When to fly
The best time to visit is during the dry period in August and September or December to March but bear in mind that flight prices can be higher. If you are looking for a cheap flight, it is better to avoid these periods.
If you want to experience the Nigerian culture, visit during one of the festivals. The Lagos Black Heritage Festival is a weeklong celebration of African creativity through an array of talents such as traditional and contemporary dance, music, painting, drama, fashion displays and many more. Every year Lagos is congregated by thousands of enthusiast looking to engage their minds and create memories for years to come. The week is finalised by boat regatta and a carnival parade but there are various other exhibitions, activities and shows going on throughout the week reflecting the African culture.
The most populous city in Africa is also one of the continent's most varied and exciting. Lagos is known for having some of the best nightlife in West Africa, as well as containing outstanding opportunities to go shopping — whether that's in a traditional market or an ultra-modern mall.
Lagos is not a tranquil city, although it has some fine beaches. Instead, it's a place you go to live life to the full. New sights and sounds wait for you around every corner; however often you've been before, there's sure to be a museum or a café that will be new to you.
Lagos has two rainy seasons between April to July and October to November. The weather is consistently hot throughout the year with the highest temperatures around March.Getting downtown from the airportApart from the tiny Magbon Airstrip, the only airport to serve Lagos is Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS). This is on the northern outskirts of Lagos, 18 miles from the city centre. Once your flight lands, the easiest way to get to town from the airport is a taxi but make sure you see the driver’s ID and agree your fare before the start of the journey. Many hotels should also be able to arrange a shuttle bus so contact your hotel in advance.
Getting around Lagos
The cheapest way to get around, other than on foot, is to use the Bus Rapid Transit system. Buses are generally well maintained, with reasonably priced tickets. For a more comfortable trip, there are increasing numbers of modern taxis.
Lagos insider information
Despite Lagos's cosmopolitan nature, there are still cultural norms to be respected: make sure you greet everyone you speak to and be careful not to wear immodest clothing. Loose shirts and trousers or skirts are recommended, as the city's climate is humid. Also, remember that bartering is common and expected in most places.