Travel Budget for Addis Ababa

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How much does it cost to travel to Addis Ababa?

How much money will you need for your trip to Addis Ababa? You should plan to spend around ETB2,337 ($64) per day on your vacation in Addis Ababa, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, ETB390 ($11) on meals for one day and ETB206 ($5.63) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Addis Ababa for a couple is ETB3,591 ($98). So, a trip to Addis Ababa for two people for one week costs on average ETB32,720 ($894). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

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A vacation to Addis Ababa for one week usually costs around ETB16,360 for one person. So, a trip to Addis Ababa for two people costs around ETB32,720 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs ETB65,441 in Addis Ababa. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price 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 can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Addis Ababa?

How much does a trip to Addis Ababa cost? Is Addis Ababa expensive? The average Addis Ababa trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Addis Ababa prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

While meal prices in Addis Ababa can vary, the average cost of food in Addis Ababa is ETB390 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Addis Ababa should cost around ETB156 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.

The cost of a taxi ride in Addis Ababa is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent ETB206 per person, per day, on local transportation in Addis Ababa.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Last Updated: Jan 14, 2020
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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.
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.
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.

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.

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.
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.

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Food Options

By backpackguru in Food
There's a surprising diversity of food options in Addis Ababa. There are restaurants serving cuisine ranging from Chinese, to American, to the ubiquitous Italian. Of course you traveled this far to have Ethiopian food so it's worth it to seek out a festive restaurant that serves up delicious Ethiopian food and combines it with dance and traditional music. They can be a little touristy, but that doesn't take away from the fun. Don't be surprised if you end up on stage joining in the dance. And definitely try some of the honey wine, but watch out, it can be strong.

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