Addis Ababa to Lalibela in a day

According to a new post on the Thorntree – click here & scroll down to answer 9 – it is now possible to get from Addis Ababa to Lalibela in one (long) day using the Selam Bus to Weldiya then local minibuses to Lalibela itself.

Doing this will involve at least 13 hours on public transport and it is unclear whether it is possible all year through or dry season only, so on a ‘hope for the best but plan for the worst’ basis, I’d still caution travellers to allow two days from Addis Ababa to Lalibela, especially in the rainy season, and treat it as good luck if they get through in a day!

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2 thoughts on “Addis Ababa to Lalibela in a day

  1. bpready says:

    I don’t think it’s possible to get all the way Lalibela by minibus. Coming from Bahrir Dahr, minibuses only go as far as Gashena, from where you need to find a 4×4 taxi to get to Lalibela. We shared a 4×4 with two Lalibela-based local guides who’d come the opposite way, from Weldiya. (The N-S road through Lalibela is being rebuilt and is in a very poor state.)

    There is another road from Lalibela eastwards that joins the Addis – Weldiya south of Weldiya but when we went that way (in January), on our way to Makele, we only saw one local bus and we’re not sure that was going all the way to Lalibela.

  2. macmy says:

    It is definitely doable in a day, but it took me over 15hrs I think. I took a local bus from Lalibela to Dessie, and from there a shared minivan to Addis. I was planning on staying overnight in Dessie, but a van was getting ready to go at the bus stop so I took it. Even dropped me directly at my hotel!

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