Half Day Addis Ababa City Tour


If you've come this far, you must be wondering what you can do to visit Addis Ababa and how. Here is our Half-Day City Tour for your best experience while visiting Addis Ababa. Please ask us to customize this travel offer to suit your interests.

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🤔 So, you have a few hours to explore Addis Ababa City?

🤔 You are thinking of what to do in Addis Ababa in half a day?

🤔 Not quite sure of how to experience Addis Ababa best?

Get flexible ways with us to spend enjoyable time visiting Addis Ababa. See reviews of fellow visitors on TripAdvisor how they enjoyed our HALF DAY ADDIS ABABA CITY TOUR. In this short excursion, we combine visits to popular attractions and experiences in Addis Ababa.

If you have any questions on planning your city tour in Addis Ababa, don’t hesitate to

Google's top rated sights in Addis Ababa are part of this stopover tour. Keep reading for details on how we can make your short trip in Addis special.Review about Addis Ababa Tours on TripAdvisor

Addis Ababa Short Layover Tour is a private sightseeing city visit of about five hours. This tour is best for transit passengers on layover at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.

Local tour guide leads the private sightseeing tour of Addis Ababa. The tour is by driving with a comfortable, insured and air-conditioned private vehicle. Get our free hotel pickup and drop-offs to all hotels in Addis Ababa. Ask for changes to this tour offer to visit other attractions in the Ethiopian capital.

Tour plan of Half Day City Tour in Addis AbabaTitle – Half Day Addis Ababa City Tour

Duration – 4 to 6 hours (flexible)

Tour Price - From $40 to $100 per person

Means of Travel – Private Corolla (1 or two people) OR Toyota Minivan of 2016/2017 Model (3 to six visitors)

Tour Guide – Professional English or French Speaking Guide

Kids Friendly – Yes

Activity Level – Light

Pick up/drop off locations and time – As per visitors’ inquiry (It is a private tour.)

Cancellation Policy – Addis Tours booked 12 hours in advance of the tour start time are eligible for a free cancellation.

Places to visit in half day Addis Ababa sightseeing tour are: -

To keep you, our staff, and everyone on the tour safe from Coronavirus, we follow strict safety procedures. For Addis Ababa layover tour, we use clean sanitized vehicles. Get free facemasks, hand sanitizers, gloves, and wipes. This brief day tour in Addis Ababa includes free airport/hotel pick-up and drop-off. This Addis Ababa stopover tour can be booked at your convenience with flexible start and end times.

Below is a guide map of Addis Ababa that shows the driving routes (directions) and destinations for a half-day city tour.

Please read the details below for more information about our short Addis Ababa layover tour. The itinerary details what to do and what to see during the Addis Ababa city tour. And, email us for any of your questions related to booking the Addis Ababa layover tour.

"አዲስ አበባ" in Amharic language means 'New flower', hence the name of Ethiopia's capital city - "Addis Ababa". "Finfine" is the local Oromo name of the city of Addis. Founded by Emperor Menelik II, Addis Ababa has several attractions for foreign tourists. Book this brief tour with a local guide to get Addis Ababa's highlights in a few hours.

Addis Ababa Layover Tour allows first time visitors to learn Ethiopian's diverse traditions. Learning history and recent trends in Addis Ababa are part of the half day trip. Scout Top attractions in Addis Ababa ranked according to TripAdvisor. Cultural activities and best local markets make your time in Addis Ababa memorable. Please let us know if you have a special interest in touring Ethiopia's largest city.Ethiopian vegan food known as Beyaynet

We offer free hotel pickups and drop-offs. If arriving at Addis Ababa early morning or late afternoon, your tour guide waits for you at the airport.

The Half Day Addis Ababa City Tour is the shorter version of our Full-Day Addis Ababa City Sightseeing. Fluent English-speaking Ethiopian guide leads the city tour. This is private sightseeing half day long city visit in Addis Ababa to discover new places, gain knowledge, and explore unique sites of Ethiopia's largest city.

Duration: 4 to six hours (Half day)

We plan the short guided tour of Addis Ababa to help you get a great feel of Addis Ababa

and Ethiopia in a short time. Must-Do activities when in Addis are covered in this visiting.

Best part of Addis Ababa half-day tour is that it is customizable. Your informative tour guide adjusts your visit to fit your travel style. Going on for few hours city sightseeing tours of Addis Abeba is easy to book with short notice.

Typical half day city tour of Addis Ababa includes visiting:-

  • National Museum of Ethiopia (የኢትዮጵያ ብሔራዊ ሙዚየም) - mainly to see the skeletons of Lucy or Dinknesh (the oldest human ancestor and 3.2 million-years old)
  • Holy Trinity Cathedral (መንበረ ጸባዖት ቅድስት ሥላሴ ካቴድራል) - to learn about Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity and to see the graves of Emperor Haile Selassie I
  • Merkato (Addis Mercato) market (መርካቶ ገበያ) - the biggest outdoor cultural market in Africa and
  • Mount Entoto (እንጦጦ ተራራ) - to experience Addis Ababa's panorama and Ethiopian cultural activities with locals

Depending on visitors’ interest and time, drive to Entoto Hill for view of Addis Ababa. At Intoto Mountain, take part in cultural experience. Learn how to prepare Enjera (Injera) – the Ethiopian bread. Attend Ethiopian traditional Coffee Ceremony.

Activity Summary

Merkato market road scene in Addis Ababa

Make the best use of your short time in Addis Ababa with a professional local tour guide who knows the city inside out.

The half day Addis Ababa City Tour itinerary takes 4 to 6 hours. Visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral and experience how life goes for locals at the giant open-air local market of Merkato. Enjoy the panoramic view of Addis Ababa from top of Entoto Mountain. See the fossil remains of Lucy–the oldest hominid (3.2 million years old).

At Merkato market, walk with your tour guide to discover its unique cultural sections. Know of Ethiopian spices, colorful hand-woven grass baskets, secondhand items, and recycling section.

At Entoto Mountain, visit a local family to experience Ethiopian culture. Learn how to cook Ethiopian meals, and see how to brew Tella (Ethiopian homemade beer). A unique activity to get in touch with Ethiopian culture is to try the traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony.

Drive along Addis Ababa's main streets viewing historic buildings, popular locations and important buildings of the city.

Addis Ababa Stopover City Tour Itinerary

Your tour guide will meet you at your hotel in Addis Ababa. OR if you are just arriving, meet your guide at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. Here’s what you can expect, if you’re hoping to book a half day trip in Addis Ababa with us.

Drive on Bole Road and via Meskel Square (the main square of Addis Ababa) to the Holy Trinity Cathedral. This cathedral is the most important religious site of the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians in Addis Ababa.

INSIDE Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis AbabaTake 45 minutes to 1 hour guided tour of the Holy Trinity Cathedral. See the artfully crafted stained glass windows, and the stunning architecture of the building.. Take time to visit ancient historical and religious artifacts at the Trinity Museum.

The next stop on Addis Ababa Half Day City Tour is the National Museum of Ethiopia. Start visiting the national museum with archaeological discoveries on the basement floor. Meet Lucy or Dinknesh (the oldest hominid who lived in north east Ethiopia (Afar Area) about 3.3 million years ago.


Learn about Human Evolution and why Ethiopia claims to be the “Cradle of Mankind”.

Then, drive for half an hour to the busy local market of Merkato–the biggest outdoor market in Africa. With about an hour walking tour of Merkato learn about the Ethiopian local spices. See the colorful hand-woven grass baskets and shop at Merkato.

Stop at the 'Chat' (green leaves locals chew for stimulation) market. Experience how life goes at the second hand items market of Mercato market. Merkato in Addis Ababa is ideal for sightseers who enjoy snapping photo shots.

Next, drive through the beautiful eucalyptus forest to Mount Entoto. The highest peak around Addis Ababa is at Entoto Mountain with 3,200 meters above sea level. Entoto is a great spot to overlook Addis Ababa city. Here meet a local family and learn how to prepare Enjera (the Ethiopian national bread).

How to bake Enjera - Ethiopian bread

See how Tella (the local homemade beer) is brewed, and to take part in a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony. See the entire process of the Coffee Ceremony starting from roasting the beans, pounding by hand using mortar and pestle, and brewing it.

Stop at the new Entoto Park. Go for a little walk in nature smelling the pleasant scents of eucalyptus trees. Check out the breathtaking view overlooking Addis Ababa city. Note that all visitors must have passports or Identity cards to visits Entoto Park. For historical sites visiting, you can stop at Menelik II Palace (the first palace in Addis Ababa) at Entoto Mountain.

On the way back from Entoto to Addis Ababa, stop at Shiro Meda local market. Shop for small local gift items and hand-woven cotton clothes.

Before your hotel/airport transfer, have lunch at one of the best traditional Ethiopian restaurants in Addis Ababa. Taste varieties of delicious Ethiopian meals. Conclude your tour with drop-off at your Addis Ababa hotel or Airport.

You can combine this short tour of Addis Ababa with a bit of visiting the countryside. Check our one-day trips from Addis Ababa to customize it with us. If you are interested to visit sites out of the city, check our interesting Addis Ababa Day Tour packages. Please, have a look at the list of interesting day tours from Addis Ababa offered by Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours. 

Drive on scenic routes that allow you to discover all the most important aspects of Addis Ababa.  Explore best of Addis with our highly rated Ethiopian tour guides. Vacationers can visit trendy sites in Addis Ababa. We organize the city tour of Addis Ababa by including Sheger Park, Entoto Park, or the new Andinet or Unity Park.

Andinet Park entrance fee varies for locals (Ethiopians) and foreign visitors. Entrance fee to visit Andinet Park in Addis Ababa is 300 Ethiopian Birr per person for locals and 20 US Dollars for foreign visitors per person. Get details about Andinet Park in Addis Ababa and organize your visit to the park with us.

Price of Half Day Addis Ababa City Tour

Number of visitors in a group

Price per person

1 person

80 US Dollars

2 people

70 US Dollars

3 people

65 US Dollars

4 people

55 US Dollars

5 people

45 US Dollars

6 people

40 US Dollars

Price of Half Day Addis Ababa City Tour INCLUDES: - 

Comfortable insured private vehicle – Toyota Corolla (1 or 2 travelers) OR Toyota Minivan (3 to 6 visitors)

 Fuel surcharge, per diem for private driver, and insurance

 French, German, or English-Speaking professional tour guide

 All entry charges (admission fees) to visit sites mentioned in Addis Ababa itinerary above

 Hotel/Airport pick up and drop offs

 Local family visits

 Docent services (as needed)

 Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

 Bottled water and local snacks


 And, all related taxes


Fees for visiting other areas of interest not included in the above itinerary

❎ Meals

❎ And, any other expenses not mentioned in the “Included” list above

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Half day tour of Addis Ababa Ethiopia can extend to Full day tour (8 to 9 hours). The complete private city tour of Addis Ababa includes more activities. A few additional experiences and more places to visit with the long tour of Addis include: -

  • Ethnological Museum (also known as Ethnographic Museum) was Emperor Haile Selassies's former palace. Ethnological Museum is one of the best museums in East Africa. Haile Selassie (formerly known as Ras Teferi or Ras Tafari before he became Emperor) lived here for more than 25 years. The Emperor is revered for Rastafarians.
  • St. George Cathedral is among the best places first time visitors of Addis have to visit. Saint George Cathedral is historic for its Tabot (copy of the Ark of the Covenant). St. George's Tabot accompanied Ethiopians who defeated invader Italians in 1896.
  • Cultural Activities - Learn how to bake Injera (እንጀራ). Enjera (Injera) is the Ethiopian flat bread. ‘Teff’ (ጤፍ) grains are used to prepare Injera. Attending the cultural Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony is also a lot of fun.

Book Online - Addis Ababa Half Day Cultural Experience 

If you are curious to try tasty local Ethiopian food, we rearrange your layover tour to a remarkable Addis Ababa Food Tour. Spend your half day in Addis Ababa with exotic Ethiopian culinary experience including the unique Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony cultural activity.

Whether you are interested in the highlights or deeper engagement, we will make your layover tour in the city of Addis Ababa a complete SUCCESS.

If you are wondering what you can do in one day from Addis Ababa, read our article on interesting attractions around Addis Ababa. Choose any sites your feel you would explore and tell us how you plan to visit it. Please, check out other interesting tours offered by Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours!

If you are on stopover at Addis Ababa Airport at night, our Overnight Transit Tour in Addis Ababa helps you have a great evening.

Contact us soon for details about visiting Addis Ababa in half day! We are always ready to help in customizing your brief layovers and enjoy a bespoke tour of Addis Abeba.

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