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Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba Astedader, Ethiopia

How much does it cost to travel to Addis Ababa?

You should plan to spend around $68 (ETB3,831) per day on your vacation in Addis Ababa. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $18 (ETB996) on meals
  • $7.87 (ETB445) on local transportation
  • $87 (ETB4,949) on hotels

A one week trip to Addis Ababa for two people costs, on average, $948 (ETB53,639). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    $68
    ETB3,831
  • One Week Per person
    $474
    ETB26,819
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    $948
    ETB53,639
  • One Month Per person
    $2,031
    ETB114,940
  • One Week For a couple
    $948
    ETB53,639
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    $1,896
    ETB107,278
  • One Month For a couple
    $4,062
    ETB229,881
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Addis Ababa cost?

A one week trip to Addis Ababa usually costs around $474 (ETB26,819) for one person and $948 (ETB53,639) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Addis Ababa on average costs around $948 (ETB53,639) for one person and $1,896 (ETB107,278) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Addis Ababa will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Addis Ababa on average costs around $2,031 (ETB114,940) for one person and $4,062 (ETB229,881) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.




Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Addis Ababa has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Addis Ababa expensive to visit?

Addis Ababa is a reasonably affordable place to visit. Located in Ethiopia, which is a reasonably affordable country, visitors will appreciate the relatively low cost of this destination. It falls in the average range in the country for its prices. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within Africa, Addis Ababa is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Hermanus or Marrakech.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Addis Ababa Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Addis Ababa?

The average Addis Ababa trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Addis Ababa travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.


Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) ETB4,949 ($87)
Local Transportation 1 ETB445 ($8)
Food 2 ETB996 ($18)
Entertainment 1 ETB460 ($8)
Tips and Handouts 1 ETB4 - 13 ($0 - 0)
Alcohol 2 ETB190 - 570 ($3 - 10)
Accommodation Budget in Addis Ababa
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Addis Ababa is $44 (ETB2,475). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Addis Ababa is $87 (ETB4,949). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    $44
    ETB2,475
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    $87
    ETB4,949

Hotel Prices in Addis Ababa

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Transportation Budget in Addis Ababa
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Addis Ababa is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $7.87 (ETB445) per person, per day, on local transportation in Addis Ababa.


  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    $7.87
    ETB445

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Rental Cars in Addis Ababa
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What did other people spend on Transportation in Addis Ababa?

Typical prices for Transportation in Addis Ababa are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Addis Ababa, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Short Taxi Ride
    ETB30


Food Budget in Addis Ababa
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • While meal prices in Addis Ababa can vary, the average cost of food in Addis Ababa is $18 (ETB996) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Addis Ababa should cost around $7.04 (ETB398) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Addis Ababa is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food2 Meals for one day
    $18
    ETB996

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What did other people spend on Food in Addis Ababa?

Typical prices for Food in Addis Ababa are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Addis Ababa, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Slice of Cake
    ETB7.00


Entertainment Budget in Addis Ababa
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Addis Ababa typically cost an average of $8.12 (ETB460) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    $8.12
    ETB460

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Addis Ababa
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Addis Ababa is $0.16 (ETB8.97) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Addis Ababa is 5% - 15%.


  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
    $0.16
    ETB8.97

What did other people spend on Tips and Handouts in Addis Ababa?

Typical prices for Tips and Handouts in Addis Ababa are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Addis Ababa, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Homeless Meal Donation Tickets
    ETB8.00


Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in Addis Ababa
Average Daily Costs

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  • Unfortunately, bad things can happen on a trip. Well, you've just got to deal with it! The average price for a scam, robbery, or mishap in Addis Ababa is $0.33 (ETB19), as reported by travelers.


  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
    $0.33
    ETB19


Alcohol Budget in Addis Ababa
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $6.71 (ETB380) on alcoholic beverages in Addis Ababa per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    $6.71
    ETB380

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Water Budget in Addis Ababa
Average Daily Costs

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  • On average, people spend $0.30 (ETB17) on bottled water in Addis Ababa per day. The public water in Addis Ababa is not usually considered safe to drink.


  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
    $0.30
    ETB17


Addis Ababa On a Budget
Addis Ababa Injera, typical Ethiopian food
Addis Ababa is the capital city of Ethiopia and also the nation's largest when ranked by its population of over three million. There are also more than 120 international missions and embassies in Addis Ababa, making the city a hub for international diplomacy concerning Africa. Other draws include its thriving marketplaces, spicy food, and rich coffee.

As it's the transportation hub of the country, you won't be able to skip it unless you fly in and out right away.
Sights
Meskel Square serves as a central gathering place to Addis Ababa. It is often used as a location for festivals and political demonstrations and is a good point of reference for local transportation. Also in the square is the official Ethiopian Tourism office, and nearby are two museums: The Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum (a small and modern museum showing and explaining the period of "Red Terror" in Ethiopia) and the Addis Ababa Museum (which focuses solely on artifacts and exhibits from Addis Ababa). Other museums worth visiting include the Ethiopian National Museum, which features artifacts from all over Ethiopia spanning thousands of years, as well as the Ethiopian Ethnological Museum, which showcases exhibits relating to the ethnic history and culture of Ethiopia.

Addis Ababa is also home to a selection of impressive landmarks and monuments. Tiglachan Monument, for example, located on Churchill Avenue, is a memorial of the Ogaden War with Somalia, while the Statue of the Lion of Judah, in front of the old Railway Station in Addis Ababa, represents the Ethiopian pride and the emperor. There is also another Statue of the Lion of Judah made from black stone that sits outside the National Theater. As far as religious landmarks go, St. George's Cathedral and museum is the most famous place of worship in the city, featuring memorabilia from the ancient church and a collection of religious writings, Ethiopian crosses, and clothing. Alternatively, the Holy Trinity Cathedral is the most sacred Ethiopian Orthodox church in the city, and one of the most sacred sites of worship in Ethiopia after the churches of Lalibela.
Neighborhoods
Areas like CMC, Ayat, Gerji, and Lebu are mostly quiet residential neighborhoods. Bole Road (also called Airport Road) and the Haya Hulet area are fairly high standard with plenty of cafes, restaurants, accommodations, and opportunities for shopping. Besides Bole and Haya Hulet another popular hub for tourists is the Mercato, an open air market still in use that dates from the colonial administration of the late 1930s. It is also one of the largest outdoor markets in the world, featuring items from tourist t-shirts and souvenirs to handcrafted goods made with wood, metal, fabric, and more. Other shopping centers include a string of souvenir shops on Churchill Avenue going downhill from Tomoca cafe as well as Shiromeda Market between Sidist Kilo & Mt Entoto which offers a calmer alternative to the bustle of Mercato. Haggling is widely practiced in most shopping areas of the city.

Activities
Walking around and exploring Addis Ababa on foot is one of the best ways to experience the life and character of the city. An especially popular place to do so is at the Mercato market where visitors can get a taste of the culture of Addis from crowds of people going about their daily bustle to a large selection of street food, local crafts, and souvenirs. Another great place to explore is the Bole sub-city of Addis Ababa - a modern trendy district of town, packed with shopping centers, the Edna Mall cinema, condos, hotels, and plenty of both international and upscale Ethiopian restaurants.
Food and Dining
Central to Ethiopian cuisine is a bread-like food called Injera. It is a yeast-risen flat bread with a unique, slightly spongy texture and mildly sour taste, traditionally made out of tef flour. The Injera is typically laid out on a platter and accompanied by a smattering of spicy stews, cooked vegetables, and salads for dipping. Other common mixed platters include Maheberawi (meat mixed plate) which usually combines several stews like key wat (beef stew), tibs (lamb, beef or goat cubes stir-fried with herbs and spices), and kitfo (raw ground beef) as well as Yetsom Beyaynetu (vegetarian mixed plate) which usually includes several types of lentil and split pea stews with kale (gomen) and a spicy tomato stew (sils). A few additional meat dishes include Doro Wat (chicken stew), Minchet (spicy ground beef stew), and Gomen Be Sega (meat with vegetables), while vegetarian selections include Shiro (chickpea stew), Mesir Wat (red lentil stew), and Kik Wat (split pea stew). Coffee in Ethiopia is also of the highest quality, and is often served in a ceremonial process which involves three rounds of coffee that proceed from strong (abol) to medium (tona) to weak (baraka), with the final round considered as bestowing a blessing on the coffee drinker.

Transportation
Bole International Airport, the busiest airport in East Africa and the hub of Ethiopian Airlines, is located at the southeast end of the city. It is serviced by several international airlines with daily flights to Europe, United States, and Asia as well as inter-African destinations including Accra, Bamako, Brazzaville, Cairo, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Djibouti, Khartoum, Harare, Johannesburg, Nairobi, and many other cities in Africa. There are two terminals-one for domestic flights and one for international.

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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.