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why visit addis ababa?

Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia, is the country’s largest and most diverse city. It’s subjected to pleasant and consistent climate throughout the year. Take a ride around the city and you will notice multiple mosques, churches, cathedrals and museums, all representing the vast diversity of the city’s population. Most of these sites are located on the street that leads from Meskel Square to Sidest Kilo.  The Red Terror Museum is the only museum in Ethiopia that makes its visitors aware about the horrors of the famine that hit the country in the 1990’s. Beautiful paintings and mosaics are up for display at St George’s Cathedral, a century old building located in the city centre to memorialize the Ethiopians victory over the Italians. The Ethiopian ethnological museum provides information and artefacts related to all the different ethnic groups, ranging from tools, clothes, instruments and food related to the different cultures. A prime landmark amassing its achievement at a representative level for worldwide recognition is the Africa hall, the headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa as well as most of the UN offices in Africa. 

how far is the airport from the city centre?

The Addis Ababa Bole International Airport is located 6km south east of the city centre, in the town of Bole. 

what major airlines fly to addis ababa from the uk?

The Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Gulf Air, Lufthansa Airlines and Ethiopian Airways fly from the UK to Addis Ababa.

how to travel from the airport to the city centre?

Visitors can get to the city centre from the airport by either hiring a rental cab service beforehand, or just by using a taxi. The National Transport Operation (NTO) has a dedicated service connecting to all the hotels in the area.

how to go around the city? 

Visitors can get around the city either in a minibus, which is very cheap but you’ll have to share it with other people therefore the journey takes more time, or a local taxi, which will cost a bit more but will reach the destination in less amount of time. However in crowded places like Meskel Square and Sidest Kilo, it is safer to cover the journey on foot. There are multiple taxi classifications, ranging from blue and white classifications specified for hotel and tourism as well as local commute, which is why the standards of taxi vehicles vary by classification. 

what’s the best time to travel to addis ababa?

Seeing as the climate remains pleasantly constant throughout the year, any time can be favourable to visit Addis Ababa. However most people prefer to visit in the June to September time frame because that’s when spring arrives.

what is the average flight time from uk to addis ababa?

Average flight time from UK (London) to Addis Ababa is 7 hours and 40 minutes.

are there any direct flights from uk to addis ababa?

Turkish Airlines and the Emirates offer direct routes between the two capitals on a weekly basis.

where to stay in addis ababa?

Hotels in Addis Ababa range from the high end luxurious ones like the Sheraton Addis and the Elilly International to the mid-range ones like the Dreamliner hotel and the Harmony hotel. The hoteling industry has become highly competitive at the local level, while there are a few international hotel chain branches also present to facilitate complete suits. Other than these the city is home to multiple lodges and inns that provide rooms on very affordable rates, for example the Beer Garden Inn and the GT Guest House. A few options for bread and breakfast as well as lodges and huts are present towards the suburbs and outskirts. 

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