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. The ride-hailing app, Lagos Ride, is also an option.
The airport is located 13 miles (22km) northwest of Lagos.
Lagos Airport (LOS)
LocationThe airport is located 13 miles (22km) northwest of Lagos.
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.
TimeLocal time is GMT +1
Car rental companies at the international terminal of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport include Avis, Hertz, Europcar and Sixt, while those at the domestic terminal include Tuance, Pure Logistics, Achan, and Octavia. 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.
Yellow taxis are available outside the terminal. It is wise to negotiate a fee before departure; the fare into Lagos should be around NGN 5,000.
Transfer between terminals
The terminals are within easy walking distance of each other.
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 healthcare products. International and African foods are served by vendors in the airport's food court.
Parking spaces are available.