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Transportation

Nigeria is traversed by the various means of transportation, which network the entire country and also link her with the outside world.

Air:
There are twenty two (22) Airports in Nigeria including five International Airports. Air services thrive and are extensive. Most of the capital cities are linked with the domestic flight. The five international airports are located in Lagos, Abuja, Calabar, Port Harcourt and Kano. Most of the routes have multiple flights daily and tickets are reasonably priced. An hour flight, for example, Lagos Abuja, or Lagos - Port Harcourt, cost an average of $100.

Virgin Nigeria is the country's flag carrier. Virgin Nigeria was formally established on September 28, 2004 with the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Federal Government of Nigeria and Virgin Atlantic Airways of United Kingdom.

Land/Roads:
The most common means of transportation is by road.

Taxis:
There are taxis that are quite comfortable and quick. You have a choice among various brands of cars. Within the cities, fares are flexible and depend on distance and one's bargaining power. Each State in Nigeria has a peculiar taxi colour. Lagos is yellow with black stripe, Abuja is Green with white stripe, while Port Harcourt is blue with white stripe. Airport and Hotel Taxis most often are not distinguished by colour.

Buses:
Principally, there are two major types. The 18 seater vans; and 50 seater luxury buses. The 50 seater luxury buses operate 24-hour service and are fitted with electronic gadgets suitable for long hauls. Most time rates are fixed in relation to the distance. They are safe as they are escorted all through the journey by armed personnel. Booking could be made ahead or at the point of boarding.

Rail:
It is available, except that it's very slow and limited to very few cities.

Water:
The abundant water resource of Nigeria has made water transportation very lucrative. Mostly within the riviera areas of Niger Delta and Lagos.

Sea Ports:
Nigeria has eight seaports handling more cargoes than any in the sub region.

Ten traveling Tips you must know:
From making plane reservation to retrieving luggage, you need a flight plan to avoid problem. The following tips will be useful next time you fly.

1.

Book your flight during non-peak hours: Run way backlog is worst on week day mornings and early evenings. Prime times for business travelers; Sunday nights, and the beginning and end of holiday weekends. Don't reserve the last night flight of the day to your destination if it's cancelled, you will have no options for an alternative flight.

2.

Fly non stop rather than through or direct: "Through" or "direct" usually means that although you won't have to change plans, your flight will be making one or more stops en route to your destination, increasing potential for delays and luggage loss.

3.

Allow a minimum of an hour between connecting flight: Although airlines typically suggest allowing 30 minutes between flights, don't believe it. Reserve connecting flight on the same airline. If the first flight is delayed, the airline is more likely to hold up the second if the tardy passengers are on one of its own planes.

4.

Buy your ticket from traveling agents: This offers greater protection if an airline goes belly-up before your trip. The agent can easily make alternative booking in another airline. Do not rely on mail; pick up your ticket from travel agent or airline office.

5.

Arrive the airport before check-in deadline: Airlines have a naughty habits of over booking seats to compensate for no-shows. When some one has to be bumped (dropped); late comers are likely candidates if there are no volunteers.

6.

Pack only a carry-on bag if possible: If you are checking (packing) a bag, do not put anything in it that you can not live without, such as medicine, documents, your favorite sweater. And pack light because in the case of loss luggage the airline has a limit they can compensate you.

7.

Check your luggage tags: To prevent routing errors, remove old destination stubs from your bags. Make sure that the right airport code for your destination is on your entire checked luggage.

8.

Leave addresses: Write your business address and phone number, and a destination phone number at which you can be reached on your luggage tag. Put the same information inside your suitcase.

9.

File (and get a copy of) a claim for lost or damaged luggage before you leave the airport: Be sure to obtain the number to call to check on tracking process. Play the role of squeaky wheel until you get your bag back or receive compensation. While carriers are not required to pay you for necessities while your bag is missing; they often will when they are asked.

10.

Know your right: Get a brochure which contains your right as you fly.  

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