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Traveled to Ethiopia in November 2019

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Submitted on Feb 01, 2021 Useful Info

Train travel in Ethiopia

  • A brand new standard gauge railway was introduced in 2016 replacing the old meter-gauge railway.
  • The meter gauge railway stopped being used in 2010.
  • The new railway line runs from Addis - Dire Dawa - Djibouti.
  • The distance between Djibouti to Addis Ababa via the new railway line is 728 Km

How to find the stations.

  • In Addis, the station is new and has not yet been added to Google maps. I hope they will add it soon enough. The best bet is to take a taxi from the town center to the station. The taxi drive takes about 45 minutes. The station's name is Furi-Lebu station.
  • In Dire Dawa, the station is not located far from the town and since it is a relatively small town, if you ask for directions you can be helped.
  • In Djibouti just like in Addis, the station is not on maps. A taxi from central Djibouti to Negad station will take about 15 minutes.

How to buy tickets.

In Addis Ababa;

There is no online booking. Tickets from Ethiopia to Djibouti must be bought at least a day before. For those traveling just within Ethiopia, the tickets can be bought on the day of travel. However, it is advisable that they are bought a day before as problems such as power cuts or tickets being sold out do not affect you. Tickets are bought at the railway station in Lebu. This station is located close to Addis Ababa's Bole international airport.

In Dire Dawa;

The tickets can be bought at the station or in the city center at the EDR (Ethiopia Djibouti railway) office which is conveniently located at the old railway station.

In Djibouti;

Buy tickets at the Djibouti Negad railway station. Just like in Addis, there is no online booking hence the tickets should be physically bought. The Djibouti Negad station is open 08:00 - 12:00 & 14:00 - 16:00 everyday.

Click here for ticket prices.