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Yola overview

Yola is the capital city of Adamawa State in Northeastern Nigeria. Yola was established in 1841 by Modibbo Adama until the British took over the town in 1901. Yola, located on the Benue River is split into two parts. The old town is the traditional city while the new city is the administrative and commercial center. Yola was the first town to have an airport and electricity in Nigeria.

The Kwete Cultural Festival is the most popular festival in Yola. The people of Bachama Kingdom uses the festival to pray for a bountiful harvest. Wrestling, traditional dances, and rich cultural attires are on display during the festival. Like all other cities in the Northern Nigeria, the Durbar Festival is also popularly celebrated in Yola. The Yinagu Fishing Festival held from March until May every year.

Best time to book a flight to Yola

Flights are more expensive during major festivals celebrated by the locals including the Sallah and Christmas festivals.

Peak Season 

The rainy season from April to October is the best time for visitors to tour the city's most popular tourist attractions. Also, the Eid il Fitri and Eid il Kabir celebrations are heavily celebrated by the locals. Although there are downpours during this season, it only serves to reduce the high temperature.

Off-Peak Season

The dry season lasts from November until March.

Best time to visit Yola

Yola Is Surrounded By Mountains Hence Its Beautiful Scenery.  It Has An Average Daily Temperature Of 37°C. It Experiences 3 Seasons Like Every Northern Nigerian City: The Harmattan Season Separates The Rainy Season From April To October And The Dry Season From November To March.

The Best Time To Visit Yola Is From June To July As The Weather Condition Is More Conducive For Outdoor Activities. Tourists To The Various Sites Can Also Move Around And Cope Better With The Scorching Sun.
Sunglasses, Light Colored Clothes, Sandals And A Vacuum Flask To Keep Your Water Cold Should Be Packed By The Travelers As They Are The Most Appropriate For A Visit To Yola.

Airlines operating flights to Yola

Arik Air

Azman Air

 Med-View Airline

Yola airport

Yola Airport (IATA: YOL, ICAO: DNYO) is the airport serving Yola in Adamawa State. Yola airport was commissioned on October 27th, 1984 but upgraded to an international airport in 2002. The airport is located in Jimeta, 8 km Northwest of Yola. Yola Airport is operated by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria. Arik Air, Azman Air, and Med-View Airline operate domestic flights from Yola Airport.

Getting from Yola airport to city centre

Staying in Yola

Yola is the capital city of Adamawa State in Northeastern Nigeria. Yola was established in 1841 by Modibbo Adama until the British took over the town in 1901. Yola, located on the Benue River is split into two parts. The old town is the traditional city while the new city is the administrative and commercial center. Yola was the first town to have an airport and electricity in Nigeria.

The Kwete Cultural Festival is the most popular festival in Yola. The people of Bachama Kingdom uses the festival to pray for a bountiful harvest. Wrestling, traditional dances, and rich cultural attires are on display during the festival. Like all other cities in the Northern Nigeria, the Durbar Festival is also popularly celebrated in Yola. The Yinagu Fishing Festival held from March until May every year.

Cost of things in Yola

Food choice in Yola is quite limited but the Pool Bar Restaurant near Jimeta serves some choice dish.  Suya and Fura de Nunu is a common local delicacy in Yola, visitors should have a taste.

 

 Item  Price (NGN)

 Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant

500

 2 Meals at Fast Food Restaurant

2200

 Bread

400


 A Meal, in an Inexpensive Restaurant

1200

 Meal for 2 at Upscale Restaurant

10,000

 Toothpaste

300

 Suya and Fura de nono

500

 1 kg of Tomatoes

310

 1 kg of Potatoes

450

Yola tips/advice

Do not board a taxi if you are unsure of your destination.

It is safer to ask the hotel to provide airport pickup services.

Keep your baggage safe. Ensure your belongings are not open and easy to sight.

Keep your valid identification on you at all times.

Flight from local city to Yola

Med-View Airlines, Arik Air and Azman Airlines operate scheduled domestic flights to Yola International Airport. The airlines operate various domestic flights from Yola to Maiduguri, Yola to Abuja, Yola to Lagos, Yola to Kano, and Yola to Kaduna.

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