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Bole International Airport

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD)


Located about five miles (8km) southeast of central Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa Bole Airport is one of the busiest airports in Africa. 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, but 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, though these should be booked in advance. Local minibuses are also available but 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, travellers should use the yellow-coloured government taxis parked at the terminal, which are more comfortable and reliable than the unofficial blue and white cabs. Passengers should make sure to agree on a fee with the driver before starting their journey.

Transfer between terminals

The 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.



WiFi is available at the airport.

Business Lounges

Addis Ababa Bole Airport offers the Cloud Nine Lounge, the Star Alliance Gold Lounge and the Shebamiles Platinum Lounge. Access is limited to business-class passengers and members, and the lounges provide refreshments, reading material, WiFi, television and business facilities.

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