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Transportation in Ethiopia

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Addis Vans

The capital is absolute chaos, as is often the case in large African cities. Until the new surface tram is inaugurated (supposedly, in just a few months) the best way to get around Addis will be in the vans that run throughout the city. They only come out when they are completely full - and they apply that “where two can fit three fit” optionally - but they offer a really fluid service.

To know which one to take, you have to be attentive because the wallet looks out the door screaming at the stops.The prices range between 2 and 10 ETBs, depending on the duration of the tour. They will never try to scam you.

How second best option you have a wide range of buses of different sizes. They are usually filled to the brim and say that there is a risk that skillful pickpockets will take something away from you. I took them and I had no problem. The price is somewhat lower than the vans.

Finally, there are the tuk tuks, only recommended for short distances (10-70 ETB) and contract taxis. Be careful with the latter because they always try to scam faranji (White man). The prices usually range between 100-500 ETB, but it is better to ask a local how much a service can cost so that you know if they try to deceive you.

Buses

The ferry with which I crossed Lake Tana

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