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Zaria overview

Zaria is a city located in Kaduna in Northern Nigeria, the city was formerly known as Zazzau, one of the original seven Hausa city-states. Zaria was the capital of the Zazzau Kingdom, It was a trading destination for Saharan caravans as well as a prominent city in the Hausa slave trade. It is also home to the Zazzau Emirate. Presently, Zaria houses the Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria's largest university and one of the most prominent tertiary institutions in the region.

Best time to book a flight to Zaria

As with most airlines, the price of tickets is generally cheaper when they are first sold. It is therefore advisable for travelers to book tickets months before the actual date of departure. Flight tickets to Zaria may become more expensive during Eid celebrations and some other Islamic celebrations, this is because a  majority of the indigenes of Zaria are predominantly Muslims. Asides these periods, prices of tickets do not necessarily rise or fall. Any alteration on ticket fares will be most likely down to economic factors and current exchange rates.  There are direct and non-stop flights from Abuja to Zaria and Lagos to Zaria. Travelers should be on the lookout for fares on major airlines operating these routes or booking agencies for any current deals on cheap tickets.

Best time to visit Zaria

Zaria Witnesses A Tropical Wet And Dry Climate With Warm Weather Year-round, A Wet Season Lasting From April To September, And A Drier Season From October To March. Considering The Weather Conditions, The Best Time To Visit Zaria Is From October To March, Although For Visitors Who Don't Mind Getting Wet Once In A While, The Rainy Season Promises Some Fun.

ANNUAL FESTIVALS IN ZARIA

DURBAR FESTIVAL

The Festival Was Originally Intended To Mark The Occurrence Of War Between Ancient Kingdoms Or Regarded As A Form Of Military Showcase To The Emirs And Their Councils To Laud The Fighters Who Defended The Territories, The Festival Is Now Performed As A Ceremonial Parade. The Parades Are Filled With Colors, Aesthetics, And Are A Major Part Of The Eid Al-Fitr And Eid Al-Adha Celebrations, Marking The End Of The Holy Month Of Ramadan.

Airlines operating flights to Zaria

Airlines 

  Destinations  

 Flight Time

Ethiopian Airlines 

 Paris to Zaria   

 15hours 15minutes

Arik Air   

 Lagos to Zaria

1hour 30minutes

Ethiopian Airlines 

 Addis Ababa to Zaria  

  5hours

 

How long is a flight to Zaria

Major cities   Airports      Average Flight Time
Abuja  Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport  45minutes
Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport  1hour 30minutes
Addis Ababa Addis Ababa Bole International Airport  5hours
Accra Kotoka International Airport 21hours 20minutes
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport  15hours 15minutes

Zaria airport

Zaria Airport is an airport serving Zaria, it is located about 7 kilometers north of the city. Airlines like Arik Air and Azman Air operate flights to Zaria Airport.

Getting from Zaria airport to city centre

Zaria airport is located 4.3 miles north of the city. From the airport, there are taxis at the airport to take you anywhere in the city for an affordable price, taxis are also the best means of getting to the city from the airport.

Getting from Zaria airport to city centre

Zaria airport is located 4.3 miles north of the city. From the airport, there are taxis at the airport to take you anywhere in the city for an affordable price, taxis are also the best means of getting to the city from the airport.

Staying in Zaria

There are several hotels in Zaria that offer luxury and affordable accommodations, some include

EMERALD SUITES

This is an exquisite hotel that offers luxury accommodations as well as modern amenities in an upscale and serene environment.

NAERLS SUITES AND CONFERENCE CENTRE

Located in the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, this hotel comes highly recommended for business travelers as a result of its comfortability and impeccable services.

SONIC IMMACULATE HOTEL

This hotel offers excellent services and facilities to guests.

Great places to visit Zaria

There are several places of interest in Zaria including

  • Ahmadu Bello University
  • Emir of Zazzau Palace
  • Zaria City Walls
  • Kofar Kibo
  • Kofar Doka

Cost of things in Zaria

Food 

 Average  Cost (₦)

Basic lunch in a restaurant

  500

Fast Food ( Big Mac or similar)

  948

2 liters Coca Cola 

  347

Bread for 2 people(per day)  

  250

Accommodation

 

Monthly rent in expensive areas  

 175,500

Monthly rent in average areas  

 150,000

Transportation

 

Monthly ticket (public transport) 

 5000

1 liter of gas (1/4 gallon)   

 145

 

Zaria 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.
  • Learn a few phrases in Hausa, 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 a bureau de change outlet at the airport.
  • Ask for directions more than once.
  • Have a surplus amount of change for small purchases.

Flight from local city to Zaria

Airlines like Arik Air and Azman Air operate flights to Zaria Airport.

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