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Minibus vs taxi from airport to UA

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Minibus vs taxi from airport to UA

Hi! In Addis Ababa, what's the current minibus cost and current taxi cost (US$ and birr) from Bole International Airport to downtown Addis and a separate trip from the airport to Addis Ababa University? Thanks!

Edited: 22 August 2017, 01:07
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1. Re: Minibus vs taxi from airport to UA

$10 or 200 birr generous

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2. Re: Minibus vs taxi from airport to UA

Sorry reply 1 is for a blue contract taxi.

Yellow airport taxi 250 or 300 birr

Blue contract ie lada taxi outside airport...not allowed into car parks to pick up......c200

MINIBUS 4 or 5 birr to Meskel Square.

For university you need an Arat Kilo Taxi...5 birr, then change to a Sidist KIlo at same stop....1.60 i think.

To get these to city bound minibuses. (The previous minibus station under the ring road fly over is no longer there) SO....

Walk out of airport following traffic to the second very large roundabout...which sits under the Ring Road.

Go straight across onto the 8 lane Bole Road, stay on left side where a huge new hotel is being built.

The line of taxis sitting there, facing the airport and opposite a NOC fuel station, all go to Meskel Square......from there they split, Mexico, Arat Kilo, Piazza. They all do a U turn round the airport roundabout.

For University get an Arat Kilo one. It will stop some 150 metres after the AK roundabout and at or near that stop you get a Sidist Kilo one for main Uni campus at Sidist.

Edited: 22 August 2017, 08:29
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3. Re: Minibus vs taxi from airport to UA

The above..post 2, is up to date and helpful. Bradt Guide Addis chapter has a grey box page on using the brilliant Addis minibus taxi system. Major minibus departure points are shown on the Bradt maps too. In confusing places like Piazza, Arat Kilo, Airport zone, and Megananya, all with loads of outgoing minibus points, you may need to ask locals to confirm where a particular minibus departs from. Minibus fares are set and banded eg

Short journey 1.60 birr

Medium 2.75

Long 4.00 to 5.00

Super long eg Meskel Square to Kaliti Bus Station 10 birr.

All the above prices may have altered slightly as i have been in UK since early May.

Edited: 22 August 2017, 13:40
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Thanks for the replies! It will be my first visit to Addis. I plan to rely on walking and the minibus. The information you posted will be very helpful!

Edited: 22 August 2017, 23:14
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5. Re: Minibus vs taxi from airport to UA

Can you give an estimate of the distance from leaving the airport to where the minibuses leave. Are we talking 100 hundred meters, 500 or maybe a kilometer? Really helps to have an overview

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6. Re: Minibus vs taxi from airport to UA

I guess about 800 metres. See google maps on your phone ?

Find airport SE from city centre by 5 kms.

The walk from terminal via first small roundabout, then straight across big Airport roundabout which is UNDER the ring road flyover...minibuses on left just after big roundabout.,

The batch of minibuses that go to city centre will be on left next to where a huge hotel is being built.

Dont be put off by the fact that they are facing the airport...when full each minibus leaves and does a U turn at the big roundabout to set off for CBD destinations..

They will be shouting out things like Piazza, Stadium/Mexico, Arat Kilo. All these main routes go to and through Meskel Square.....called Abbiott by taxi destination shouters.

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