Flights to and within Ethiopia
To start exploring Ethiopia, you need to catch an international flight into Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital. From here, you can catch connecting flights to all the major cities.
- Heading North: if your itinerary takes you around Northern Ethiopia, you can catch domestic flights from Addis to all the major cities including Bahir Dar, Gondar, Axum, Lalibela and Mekele. Flight times are about an hour from Addis and significantly shorter if you're connecting between cities.
- Heading South: if you're exploring the south, you'll want to catch a connecting flight from Addis to Arba Minch. Domestic flight routes are limited in the South and most expeditions south of Arba Minch will be done by car.
Need inspiration? Check out our tours for Brilliant itineraries across the country.
We strongly advise booking your international flights with Ethiopian Airlines to qualify for a 50% discount on all domestic flights. The price of itineraries increase significantly otherwise, especially for comprehensive trips.
How do I get to Ethiopia from?
There are a number of direct flights from London Heathrow (LHR) to Addis Ababa (ADD) with Ethiopian Airlines. Other airlines offer fewer direct routes and disqualify you from the domestic flight discount. Ethiopia Airlines don't fly from any other London airports, so you're best bet is to depart from Heathrow. Flight times on non-stop routes are around 7.5 hours.
Ethiopian Airlines have scheduled services from Los Angeles (LAX) and Washington DC (IAD), some of which are non-stop. Elsewhere, your flight will involve one or two stops, with the latter half of your journey completed with Ethiopian Airlines. The duration and price depend on where you're coming from but get in touch and our team can help set you up!
Ethiopia Airlines operate scheduled non-stop services out of Toronto (YYZ) (13 hours). From elsewhere, you'll need connecting flights in Europe where Ethiopian Airlines can take over. Get in touch and our expert team can help get you set up.
Visas can be obtained online or upon arrival and the process is quick and easy. A passport, return flight ticket and around $50 USD is all you need. If you have any questions about getting a visa, our team are here to help.
Popular Trips to Ethiopia
Historic North Circuit
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Historic North and Luxury Lodges
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Historic North Circuit and Community Trekking
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Historic Towns of Ethiopia
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Simien Mountains and Northern History
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Highlights of the North and South
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This classic route is perfect if you're looking for an introduction to Ethiopia, but don't have a lot of time. The focus is on the historic cities, monuments, and culture of northern Ethiopia, with plenty of wildlife and vistas along…
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Bale Mountains Safari
Hike across electric landscapes of thick forests, Afro-alpine moorland, peaks and plateaus, and jungle thickets. An extraordinary outdoor adventure, with high altitude hikes unlocking staggering viewpoints, beautiful clearings, and endemic wildlife. At night, the sky is ablaze with starlight in…
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Classic Simiens Safari
The Simien Mountains are one of Ethiopia’s most stunning destinations. With its diverse flora and fauna, immense views and extraordinary geography, it’s an exceptional place that can be enjoyed by hardy trekkers and afternoon strollers alike. A couple of nights…
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Cultural and Natural South
Combining the best that Ethiopia has to offer south of Addis Ababa, this two-week odyssey takes you to the farthest corners of the Omo Valley, through the verdant forests of the Bale Mountains, and across the lakes of the Great…
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