Located on a well-watered plateau surrounded by hills and mountains, in the geographic center of the country, Addis Ababa is one of the booming and fast-growing capital cities in Africa. Addis Ababa The city which nestled under the Entoto Mountains is the world’s third-highest capital city and has both an African and international feel. Called to be the diplomatic capital of Africa, Addis Ababa has served as the headquarters of the Organization of African Unity (now African Union) since its inception in 1963.
Historic Church and Mosques
Monuments and Landmarks
Surrounding Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD) is one of the busiest on the continent and sees daily flights to Europe, Asia, and America, as well as African destinations. Turkish Airlines has also daily flights from Istanbul to Addis Ababa. The airport is not far from the city center and is accessible from Ring Road.
A brand-new (as of 2017) electric rail line connects Djibouti to Addis Ababa. If you are traveling in this direction, note that the train takes less than 12 hours, whereas driving takes three days. This train leaves from Negad station in Djibouti.
With the entry points of Mettema, Moyale, and Belho reaching Addis Ababa is convenient as the roads of each entry pints are connected with the asphalt road. Make sure you rented your own car to travel from each entry points to the capital Addis Ababa.
Streets increasingly have names, but the names are not widely known or mapped; use landmarks to navigate the city.
Addis Ababa's light rail transportation system - the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa - opened in 2015. There are two lines - an east-west line (Green Line) and a north-south line (Blue Line). The Green Line stretches 17.4km from Ayat Village to Torhailoch and passes through Megenagna, Meskel Square, Legehar and Mexico Square. The Blue Line stretches 16.9km from Menelik II Square to Kality, passing through Merkato, Lideta, Legehar, Meskel Square and Gotera and also serving Autobus Tera.
Trams operate frequently 16 hours a day, 7 days a week. Tickets are exceptionally cheap - costing 2-6 ETB depending on distance travelled - and can be bought at orange-coloured kiosks next to each station.
All signs and pre-recorded announcements are in Amharic and English, so there are no language barriers for the English-speaking traveller.
Public Bus and Taxi
Public busses aren't the most efficient way of getting around; instead, most locals use the smaller, faster blue-and-white mini-busses. Fares in these are very moderate and normally fixed. Destinations will often be yelled out by staff on board the minibus at major intersections/hubs.
It is possible to rent a car in Addis Ababa. For safety and convenience ask the hotel receptions to facilitate.
As Addis Ababa is the hub of the African Union and the seat of many international organizations and embassies, the hotel industry has been dramatically booming for the last decade. Due to this, you can currently find in Addis more than 160 tourist standard hotels.
Sheraton Addis Hotel, Capital Hotel, Ellele International Hotel, Marriott Executive Hotel, Radisson Blue Hotel, Golden Tulip Hotel, Gatefam Hotel, Hayat Regency, and Ethiopian Skylight Hotel are some of the five star rated hotels in the capital.
Due to the city's size, where you stay depends on what you'd like to do. Generally, the area by the airport and the Kazanchis area has nicer hotels and is quieter than the rest of the city