As the home of the federal government and the result of careful planning to appease a divided nation, Abuja is a capital that doesn’t take much for granted. The city may be Nigeria’s capital but it’s actually calmer and neater than Lagos, as well as less entrepreneurial. Abuja, however, is fast becoming a tourist destination in its own right. From art galleries to a thriving nightlife scene, Abuja offers a host of attractions to entertain visitors. Fortunately, all of Abuja’s delights are within easy access with our cheap flights from Enugu to Abuja!
Just an hour away from Enugu, Abuja is a capital that fascinates. It’s not hard to tell that Abuja is a city that was planned. It’s only been Nigeria’s capital since 1991, taking over the role from Lagos. As Nigeria emerged from the divisive Nigerian-Biafran civil war, the Nigerian government decided that the best way to promote unity in such a diverse country was to build a new capital that was centrally located in the country and had no strong ethnic affiliations. And so Abuja, Centre of Unity, was born.
Today’s Abuja reveals much about its founding. Its infrastructure is superb by Nigerian standards and the city is neatly organised into residential, commercial and cultural areas. As the seat of the Nigerian Federal Government, it’s an officious, stately city.
English, Hausa and Igbo are the main languages in Abuja.
Flights to Abuja
Best time to fly to Abuja
Peak season in Abuja runs from December through February. Summer here is hot and humid. Due to the season, many Nigerians are on vacation so prices rise along with the temperatures. However, this is a good season to experience cultural celebrations and special public events.
If you’re looking to keep your costs down, it’s best to visit during off-season. Visiting between July to September (spring) is a great compromise between maintaining affordability and enjoying the city’s fine weather.
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Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (ABV) is Abuja’s airport. It receives many international passengers, as well as local travellers each year. Wifi is available in lounges and economy passengers can upgrade to enjoy this. There are ATMs, shops, car parks and cafes.
However, Abuja’s airport is not very popular with travellers, having received complaints about efficiency and comfort. Work is being done on a new terminal, due to open in the near future. Let’s hope it’s an improvement!
The airport is about a 35 minute drive from the city centre. There are plenty of taxis on hand, as well as car rental agencies. There is also a shuttle bus which takes about an hour.
Airlines flying to Abuja
ArikAir and Air Peace fly the Enugu to Abuja route regularly.
Visas and customs
Since Enugu and Abuja are in the same country, travellers won’t have to pass through immigration. It is essential, however, to always have travel documents on you. For Nigerians, this simply means your identity card or passport.
Queues are long and bribes are not uncommon.
Airlines determine their baggage policy individually. After booking your flight from Enugu to Abuja on Cheap Nigeria Travel, you will be informed of what your baggage allowance is. Generally, passengers are allowed a handbag, hand luggage and checked luggage. A handbag or laptop bag should easily fit under the seat in front of you. Hand luggage is typically limited to 7kg and checked luggage ranges from 30kg to 45kg. Try to stick to the allowance, as there may be penalties. If you have any special requirements, don’t hesitate to contact us!
Although it’s primarily a business destination and oozes officialdom, Abuja is increasingly becoming a thriving cultural centre. The art scene is a major attraction, as is its impressive architectural sites. Some of the top things to do in Abuja include visiting lush parks and viewing Aso Rock.
Just around the corner from the presidential palace, Millennium Park is as elegant as it is refreshing. It was designed in the Italian Renaissance style and opened by British Queen Elizabeth in 2003. The clean lines of the pathways and fountains blend seamlessly with the verdant greenery, something the park is much-admired for. Despite such grandeur, it’s relaxing place to picnic, walk or take children to play.
Abuja National Mosque and National Christian Centre
This imposing mosque is also extremely beautiful. In fact, it’s considered one of the most beautiful religious buildings in the world! No trip to Abuja would be complete without a visit to the Abuja National Mosque. Fortunately, it’s open to the Muslim and non-Muslim public.
Just across the road from the National Mosque is the National Christian Centre. Coupled with the mosque, it makes for an enjoyable visit.
Art Galleries and Craft Shopping
Ever since its founding Abuja has attracted premier artists from around the country. Today, galleries and markets are some of the city’s top attractions.
Abuja Arts and Craft Village
Arranged like a stereotypical African village, Abuja Arts and Craft Village is anything but traditional. Not only can you buy some beautiful souvenirs but you can also watch the master artists in action! Some of the masterpieces you can expect to spot here include traditional hide drums, masks and paintings.
Nike Centre for Art and Culture
Nike Okundaye is something of a legend in Nigeria’s creative scene. This award-winning artist founded the Nike Centres to preserve Nigerian cultural heritage. The result is a unique experience for the tourist: a place not just to view Nigerian art and craft but to learn the techniques, as well.
Aso Rock refers to two landmarks in Abuja: the towering stone formation and the presidential palace. ‘Aso’ means ‘victory’ in Gbagyi and so Aso Rock has become symbolic of Nigeria’s power and strength.
Although this monument remains a spiritual site for the Aso people, tourists do sometimes climb to the top or visit the caves. It is necessary, however, to receive permission from the Federal Capital Territory Administration. If you’re lucky, you may also be able to visit the presidential villa, as well…
Abuja may be stately by day but it’s a different story come nightfall. Nigeria’s capital hosts an impressive number of clubs, ensuring a buzzing atmosphere on the streets at night
The Best Clubs in Abuja
There’s no shortage of top quality clubs in Abuja! These are just some of the favourites:
Klub Vanity at House of Cubana (aka Club Cabana)
Klub Vanity consistently ranks as a favourite with Abuja’s discerning population. Its serene decor of cream hues and plush seating does nothing to conceal its fantastic atmosphere. Many of the best DJs have played at Club Cabana. It’s a favourite with Abuja’s elite and this shows in the prices of drinks.
If you’re after a more laid-back night out, Bamboo Lounge is the place to go. It’s a glamorous locale that consists of multiple bamboo-roofed cabins. There are some delicious cocktails on offer here, not to mention suya, Nigeria’s favourite kebab snack. The prices are appealing, too!
Health and safety
Yellow fever vaccinations are a must for visitors to Nigeria. Vaccines against polio, cholera and hepatitis A are some of the other vaccines highly recommended.
Foreign Affairs Departments around the world tend to warn their citizens off Nigeria but Abuja is probably the safest place to be in Nigeria. The type of crime you’re most likely to encounter is corruption in the form of bribery. Nevertheless, do follow certain tips on safety.
Nigeria is a diverse country: there are over 250 ethnic groups and ethnic tensions led to civil war not that long ago. Appreciating varying cultural traditions will not only enhance your safety but is a unique experience to take away from your trip, too.
Remember to negotiate taxi fares in advance and try to keep small denominations on you (taxi drivers may not always have the exact change you need). Passengers in the front of a car must wear seatbelts: the Nigerian government is very strict on this, going so far as to impound the vehicles of offenders.
Also note that it is illegal to photograph official buildings.
Cost of living
Abuja leans towards the expensive side but with a little bit of effort, you can visit the city on a budget.
- Cheap meal: 750 NGN = 2,06 USD
- McMeal at McDonald’s: 1700 NGN = 4,67 USD
- 1km taxi ride: 248,55 NGN = 1,10 USD
- 1 night in a double room, budget hotel: upwards from 9899,42 NGN = 27,20 USD
Abuja’s more laid-back than Lagos and is far less congested. It has some of Nigeria’s best infrastructure, however it still sees its fair share of poor driving. There’s little choice, though, when it comes to getting around in Abuja: it was built for cars so pedestrians often struggle to navigate the city.
If you can’t hire a car, then make use of the taxis which are plentiful in Abuja. Uber is another good option.
Abuja is the sort of city that rewards perseverance. It may not be an obvious choice of destination, and may even appear a little bland. But if you look a little closer, you’ll find a city that’s lush, creative and elegant. At heart, Abuja is an unassuming capital that nevertheless delights visitors with its cognisance and aesthetic. Go ahead and book a cheap flight from Enugu to Abuja!