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Traditional wooden bongos, Lagos
 

Practical info Lagos, Nijerya

Getting around the city

Getting around Lagos can be a thrilling and unpredictable experience. Walking can be risky unless a traveller can convincingly blend in with the local populace as tourists are often targeted by criminals. The best bet is to hire a private car and driver. Drivers are available outside most hotels and concierges should be able to recommend a reliable one. Taxis are reasonably safe, reliable and affordable. Cabs are often painted yellow with a blue stripe running down the side.

Time

Local time is GMT +1

Electricity

Electrical current is 240 volts, 50Hz. Round and square three-pin plugs are used.

Currency

Nigerian currency is the Naira (NGN), which is divided into 100 kobo. Approved exchange facilities include the major hotels and the airport, but official rates are very high. It is illegal to change money on the street. Credit card fraud is a problem and visitors are advised to exercise caution when using credit cards. Credit card facilities are also limited outside of the major cities. Prior to travel, visitors should ensure they have a variety of currency options available to them (Pounds, US Dollars or Euros) in cash. Travellers should be aware of the prevalence of commercial fraud in, and emanating from, Nigeria.

Communication

The country code for Nigeria is +234. Full international direct dialling is available. There are good GSM 900 and 1800 mobile phone networks covering Lagos, Abuja and some other major towns. Internet cafes can be found in major cities.

Emergency number

Emergencies in Lagos: 112. Emergency numbers do vary region to region.

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

Climate

Murtala Muhammed International Airport

Getting to the city

Larger hotels have a shuttle bus meeting all international flights. Otherwise, taxis are the safest and most efficient way to travel to and from the airport.

Car rental

Car rental companies at Murtala Muhammed International Airport include Avis, Europcar and Sixt. Note that driving oneself around Nigeria is strongly cautioned against, as the roads can be confusing and chaotic, and there is a risk of car-jacking.

Airport taxi's

Yellow taxis are available outside the terminal. It is wise to negotiate a fee before departure. Aim to get into Lagos for around NGN 5000.

Transfer between terminals

The terminals are within easy walking distance of each other.

Facilities

Airport facilities include ATMs and currency exchange, Executive and VIP lounges, a meet and greet lounge, prayer rooms, disabled facilities, and a tourist information desk in the arrival hall. Shopping is limited to a few retail stores selling electronics, mobile accessories, jewellery and health care products. International and African foods are served by vendors in the airport's food court.

Parking

Parking spaces are available.