Lagos Transport


Getting around Lagos can be a thrilling and unpredictable experience. Walking is not advised unless you can convincingly blend in with the local populace and are trained in karate.

Your best bet is to hire a private car and driver, and negotiate a fee of around N4,000 for four hours and N700 hourly thereafter. Drivers are available outside most hotels; ask the concierge to recommend one. Taxis, painted yellow with blue stripes, are reasonably safe and reliable; journeys cost from N200.

A charismatic option for getting around Lagos is to use one of the plentiful yellow VW buses. These ancient hulks are irregularly maintained, to say the least, but still used by millions of locals everyday. The fastest and most unpredictable mode of transport are the motorbikes (okadas) which charge around N50 for a ride. Drivers are almost exclusively unlicensed.

The city's main transport hub is Ojota Motor Park, 8 miles (13km) north of Lagos Island. Buses and taxis leave from here to destinations all over Africa.

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