Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport
Nigeria's former capital (in 1991 Abuja became the capital) is still the economic, commercial and social center of the country. A dazzling, busy, often chaotic metropolis. Until recently that chaos was also found at the airport, but with the opening of a new, international terminal (MMA2) the situation has greatly improved.
IATA airport code: LOS
ICAO airport code: DNMM
There's no train connection with Lagos Airport.
Car and bus
Lagos Airport is situated 22 kilometers northwest of the city center. The airport is easily accessible by rental car. There's a freeway from Lagos Airport to the city. Depending on the traffic, you can cover the distance in 30 to 60 minutes.
Car rental Lagos Airport
You can find counters of car rental companies in the Arrivals Hall. You can rent a car from one of the two international rental companies present, Avis and Hertz. Keep in mind though that, apart from some freeways, the roads in Nigeria are in bad condition.
Regular buses and minibuses run between the airport and the city center, but they are often crowded and moreover not very safe.
Taxis are by far the easiest and safest way to travel from the airport to Lagos. They can be found outside the Departure Hall, so upon arrival you first need to go upstairs. Make sure to agree on a price upfront. You need to seriously negotiate to get a 'correct' price.
A parking garage has been built near the new terminal MMA2. You pay 100 naira per hour. The day rate amounts to 1,500 naira. The garage is connected with the terminal via a corridor.
There's one hotel at Lagos Airport, the Blue Lodge Hotel (Tel. +234 709 876 6976). Other hotels nearby the airport include the Welcome Centre Hotel (Tel. +234(0)1 271 9254), Havannah Suites and Conference Centre (Tel. +234(0)1 730 0129) and the Sheraton Hotel (Tel. +234(0)1 497 8660).
Shops and restaurants
Lagos Airport (at least the MMA2 terminal) has a reasonable number of eating and drinking facilities. There are seven restaurants with African and international dishes. The number of shops is limited. The souvenir shop with Nigerian jewelry and woodcarving charges high prices. In the city or elsewhere in Nigeria souvenirs are much cheaper.
You cannot store your baggage at Lagos Airport. Porters will force themselves upon you, but be careful: agree on a price and never lose sight of your baggage.
There's an information desk in the Arrivals Hall for questions about the airport. You can also book a hotel here.
Business facilities at Lagos Airport are limited. For this you need to go to the Sheraton Hotel or the Havannah Conference Center (see Hotels). There are also two lounges, the VIP Lounge and the Executive Lounge (for members only, information via email@example.com).
The new terminal MMA2 has good accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps and adapted elevators and toilets.
You'll find five banks, exchange offices and ATM's scattered around the terminal. There's also a post office, as well as a First Aid station. Although security measures have been improved with the arrival of terminal MMA2, you still need to be alert at Lagos Airport: people posing as customs officer or airport employees are not necessarily who they claim to be and may have the intention to relieve you from your money (or goods).