How To Get Around in Nigeria
Travelling to Nigeria and need to know how to get around? Let’s take a look at the most popular options brought to you by our friend, Uber.
You’ve probably heard about the traffic in Nigeria, especially in Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, but the African country has a host of transport options to suit the needs of any traveller. Visitors should always seek the advice of hotel staff or colleagues in the city they are in, as each city is different – insiders can prove helpful.
The top transport options in Lagos and Abuja
Abuja lies at the centre of Nigeria and has no real water body to support water transportation, but if you’re moving between Lagos and Lagos Island, you’ll benefit from using boats and ferries. There are several companies that offer ferry services for those preferring to travel across the Lagos Lagoon rather than drive.
Road or rail
This isn’t even a question! Nigeria’s railways are used mostly for cargo and are in need of repair. It’s not also uncommon to see overpopulated carriages moving on the rail lines. There have been some improvements to passenger rail over the past few years, but road is generally still preferred. Travelling on the roads, as busy as they may be, is preferable. While the roadways in Lagos are well developed, they are nowhere near as maintained as the roads in Abuja.
Get a driver
Moving around in Lagos and Abuja is best left to the professionals if you are not familiar with traffic patterns and how people drive in Nigeria. A driver will know the best routes to take to get to destinations quickly.
How to travel on the road
Many Lagosians still use danfo (the yellow buses), but the local government has plans to remove these and replace them with more reliable means of transportation in the future. These danfo are not the most comfortable way to travel and don’t always take you to your exact destination. You’re better off taking a taxi or Uber for a specific drop-off.
The common okada or achaba (depending on where you’re from in Nigeria) are motorbike taxis that are infamous for their safety issues. While used by locals, they’ve been banned by government and are not an ideal mode of transport for tourists, or even regular visitors.
There is also the option of a keke, tricycles that are commonly used in countries like India and Pakistan. Although these are available at major bus stops and can be used as a substitute for okadas, they are restricted from highway travel and typically used for short distances.
Taxis in Lagos and Abuja have been around for years and are still well used. Pricing is less fixed here and taxis often wait to fill up with passengers before departing.
Whether you want to get around on land or on water, the bustling Nigerian cities of Lagos and Abuja have several transport options for you to explore one of Africa’s busiest countries.
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