​Getting There – Simien Mountains NP

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Ethiopia.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Ethiopia.

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Ethiopia.

All international flights arrive at Bole International Airport (ADD) in Addis Ababa. As Ethiopia is a large country and places of interest are spread out, most people get around using the excellent network of domestic flights run by Ethiopian Airlines. There are daily flights connecting Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar, Gondar, Lalibela and Axum – the historical towns in Northern Ethiopia.

Most people reach Simien Mountains National Park through Gondar. Flights arrive at Gondar Airport (GDQ), located 15km/9mi south of the city. Gondar is located 100km/62mi south of Debark, the gateway to the park. The drive takes roughly 2 hours*.

Simien Mountains National Park can also be reached by car from Addis Ababa. The distance is about 780km/485mi, and you can break up the journey in Bahir Dar.

*Driving times are only a rough indication. You should always consider the possibility of significant delays.

Airlines & Ticket Prices

Check Skyscanner to see which airlines can take you to Bole International Airport (ADD), and what tickets would cost.

Domestic Flights

Domestic flights can be booked through Ethiopian Airlines, and leave from Bole International Airport (ADD), 5km/3mi southeast of Addis Ababa.

Passport, Visa & Other Entry Requirements

Please check our Getting There – Ethiopia page to learn more about passport, visa, COVID-19 and other entry requirements.

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