Cheap Flights To Adis Ababa
- Area: City : 527 km² (203 sq mi)
- Area Codes : +251 11
- Currency : Ethiopian Birr (ETB)
- Population City (2008) : 3,384,569
- Official Language : Amharic, English, Arabic, Italian & French
- Time Zone : East Africa Time (UTC+3)
- Airport : Addis Ababa Bole International Airport
Serving the city of Addis Ababa is Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, located 6km southeast of the city centre. The airport’s international flights operate from Terminal 2 while Terminal 1 caters for domestic flights. Travellers have a number of well-known airlines to book their cheap flights to Adis Ababa on including South African Airways.
Airlines touching down at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport include:
- Air China
- Air India
- Asiana Airlines
- Ethiopian Airlines
- Gulf Air
- Kenya Airways
- Oman Air
- Qatar Airways
- Saudi Arabian Airlines
- Singapore Airlines
- South African Airways
Best Time To Visit Adis Ababa
The dry season from October to April is the best period for visiting this city but it’s also peak tourist time, with high prices and hotels fully-booked. Temperatures reach around 25°C with the least rain. September’s also good with lush vegetation from the rains. Late May, early June is the rainy, wet season that lasts until early September with July and August experiencing the most rainfall.
Reasons to Visit Adis Ababa
- Capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa as a chartered city is both a city and a state that was founded in 1886 by Emperor Menelik II.
- It’s a bustling vibrant city with a turbulent history and numerous notable buildings, museums, historical churches and monuments for tourists to visit.
- The city provides a number of excellent 5-Star hotels like Radisson Blue Hotel including budget hotels, backpacker hostels and apartments.
- There’s a great choice of entertainment that includes wonderful jazz, art-house movies, experimental theatre, a beer garden, a variety of bars, popular live music venues and nightclubs. Visitors have over 30 restaurants for light meals or to wine and dine in that comprise scrumptious French, Italian, Ethiopian, Mediterranean, Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines including pizzerias.
Places to Visit in Adis Ababa
- The towering Derg Monument in Churchill Avenue is a moving reminder of Ethiopia’s past under communist rule.
- The ‘Lion of Judah Monument’ in Gambia Street was erected in 1930 but removed by the Italians in 1935 who took it to Rome and placed it next to the enormous Vittorio Emanuelle Monument. Three years later, during anniversary celebrations for the Italian Empire, a young Eritrean named Zerai Deress, disrupted proceedings by praying in front of it and when confronted by police, wielded his sword and attacked a number of Italian police shouting ‘the Lion of Judah is avenged’, injuring and killing a few before he was shot. He died in an Italian prison seven years later but his legend lives on in Eritrea and Ethiopia. Addis Ababa celebrated the return of their monument in the 1960’s.
- Afewerk Tekle is among the greatest of African artists with a pile of international decorations that include the ‘British Order of Merit. Prior to his death in 2012, the artist would provide 90 minute tours of ‘Villa Alpha’, his home and studio, known as Afewerk Tekle’s Home & Studio. His house was closed after his death but renovations started taking place to re-open it for visitors.
- Established in 1942 the exquisitely beautiful Holy Trinity Cathedral (Kidist Selassie) is designed in neo-baroque architecture and is the city’s highest ranking Orthodox cathedral. The cathedral complex comprises the Bale Wold (Feast of God the Son) church, also known as the ‘Church of the Four Heavenly Creatures’ that dates back to Emperor Menelik II’s reign and served as the first Holy Trinity Monastery Church prior to the construction of the Cathedral. Additional facilities include a monastery, the Holy Trinity Theological College, a museum, a primary and secondary school and monuments, housing the remains of those killed by the Italians in 1937. Inside the ‘Holy Trinity Cathedral’ are the Imperial Tombs of Emperor Haile Selassie I, Empress Menen Asfaw and other Imperial Family members. Late Patriarchs, well-known British suffragette and anti-fascist activist, Sylvia Pankhurst and other prominent Ethiopians are buried in the churchyard.
- Established in 1944, the popular Addis Ababa National Museum is situated in the heart of the city and close to other sites of interest. Divided into four sections, visitors easily find their way around with much to glean on the country’s culture, beautiful art, fossilized remains of early humans and rare artifacts, preserved for thousands, and some for millions of years. Its home to some of the most precious archaeological finds including memorabilia from previous Ethiopian rulers.
- The Washa Mikael Church located a short distance east of the city centre is well worth a visit. The church dates back to around the 12th century or possibly earlier and may be difficult to find but ask one of the locals who know it as Tekle Haymanot for directions. It’s a wonderful example of Ethiopia’s remarkable rock-hewn architecture for which it’s famous. It’s not recommended to walk up to the church alone as muggings have taken place.
- Mount Entoto, part of the Entoto Mountain range overlooks Addis Ababa and is wonderful for a day’s outing from the bustling city. It’s of historical significance as it’s the place where Emperor Menelik II lived and built his palace. On top of the hill the compound is home to the Entoto Mariam church, the palace of Menelik II (sadly going to ruin) and an Ethiopian artifact museum, not that large but interesting. The mountain is thickly covered with eucalyptus trees imported from Australia during Menelik II’s reign. A wonderful traditional market is at the bottom of the hill with plenty of stalls selling beautiful scarves and dresses, a definite stop for the ladies.
Getting Around Adis Ababa
Traffic in Addis Ababa is scary especially if driving a rental vehicle. It’s not difficult walking around the city and fairly safe with many attractions within close proximity to each other.
The light rail system was the first to be constructed in sub-Saharan Africa and commenced operations on 20th September 2015. Proving more than popular, the system transports 200,000 commuters daily with one line travelling from Ayat Village to Torhailoch, passing through Megenagna, Meskel Square, Legehar and Mexico Square. The north-south line travels through Menelik II Square, Lideta, Merkato, Legehar, Meskel Square, Kaliti and Gotera. The north-south trains are blue and white while trains on the east-west line are green and white. Tickets can be purchased from orange coloured kiosks adjacent to each station.
High capacity buses are operated by ‘Anbessa’ who have around 530 buses serving the city and various routes in the country and capable of carrying around 100 passengers. Additional bus service providers are ‘Sky Bus’ and ‘Salam Bus’.
Minibuses known as ‘blue donkeys’ operate from sunrise until around 21h00 and are easily found at virtually every junction. Finding one of 7,500 travelling to your destination may prove a little more difficult, however ask one of the locals or listen for the weyala (fare collector) who shouts the destination from the minibus. Minibuses can be hailed down from the side of the road or taken from bus terminals, Autobus Terra (near Mercato) or Meskel Square. Be aware of pickpockets around these areas.
Taxis are easy to find and fairly cheap.
There are plenty of car hire companies in the city and located at the airport such as Avis Car Hire, Sixt, Europcar, Rainbow Exclusive Car Rental and others.