There is no city center in Addis Ababa as we know it in most of the European or US cities. Addis Ababa is very widespread city consisting of subcities, satellites, neighborhoods and districts. Every subcity will have at least one place that can be called center offering shops, market, pubs, cafes and restaurants. Otherwise, the main city Addis Ababa has few interesting areas that concentrate people and businesses and we describe them in What to see in Addis Ababa.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Money exchangeOnly the banks change money in Ethiopia. Bring your passport and currency you want to exchange for Birr. EUR, USD or GBP are the safe choices, but the banks will exchange few other currencies.
ATMsThere are some ATMs with the Visa card logo that allow card withdrawals from foreign accounts. However, when we tried one of them, the transaction was declined although the ATM featured the Visa logo. Please note that not all the banks have ATMs, but you can find international ATMs by the larger hotels and in the shopping malls. It is forbidden to import or export more than 200 Birr in and out of Ethiopia.
Bole International Airport is the main airport of Addis Ababa and the Ethiopia airline hub.