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Bole International Airport

The airport is situated five miles (8km) from Addis Ababa.

Information & Facts

Airport Taxis

To avoid haggling and overpricing use the yellow/cream coloured government taxis parked at the terminal. Taxis are also available outside the terminal building. Expect to pay around Birr 60 (approximately US$7) for a ride into the city centre; make sure you agree on this fee with the driver before starting your journey.

Car Parking

Public parking lots are located near the entrances of each terminal.

Car Rental

Car rental is available at the airport.

City Transfers

A regular coach service connects the airport to the city centre. This service is provided for departing passengers by Ethiopian airlines.


Tel: +251 (0)1 180 454.

Departure Tax

A Passenger Service Charge of US$20 is levied on all foreign passengers.


Facilities include a bank and bureau de change, restaurants and bars, duty-free and gift shops, travel agents, a post office, and a tourist help desk.


Amharic is the official language, although over 80 local languages are also spoken. English and Arabic are widely spoken as well as some French and Italian.


The official currency is the Ethiopian Birr (ETB), which is divided into 100 cents. Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks and authorised hotels. Credit cards have limited usage outside of Addis Ababa, and even in the capital they are only accepted by major establishments. Visitors should carry a supply of travellers cheques or hard currency with them, preferably in US dollars. ATMs are sparse, but banks are usually open every day except Sundays from 8am to 11am and 1pm till 4pm.


Local time is GMT +3.

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