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BAJAJ - blue 3-wheeler very low cost public transport

Tartu, Estonia
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BAJAJ - blue 3-wheeler very low cost public transport

Essentially bajaj drivers are licensed to carry 3 passengers and to operate on both fixed routes and fixed tariffs and flexible ones. There is a distinct tariff difference between the two.

FIXED Routes:

Two of the fixed routes in Bahir Dar (a map of the routes has yet to be discovered) go from outside the Papyrus to-and-from Textile (Textile University campus) or Peda (Academic University campus). The cost, on the basis that the driver will not set off until all three passengers have boarded, is 1 birr. Bajaj drivers frequently risk accepting a fourth fare, although the fine for doing so is apparently out of proportion to the 1 birr fare gained. There seems to be more bajaj on the Textile route than the Peda route. The wait in the heat for a Peda-headed bajaj can seem interminable. This causes some passengers - particularly foreign visitors for whom time is ever pressing - to arrange Contract tariffs from outside their hotels:

CONTRACT tariffs (on Fixed routes but starting at an ad hoc point along the route): The price, that concerns the entire occupancy of the bajaj irrespective of the number of passengers (1, 2 or 3), MUST be negotiated and agreed BEFORE getting into the bajaj. The driver will not depart for the destination until the price is agreed. Depending on the bargaining ability of the passengers and the mood of the driver, CONTRACT tariffs from Addis Amba Hotel to Peda varied from 10-15 birr.

FLEXIBLE routes (CONTRACT tariffs): This occurs when the passenger(s) want to avoid taking multiple bajaj on various fixed routes and go straight to a particular destination. The difficulty is ensuring the bajaj driver understands the voiced destination. The rule of thumb is to chose a well-known location near the intended destination. For example - if the intended destination is Bernos Art Gallery (little known) - chose Lake Shore (well known). Also do not expect bajaj drivers to head out beyond the city limits to, for example, the little used former Imperial Palace and the excellent Viewpoint on Bezawit Road. The Contract tariff, that concerns the entire occupancy of the bajaj irrespective of the number of passengers (1, 2 or 3), MUST be negotiated and agreed BEFORE getting into the bajaj. The driver will not depart for the destination until the price is agreed. Addis Amba to the Bernos Art Gallery/Lake Shore restaurant cost 20 birr.

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Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
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1. Re: BAJAJ - blue 3-wheeler very low cost public transport

they are the most convenient means of transportation. But what you have alway do be for is argue with the amount of money till to your final destination!!!

Addis Ababa...
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2. Re: BAJAJ - blue 3-wheeler very low cost public transport

Derettens, Your posts are may be one of the few very helpful Tips. Please keep going. 😊. as This forum Lost its main purpose in bringing Diversified helpful Topics.

Malmo, Sweden
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3. Re: BAJAJ - blue 3-wheeler very low cost public transport

May be difficult to use three wheel in Addis.

Tartu, Estonia
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4. Re: BAJAJ - blue 3-wheeler very low cost public transport

Hei,

the report was made for the Amhara Region city of Bahir Dar. There is no intention to refer to Addis

Addis Ababa...
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5. Re: BAJAJ - blue 3-wheeler very low cost public transport

Derets helpful info applies in principle to using Bagaj taxis in all provincial towns n cities.

Another useful route in BD is from St Giorgis at central roundabout, out of town on lakeside road towards airport.

Ask for Alcan or Hospital fixed route...2birr i think.

Bagaj not allowed inside Addis city boundaries, officially.

Some towns eg Bishoftu also still have garies ie horse drawn taxis.

Be aware that if you put a post on Regional State page eg Amhara, it sometimes also appears on this general Ethiopia page.

Nairobi, Kenya
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6. Re: BAJAJ - blue 3-wheeler very low cost public transport

Using Bajaj in Addis is very dangerous.

Addis Ababa...
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7. Re: BAJAJ - blue 3-wheeler very low cost public transport

No bagaj are found in Addis.

If you have seen them it will have been just outside the official city boundary, and many kilometres from the city centre. certainly not near any major Addis tourist spot.

Edited: 23 September 2016, 13:52
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