Basic Things Every First-Time Visitor To Lagos Must Know
Lagos is the former capital of Nigeria and currently the commercial capital of the Most populous black nation in The world, Nigeria. It has a population of close to 22 million people.
Thousands of people troop to Lagos daily from all over the world and even from other neighbouring states. There are so many things you might have heard about Lagos city – the abundant opportunities liters and the uniqueness of the city.
For any first time visitor Coming into Lagos, There are some basic things to know to aid your smooth stay in Lagos either you are on temporary trip or permanent stay
HOTELS IN LAGOS
Lagos has a countless number of good hotels that any first-time traveler looking for a good hotel to stay will find useful. Here are few of them depending on your finance:
Airport Hotel, Ikeja
Federal Palace, Hotel
Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island
Eko hotels and suites, Victoria Island.
Unilag guest house, Yaba
Lakeem suites, Surulere
Hotel Ibis royale, Ajao Estate
Maria Suites limited, Isolo
The hardley apartments, Victoria Island
Glonik Hotels, Ikeja
The regent luxury suites, Ikeja
Victoria continental hotels, Victoria Island
Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja
Duckland hotels and suites, Ikorodu
Note: These are not the only hotels in Lagos but the list contains some of the best available.
THE CITY OF LAGOS
Lagos has three senatorial divisions.Lagos West, Lagos East, and Lagos North. The state can be divided into two major parts namely: the Mainland and the Island.
The Mainland: This is the middle area of the city of Lagos where most of the residents live and also where the majority of the industries in the city are located.
Lagos Island: This is the creme of the city. Where the who is who dwells. Most of the businesses and big markets reside here, it is also the entertainment hub of Africa It’s totally exclusive in nature. The popular places here are Lekki, Banana Island, Ikoyi and Victoria Island.
TRANSPORTATION INTO LAGOS
Just like any other big city, any first-time visitor can access the state through Air, Rail, and Road,
Air: The Muritala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) is located in Lagos it serves as both local and international airport.
Road: As a first-time visitor to Lagos, you can access the state through three major routes, the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and through the Ogun-Lagos route or through the Seme Border which is an international route
Rail: The railway is also available and remains the cheapest means of getting into Lagos.
MOVING AROUND IN LAGOS
One major area any first-time visitor to Lagos may face is how to move around the state.Getting around Lagos after you’ve gotten in can pose a big challenge. From the airport, you can get taxis to get you to your destination, but if you’ve already booked a room/suite in any of the wonderful Hotels in Lagos, a shuttle bus will most likely be provided for you at the airport. If however, you haven’t made Hotel reservations, you can easily charter a taxi to drive you to your destination
Other means of transport within the state are
Danfo Buses also known as yellow buses:
HOW TO BE SAFE IN LAGOS
When you are in Lagos, avoid isolated places at the airport/bus park/railway terminal. Avoid touts and criminals who disguise as friends.
Pay attention: keep your wallets in front or side pockets for men and if you’re a woman, carry your handbags in front of you
If you’re going out, leave the original of your passport( if you’re an international visitor) in the hotel/house safe and go out with a copy
Avoid revealing too much information to strangers. Do not give out too much information about yourself
Be bold, do not look timid or someone afraid of something on Lagos streets
Lagos is for smart and intelligent people so avoid any sign of fear or weakness.
Carry only things you can easily manage when going out in the city.
Above all, Lagos is a fantastic state to stay or visit. Lagos is a wonderful city to visit and any first time visitor to the state of excellence will surely not regret visiting the state
Additional support by JUSTIN IRABOR