When you go you Lagos in Nigeria, the one thing you must try is the danfo buses, they are crowded and clostraphobic, but you havent been in Lagos unless you have been on one of these. Its quite a experience. The first time I went on one, I was told to get on by my friend but I soon stepped off as I couldnt see a spare seat, but I was soon told to get back on again, and sure enough, there past the first few rows was still one empty row at the back. We had about 15 to 20 cm space to walk past to get there, on this row I would have expected 3 people to sit but there you fit 4. Its very tight but you do get to where you want. A conductor stands at the door calling out where they are headed and trys to get new passengers till the bus is too full to even give himself a seat so he has to hang out the door. Then as the bus is travelling he is collecting the fares, you may have to wait a while for your change, but it will get back to you.
Half the bus had to empty out to let us off at our stop!! The 15 to 20 cm path we had to get to our seat was filled, because they have seats that flip down to fill the bus to maximum.
LAGOS, Nigeria - A Nigerian passenger aircraft carrying 114 people went missing late on Saturday shortly after take-off from Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos, local media reported.
The aircraft, a Boeing 737-200 operated by Bellview Airlines, lost contact with the control tower five minutes after taking off at 8:45 p.m. on Saturday, It was headed for the capital, Abuja.
To travel with air plane is ok but, all we have to pray for is God's mercy and save journey well for getting around the cities and places i think a taxi or a car is ok.
Ironically, the best way to move around town and cities in Nigeria, is by OKADA.
They are fast, cheap and dangerous at times.
But I have seen a lot of white tourist on Okada in Lagos and Abuja. I would recommend Okada if you are in a hurry to get about, especially in Lagos which is reputed for long traffic jams.
This is a typical mode of transportation in Nigeria. Though, this particular company is based in Nsukka, Eastern Nigeria, The buses, are meant to carry Ten perssengers, but, they usually load Fourteen people, which make the journey one of a hell. Not only that, they usually overload the bus with cargoes to a dangerous level. It is not a convinient way of moving arround a journey of 6-7 hours trip to Abuja. It cost about 8 dollars for a trip from Enugu/Nsukka - Abuja.
I used them twice Nsukka-Abuja, and it is not recommended. Except you don't have a better alternative like in my case. I must say that the company enjoys a strong monopolistic power.
This tip is about getting around in Nigeria by air. There are regular flights from Lagos to Abuja. It cost 10,000 Naira (Local currency) Thats about 70-80 dollars. There are also regular flight to Enugu, Port harcourt and Calarba in the eastern part of Nigeria for the same amount. Flying to Kaduna, Kano, Jos and Maiduguri, are also on regular basis for same amount.
While in any of the Nigerian cities, you might want to move around town, but due to high population in the major cities, traffice jams will do a mess to you especially if you want to get quick to you destination. the only way out is the motorcycle operators also known here as Okada Riders. you can get to your destination as fast as possible with their service, with the prices of about US50 Cents and above depnding on the distance of your destination.
Checkpoints (both Police and criminals) are fairly common in Nigeria. At Police checkpoints, they randomly stop cars and ask for "dash" -- a small cash bribe. Most times you can get by with a really small amount (50 Naira). However, they'll remember your car and you'll pay everytime!!! The false or criminal checkpoints will take a lot more from you. What they both have in common is lots of guys standing outside your car with big guns!!! Do what you have to do to avoid being shot at!!
Fly: use major International Airlines. Regional and National airlines are not as reliable.
Road: don't take public transportation (taxis, mini-vans, scooters). Very susceptible to robbery, kidnapping, etc. There are no traffic rules or regulations whatsoever....everyone drives like the world is ending in five minutes!!! Be prepared for police/military 'checkpoints'; they'll expect a small 'fee' usually.
Armored vehicle, with a police/military escort!!!
The best way to travel to and from Nigeria is by AIR.
Sometimes you can get a direct flight depending on the country you are coming from.
Within Nigeria, the best way of getting around is by flight too if you can afford it. Though there are some towns you may wish to visit that don't have air ports, in that case you need to resort to bus or taxi. You can get a reliable taxi and bus drivers who would be more than happy and willing to drive you around.
The best way to move in Nigeria is by car. The national airline is to dangerous (look at their aircrafts). Forget a bicycle (you'll die). To walk, well that's another adventure, there's mostly no pavement, and cardrivers don't respect people walking (not even on the market..always watch out!!!!)
There's a public transport going to almost every place, but it may cost you some nerves. It's the best way to travel if you have your own car.
By the way, I have never seen a traffic chaos like I've seen it in Nigeria. There are so many cars and people on the streets in the cities, it#s scaring at times....
Lagos By Air : Air France, British Airways, KLM, Lufhtansa, Alitalia, Liban Air, etc.
Warning: No direct flight yet from the USA.
Domestic Airlines: AeroContractors, Bellview, ADC, Chanchangi, EAS, etc.
By road: highly dangerous because of the bad state of roads, high speed and bandits.
Travelling to Nigeria is by air,
Roads in Nigeria are generally in poor condition, causing damage to vehicles and contributing to hazardous traffic conditions.
You will need a car and driver as it can be hectic.
I am a very experienced and confident driver but would not attempt to drive here.
Dont see any motorhomes here......just not suitable or safe to use.
BECAUSE OF THE HIGH POPULATION DENSITY THE TRANSPORT FACILITY IS VERY BAD. THE RATE FOR A TAXICAB IS VERY EXPENSIVE. AS AN AFRICAN ONE HAS TO SQUEEZ IN MINI VANS WHICH YOU CAN FIND IN ANY PART OF THE CITY AT A VERY LOW FARE
BELIEVE ME NIGERIA, LAGOS IS A PLACE FOR ANY TOURIST TO BE.
Private cars are fine provided you have a good driver as the pot holes in the road are not only several feet across at times the drop is 40 feet if you were unfortunate to drive into them.
With someone carrying an envelope full of local currency to bride officials.
To travel around Nigeria the best place to get a bus is to go to Mile Two, there you can find transport to any place in Nigeria that you may need.
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