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Flights to Ethiopia in 2022

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One-way fromHK$4,434One-way flight from Hong Kong Intl (HKG) to Ethiopia

Which day is cheapest to fly to Ethiopia?

Monday is currently, on average, the cheapest day to fly to Ethiopia. Flying on Friday will result in higher flight prices.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to Ethiopia?

To get the best value, try booking a flight in the morning when visiting Ethiopia. Generally the prices will increase for flights in the evening as these tend to have higher demand.

Ethiopia is one of the newest tourist destinations in Africa, only considered a holiday destination since the end of the war in 2001. But the ancient country has a history and landscape that will impress any traveller from the moment they step off the flight to Ethiopia.

Referred to as the “lap of civilisation,” Ethiopia has the longest history of any country on Earth. It was here that the bones of Lucy, the oldest human fossil, were found, dating back more than three million years. Today, the country is home to nearly 100 different tribes and, due to the relative lack of developed tourism, its rich culture can easily be explored by visitors.

The natural scenery is another attraction. Look out of the plane window on the flight to get a sense of the vastness and diversity of the country: its landscape includes the Simien Mountains, lakes, waterfalls, the lunar landscape of the Danakil Depression and huge expanses of desert.

This is a country gradually overthrowing its image as a place of poverty and war; instead travellers are starting to explore all it has to offer. Tours are opening up, from Addis Ababa to the churches of Lalibela. Book a flight to Ethiopia now, before the rest of the world catches on…

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Ethiopia climate

Ethiopia usually has rain from June to September and no rain from October to May. The temperature ranges with the altitude, with hot and humid conditions in the lowlands and mild, cool temperatures in the highlands.

When is the best time to fly to Ethiopia?

Peak Season:

October through May is the dry season and is most popular with visitors. Though there is never a real stampede of tourists stepping off flights to Ethiopia, the dry season is the time when hotels are more likely to be booked and attractions will be busier.

Off Season:

June to September is when the country receives the most rain, however, this can still be a good time to visit as there is plenty of sunshine.

Getting around Ethiopia

Ethiopian Airlines has an excellent network, with domestic Ethiopia flights to more than 40 destinations in the country. Prices are reasonable. Ethiopia is a big country and this is by far the quickest way to travel. Be aware that there is a US$10 tax on departure for each flight.

There is a good bus and inexpensive bus system, but services can be very slow and tickets may be sold out a day in advance. Book ahead if possible. Buses are regulated and drivers can’t continue past a certain hour in the evening, so if you haven’t reached your destination on time, you may just get dropped where you are for the night.

Car hire is possible in Addis Ababa. It is necessary to get a 4WD due to the poor conditions of the roads.

How long is the flight to Ethiopia?

The duration of flights to Ethiopia from Hong Kong varies depending on whether you’re taking a direct flight or a flight with multiple stops. Direct flights from Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) to Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD) can take 11h to 12h 30min. With a single stopover at Bangkok International Airport (BKK), the flight can take up to 12h 30min. Ethiopia flight deals with two stops can go through Doha Hamad International Airport (DOH) and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). These can take up to 30h 35min.

Where can you get direct flights to Ethiopia from?

Flights to Ethiopia originate from Hong Kong International Airport. Airlines like Emirates and Qatar Airways offer direct flights to Addis Ababa Bole International Airport from Hong Kong. You can also use Ethiopian Airlines from Hong Kong International airport if you prefer cheap flights to Ethiopia with two stops. Prices may depend on a number of factors, including the route taken and the type of service. If you’re in a different region to Hong Kong International airport, you should factor in more time for transport to the airport.

What is the best way to travel around Ethiopia?

There are different ways you can travel while in Ethiopia. In Addis Ababa, you can use public transport, specifically buses, which offer cheap transport, if you want to get around cities. You can take domestic flights to travel from Addis Ababa to Aksum – flights offer the fastest means of transport between major cities. Minibuses are run like taxis and offer a quick way to travel around. They’re available from 05:30 to around 21:00, and you can find them in almost every major intersection. Visitors use minibuses to travel between Addis Ababa and towns such as Sebeta and Mojo. Taxis are another option for short journeys (up to 3 km), and offer a means of taking a city tour in Addis Ababa. Ethiopia’s light-rail system is also a useful option for visitors who want to avoid traffic congestion. Tickets cost from HK$0.39 to HK$1.16.

What are some things to do in Ethiopia?

Ethiopia is blessed with abundant rare wildlife and natural beauty, so there is a lot to explore. Aksum hosts ancient castles, churches and palaces with centuries of history. Huge monoliths in Aksum are tombstones for Ethiopian rulers from centuries ago. The largest monolith (Remhai’s stele) highlights an incredible display of ancient engineering, as it would have stood 33 m tall, weighing 500 tons, when it was first erected. The castles of Gonder, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is another popular place to visit in Ethiopia. They include 17th-century castles such as the Castle of Emperor Fasilides, the Castle of Emperor Iyasu, and the Bakaffa Castle, which show Ethiopia’s opulent past. Another oppportunity for adventure can be found in Simien Mountains National Park, where you can witness superb wildlife and alpine plants. Homer, a Greek poet, described the mountains as "chess pieces of gods", as they are an unmissable feature of Ethiopia.

Do I need a passport or visa to fly to Ethiopia?

Business and tourist visas are required to fly to Ethiopia. Hong Kong passport holders can obtain a visa online on Ethiopia’s Department for Immigration and Nationality Affairs website. To enter Ethiopia, you must have a passport valid for six months from the date of entry. Tourist and e-visas cost from HK$388, excluding processing fees.

What is good to know if travelling to Ethiopia?

  • Addis Ababa is a fascinating, and huge, city. There is plenty here to see: the National Museum tells the history of the country, Africa Hall is the seat of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and Trinity Church is the largest in the country. However, a particular favourite with tourists is the huge mercacto – the largest outdoor market in the whole of Africa. The market is so large it is extremely easy to get lost inside; if you want to make sure you don’t miss anything – and that you get back out again – you may want to take a guide.
  • The Royal Enclosure, with picturesque ruins from the time of the Emperors, is the first place most tourists visit in Gondar. Fasilades Bath is a focal point during Timkat, the festival of epiphany, in January. This is a very important festival in Ethiopia and is celebrated throughout the country. In Gondar, the Fasilades Bath is filled with water and the people of the town jump in, symbolising Christ’s baptism.
  • When visiting the churches at Lalibela, make sure you remove your shoes before entering. If you’re worried about keeping them safe – or simply feeling lazy – you can pay a small amount to one the “shoe watchers” who will arrive. Not only will they keep an eye on your shoes, they will also carry them to the next church for you if it’s easier than putting them back on your feet.
  • There are two drinks of importance in Ethiopia: coffee, called buna, and tej. After every meal a big ritual occurs around the preparation of the coffee. The ceremony can last a few hours and an invitation to join is a sign of respect. The coffee itself is always taken black, though with plenty of sugar.
  • Tej is an alcoholic drink, like a honey wine. It is drunk from a glass flask and is served in tejbetis (tej houses). Locals, especially older men, often gather round these tejbetis in the evening.

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