Travel Tips

The Ethiopian Birr is the currency of Ethiopia. The currency code for Birrs is ETB, and the currency symbol is Br. There are 5, 10, 50, 100, 200 birr banknotes and 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 1 birr of (SANTIM) coins. There is different electronic banking system.

Ethiopia today is a federal democratic republic. The national working language is Amharic but English is widely spoken. Ethiopia’s economy is now one of the fastest-growing in Africa. The Ethiopian economy is dominated by agriculture.

  • Addis Ababa fire brigade 939
  • Addis Ababa Traffic Police 945
  • The police station in Addis Ababa 991
  • Ambulance 907
  • Red Cross 906
  • Afalagi call center 8123

The climate of Ethiopia and its dependent territories varies greatly. The country lies wholly within the tropics, but its nearness to the equator is counterbalanced by the elevation of the land.

Ethiopia lies in the East Africa Time Zone (GMT+3) and doesn’t observe Daylight Saving. Locally, be aware that people measure time in two daily 12-hour cycles starting at 6am and 6pm, so that their one o’clock is equivalent to seven o’clock, and vice versa.

Ethiopia Airlines has 23 domestic route destinations bringing provincial and administrative cities within easy reach of the capital and the region’s commercial centres. In addition, there is a daily “Historic Route Service” for tourists to the country’s world famous ancient historic sites. You can travel through most of Ethiopia’s destination on asphalted roads by car.

Addis Ababa has a light rail transportation system, however, by car or by taxi is still the quickest way to travel around the city. There are different meter taxis, rental couches, buses that are convenient for your trip. Picture of luxury buses, couches, and meter taxis. You can get RIDE taxi services using the following numbers or by downloading their apps from google play or app store.

ZayRide   Call  6303
RIDE   Call  8294
Polo Trip   Call  6565
Feres   Call  6090

Easy Access visa on arrival for all African countries and E-visa service for the rest of the world.

Shops open from 08:00 A.M to 13:00 P.M and then from 14:00 P.M to 20:00 P.M, from Monday to Friday. On Saturday, opening hours for shops are a little shorter, from 09:00 A.M to 13:00 P.M and then from around 15:00 P.M to 19:00. P.M Shops are mostly closed on Sundays.

The Ethiopia country code +251 will allow you to call Ethiopia from another country. The total number of digits is 6. For more information please refer.

During non-fasting seasons, church hymns start earlier in the morning around 5:00 A.M and Mosques Azans starts 3:00 in the morning and 5:00 in the morning of every day of the week.

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