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Lagos overview

Lagos, Eko, Lasgidi all refer to the largest city in Nigeria as well as the African Continent.The area is divided into two parts namely Lagos mainland and Lagos island. The financial and economic center has the highest GDP in the country and also houses one of the largest and busiest ports on the continent. Lagos, the El-dorado of Nigeria is the land of dreams, entertainment, business, and fun. The city is the major Information Communications and Technology(ICT) hub of West Africa and potentially the biggest ICT market in the world. Lagos is developing a 24hr economy and has been ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the world. Lagos attracts people from all walks of life from businessmen to entertainers, students, and the hopeful dreamer hoping to make it big in the city of Hustle.

Best time to book a flight to Lagos

As is common with most airlines, the prices of tickets are generally cheaper when they are booked early.  Booking flights close to Christmas, Eid celebrations, or any other such festivals means you will be paying increased fares and rates. It is therefore advisable for travelers to book tickets months before the actual date of departure.

The city receives most of its tourism between October and January, however, the population tends to double in the summer. February and March are the hottest months and visitors can get cheaper accommodation rates after the tourist season ends. Christmas and Sallah are busy times in the city requiring visitors to book their flight tickets months in advance.


The rainy seasons which begins in April to July / October to November are a great time to book flights to Lagos. The wettest month is June, so hotel rates drop to attract visiting tourists who don’t mind the hot, humid weather.

Best time to visit Lagos

The Best Time To Visit Lagos Is During The Dry Season From November To March. Visitors Who Want To Experience The Lagos Culture Are Advised To Visit During Festivals, Such As The Eyo Festival. Be Reminded That Flight Tickets Are Usually Higher During Special Events So It Is Advisable To Avoid Traveling To Lagos At This Time If You Are Looking For Cheap Fares Or Book Months In Advance To Get Cheaper Rates.

Airlines operating flights to Lagos

The Lagos Airport is Nigeria’s largest and busiest international airport with over 30 airlines operating flights to and from the airport to several destinations across Africa, Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Oceania.

International airlines such as Emirates Airline, Ocean Air, British Airways, Air France, Etihad Airlines, Lufthansa, Delta Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and Turkish Airlines operates scheduled flights to and from the airport to several destinations. African continental airlines such as EgyptAir, South African Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Kenya Airways, Air Cote d’Ivoire, and ASKY Airlines also operate to and from the airport.

How long is a flight to Lagos

Major cities 


 Average Flight Time


 Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport  

 1hour 10minutes


Heathrow International Airport  

 6hours 35minutes


 Frankfurt  Airport 

 6hours 30minutes

Hong Kong

 Hong Kong International Airport

 17hours 25minutes


 Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport  

 11hours 15minutes


Lagos airport

Originally known as Lagos International Airport until the mid-1970s when it was renamed after Nigeria’s 4th Military ruler Murtala Muhammed. Murtala International Airport (MMIA) is located in Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria. It is the major airport serving Lagos State and was built during World War II. The newly constructed international terminal modeled after Amsterdam Airport Schipol was officially opened on 15, March 1979.
Murtala Muhammed International Airport consists of an international and a domestic terminal, both sharing the same runway. The domestic terminal operates at the old Ikeja Airport, while the international operations moved to the new international airport after completion. Due to the fire incident of 2000 in the old Ikeja airport, a new, privately funded domestic terminal called MMA2 was constructed and commissioned on April 7, 2007.

The airport houses the headquarters of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the head office of the Accident Investigation Bureau and the Lagos office of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). There are several restaurants and duty-free stores where travelers can eat and shop while waiting for departure time. Also, Bureau de Change offices are within the airport offering currency exchange to foreign and local travelers.

Getting from Lagos airport to city centre

Staying in Lagos

There are a number of hotel accommodations available for both business and leisure travelers. Hotels are available for both budget and luxury categories.

Beni Gold Hotel and Apartments

This is a luxurious 3-star hotel located in the business district of Victoria Island, one of Lagos most expensive neighborhoods. The hotel offers luxurious services to guests and is a popular choice due to its proximity to popular places of interest like The Palms shopping mall, Quilox, Terra Kulture, and Ikoyi Golf club.

Hotel Ibis

The hotel is located in the capital of Lagos, Ikeja. It offers modern and luxurious services to guests with services like airport shuttle, babysitting, facilities for people with disabilities and more. Hotel Ibis is located 8.40km, approximately 10mins from the Murtala Mohammed Airport.

Limeridge Hotel

This is an affordable 3-star hotel located within walking distance from Chevron and surrounded by the famous Alpha Beach and Lekki Conservation Centre. The hotel is known for its ultimate designer decor and high quality amenities, it also offers Limo and Town Car services to guests and is suited with facilities for people with disabilities.

Great places to visit Lagos

Lagos is home to several tourist attractions and places of interests such as

  • The National Theatre
  •  Lekki Conservation Centre
  •  Alpha Beach
  •  La  Campagne Tropicana Beach
  •  Omu Resort
  • The Nigerian National Museum
  •  Lekki Leisure Lake
  • Silverbird Galleria
  •  Ikeja City Mall
  • The Palms Shopping Mall and so much more.

Cost of things in Lagos

The cost of living in Lagos is relatively high. There are several local restaurants referred to as “mama-puts” serving local Nigerian foods in street corners of the city. The food is cheap costing on average, NGN200.


 Average Cost

3-course meal for two


Imported beer (0.33 litre)  


Local beer (0.5 litre)




 Average Cost

Taxi - fixed fee  


Local transport (one-way ticket)


1 km taxi journey


Petrol (1 litre) 



 Average Cost

3 bedroom apartment in city centre


1 bedroom apartment outside of centre


3 bedroom apartment outside of centre


1 bedroom apartment in city centre 



Lagos tips/advice

  • Watch out for your baggage at the airport. Be security conscious regarding your luggage especially.
  • Airport taxis are available outside the airport. Negotiate a good fare with a taxi for a drop or join a shared taxi.
  • Do not board unknown or unmarked taxis, use the yellow cabs, Uber or Taxify.
  • Learn a few phrases in Yoruba, this is the most commonly spoken dialect in the city and it helps if you speak a little.
  • Do not hold your bags or wallets within easy reach as pickpockets abound on the busy streets.
  • Only change money at the bank or at bureau de change outlets at the airport.
  • Hone your bargaining skills as Lagos traders can spot a newcomer ''JJC'' within seconds.
  • Ask for directions more than once and mostly from bus drivers or conductors.
  • Have a surplus amount of change for small purchases.

Flight from local city to Lagos

Airlines such as Arik Air, Aero Contractors, Air Peace, Med-View Airline, and Dana Air fly operate scheduled flights from Abuja, Port Harcourt, Uyo, Warri, Asaba, Akure, Kano, Enugu, Calabar, Benin City, Jos, Kaduna, and Ilorin to Lagos Airport.

Flight fares from different cities of Nigeria into Lagos starts from NGN30000.  It takes about 1 hour to fly between domestic cities in Nigeria.

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