to move through Addis Ababa, the best option for you is without any doubt to hire a car.

COMPANIES

See attached the available car hire companies in Addis Ababa Airport:

– Avis: +251 11 510 355

Opening hours: 24 hours. 

LOCATION

Car rental options can be found at the tour operators and travel agencies booths at the Arrivals Hall of Addis Ababa Airport.

RENTING A CAR IN ETHIOPIA – TIPS AND ADVICES

– To be able to drive in Ethiopia you’ll need a temporary Ethiopian’s permit at the Transport and Communications office located on Asmara Road in Addis Ababa. To obtain it you must have a valid residence permit.

– With your local driving permit, you’ll only be allowed to drive in the country for a week. 

– It is recommended to hire also a driver while hiring a car, since many car rental companies will overcharge you for self-driving. Also, it will be safer as traffic in Addis Ababa is really chaotic: Drivers don’t respect the rules: they can overtake you on both sides or simply don’t respect the road lanes.

– You should contract a medical and emergencies insurance in your own country since in some parts of Ethiopia there aren’t insurance companies neither emergency services.

Contact information

Find above several contact information regarding Addis Ababa Airport:

Lost & Found:
+251 11 517 8306 / +251 11 665 0304

Address: 
Bole Road
Bole District, Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA

Phone:
+251 11 665 0400

 ABOUT ADDIS ABABA

Addis Ababa, also named Addis Abeba, which can be translated into “new flower” or “natural spring”, is the capital and largest city in Ethiopia with a 3,384,569 inhabitants. It is home of the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

Ethiopia has been often called “the original home of mankind” due to the humanoid fossil discoveries, featuring the world-famous Australopithecine Lucy. After several DNA researches around the world, scientists claimed that the area which nowadays is Addis Ababa is where 100,000 years ago humanity spread.

Regarding landmarks, you can find in the city several interesting museums like the Ethiopian Ethnological Museum, the Addis Ababa Museum and the Ethiopian Natural History Museum. About architecture, features the Saint George’s Cathedral, Holy Trinity Cathedral and the burial place of Emperor Haile Selassie and the Imperial family.

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