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Addis Ababa Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Addis Ababa Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

a policeman walked up to us, and positioned himself about one metre away from us, watching us. After about 5 minutes, i asked him whether everything was okay. He told me that of course everything was okay, but his job is to protect the people here at this airport  - Papa Whiskey

Airport Overview

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To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.

What to Expect

  • A busy mid-size international airport with two terminals (Terminals 1 and 2).
  • The airport is often crowded, so empty seating is scarce.
  • Reviewers report an overall uncomfortable experience, including filthy, smelly bathrooms and terminals, uncomfortable seating, chaotic airport processes (check-in, departure gates, etc.), pushy passengers, and treacherous stairways leading to departure gates.
  • Security checkpoint lines can be very long and slow. Get to the airport early to give yourself plenty of time to get through security.
  • Free WiFi is available, but is often slow and intermittent. See WiFi in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • A recent traveller to Addis Ababa reports that the airport is open 24 hours, and they were able to spend the night in the airport without issue.
  • Soft and comfortable recliners are available, but limited in quantity, and nearly impossible to find vacant, so if you see an empty one, grab it quickly!
  • If arriving into the airport via Ethiopian Airlines, keep the complimentary eye mask and travel blanket if you plan to sleep in the airport.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Addis Ababa Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.

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Addis Ababa Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

  • Cloud Nine Lounge - Location: Airside, Departure Hall. Lounge Access: Cloud Nine Passengers.
  • ShebaMiles Lounge - Location: Airside, Departure Hall. Lounge Access: ShebaMiles members with Gold & Silver membership cards.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Addis Ababa Airport. (Information submitted by a reader)

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Addis Ababa Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Mam Guest House - (3 min from the airport) Airport shuttle service is available for a fee, if you are staying longer than 3 days the service is free.
  • Hotel Lobelia - (3 min from the airport) Free airport shuttle service is available upon request via email.
  • Lucy Guest House - (3 min from the airport) Free airport shuttle service is available.
  • Ambassador Hotel Bole - (3 min from the airport) Free airport shuttle service is available.
  • Harmony Hotel - (5 min from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle service is available. If you are arriving, pick-up bags and Visa and proceed to the hotel's airport booth. A representative is available 24/7.

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Addis Ababa Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • Food & Drinks - There is at least one restaurant and coffee shop. Hours: unknown.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


There are two types of taxis: NTO’s fleet of Mercedes-Benz taxis (only available in Addis Ababa) and privately-owned blue-and-white taxis. NTO taxis are unmetered, with fares based on destination, and can be prebooked through your hotel for rides back to the airport. Blue-and-white taxis are also unmetered and larger than NTO taxis. They operate similar to buses, providing shared ride service on a fixed route for a low, standardized fare about 10x cheaper than an NTO taxi. Special rides can be negotiated with a blue-and-white taxi.

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Last Updated: 09 March 2017

The information in this Airport Guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports and their web sites. The information above is subject to change without notice. Use it for informational purposes only to help you during your stay. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please email us at

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