Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD)

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD)

(አዲስ አበባ ቦሌ ዓለም አቀፍ አውሮፕላን ማረፊያ)
Addis Ababa
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    Douwe d.
    "free WiFi is that nóthing worked except for Swarm"(17 Tips)
    Joe T.
    "Which is saying a lot Have dollars or Euros on you. ."(2 Tips)
    "Comfortable seats, clean toilets, good Food and drinks."(2 Tips)
    Norma O.
    "internet cafe in Addis Ababa"(2 Tips)
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  • free Wifi
  • comfortable seats
  • coffee
  • bar
  • lounges
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  • Scott C.
    Scott CumminsSeptember 27, 2013
    Use the toilet before leaving the aircraft, the transit lounge & Cloud Nine often have long queues!
  • Rewan P.
    Rewan PartiJanuary 16, 2017
    This airport is extremely outdated. Please carry $, € or £. The lounges are pretty dark and have little to no facilities. Star Alliance gold members go through a separated security gate which is quick
  • Kamal K.heart icon on user image
    Kamal KrishnaDecember 4, 2016
    There isn't an airport that's as bad. Long, mismanaged queues everywhere, insipid food choices, pathetic duty free, no Internet mostly and utter chaos all around. This place needs a manager.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Josh
    JoshJanuary 12, 2016
    Domestic etstarlounge wifi password is domcloud9. Horrendous airport, especially those working for Ethiopian air.
  • Vivian L.
    Vivian LeiOctober 6, 2016
    If you fly Ethiopian Airlines and have a layover you can go to their service desk to get a voucher for food and/or hotel with free shuttle bus. They don't tell you - you need to ask!
  • Ragnvald L.
    Ragnvald LarsenJanuary 27, 2023
    Been here 5+ times
    The Ethiopian Airlines lounges does not accept up front payments for access. Plaza premium lounge at the far end of the huge departure hall is a decent alternative. At US$ 40 it is in the high end.
  • nehemiah a.
    nehemiah attigahSeptember 24, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    Just make sure you are seated at the boarding gate once you have completed departure formalities.
  • Orlando P.
    Orlando PintoNovember 3, 2015
    Small airport,: some restaurants, coffee shops, souvenirs etc. There are two business lounges with Basic service: some chaise longs, sofas, small buffet (African dishes) and Internet access.
  • Charles R.
    Charles Ryan TeoDecember 4, 2019
    Free Wifi available. Be prepared for mulitple times of security screening. One at the land side, another one at the air side and if you are flying to Europe and U.S, you be required to do another one.
  • Rotimi O.
    Rotimi OlawaleJuly 15, 2019
    Been here 50+ times
    One of the busiest airports in Africa, expansion ongoing, don't rely on the internet, sometimes it doesn't work
  • Nonso N.
    Nonso NdMarch 10, 2019
    Airport WiFi works great. If u need some work done, there's an internet Cafe at the end of the connecting gates, right before the entry to gate 18.
  • Ghitta B.
    Ghitta BassonJune 2, 2018
    Beware. Duty free goods will be taken off you on transfer flights. You get it back at baggage reclaim at end destination but it's the last thing off the plane so you wait forever!
  • Joel L.
    Joel LehmannSeptember 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    if you are lucky you can get (must get, though) a yellow fever vaccination, plus certificate, for 4 USD
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WisemanJuly 16, 2017
    An utter dump. The worst airport I’ve ever been to. Confusing, spread out but extremely crowded, terrible food options, no functioning wifi. And I’ve been to Kabul, Port au Prince and Kandahar.
  • Douwe d.
    Douwe de VriesDecember 29, 2017
    The best thing about the free WiFi is that nóthing worked except for Swarm so I could make an amazing check in 😜
  • Bun M.
    Bun MizuharaJune 16, 2013
    If you can't find free WiFi, ask the airline staff at the service counter. They will be kind enough to tell you how.
  • Jeffers M.heart icon on user image
    Jeffers MirukaFebruary 18, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    Addis Ababa's Bole is quite a busy airport. In times of overcrowding of boarding gates, use any alternative gate that's not overcrowded. They all lead to the same boarding place.
  • richard m.
    richard mandulaJune 4, 2019
    Remember to bring portable power, there no power sockets to recharge your gadgets
  • Irene
    IreneMarch 5, 2020
    Been here 10+ times
    Terrible airport. Three times security control since the entrance, three times to remove shoes, take off laptop etc. Don’t even allow liquids bought at their Duty Free to take on board.
  • Prathima N.heart icon on user image
    Prathima NaikAugust 14, 2022
    A good brighter intl airport ... so much nicer than Capetown airport ... definitely a good transit point.
  • Dave R.
    Dave RothJanuary 8, 2022
    Be prepared to go through security three times if you’re headed to the US. Also, there’s no food or drink available after the final checkpoint.
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MimiMarch 7, 2012
    Its not fair that the atms are below the duty free and they don't accept birr at the duty free shops and yes free wifi and the perfume shops are a delight.
  • Sean H.heart icon on user image
    Sean HowellOctober 22, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    I am a big fan of this airport. Comfy reclining chairs for naps and easy to access WiFi throughout the airport which makes life on international travels much nicer.
  • R
    RNovember 19, 2015
    You can ask for WiFi password from Ethiopian lounge if the free airport WiFi doesn't work.
  • Rey A.
    Rey AniceteDecember 15, 2012
    Lounge chairs are a welcome addition if you can't get into the lounges.
  • Bijan K.
    Bijan KafiJune 13, 2015
    A crowded, busy place. Try to catch one of the deck chairs if you can.
  • Vivian L.
    Vivian LeiOctober 6, 2016
    Been here twice now and the open wifi never worked. We met locals who said it never works.
  • Thomas
    ThomasDecember 5, 2010
    Try to get into the Cloud Nine Lounge. Comfortable seats, clean toilets, good Food and drinks. WLAN on airport is available.
  • Denis N.heart icon on user image
    Denis NziokaNovember 20, 2014
    Its not your average airport. Lots of security and oh, avoid the many 'willing' potters who want to carry your bags as they want tips later. This country only accepts USD, Euro or GBP! The hell!?!
  • Alper C.
    Alper CekicJune 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They take %7 commission for visa card use in duty free. Cigars is cheap also some perfumes.
  • Andy A.
    Andy AndersonOctober 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Want to revolutionize the travel industry? Put day beds in the waiting area. You're welcome.
  • R
    RNovember 12, 2015
    In case you forget to do currency exchange before immigration then go to any resto and ask them to give USD against birr. Hope this helps
  • Cataheart icon on user image
    CataSeptember 14, 2017
    Needs improvement regarding cleansing, it's very busy and signs are not quite helpful. It has free wifi, though.
  • Pamela M.
    Pamela MbabaziSeptember 17, 2018
    The business lounge is so so. But you can have some Ethiopian wine
  • Ahmed S.
    Ahmed SalawiMay 15, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the worst airport I have traveled through, add to it that Ethiopian is a lousy airline, you’d be unlucky if you get stranded here, happens too often sadly, staff response is irritating.
  • R
    RNovember 12, 2015
    Gate 1A -F, 2, 3 always have a big queue and ppl are standing for hrs. Make sure you come early
  • Nikos B.heart icon on user image
    Nikos BDecember 1, 2018
    Welcome to Africa!
  • Davin C.heart icon on user image
    Davin ChuaFebruary 16, 2015
    It looks very in the 1990s, have lots of space to improve
  • Henrique S.
    Henrique SalesJanuary 9, 2018
    Worse airport I’ve been. The restrooms are in containers, the security is very disorganized and slow. No internet, they say they have but it doesn’t work. If you have a chance go to another airport.
  • Steven A.
    Steven AAugust 9, 2011
    Free wifi! No shops after security and the only food place takes cash only
  • Mika K.
    Mika K-lifaJune 10, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    Unforgettable :))))
  • Angelos P.heart icon on user image
    Angelos PappasDecember 7, 2016
    Terrible service! Forgot to give us all transit docs. Baggage drop-off takes three times more than actual check-in. Gate security check takes up to 2h. Flights delays very common. Horribly organized!
  • Norma O.
    Norma OjayNovember 28, 2013
    Just hanging out in the internet cafe in Addis Ababa waiting for my connection...
  • Angela Isabelheart icon on user image
    Angela IsabelJuly 31, 2018
    Free WiFi available
  • Elvi S B.heart icon on user image
    Elvi S BlackMay 17, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    As usual have to queue and very slow service.. .make sure come to check in very early.. who knows you the one who will miss the flight..
  • Leonardo S.heart icon on user image
    Leonardo SáDecember 16, 2016
    You're looking for free Wi-fi? London pub Password: Thankyou
  • Paull Y.heart icon on user image
    Paull YoungApril 20, 2013
    Smart move to change money or use the ATM while you're here. Birrrrrr it's cold in here.
  • Rogerio S.
    Rogerio SilveiraJanuary 4, 2020
    Been here 5+ times
    Terminal 1 is pretty small, but the staff are friendly
  • Andrew BC 翁 Ô.
    Andrew BC 翁 ÔNGJanuary 19, 2017
    Home based of Ethiopian Airlines
  • Bijan K.
    Bijan KafiJune 13, 2015
    Alcoholic beverages are really cheap in the duty free shops.
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