Addis Ababa Bole International Airport Guide (ADD)

Airport info
Code: ADD
Bole Road, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport is located in Bole, 8km (5 miles) southeast of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

No. of terminals: 2 Dialling code: +251
+251 11 665 0400
Timezone: GMT ++03:00

Located in the Bole district of Ethiopia's capital, a short distance from the city centre, Addis Ababa Bole International Airport is one of Africa’s busiest airports. Our Addis Ababa Bole International Airport guide includes contact details, as well as information on terminal facilities, public transportation and nearby hotels.


A tourist information desk is located in Arrivals.

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Driving directions

From Addis Ababa city centre, head southeast along Bole Road/Airport Road and follow the signs to Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. The total drive time from central Addis Ababa to the airport is approximately 16 minutes.

Public Transport

Public transport road

Taxi: A taxi desk located in the arrivals hall provides fixed tariffs for destinations in the city. However, some travellers report getting better deals by bargaining with yellow cab drivers outside.

Minibus: If you're feeling brave you can take a minibus from Bole Dild minibus station, which is located under the flyover opposite the terminal. This will work out much cheaper than a taxi, but check what the locals are paying as tourists tend to be overcharged.

Shuttle: Most major hotels offer shuttle services to and from the airport.

Terminal facilities


A bank and bureau de change desk are available at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.


There are public telephones in the terminal buildings and an on-site post office.


Several restaurants and cafés are available, serving both local and international fare.


Various shops can be found at the airport, including gift retailers and duty-free outlets.


There are no left-luggage facilities at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. A lost and found service (tel: +251 11 517 8958) is operated by the airport and luggage trolleys are available for use.


Other facilities include a travel agency and first aid facilities.

Airport facilities

Conference and business

There are no conference or business facilities at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, but the United Nations Conference Centre (tel: +251 11 544 5386; on Menelik II Avenue is just a 10-minute drive away. This complex offers extensive meeting and conference facilities.

The two business lounges at the airport are available to Ethiopian Airlines passengers only.

Disabled facilities

Wheelchairs are available on request. Any passengers who may require additional assistance are advised to contact their airline before travelling.

Car parking

There is a large car park just outside the terminals. This can be used by passengers requiring either short or long stays.

Car rental

Car hire can be arranged through tour operators and travel agencies.


There are no on-site hotels at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, but there are a number of accommodation options very close by. Hotels can be tricky to find because not all roads in Addis Ababa have names, so make sure you have good directions before you arrive. Some hotels have contact booths in the arrivals hall where passengers can book rooms and arrange transfers.

Harmony Hotel

+251 11 618 3100

Opened in 2008, Harmony Hotel is located within five minutes of the airport and is one of the more luxurious options in the Bole area of Addis Ababa. The 149 room hotel has a swimming pool, spa, Moroccan baths, Wi-Fi and a range of dining options.

Cameroon Street, P.O. Box 16139, Bole, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Sheraton Addis

+251 11 517 1717

Sheraton Addis is located within 7km (11 miles) of Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. The hotel has a good choice of business and leisure facilities, ranging from a spa and swimming pools to a children's club.

Taitu Street, Addis Ababa 6002, Ethiopia

Tizese Hotel

+251 11 639 2000

The 28-room Tizese Hotel opened in 2012 and is located just a few minutes from the airport. There are two on-site restaurants, spa facilities and a business centre with conference facilities.

Ring Road, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Hilton Addis Ababa

+251 11 517 0000

Just 15 minutes from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, Hilton Addis Ababa has extensive dining options as well as squash and tennis courts, a golf putting green and an airline information desk. The hotel also has a range of business services, including numerous meeting and event rooms accommodating up to 900 people.

Menelik II Avenue, Addis Ababa 1164, Ethiopia
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