Airport Reception and Transportation
On arrival at the airport in Addis Ababa, look for the hotel desks that are located in the lobby of the airport: they can arrange your transfer to your Hotel. When possible, please contact your Hotel prior to arrival so that they have this in place or can arrange a pick up for you.
Participants who require transportation in Addis Ababa are requested to please make transport arrangements with the reception desks at their hotels.
Other Means of Transportation
Taxis are immediately available at Bole International Airport. They can also be found outside most hotels in Addis Ababa and at the country’s major centres.
There are two types: privately owned blue-and-white vehicles or, in Addis Ababa, Mercedes Benz taxis operated by the National Tour Operation (NTO). The larger blue-and-white taxis have standard routes and pick up and let off passengers along these routes, operating like little buses. There are no meters; there are low standardized prices for the fixed routes, and all prices for special hire should be negotiated in advance to avoid later misunderstandings.
NTO taxis can be booked at any of the major hotels. Trips are paid for in advance according to destination; again, the taxis are not metered.
These taxis are about ten times more expensive, on average, than the little blue taxis hailed on the street.
Several firms operate car hire services in Addis Ababa. Vehicles may be hired with or without driver.
For trips outside the city it is possible to hire insured cars appropriate for the trip (a four wheel-drive vehicle with driver/translator is recommended).