Addis Ababa Tourism

Addis Ababa or Addis Abeba (the spelling used by the official Ethiopian Mapping Authority),(Amharic: አዲስ አበባ? Addis Abäba IPA: [adˈdis ˈabəba] , "new flower"; Oromo: Finfinne, [fɪnˈfɪ́n.nɛ́] "Natural Spring(s)"), is the capital and largest city of Ethiopia. It has a population of 3,384,569 according to the 2007 population census, with annual growth rate of 3.8%. This number has been increased from the originally published 2,738,248 figure and appears to be still largely underestimated. As a chartered city (ras gez astedader), Addis Ababa has the status of both a city and a state. It is where the African Union is and its predecessor the OAU was based. It also hosts the headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and numerous other continental and international organizations. Addis Ababa is therefore often referred to as "the political capital of Africa" due to its historical, diplomatic and political significance for the continent. The city is populated by people from different regions of Ethiopia. It is home to Addis Ababa University. The Federation of African Societies of Chemistry (FASC) and Horn of Africa Press Institute (HAPI) are also headquartered in Addis Ababa.


Unplug yourself and have a laid-back vacation at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This city offers countless opportunities to click pictures for your travel journal. A vacation to Addis Ababa can typically be of 1-2 days. Immerse in the spirit of the city and you'll not miss your home.

Don't just take a trip, let the trip take you! Have a enjoyable time at Addis Ababa.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Addis Ababa

  • Save 5% Private Addis Ababa City Tour
    Private Addis Ababa City TourNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 8 Hrs

    Historical Sites in Addis Ababa are concentrated in Piassa and Arat Killo areas. Arat Killo the founding places of Addis Abab...

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  • Save 4% Day-Trip Church of Adadi Mariam from Addis Ababa
    Day-Trip Church of Adadi Mariam from Addis Ababa2 Reviews

    Duration: 9 Hrs

    This is 9-hour long tour with an English speaking guide in a private comfortable Toyota Minivan for a drive of 196 km. This d...

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  • Save 4% Best of Addis Ababa in One Day Guided Day Tour
    Best of Addis Ababa in One Day Guided Day Tour1 Reviews

    Duration: 8 Hrs

    If you are looking to explore Addis Ababa in just one day with an experienced guide who has lived all their life in the City,...

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  • Save 4% Full-Day Private City Tour of Addis Ababa
    Full-Day Private City Tour of Addis Ababa2 Reviews

    Duration: 8 Hrs

    This full day city tour is to visit Addis Ababa - Ethiopia's capital and Africa's political capital. It is the seat of HQ of ...

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  • Know the pollution level of Addis Ababa before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 70.63 (High)
    • Water Pollution 72.56 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 62.8 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 78.57 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 61.9 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 80.36 (Very High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 68.45 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 82.24 (Very High)
  • How safe is Addis Ababa for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Addis Ababa.

    • Burglary and Theft 44.74 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 46.15 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 37.18 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 74.34 (High)
    • Car Stealing 36.18 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 57.89 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 37.18 (Low)
    • Drug offense 32.05 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 75.64 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 45.51 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 39.1 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 26.28 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 51.28 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Addis Ababa is 68.83 (Low)

    • Safety Index 56 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 96.82 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 83.05 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 58.5 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 54.59 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 52.53 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 26.67 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 10.71 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Addis Ababa

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.02 USD
    • International Movie per seat 2.6 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 197.67 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 92.67 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 42 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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