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Addis Ababa Airport Transportation

Located east of Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, ADD International is a small facility known to get a lot of traffic. Escape the hustle of the main terminal by booking a ride you can count on, whether that means reserving a private lift for all the freedom you need or enjoying the ease of a meet-and-greet service ranging from simple taxi drop-offs to knowledgeable local personal drivers.

ADD Transportation
Ground transportation at Addis Ababa International is limited to a few bus lines that run along Airport Road as well as taxi and car rental kiosks available on ground level. Reserve a shuttle to get going right away, booking through either local private sedan or taxi cab providers for the perk of custom drop-offs as well as luggage-handling services that let you to kick back the whole ride.

Shared Ride Van
Those in search of an all-in-one hotel or resort should book a commitment-free lift with area shuttle companies, reserving a shared ride van for easy drop-offs to 5-star stays like Radisson Blu Hotel, home to upmarket rooms and a brasserie, or the Capitol Hotel and Spa, which offers 3 bars and 24-hour room service.

Private Van
Take care of up to a dozen passengers with a private van instead, booking with local shuttle companies for an easy lift to expansive locales, from the astounding exhibits at the National Museum of Ethiopia to a variety of churches and cathedrals showcasing the area’s adornment for divine architecture.

Private Sedan
Reserve a private sedan to make each moment intimate, booking with area sedan providers to enjoy quiet getaways, whether it be an inner-city bite & drink at Tomoca Coffee or long stroll through the woodsy paths of Menagesha National Forest, located on the western outskirts of the city.

Local Personal Drivers
No one can show you the hidden gems of Addis Ababa better than a local, which is exactly why you should book a local personal driver for your tour of town, finding the best busy markets and bazaars to spend the evening in as well as the most enlightening trails worthy of morning jogs.

Private SUV
Reserve a private SUV from area companies to get where you need to be without following someone else’s schedule, looking forward to the kids rides at Bora Amusement Park as well as the indoor shops at Edna Mall, downtown’s largest shopping complex also home to its own indoor carousel and kids play area.

Taxi Cab
Business travelers arriving to the African Union Commission or Africa Hall and ECA Conference Center should arrive with a taxi to help through traffic, afterward taking as much time as you need enjoying the evening with lifts always ready to swoop you back up, 24-hours, 7 days a week.

Stretched Limousine
Book a stretched limousine to enjoy the city at its best, booking with local limo providers for elegant rides across town, indulging in the local flavors at either Mamma Mia Italian Restaurant & Bar or La Mandoline French Restaurant, afterward enjoying local entertainment courtesy of the Ethiopian National Theatre.

Chartered Bus
Take control of the day by getting a ride big enough to carry over a dozen passengers, reserving a chartered bus for the freedom to take your time at expansive locales, one of the most famous being the elevated churches and regional eucalyptus trees resting atop Mount Entoto.

ADD Airport Terminals
As the busiest airport in Addis Ababa International, ADD Airport provides two main terminals, one for domestic flights and another for international.

Terminal 1 (Domestic): - Level 1: arrivals, check-in, baggage claim, luggage carts, ground transportation, and escalator/elevator access to upper level.
- Level 2: departures, shops, restaurants, VIP lounges, and escalator/elevator access to lower level.

Terminal 2 (International):
- Level 1: arrivals, check-in, baggage claim, luggage carts, parking garage access, ground transportation, and escalator/elevator access to upper levels.
- Level 2: departures, drop-off zone, shops, restaurants, and escalator/elevator access to all levels.
- Level 3: airport offices, telephones, shops, restaurants, VIP lounges, and escalator/elevator access to lower levels.

 

Addis Ababa Airport Shuttles

With 10-15 minutes of driving between Addis Ababa Bole International and downtown, getting where you need to be can go a long way with a little help. Book a shuttle to hit the road when you land, reserving through either local taxi or sedan companies for custom drop-offs and friendly services. Before scheduling your drop-off, know exactly where you’re headed, choosing between 10 sub-cities sprawled across downtown, from Kirkos’ festive shops at Meskel Square and local art showcased at St. George Gallery, to Arada, located even further north and home to the National Museum of Ethiopia as well as the small but ferocious Lion Park. Go for something totally isolated by heading to Yeka instead, located on the northeast side of town and especially popular for business travelers looking to stay close to the airport.

Hold onto the right information before getting ahead of yourself, starting with your shuttle. Print out your confirmation email ahead of time, keeping other bookings and personal documents in the same place with the help of a travel journal, whether it’s a stunning view of the region’s mountainous backdrop through Yama Ethiopia Tours or a view of the downtown’s bustling culture with Awaze Tours. Keep important documents scanned as well, making sure personal identification, passports, and tickets are all stored on a flash or cloud drive.

About Addis Ababa Bole International Airport
Located less than 4 miles (6 km) from the city center, reaching the heart of it all is easy if that heart is close to the airport. Book a nearby stay to make things simple, the closest options being Ambassador Hotel, Jupiter International Hotel, and Empire Addis International Hotel, all of which offer 4-star perks that include balconied views and airport shuttles. A few more hotels are scattered around the same area (between Airport Road and Cameroon Street), including the western-friendly Ramada Addis and upscale modernity of Golden Tulip Addis Ababa Hotel.

Make the day go by faster by enjoying all the unique restaurants, shops, and amenities available throughout both terminals. Enjoy sit-down Chinese and drinks from London Café & Satellite Restaurant, or enjoy the added luxury of privacy with your food at one of the many lounge buffets, from Star Alliance Gold to Cloud9 Business. Several duty-free shops are located in Terminal 2’s shopping complex, as well as book stores, boutiques, and souvenir shops.

Those planning to stay close to the airport should first take advantage of the closest landmarks and attractions, whether it’s shopping at the massive Edna Mall, Addis Ababa’s largest shopping complex, or a family-friendly adventure at Bora Amusement Park, a small space offering an old carousel, ferris wheel, and playground. There’s also a wide variety of eats along Airport Road, including classic Lebanese cuisine at Aladdin Restaurant and savory riverside sweets from Mulmul Bakery. Head east for mountainous terrain if the buzz of town’s got you down, enjoying ethereal views from Yerer Mountain, a dreamy vista especially beloved for its hidden hilltop chapels.

Addis Ababa Destinations
As the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa is a unique city bordering the edge of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, while the bustling urban core contains vast museums, awe-inspiring churches, and market squares. Start with the outskirts, enjoying early-morning hikes across the 10,000-foot Mount Entoto, made famous for its forested hilltops, observatory, and several chapels including the Entoto Maryam Church, while the Gulele Botanical Garden provides fresh mountain air and windy flower beds on the northwest side. Watch the sunset at Gefersa Reservoir as well, located on the west side of the city and offering pristine views of rare African water, while the even further Menagesha National Forest blends woodsy trails and natural Ethiopian wildlife into hours of fun.

Get a feel for the city afterward, walking through downtown’s National Museum of Ethiopia, home to ancient artifacts and modern wonders, one of the most adorned being the fossilized remains of the famous monkey, ‘Lucy’. Do less thinking at the divine Holy Trinity Cathedral afterward, built in the early 20th century and offering a rare glimpse at Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo-style architecture, which includes high ceilings, colorful murals, and elevated stain-glass portals. For some local history, explore the ‘Red Terror’ Martyrs’ Memorial Museum, dedicated to the those who suffered during the Derg government in the 1970s, afterward complimenting the down-trodden with festivities at Meskel Square, a popular gathering spot for parades and markets. Finally, don’t forget to try some classic Ethiopian at Yod Abyssinia, by far the city’s most beloved eatery visited daily by international travelers.

Lounges at Addis Ababa Airport
- Cloud Nine Lounge: 2 locations, one in Terminal 2 departures and another in Terminal 1 departures. Perks include free Wi-Fi, TVs, reading material, and drinks, plus disability access and flight information monitors.
- ShebaMiles Lounge: Located in Terminal 2 departures. Perks include free Wi-Fi, TVs, telephones, reading material, and drinks, plus flight information monitors and disability access.
- Star Alliance Gold Lounge: Located in Terminal 2 departures. Perks are unknown.

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