Book flights to Lagos and join other sun-worshippers getting a dose of vitamin D on the city’s fine beaches. Situated on the Gulf of Guinea, Lagos is Nigeria’s (and indeed Africa’s) largest city and home to over 5 million people. Known for its beaches, nightlife and shopping (markets and malls), a holiday in Lagos will never be dull. This is the cultural and economical powerhouse of Africa so whether it’s arts and music, or museums and restaurants you’re after, Lagos will deliver. In saying that, it probably isn’t a destination for a family holiday. The weather in Lagos is consistently hot throughout the year with temperatures averaging from the mid-20Cs to the mid-30Cs. Lagos receives most of its tourism between October and January, the population tends to double in the summer. February and March are the hottest months and you can get accommodation bargains after the tourist season ends. Easter and Ramadan are busy times requiring travellers to book their flight tickets a couple of months in advance.
The rainy seasons (April to July / October to November) are a great time to find the cheapest flights to Nigeria. The wettest month is June, so hotel rates dip to attract visiting tourists who don’t mind the hot, steamy weather.
Flights from London to Lagos: 6 hours 55 minutes.
Flights from Manchester to Lagos: 9 hours 10 minutes.
Flights from Birmingham to Lagos: 9 hours 35 minutes.
Flights from Glasgow to Lagos: 9 hours 15 minutes.
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are the two main airlines that operate flights from London to Lagos. Nigerian carrier, Arik Air, has daily flights from Heathrow to Lagos. If flying from any other UK city it will involve a connecting flight.
Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS) is the major airport where flights to Lagos land. The airport is situated on the northern outskirts of Lagos, 18 miles from the city centre. Once your Lagos 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.