Ethiopia Travel Guide


Traveling by plane

Ethiopian Airlines (ET) flies to almost 18 cities in Ethiopia. However, the national connections are often irregular. Domestic airports are increasingly being modernized to boost tourism. Ethiopian Airlines also offers a Historic Route Service for tourists, on which the most important historical sites are approached.

Note on air travel

Airport fees: 10 Br.

On the way by car / bus

Good all-weather roads lead to most business centers and vacation areas; the remaining, unpaved roads should only be used with four-wheel drive vehicles. Due to fuel shortages, driving outside of Addis Ababa can be difficult. After dark, driving outside of the capital is associated with risks. Right-hand traffic.

State and private buses run across the country. Timetables and tickets are available at bus stations, but tourists rarely use the buses. The departure is sometimes delayed as buses in certain areas only run in convoy.

in Addis Ababa are blue and white, you often share a taxi with other passengers. Prices should be agreed before departure. In Addis Ababa, the National Tour Operation (NTO) (Internet: maintains luxury taxis that are parked at the airport and in front of hotels. There are also yellow taxis at the airport.

Rental cars
are available in Addis Ababa, but can also be hired from the National Tour Operation.

Ethiopian driver’s license, available on arrival. The national or international driving license of the home country must be registered on site.

On the go by train

The only railway line runs from Addis Ababa via Dire Dawa and Harar to Djibouti. There are often delays.

Ethiopia Travel Guide



1 Ethiopian Birr = 100 Santim. Currency abbreviation: Br, ETB (ISO code). There are banknotes in denominations of 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1 birr; Coins in denominations of 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 (rarely) Santim and 1 Birr.

Credit cards

Diners Club, Visa and MasterCard are e.g. Partly accepted in larger hotels and restaurants in the capital. Airlines accept them to pay for airline tickets. Details from the issuer of the credit card in question.

ec / Maestro card / Sparcard

Attention: Travelers who pay abroad with their bank customer card and want to withdraw money should find out about the possibilities of using their card from their bank before starting their journey.

ATMs are mainly available in the capital, mostly in hotels or banks.

Bank opening times

Mon-Thu 8 a.m.-11 a.m. and 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Sat 8 a.m.-12 a.m.

Foreign exchange regulations

Import of local currency limited to 100 Br. Export of the national currency is limited to 100 Br, but only allowed with a “re-entry permit”.
Unrestricted import of foreign currencies; Obligation to declare from an equivalent value of US $ 3000. Export of foreign currencies only in the amount of the declared amount (keep the declaration form).

Currency Exchange

US dollars are the easiest to exchange. The exchange should only take place in banks and authorized exchange offices (keep receipts). You can exchange up to US $ 50. Euros are only accepted in the capital and exchanged for local currency. Dollar bills should be more recent.



The official language is Amharic in Ethiopia, a country located in Africa according to countryvv. The second lingua franca is English, which is taught in schools. Semitic languages (approx. 50%) and Cushitic languages ​​(approx. 45%) are spoken, along with Italian. French and Arabic serve as both educational and commercial languages.




The following articles can be imported into Ethiopia duty-free (people over 18 years):

200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco;
2 l alcoholic beverages;
500 ml of perfume.
Export regulations

Goods can be exported duty-free up to a total value of up to 500 rubles. An export permit from the National Museum is required for hides, leather, hides, antiques and objects of art historical value (objects over 50 years of age, but also newer woodwork, Bibles, crosses, icons). Permission may be required. U. also required for the export of stones, spices, plants and parts of plants and certain animal products (leather, feathers, etc.).



Nice souvenirs include gold and silver jewelry (sold by weight), wood carvings, leather goods, spears, drums, carpets and wickerwork. You can trade in the markets, the prices are usually fixed in the shops. Shop opening times: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-12.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m.-7.30 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3 p.m.-7 p.m.