Cheap Flights To Lagos, Nigeria
- Area Metro : 2,706.7 km² (1,045.1 sq. mi)
- Area Code : 010
- Currency : Nigerian Naira (NGN)
- Population Metro : 21,000,000
- Language : English
- Time Zones : WAT (UTC+1)
- Airport : Murtala Muhammed International Airport 2 (LOS)
Located in the Lagos state of Ikeja, LOS was constructed during WW II and formally named Lagos International Airport. Destroyed by a fire in 2000 resulted in the birth of MMA2, the first privately funded terminal in Nigeria with an exceptionally high regard for all aspects of safety and security.
Travellers from South Africa have a number of airlines to travel with to LOS departing out of Johannesburg, taking between five and six hours flying direct that include:
- South African Airways
- Arik Air
- Kenya Airways
LOS has eight domestic airlines under its operation and numerous international airlines that include:
- Air France
- British Airways
- Etihad Airways
- Kenya Airways
- Middle East
- Qatar Airways
- Royal Air Maroc
- Royal Jordanian
- South African Airways
- Virgin Atlantic
Reasons to Visit Lagos, Nigeria
- The fasted growing city globally and the largest in Africa, it sprawls inward from the Gulf of Guinea over the massive Lagos Lagoon. It’s a noisy, hectic city with pollution and congested traffic that’s home to Africa’s busiest port as well as being the cultural and economic heart of the country that’s bursting with music, arts and a magical madness. It also has some splendid architecturally designed buildings worth seeing.
- With a tropical savannah climate the weather is perfect. Lagos has dry and rainy seasons with temperatures rarely dropping to below 20°C or exceeding 30°C. April to July and October and November are regarded as rainy months while August, September and January to March are the dry months with March being the hottest, averaging around 29°C.
- The city affords historical sites and museums, splendid vistas of natural beauty, glorious public and private white sand beaches, excellent restaurants and an energised nightlife.
- Accommodation comprises choice beach resorts, an endless list of fabulous top-class hotels, charming boutique hotels, B&Bs, apartments and mid-range Guest Houses.
Places to Visit in Lagos, Nigeria
- Lekki Conservation Centre is a conservation initiative comprising 78 hectare of scenic beauty that includes a large area of wetlands with raised walkways affording views of wildlife that includes crocodiles, monkeys and numerous bird life. Visit the library and conservation centre while there.
- The awe-inspiring Christ Church Cathedral had its first foundation stone laid in March 1867 and was established in 1869.
- Take a historic day tour of Badagry Town, 60 minutes from Lagos and discover a storehouse of Nigerian history. Located along the coast, it was founded 1425 A.D. and played an important role in times of slavery.
- The Nigerian National Museum established in 1979 displays a noteworthy collection of Nigerian art that includes archaeological and ethnographic exhibits and pieces of statuary and carvings and is worth visiting.
- The Omenka Gallery showcases some of the finest collections of works by well-known Nigerian artists.
- Kalakuta Museum is the last official residence of Baba70 (Fela Anikulapo Kuty), the late Afrobeat legend, aka Abami Eda (the weird one).
- A masterpiece on the waterfront in Victoria Island is the Civic Centre, constructed with the highest international standards it comprises a meeting room, grand banquet hall and a floating restaurant.
- The National Arts Theatre is another beautifully designed building and the major venue for performing arts in the country. Designed in the shape of a military hat, it seats 5,000 in its Main Hall that comprises a collapsible stage and also has two capacity cinema halls equipped to simultaneously translate eight languages.
- Bar Beach, located on Victoria Island stretches from the west all the way to the Eko Hotel towards the east and is one of the most popular beaches known for its sand bars and the refreshing Atlantic breeze on hot, sunny days. Enjoy horse riding and an array of fun beach activities.
- Perfect for tranquillity with superb swimming conditions, well-kept Tarkwa Bay is only accessible by boat. Besides swimming, it’s great for surfing, water and jet skiing and liaising with local fishermen. Take an enjoyable 20-minute boat cruise from the Lagos CMS dock to get there.
- Take a 100km drive east of the city to Eleko Beach that’s quieter than other beaches but doesn’t always have lifeguards. There’s a range of fun activities for all ages, beach huts can be rented for the day and you can indulge in a lip-smacking barbeque.
- For superb seafood, the Lobster Pot offers a great selection with its speciality naturally being lobster. For delectable Indian or vegetarian cuisine, dine at the Sherlaton or Bombay Palace, both with affordable prices. The Yellow Chilli serves up pleasingly presented local dishes in a swanky environment.
- For a great night of dining and dancing, the Club Quilox located in Victoria Island is luxurious.
Getting Around Lagos
Tourists are advised not to travel with public transport but rather hire a driver and private car. Drivers are located outside the majority of hotels and hotel staff should be able to recommend reliable drivers.
Buses include Danfo Molue and the Bus Rapid Transit system (BRT).
Danfo are yellow minibuses that travel on set routes around the mainland and the islands. Not that reliable they’re often overcrowded.
Molue are bigger yellow commercial buses, also overcrowded and usually with vendors and preachers selling their stuff on board. Also on board are pickpockets.
The BRT system with buses painted blue or red have their own priority lanes but are overcrowded during peak periods with long waiting queues and buses in poor condition.
Okadas are motorbike taxis that carry one person, but more than often have more than one passenger squeezed on with the driver. They’re cheaper and faster than normal taxis but taking one is likely to be a nerve-racking experience.
Numerous taxis operate in the city, some with meters and others with fixed fares. They can be waved down on the street but it’s safer to order one by phone.
A few regular ferries travel between the city and Victoria Islands including private boats.
Car rentals located in Lagos include Avis, Sixt, Kunle Lawal, Novo and others.