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today I’m going to go through all the
different modes of transportation in addis ababa this includes mini buses
light rail taxis and the bajaj or tuk tuks So first, the minibus. The minibus is
king I highly recommend you learn how to use the mini bus system it’s pretty
simple it’s cheap its efficient and it’s pretty safe. So to get on a mini bus you just have to wait in a minibus stand, usually in major areas such as mercato or piazza
in certain larger roads like Bole Road just waiting at an intersection
or a certain area where you see other locals standing and you just wait for the
bus to pass. A caller on the bus will slide open the door yell out the
destination “bole! bole! bole!” and if there’s space you hop on the bus. So the fares are about like five to ten birr per
destination which is less than fifty cents if you only go part of the
distance then you only get charged part of the fare but I mean, you know it might
be communication errors and if you look like you’re tourists you probably going to get charged the full fare but honestly it’s nickels and dimes so I would fret over
it. Okay so let’s talk about the buses the buses are typically older Toyota
Hi-Aces vans and it looks kind of like this
the seating layout so the original manufacturer specs for seating would be
this three I guess two-two-three seating in Addis, you’re gonna sit three across
the front so two beside the drivers and usually on these benches you’ll get
three three and four on the last row and if the bus gets really crowded then
you’ll have three people sitting here one of them is gonna be the caller and
he’s gonna sit in the most awkward position and there’s going to be
makeshift stools in the aisle for two people so originally this should be a
fold-down seating area but it’s a modified Hi-Ace van so overall in general you probably get about three or four more people than the
manufacturer’s recommendation which isn’t too crazy and the buses don’t get
overstuffed because I guess legally they’re not allowed to carry any more and
it’s pretty strictly enforced so if the aisle seats aren’t taken then it’s
a pretty decent ride it doesn’t feel as bad and as crowded as it might look in
the videos as for safety I’d say it’s pretty safe. A lot of women take the minibuses. A lot of female volunteers that I know take the mini buses of all the time to get around because it’s pretty
expensive if you need to take the taxis like, taxis for short distances would be
around like 50 to 100 birr which is pretty expensive by Ethiopian standards
because it’d be like three dollars and up Next, the light rail. The light rail, it’ss
comfy, modern-looking likely built by a Chinese company but there are some
caveats to it. Check it out. I’m at the light rail ticket booth right now under an
overpass you have to pay by the distance and it
costs me two birr to get all the way to the end of the line
pretty good value take the light rail time to go up stairs see what it’s all about. Next, time to take the escalators that have never been operational. Waiting for a train right
now the public transit system for the light rail is kind underfunded because the
train cars only reach about half the platform when they could double
the size, the number of cars and they can probably add more trains on the tracks because I don’t see any things coming or going over five minutes now it’s a good system just needs more money for trains and cars the trick is that to get up in his upper
seating area and not in the main area get crushed to death only other thought is that guy behind
me in the dark blue kind of gave me creepy stares the whole time he just
keeps staring the biggest issue I found with the light
rail is frequency so even though it’s a cheap ride from my experience, the light rail came about every 20 minutes or more so it got really packed. If time is an issue
for you then you should take a mini bus There’s definitely some potential with the
light rail if there’s some more funding – get more trains get more frequency and I think it will really modernize Addis. Okay next taxis I didn’t really take the taxis
other than going to and from the airport because they’re pretty expensive they
cost about 10 to 20 times more than taking the mini bus. The vehicle
condition may vary and some older cars , it’s pretty gutted out and I had an instance where there was a piece of string as a seatbelt but most of the taxis are
probably these silver Toyota subcompact . They’re pretty
late-model, so pretty peppy and comfy to sit in. So one thing to note you
definitely got negotiate the fare in advance before you hop on a taxi I’d say it’s about fifty birr for every two to three kilometers if you’re coming from the
airport prices will vary. To get to where I was going in a nearby area in Bole, it
cost about 250 birr from the International Airport, it’s a four or five
kilometer ride. From the domestic airport if you’re just traveling in and around Ethiopia, it’s going to be less I paid about 150 to 200 birr each time so I just arrived in addis ababa this is the domestic
airport so the rules are different, I’m going to negotiate lower for my taxi I got him to about 150 birr. Sometimes if you’re lucky, you’ll get it for 100 birr I had to deal with one scam when I took the taxi. It was really late at night when the minibus pretty much stopped running and
I had to take a taxi cuz in my area it’s really dark the street lights don’t
work and there are a few mugging incidences
there, the most common one being that someone comes up from you from behind
kind of does rear-naked choke on you and you pass out they still all your stuff
unfortunately that incident is getting a little bit more common but that being
said I don’t wanna say that the Ethiopians are dangerous cuz I definitely thought it
was one of safer countries I’ve been to so back to the story I need to take
a taxi to get home and I was gonna share a ride with a friend. We negotiated
the ride back for about fifty birr to take us both back but upon dropping off my
friend at his residence, the driver tried to charge me again to take me to my
place. It definitely wasn’t a communication error, he was trying to overcharge us I would say if you want to avoid such an incident after you negotiate the price
take a photo of the license plate and make sure the taxi driver knows that you did that. So the last form of transportation that’s super popular around Ethiopia not
so much in Addis Ababa is the Bajaj or most people known as tuk tuks so the
Bajaj it’s not used in Addis Ababa because the roads are too
fast so you might just see them on the outskirts so I’ll get to those later
because I encounter them much more in all the other cities and towns
in Ethiopia. As a special mention bicycles not used very much in the city
in fact the only place I saw them was in this little parkette where people pay to
like ride motorcycles and bicycles just in a small oval so that was pretty
amusing actually and I think there’s also a few like Power Wheels vehicles so
it’s like a whole mishmash of alternative transportation. So those are
all the major forms of transportation encountered in Addis Ababa. I hope it helps you out in your journey. Hi my name is Jesse I’m on a quest face all my fears,
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10 thoughts on “ADDIS ABABA – GETTING AROUND (Transportation) + Scams

  1. Thanks, man. You put it better than the Ethiopian tourist offices have done. I am looking for ward to see how bajadj is doing in ethiopa. And i wish you include the public buses, those yellow and red ones. Good vacation.

  2. Avoid the Yellow Cab at all cost, if you can! Outside of that, getting around Addis is great. My only suggestion is to learn the numbers so you can better negotiate as a foreigner.

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