Benin City, the capital of Edo State, is one of the oldest cities in Nigeria, its origin goes back to pre-colonial times. Located approximately 320 kilometres east of Lagos, Benin City is the centre of Nigeria’s rubber industry. Due to their closeness, both cities; Lagos and Benin are economic partners, thus, it is common to have business and leisure travellers go from Lagos to Benin or vice versa. Alluring attractions of Benin City include; The Oba’s PalaceThe Benin Moat, Igun Street (famous for bronze casting and other metal works), Ughoton Village, Gele Gele Sea Port, Egedege N’Okaro(the first storey building in the Benin Kingdom), the National Museum and Oba Akenzua Cultural Center among a few others.
Travel Time from Lagos to Benin City
The road travellers from Lagos to Benin City take the recently renovated Lagos-Ore-Benin route. This route is approximately 320 km long and would take between 2 to 4 hours, depending on weather conditions.
Travel time from Lagos to Benin may also be affected by the time of year. Many people travel from Lagos to Benin during the festive periods, making the roads busier at that time.
Choosing a Bus from Lagos to Benin
There are several factors to consider when choosing the bus you will take from Lagos to Benin
Budget: Buses plying this route have a wide variety in the price of their tickets. This means you can choose from the various options and bus a bus ticket that suits your budget.
Convenience: Vehicle types and seating arrangements offered by transport companies also vary. It is advisable to do a little research to find out what each transport company has to offer. Generally, however, the more expensive the bus fare, the more comfortable the bus will be.
The proximity of the bus park: It is advisable to choose a transport company with a terminal that is close to your home. This would help to reduce the chances of you arrive at the bus terminal late.
Also, it is important to inquire about the location of the bus terminal at Benin. Upon arrival at Benin, it would be convenient if your bus terminates at the city centre.This would ensure that you are able to get transportation from the bus park to your final destination easily.
How/ What to Pack
The vehicle of choice for most transport companies for this route is the 14-seater bus. These compact buses usually don’t have a lot of luggage space. If you intend to travel will a lot of luggage or fragile items, you may want to consider sending them by courier before or after you. Alternatively, you can bus an extra seat on the bus.
Finding Benin Bound Buses from Lagos
The following transport companies ply the Lagos to Benin route;
Chisco Transport Nigeria Limited
Address: 104 Funsho Williams Avenue, (Former Western Avenue), Iponri, Costain Lagos
Phone number: 08106517669, 07087287400, 08089273799
ABC Transport Company Limited
Address: Plot 79, Oba Kayode Akinyemi Way By Festac Bypass, Amuwo-Odofin, Lagos State.
Phone number: +2348142552436, 080-53001000, 070-66855569, +234704226222
Young Shall Grow Transport
Address: Old Ojo Road, Maza-Maza, Lagos State, Nigeria
Phone number: 08034016865, 014531091
Cross Country Transport Limited
Address: 112 Egbeda, Lagos, Nigeria
Phone number: 08067024485, 07060418477
Other Bus Parks
Asides the transport companies listed above, buses going the Lagos to Benin route can also be found at the following bus parks;
Mile Two Park
This park is located in the bustling Mile Two area. The types of vehicles available there are minivans, salon cars and buses. Buses are however more common.
Ojota Motor Park
This is one of the most common motor parks for Benin bound buses.
Yaba Motor Park
Located in Jibowu, Yaba, this bus park is easily accessible with the use of BRT buses. Apert from buses, taxis and minivans bound for Benin are available in the park.
Cost of Road Travel from Lagos to Benin
A bus ticket from Lagos to Benin will cost from N3000 to N5500. This price range is wide enough to accommodate individual budget and bus type/ preference.
What to Eat/ Drink
While on your journey, the bus may stop once or twice to allow passengers to eat and stretch their legs. There are some of fast food outlets and restaurants such as Mr Biggs along the route. Almost all spirits and non-alcoholic malt drinks can be found at some of these stopover restaurants.
Places to Stay in Benin City
If you plan to spend a couple of days to take the city in, there are various hotels in Benin you can stay. There are different categories of hotels for any need you might have, whether you’re looking to splurge on luxury, or you’re trying to find comfort on a budget.
Some hotels to stay in include: Prenox Hotel and Suites, Protea Hotel Benin and ST Hotel Apartment.
Keep yourself entertained
Thanks to technology, entertainment is now easily accessible. You can play games on your phone or even watch a movie or listen to songs. Alternatively, you can pack a book to read on the way or a journal to write in while travelling.
Pack edible treats
Pack some snacks like mixed nuts, sandwiches, fruits and cereal bars for you to nibble on. If you can’t pack your snacks to go, you can try buying some at the bus park before your bus leaves.
Bring your toiletries
There are certain toiletries that are important for road travel. Most buses do not have toilets, this means you will have to wait till the driver makes a stop before you can use the loo. Taking tissues and hand sanitizers are essential items to have with you because toilets at the different stops are not likely to provide them.
Catch some sleep
Not everyone can sleep while in motion, however, if you can, sleep is a great way to pass the time. It helps if you have ear muffs, a neck rest, a travel pillow or a sleeping mask.
Chat up other travellers
Most buses carry four passengers per row and usually, every traveler has someone who they can engage in a conversation sitting close to them. If you are sitting next to other people, get friendly, raise a topic and chat with them. This has a way of spicing up the trip. Most people have built strong friendships from simple conversations while others have even met spouses on the bus.
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Benin City is blessed with a lot of tourist attractions, it is also a beehive of economic and socio-cultural activities. Major tourist attractions include the Benin City National Museum, the palace of the Oba of Benin and the King square recreational park. Though the city gets relatively more exciting during festivals such as the Igue Festival, the Ebomisi festival, and the Adu Ikukun festival, Benin is a great place to visit all year round.
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