Addis Ababa Bole International Airport
In 2003 a new terminal became operational at the airport of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital. This turned Bole Airport into a modern airport with modern facilities. The airport is known for its strict security.
(N.B.: Although the official Ethiopian spelling dictates Addis Abeba, we use the English spelling Addis Ababa here to avoid confusion.)
IATA airport code: ADD
ICAO airport code: HAAB
There's no train connection with Addis Ababa Airport.
Car and bus
The airport is situated in Bole, 8 kilometers southeast of Addis Ababa's center, in the outskirts of the city. The airport is easily accessible by rental car. From the center of the Ehtiopian capital you take the Africa Avenue southeast and continue via Bole Road to the airport. From other districts you can follow the Ring Road. The way and exit to the airport are clearly signposted.
There's no regular bus service to Addis Ababa. Minibuses do run to the capital, but they don't stop in front of the terminal. If you walk across the parking lot to the main road, you can stop a blue minibus there. A ride to the city center takes about 30 minutes and costs 15 birr (the Ethiopian currency).
Car rental Addis Ababa Airport
You can find counters of car rental companies in the Arrivals Hall. Several rental companies are present at Addis Ababa's airport, including Alamo, Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt. You can also rent a car from local providers via National Tour Operations or travel agencies.
There are many taxis outside the Arrivals Hall. Some use a meter, but most of the time you need to negotiate about the price. Make sure to agree on a price before getting in. A taxi ride to Addis Ababa's center costs about 60 birr.
Outside the terminal there's a parking lot for short and long-term parking.
There are no hotels at Addis Ababa Airport. The nearest accommodations are the Meridian Hotel (Tel. +251(0)1 1661 5050) and the Dreamliner Hotel (Tel. +251(0)1 1467 4000). The better hotels are located in the center of the Ethiopian capital including the Hilton Addis Ababa Hotel (Tel. +251(0)1 1517 0000), Sheraton Addis (Tel. +251(0)1 1517 1717) and the Ghion Hotel (Tel. +251(0)1 513 222).
Shops and restaurants
There are a reasonable number of restaurants, (snack) bars and shops at Addis Ababa Airport, but the offer is definitely not overwhelming. Also keep in mind that most eating and drinking facilities are located behind customs.
You cannot store baggage at Addis Ababa Airport. For lost and found items you need to turn to the airport security. There are also machines to have your baggage wrapped in plastic.
In the central hall there's an information desk for inquiries about Addis Ababa Airport, flight schedules and airport services. In addition the Ethiopian Tourist Office has a counter in the Arrivals Hall.
Except for basic facilities such a faxing, copying and internet access in the VIP lounge there are no business facilities at Addis Ababa Airport. These can be found in the business hotels in the center of the Ethiopian capital, such as the Hilton and the Sheraton (see Hotels). They offer for example meeting space and conference rooms.
Addis Ababa Airport has good accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps and adapted elevators and toilets.
There are banks and exchange offices, but there's only one ATM (in the Arrivals Hall). There's also an ATM in the central hall, but travelers report that it's usually out of order. There's also a post office. The First Aid station can be reached via one of the telephones everywhere at the airport.