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Subway

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Subway

How easy is it to take the subway (light rail) in Addis?

I would possibly take it from Lancha to Gojam Berenda.

Is there a map online with subways and buses lines?

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There is a route map here:

https:/…Addis_Ababa_Light_Rail

It is actually a light rail running at street level or in some parts on an elevated viaduct. At one or two points it dips into short tunnels.

Tickets can be bought at little kiosks on the street next to each station. You state your destination to the attendant and they issue you a small paper ticket. I don't know if ticket sales will be automated.

The train is often very crowded as there still aren't enough in service.

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Yes near each station is an orange coloured kiosk that sells tickets.

Lancha to gB probably 4 birr

Partly as it is so cheap it is very crowded.so don't go in rush hour.

As it pulls into GB Markarto is on your right.

Maps on each platform and on the train. One way to get a seat on your planned route would be to take it GB to Menelik Sq.

As MSq is terminus of N S line they hold you in a Queue in entrance tunnel for each new southbound train so front folk in that Q get the seats.Msq is the only station that is underground..go down the stairs next to ticket kiosk.

If you are not in a hurry wait for 4 coach train .many are 2c.

Each single journey needs a new ticket.

Ticket checks pretty rare and random but any bag may be checked.

Edited: 11 October 2018, 06:16
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Thank you!

Sounds like a good and faster alternative to taking a taxi

What is considered rush hour?

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The light rail isn't fast. It has many stops and a lot of time is wasted at each stop as people try to squeeze on, while the guards pull them off. It can get a little scary during afternoon rush hour. It might be faster than buses but a taxi is definitely the fastest option.

Rush hour happens around the same times you'd witness in other large cities.

Edited: 12 October 2018, 03:04
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5. Re: Subway

oh, you're saying that it would be faster to take a taxi from Lancha to Gojam Berenda than the light rail (in the morning, after rush hour for example)?

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Definitely, if your time is at a premium.

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