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8 WAYS TO GET AROUND LAGOS, NIGERIA IN 2019

Updated: Nov 4, 2019

Upon visiting Nigeria for the first time in 9 years, I noticed that there were a lot more ways to get around Lagos than I remembered.


I chatted away with my taxi driver as he drove me to my hotel from the airport and he let me know about all the routes of transport that were now offered in Lagos as we passed them by. Here are 8 ways to get around Lagos, Nigeria in 2019.




1. Uber

Uber is an international taxi app used worldwide to order taxis on demand to take you to your desired destination. It currently operates in over 60 countries.


Pros:

- Order at your convenience

- Cheaper (1/3 price of normal cabs)

- Easy to do a third party booking (book for somene else)


Cons:

- Risky for Uber drivers due to lack iof security in Nigeria (called to strange locations and cars hijacked)

- Some dodgy software is sometimes used to rip off customers by charging a higher price


2. Opay

Opay is basically an Uber motorbike. This is the safer option if you want to experience Nigeria the traditional way.

Pros: - Convenience of calling it on demand

- Affordable

-Customer and driver are provided with protective helmet


Cons:

- Some customers have experienced connection issues

- Can be a risky form of transport due to reckless drivers in Nigeira


3. LT Highroof Bus

This is a public transport bus in Nigeria which gets people from the Mainland to the Island.


Pros:

- Bus transports people from the airport area to the tourist sides of the city. i.e. Victoria Island

- Affordable


Cons:

- Service doesn't really operate on the Island



4. Danfo Bus


This is a public transport bus in Nigeria which gets people around Lagos, Nigeria.


Pros:

-Very cheap

-Takes you anywhere you want

- Allows people who have lower incomes to get around


Cons:

-Customers packed like sardines on the transport

-Some customers have to literally jump off at their stop, the bus doesn't really stop (LOL)

-Doesn't travel long distances (from city to city)


5. Keke Napep

Keke Napep is basically an Asian tuc tuc. It's a hail and ride form of public transport in Lagos that is actually said to be better than other forms of public transport like the Danfo bus.


Pros:

- Carries 5 people including the driver

- Great way to experience Nigeria

- Very affordable

- Drivers stop to let you off (should be a standard thing but you'd be surprised in Nigeria!)


Cons:

- Must ensure that you take care when riding this since you'll be very exposed.



6. Taxis

These are hail and ride taxis just like in any other country. They do not need to be booked beforehand and can take you to any location you wish.


Pros:

-On the spot transport

- Fast service


Cons:

- Lack of security, anyone can be a taxi driver with the yellow vehicle



7. Gokada

This is one of Opay's competitors They allow you to order a motorbike on demand to take you to your destination.


Pros: - Order at your convenience

- Affordable

-Customer and driver are provided with protective helmet


Cons:

- Some customers have experienced connection issues

- Can be a risky form of transport due to reckless drivers in Nigeria


8. Taxify


This is one of the most recent Uber competitors in Nigeria. Taxify allows you to order a taxi on demand from any location to any destination.


Pros:

- Order at your convenience

- Cheaper than normal taxis


Cons:

- Risky for Uber drivers due to lack of security in Nigeria (reports of drivers being called to strange locations and cars hijacked)

- Some dodgy software is sometimes used to rip off customers by charging a higher price



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