Bole International Airport

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD)


Located 3.7 miles (6km) southeast of central Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa Bole Airport is one of the busiest airports in Africa, serving roughly 3.5 million passengers each year. Its new international terminal is among the largest on the continent, and the three-level structure has a number of shops and restaurants for passengers.

Addis Ababa Bole Airport is known for slow processing times, however the staff is famously friendly and passengers generally find the facility a pleasant, if chaotic, introduction to their holiday in Ethiopia.


The airport is situated five miles (8km) from Addis Ababa.

Getting to the city

Most hotels offer shuttle services from the airport, however these should be booked in advance. Local minibuses are also available but these tend to be crowded and can be uncomfortable with luggage.


GMT +3.

Car rental

Car rental is available at the airport.

Airport Taxis

To avoid haggling and overpricing use the yellow/cream coloured government taxis parked at the terminal. These are more comfortable and reliable than the unofficial blue and white cabs. Taxis are also available outside the terminal building. Make sure to agree on a fee with the driver before starting your journey.

Transfer between terminals

Terminals are close to each other, but a free shuttle service is available.


Facilities include a bank and bureau de change, restaurants and bars, duty-free and gift shops, travel agents, a post office, and a tourist help desk.


Public parking is located near the entrances of each terminal.

Departure Tax

A Passenger Service Charge of US$20 is levied on all foreign passengers.




Flights to Addis Ababa Bole Airport are available on several international airlines, including BMI, Kenya Airways, Djibouti Airlines, Egypt Air, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Emirates Airline, flyDubai, Turkish Airlines, Gulf Air, KLM, Daallo Airlines, Lufthansa, Sudan Airways, and Yemen Airlines.


There is free wifi available at Addis Ababa Bole Airport, but not always in working condition.

Business Lounges

Addis Ababa Bole Airport has no business lounges or services; the closest facilities are at the United Nations Conference Centre, a 10-minute drive away. There are business facilities available in lounges for passengers of Ethiopian Airlines or Cloud Nine.

Bole International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.