Detailed information on transport in Djibouti. Find out how to get into the country and how to get around whether by land, sea or air.
Generally, public transport in Djibouti is very poor and the only practical way of getting around is to hire a driver with a 4×4.
Djibouti is a small country which means it’s fairly easy to get to the sites. Taxis from the airport charge set fares to hotels in the city (approx 2,000 DJF / $11 USD). Check the board outside the airport to make sure you don’t get overcharged. Some hotels including the Sheraton operate free shuttles, so check beforehand.
Tours: Our tours were organised by Rushing Waters Adventures, currently ranked the number one company in Djibouti on TripAdvisor. Rushing Waters is operated by Wisconsin native Ken who has lived in Djibouti for over seven years (and can even speak Somali!).
Boat: A reliable passenger ferry operates twice a week between Djibouti City and Tadjoura and between Djibouti City and Obock.
Bus: Public buses do run between Djibouti City and the major towns. These include Dikhil, Tadjoura, Obock and Galafi. It’s a cheap way to travel but services are infrequent and unreliable.
Train: There are no domestic train services in Djibouti.
Air: There are no domestic air services in Djibouti.
Train: A Chinese-built railway line was launched in 2017 linking Djibouti City to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Currently it doesn’t carry passengers but this is expected to change soon.
Air: Djibouti has one international gateway for arrival by air, Djibouti-Ambouli Airport, located 5km outside of Djibouti City. There are no direct flights from the UK, but international flights from Europe or North America connect in Dubai, Doha, Addis Ababa, Istanbul or Nairobi . It is possible fly direct from Paris.
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