Private Overnight Transit Tour in Addis Ababa with Local Tour Guide - Short (less than 6 hours) overnight transit tours and nightlife experiences in Addis Ababa - Fun activities and culture-themed things to do in Addis Ababa at night for 2022
Watch LIVE Cultural Music Dance Show, taste yummy Ethiopian meals, drive along the main streets of Addis Ababa, shop for quality Ethiopian Coffee, traditional dresses, local spices, and attend experience the Ethiopian Coffee Culture during your transit in Addis Ababa
If you have an evening stopover at Addis Ababa and look for fun activities and experiences in Addis, you have found it! Our overnight transit tour in Addis Ababa is all you need. This layover trip is a perfect way to experience Ethiopia and know Addis Ababa while waiting for your connecting flight.
This page gets you informed for the best things-to-do at night in Addis Ababa. Know what to do and customize our enjoyable short layover tour in Addis Ababa. If you have few hours during the day or at dusk, get to know the best of Addis Ababa booking our half-day layover tour.
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Short overview of the overnight transit tour in Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa (capital of Ethiopia) is Africa’s biggest diplomatic base. It is because Addis Ababa is the seat of major international institutions and embassies. The Headquarters of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), and the African Union (AU) are in Addis.
Addis Ababa is home to Africa’s biggest Airline – the Ethiopian Airlines. This African giant carrier serves the largest number of destinations in Africa. Thousands of passengers stop at Addis Ababa on a layover connecting their flights.
If you have an overnight layover or short stopover at Addis Ababa, it is no wonder that you would ask: -
- Is Addis Ababa a safe city?
- How to experience a great nightlife in Addis Ababa?
- What are the things to do in Addis Ababa at night?
- Are there interesting tours in Addis Ababa for transits through Addis Ababa?
Find helpful answers for the above questions. Get our suggested things-to-do in Addis Ababa, and activities you can try at night in Addis Ababa.
When you have a long layover in Addis Ababa, consider booking one of our 1-day trips. WHY?
✽ Customized Flexible Tours
✜ We design customized short holidays for touring Addis Ababa and any interesting sites in the surrounding area. Create your personalized stopover tour in Addis with us.
✽ Helpful Advices from Local Tour Operators
✜ Get our help in crafting what you wish to do during your stay in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia! Access free travel tips from Ethiopian tourism professionals, fine-tuned to your specific needs, flight arrival and departure times.
✽ Insightful, Friendly and Experienced Tour Guides
✜ Our local tour guides are reputable for their deep destination specific Knowledge. Have a memorable time in the city of Addis Ababa between your flights.
✽ Free Airport or Hotel Pick Up and Drop Off
✜ Get your pick up on time. Enjoy your long layover in Addis Ababa with us. Get dropped off back at the airport in time for your departing flight.
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Things to know regarding this evening event in Addis Ababa
List of activities and things-to-do in Addis Ababa at night
Cultural Ethiopian Dinner with Live Dance Show
Check a couple of the best traditional Ethiopian Restaurants in Addis Ababa. Try varieties of delicious Ethiopian meals and taste ‘Tej’ – the Ethiopian Honey Wine. Use your fingers to eat the Ethiopian spongy bread known as Injera (made of Teff grains). Share a plate of deliciously spice Ethiopian cuisine among small groups.
Are you interested only on Ethiopian dinner with LIVE Dance performances? Book our Ethiopian Cultural Dinner and LIVE Dance Show online.
LIVE Folkloric Dance Performance of Ethiopians
Enjoying yummy Ethiopian cuisine, see the LIVE dance performances of the different tribes. The dancers wear costumes of the corresponding tribes. Ethiopia is Africa's second-biggest country with 82 different ethnic groups. Learn Ethiopian history and culture of Ethiopians from your tour guide.
Stop at a LIVE Ethiopian Jazz Club
Ethiopia has a big name for its Jazz Music. African Jazz Village is the most popular Ethiopian Jazz Club in Addis Ababa.
Take a relaxed drive on the highways of Addis Ababa
Have a scenic drive on Addis Ababa’s main streets. Depending on how long you spend on tour and where you’ll be staying at, you’ll drive by major monuments in Addis Ababa. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the save drive in Addis Ababa to see its iconic sites. Learn about each location from your guide.
Our full-day city trip allows you to see more of Addis Ababa if you have longer than 6 hours to spend here. Our half-day layover tour in Addis Ababa is intriguing for travelers who have four to five hours throughout the day. Learn all about this nighttime tour and what to do in the city after sundown by reading on.
If you have any other ideas to add on this evening excursion in Addis Ababa city after sunset, please tell us.
A few iconic sights you'll see in Addis Ababa include: -
• Meskel Square (the main square in Addis Ababa),
• UN Economic Commission for Africa (UN ECA) building,
• Lion of Judah Monument, and
• The Headquarters of the African Union.
Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony
Coffee was first discovered at ‘Kaffa’ area of West Ethiopia. And the ‘Coffee Ceremony’ is one of Ethiopia’s unique cultural identities. Your guide narrates on the significance of Coffee for Ethiopia and Ethiopians. Experience the traditional Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony like Ethiopians.
See the settings of the ceremony. Observe the process of typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony. It starts with washing the coffee beans, and roasting. After presenting the aromas of the roasted coffee smoke to guests, it is pounded by hand.
Feeling the sweet smells of the Frank Incense, follow up the coffee brewing. And, enjoy one of the the best cups of coffee in your life. At the end, you can stop at a supermarket to buy the best quality Ethiopian Coffee. For comprehensive information on Coffee Ceremony, read our article about the preparation of Ethiopian Coffee.
‘Azmari Bet’ Experience
Take a look at one of the few Azmari Bets in Addis Ababa. Azmari Bet is a traditional Ethiopian bar with a band of two (a couple). The band entertains guests playing Masinko (Ethiopian Fiddle), singing and shoulder dancing.
During the duet, the singers make fun on each other with singing. They make the poems up at the spot. That is to make spectators relax. The singers at Azmari Bets praise and appreciate guests individually with rhythms. It is a way of earning prizes for their admiration (commends). And, it is customary to put the paper money prize on the foreheads of the singer.
The best place for ‘Azmari Bet’ experience in Addis Ababa is Fendika Azmari Bet.
Shopping in Addis Ababa City
Depending on what time you are in Addis Ababa, take time for shopping at Shiro Meda Local Market. Shiro Meda is famous for handwoven colorful Ethiopian women’s dresses (Habesha Dresses) and scarves. Here, you can find small handcrafts (gift items).
If you are in Addis Ababa after 8:00 PM, shopping at a local supermarket is add-on. Buy the finest Ethiopian Coffee beans to take with you. Ethiopian local spices and organic forest honey are other items you may shop for.
Your tour guide advises on where to shop at, considering what you want to buy.
Price of Overnight Transit Tour in Addis Ababa
Basic tour price of this Addis Ababa stopover tour (Maximum 6 hours) is: -
- 70 US Dollars for 1 or 2 people in group
- 85 US Dollars for 3 to 6 people per group
The above tour price includes private vehicle with fuel and driver. We use comfortable, insured, and clean Toyota Corolla (for 1 or 2 visitors). For 3 to 6 travelers, we use Toyota Minivan of 2017 Model. English-speaking driver runs vehicle during this Addis Ababa stopover tour responsibly.
Prices of add-ons (extra) services
- 45 US Dollars for professional local tour guide (per group)
- 20 US Dollars Ethiopia Coffee Ceremony Activity (per group)
- 25 US Dollars for dinner at Ethiopian Restaurant with a bottle of ‘Tej’ – Ethiopian Honey Wine (per person)
NOTE – This short stopover tour includes free pick-up and drop-off from and to Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. You can start and end this overnight tour from your transit hotel in Addis Ababa.
IMPORTANT TIP – To get enough time for the tour, it is advisable to get your entry visa to Ethiopia online. Doing this saves you the time you would spend waiting in queue for your visa on arrival. Apply online for your Ethiopia Transit Visa.
When you check in to fly to Addis Ababa, check-in for the next flight as well. Having the boarding pass for the flight from Addis Ababa helps you check in faster after the tour of Addis.
If you have a stopover in Addis Ababa in the evening and would like to enjoy cultural activities in Addis Nightlife, please contact us. We customize the overnight transit tour in Addis Ababa to fit with your flight arrival and departure times, and your other requests.
Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours [MEET] also offers private 1 to 3 days tours packages from Addis Ababa. See the list of day trips near Addis Ababa to visit top ranked tour destinations in one day. You can always ask to customize our Addis Ababa tour packages to your specific desires.
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Related Questions and Answers - Stopovers in Addis Ababa
You may ask “How do you get around Addis Ababa?” For the above stopover tour in Addis Ababa, we consider using Toyota Corolla for small group of one or two people. And, 12-seater Toyota Minivan is used to get around Addis Ababa for three to six visitors in a group.
If you are wondering how you get around Addis Ababa by yourself, the safest means of travel is using ride sharing taxi company known as FERES. Dial 6090 or download Feres App to order your trip in Addis Ababa.
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