Few streets have names, and even when they do, they may not be labeled accurately on a map; instead, utilize landmarks to help you navigate the city.
Blue and white minibuses
The blue and white minibuses/taxis are quite efficient in getting about town. Because they are frequently packed, it is also quite inexpensive; usually between 1-3 birr depending on how far you are travelling. To hail a minibus, stand on the side of the road. This can be done anyplace the bus may possibly stop. Inside, the conductor will announce the location, and if that’s where you want to go, hop on. When the conductor indicates that he wants money, you pay him (which might take a few minutes). To get money. Say “woraj alle” or just “woraj” to go out. If this is your first time utilizing these cabs, it is helpful having an Ethiopian guide with you since it can be fairly confusing to figure out which minibuses travel where and from where.
Small blue Lada taxis
Blue, small Taxis from Lada are more costly. Negotiation is the standard, and as a foreigner, you may have to push very hard to obtain a good deal. They may be hired for a single journey, an hour, or a whole day; just bargain. Do not be shocked if the taxi fare jumps at night for the same journey.
Yellow and green cabs are often seen around hotels such as the Sheraton. They are more costly, but they are dependable. Use these automobiles if you’re prepared to pay for peace of mind, somewhat better drivers, and a car that wasn’t featured in the Flintstones.
Light Rail Transit (LRT)
In Addis Abeba, there are two light rail lines that intersect at Meskel Square:
- West-East green line 1 is from Tor Hailoch station to Ayat.
- North-South blue line 2 is from Kality station toMenelik II Square station (aka Piazza).
A journey to 8 stations costs 2 birr, while going everywhere costs up to 6 birr. Both have been open since November of 2015.
If you require a cab from the airport to your hotel or another location, there are several taxis parked outside the airport. They will most likely transport you anywhere you want to go, but you must negotiate the amount before you board. If you want to be sure, you may book a shuttle service called iEthio.com before you come.