As Nigeria’s economic centre and a cultural hub, Lagos is sure to pop up onto your itinerary at some point. It’s a city full of art, music and history that’s sure to attract you in one way or another. Make sure not to miss out and start finding your cheap flight from Calabar to Lagos!
Lagos is a bustling city around the clock. It’s only about an hour flight from breezy Calabar. While Ejagham is most often spoken in Calabar, English is the most used language in Lagos, followed by Yoruba.
Flights to Lagos
Best time to fly to Lagos
Peak season is from October to January and again during Ramadan and Easter. If you’re looking to save money, avoid these periods and visit during the rainy season (April to July and October to November). It’s still hot during this period but also quite humid.
It’s also always a good idea to book well in advance to secure the best deals. There’s no need to worry about comparing airlines: that’s our job and we promise to do it well!
Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS) is the gateway to Lagos and Nigeria. People sometimes call it LOS airport, Nigeria airport or Ikeja airport but don’t worry, you’re all talking about the same place. It’s a sleek, modern building but airport staff have received poor reviews. There have also been complaints about queues so dress comfortably with good shoes. However, the usual facilities are available, including car rental, parking, banks and lounges.
The airport is in the Ikeja area and it’ll take between 30 and 60 minutes by taxi into Lagos itself. Public transport is a lengthy process and not recommended. Try to avoid arriving at night.
Airlines flying to Lagos
Air Peace is the main airline flying directly into Lagos from Calabar. ArikAir is another good option.
Visas and customs
If you’re a Nigerian citizen, you’ll just need an identity card or passport. Queues are long and offering bribes to skip the queue is not unusual. Since Calabar is a local destination, flights should arrive at the domestic terminal. This means that foreigners will not have to go through immigration, having already been through immigration at their first point of entry into Nigeria. To be on the safe side, though, always have your documentation ready.
Airlines determine their baggage policy individually and they’ll generally inform their passengers ahead of time. The standard industry allowance is 7kg for hand luggage and 30kg to 45kg for checked luggage. Passengers can usually also bring a handbag or backpack that fits neatly under the seat in front of them. Feel free to ask us any questions.
From fascinating monuments to vibrant galleries, there’s plenty to do in Lagos. These are just some ideas to get you started:
To find out more about Nigeria’s rich past and the origins of the beautiful marketplace crafts, visit the National Museum. From a bullet-riddled car in which the head of state was killed to terracotta heads dating from before Christianity, there are many beautiful historic artefacts to draw your attention.
Terra Kulture is a favourite among visitors to Lagos and for good reason. It’s a vibrant, award-winning cultural centre that hosts plays, concerts and craft workshops. There’s also an excellent gallery of Nigerian art.
Lagos is full of statues from its historical past and walking around in search of the next one is a good way to get to know the city.
The most famous include:
In 16th century, Queen Amina inspired terror in her enemies. Today, she is just as intimidating in brass. Her statue depicts her riding a horse into battle which is a pretty accurate depiction of the Hausa queen. It’s located in the grounds of the National Theatre, which is a good place to stop and take a break in the shade.
Tinubu Square Statues
This iconic square is located in the heart of Lagos’ business district and is full of beautiful, historical art. It was named after Madam Tinubu, a businesswoman who protested against slavery in the 19th century. It boasts a fountain and good explanations of the figurines.
The Three White Cap Chiefs
This creamy white statue once stood over the road to Lagos but after complaints that it was too distracting, it was moved to Epe. The monument depicts three chiefs in positions of welcome and greeting used in the Eko culture.
If you’re thinking green spaces and pretty fountains, think again. Freedom Park is much more than that! It’s a hub of cultural activity, regularly hosting concerts and festivals. It’s especially known as the base of the Felabration, a music festival in honour of Fela Kuti, the father of Afrobeat.
The premium destination for souvenir shopping, Lekki Market is a must! It brings together Nigerians skilled in woodwork, beadwork, furniture-making, metalwork and many other amazing traditional arts. One of the highlights is the wide array of Ankara (traditional Nigerian fabric) which can be made into almost any item on the spot!
Healthy and Safety
There are risks associated with visiting Lagos but if you follow certain guidelines to keep safe, you’ll be just fine. Avoid walking around Lagos at night and do not leave valuables unattended in your car.
Remember not to photograph any government buildings as it’s illegal and can result in imprisonment.
In terms of health, make sure you’re up to date with your vaccines, particularly for polio, Hepatitis A and typhoid.
Cost of living
Calabar and Lagos may be part of the same country but prices can vary.
- Cheap meal: 753 NGN = 2,06 USD
- McMeal at McDonald’s: 2000 NGN = 5, 48 USD
- 1km taxi ride: 100 NGN = 0,27 USD
- 1 night in a double room, budget hotel: upwards from 12 417,48 NGN = 34 USD
Lagos is a hectic city. The level of congestion redefines the concept of traffic so getting around requires some thinking. However, it’s worth sitting through. Car rental is a popular option, though it should preferably also include the hire of a driver. Taxis are also commonplace but negotiation over the fare is essential. There is also the option of public buses and minivan taxis, as well as passenger ferries.
Getting around Lagos is just part of the adventure. For those patient enough to navigate the city’s hectic streets, there’s always something special just around the corner. That could be anything from an Afrobeat concert at Freedom Park to an awesome depiction of a Hausa queen charging at you. Go ahead and take the plunge into Nigeria’s metropolis with an unbelievably affordable flight from Cheap Nigeria Travel!