Lagos Travel Guide & Information
Lagos, a port and the most populous city in Nigeria has long been known as a prime tourist destination. Formerly the capital of Nigeria, Lagos today, is a huge metropolis and is billed as one of the fastest growing cities in Africa. Spread over several large islands on a vast lagoon, the mainland is near the Gulf of Guinea, Lagos is Nigeria's principal commercial and cultural center.
Travel to Lagos, a city that has a superb live music scene and boasts of being home to West Africa’s most inimitable street life. Flights Lagos is your ticket to a city that has an exemplary diverse culture, beautiful beaches, mouthwatering cuisine and lots of sightseeing opportunities. Offering a number of sandy beaches by the Atlantic Ocean, the city promises visitors a perfect respite from a fast paced life.
Lagos is undergoing massive change and beautification projects, including high-end restaurants, arts and cultural venues and a dazzling range of architectural beauties. Lagos is a mega, modern city. With attractions like, Oba's Palace, the National Museum, Shrine of Fela and the beach resorts, and so much more, Lagos has something for every type of traveler.
Things to do in Lagos
Lagos is home to some wonderful museums depicting the city’s past and present.
National Museum: in central Lagos Island, houses some of finest bronze sculptures and ivory carvings produced by the Kingdom of Benin. One of the prominent exhibits at the museum is The Government of Yesterday and Today gallery. The gallery displays information about Nigeria's post-colonial generals, presidents and military rulers.
Black Heritage Museum: Recently opened to tourists, the museum displays sketches, sculptures, photos, documents and dated artifacts.
Lagos has a host of other attractions well worth visiting.
Tafawa Balewa Square: is named after Nigeria's first Prime Minister, and is Lagos commercial heart with remarkable monuments. The Square has statues of horses, the Remembrance Arcade and memorials. Another prime attraction is the 26-story Independence House, built in 1963.
Lekki Conservation Center: Visitors can plan a trip to Lekki Conservation Center at the Lekki Peninsula to see and experience the fauna and flora of this region's delicate ecosystems. You can see Mona monkeys, crocodiles, bush bucks, Maxwell duikers and giant rats, among other fascinating creatures. There are trails and tree platforms to enhance viewing.
Sungbo's Eredo: is an hour's drive from Lagos and is Africa's largest pre-colonial construction, rated by experts as an unknown "Wonder of the World". Built over two centuries ago, the construction today is largely covered by rainforest. Visitors can take a guided tour of the area provided by local farmers.
Where to Stay in Lagos
Lagos offers visitors cheap hotels. 4-Star Hotels Under $99, 5-star resorts, quaint inns and other types of hotels.
Lagos Mainland: Most people live in and visit the mainland. The mainland is home to most of Lagos industries as well. The area is known for its music and nightlife. In recent years the island has become a favorite spot for nightlife attractions. The area has several hotels within all budget ranges.
The Central Business District: is an area on Lagos Island and home to several attractions like the National Museum, Lagos Central mosque, Glover Memorial Hall, and the Oba palace, to name a few. The central Business District also hosts many of the city's largest wholesale marketplaces such as the Balogun Market. With so many premier attractions, it is no surprise that this address includes renowned hotel chains, too.
Passport & Visa Requirements
For US Citizens:
As per the latest travel information available to Lagos, here are the following passport and visa guidelines to assist you further.
* A passport and visa are required.
* The visa must be obtained in advance from a Nigerian Embassy or Consulate. Visas cannot be obtained on arrival at the airport.
* Visit the Embassy of Nigeria website at for the most current visa information.
For Canadian Citizens:
* A valid Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit Lagos.
* The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected departure from the country.
* Canadians must also be in possession of a visa.
This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.
We recommend that you check the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting Lagos .
*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.
When to visit Lagos
Lagos is making its mark as a megacity with popular attractions all round the year. However, the most popular time to visit is during the dry season.
Budget travelers might want to travel during the rainy season. Though the weather conditions aren’t perfect, it’s easier to book cheaper flights and cheaper hotel rates.
Planning your Visit:
High season: (December to February)
Low season: (April to October)
Lagos has a tropical savanna climate, similar to the rest of Southern Nigeria.
* There are two rainy seasons, with the heaviest rains falling from April to July and a milder rainy season from October and November.
* Lagos has a brief, relatively dry spell in August and September, and a longer dry season from December to March.
Currency and Language:
The official currency of Lagos is the Nigerian Naira (NGN).
We advise you to exchange some cash and purchase traveler’s checks before arriving in Lagos. Notify your bank with your dates of travel and find out about the cost for cash withdraws, too.
* English is the official and main language.