Information & Facts
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.
Public parking lots are located near the entrances of each
Car rental is available at the airport.
A regular coach service connects the airport to the city centre.
This service is provided for departing passengers by Ethiopian
A Passenger Service Charge of US$20 is levied on all
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.