Addis Ababa Airport

The Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD) is situated in Bole, a neighbourhood in Ethiopia’s capital city of Addis Ababa. This is the largest and busiest airport in the country, seeing well over one million people each year, and offers 85 direct destinations to its passengers. The Addis Ababa Bole International Airport has been functioning for over 40 years, and is currently undergoing an expansion project in order to handle more annual traffic. This airport is also a major hub for Ethiopian Airlines, the flag-carrying airline for Ethiopia.

The facilities here are pretty good, though they are a little bit run down. There is free WiFi available to all passengers, a post office, and public telephones. There a bank, and a bureau de change booth available for those looking to take out, or change over their money, though you can also organise your monetary admin in advance to save on the exchange rate. Passengers can grab a bite to eat in one of several eateries, which offer both international and local cuisine options.

There aren’t a huge variety of shops, but there are a few duty-free outlets selling fragrances, cosmetics, alcohol, and tobacco. There are also a few smaller gift and souvenir retailers. Other features of this airport include travel agencies, a first aid service, and a couple of airline lounges.  

Airlines operating flights to Addis Ababa from Australia include Thai Airways, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Malaysia Airlines, Kenya Airways, Philippine Airlines, Singapore Airlines, China Southern, and Ethiopian Airlines.

Travel Information

·         The airport is 6km from the centre of town, and the drive should take roughly 15 minutes if the traffic is light. From the Airport Road get onto Ethio China Street, then turn left towards Dejamach Beyen Merid Street, and continue until you reach the downtown area. Car rental is generally done through travel agencies, but you can also arrange a vehicle online with Skyscanner.

·         The cheapest way into town is to take a minibus, but this can be a little overwhelming if you are new to the city. It is worth checking with your hotel to see if they offer transport to and from the airport as many operate shuttle services.

·         There are taxis that service the airport, and you can pay a fixed rate if you organise the vehicle from inside the airport, though you can try and bargain for a cheaper rate with the drivers themselves if you wish. However, if you’d like to just have a pre-paid pick-up waiting for you when you arrive, then we advise booking a private airport transfer online.


Please note that information is correct as of April 2017

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 Airport Contact Details

Addis Ababa Airport

PO Box 978,
Addis Ababa,

Tel:+251 (0)1 180454
Fax:+251 (0)1 612533

 Location Details

Longitude:38° 47' 53'' E
Latitude:8° 58' 40'' N

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