Worst Times To Travel In Nigeria

Travelling In Nigeria

Do you know that there are times you should not think of travelling in Nigeria? Well, yes. And that is what we shall look into in this post. 

As an avid traveller, we tend to sense when a trip is not going well even though we arrive at our destination in good condition. 

Sometimes, it may be about the people, the seasonal ceremony at hand, the weather, climate effect, socio-political and economic influence around the area, and lots more. 

It is very important that we understand the best time and the worst times to travel to prevent waste of money, effort, time as well as battered hope of catching fun in our trip. 

Do you know the best time and the worst time to travel in Nigeria? Then this article has a good answer for you as you read on. 

While travelling in Nigeria is hardly said to be stress-free, there are some particular days of the week and months of the year that are not just good to be visited in a particular location. 

If there is no delay in the traffic, it will be a double-booked flight. If it is not a cramped bus terminal, it will be a tough gridlock. 

All these can make a journey tiring and frustrating to the point that one may miss one’s flight. 

It is quite impossible to tell you to point black the days that are worst for Travelling in Nigeria, but in this article, we will examine some milestone happenings that make travel a hassle for tourists and adventure seekers in Nigeria. 

What are the worst times to travel to Nigeria? 

Democracy day

Virtually all Nigerians know that the democracy day in Nigeria is Observed every 29th of May to commemorate the restoration of democracy in 1999. This is not an ideal date to travel in Nigeria because there will be more traffic and crowded airports since  Members of political parties and their followers travel for various meetings or special celebratory events. 

If you’ve ever witnessed democracy day in Nigeria, you will agree with me that it is a very momentous day in Nigeria -especially to its large number of politicians. For a long time now that election has been conducted, the hand over from the incumbent resident to the president-elect occurs on this special day. 

Easter celebration 

This is a type of holiday that is birthed from the conventional good Friday, towards a holy Saturday, and then rounded off on Easter Sunday.

In other words, the Easter celebration will be taking a whole three days and the whole weekend to be observed. 

The reason why this time is not ideal for Travelling in Nigeria is that since it is observed by many Christians around the world to commemorate Jesus Christ’s Passion, crucifixion, death, and resurrection, the break gives them the time off to travel and visit other places. Hence, travellers should expect increased traffic both on the road and at the airport, and of course, prospective hassle for travellers.

You know that Nigerians are very religious and will not take holidays like this for granted. So if at all you need to travel during the Easter period, please make sure that you make careful plans. It is the worst time to travel to Nigeria. Our experience will tell you better. 

May Day

There is a particular day in the month of May that is assigned to celebrate workers around Nigeria. The 1st of May is a public holiday where workers will be free to not go to work and attend to something else. It is a natural thing to choose to travel when you are given the opportunity not to come to work. 

Most workers may even decide to take short trips to some places across the country. Now if you have chosen to travel on this day, especially in Lagos, then you are cooking a frustrating story to tell. You will encounter an erosion of people in bus terminals and airports.

At worse, general transport fares to some places are likely to increase for no reason, Making workers’ day a bad time to travel in Nigeria. 

Eid al-Adha

For our Muslim brothers and sisters, there is a special day known as  Eid al-Adha, Id-ul-Azha, Id-ul-Zuha, Hari Raya Haji or Bakr-id; the Feast of Sacrifice.  These days are said to be the most important feast of the Muslim calendar. 

And as you may agree with me, most populous places in Nigeria are filled with Muslims. This means that during Eid al-Adha, a large population of Muslims travel back to their home towns or families to observe the religious holiday. 

I Don’t need to tell you that traffic will be tight subsequently. If you plan to go through the routes of the northern part of Nigerian on this day, change your mind! 

In Nigeria, this day usually occurs sometime in October. So take note. 

Christmas celebration 

This is a day that everyone should know about. Christmas celebration has its special style on how it takes over roads, airlines, and even ships. Lol. 

When we want to rank the number #1 worst day to travel not only in Nigeria but around the world, Christmas day will be smiling at the first position. 

During these times, it is no longer about bypassing traffic or travelling in the fastest airline without delay. 

The Christmas day celebration period includes all the days within a week before Christmas, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day. 

This is a very important day for most Nigerian families and they would love to connect with their friends and loved ones far and near. In other words, you will observe so many movements of people from one place to another. 

It is only during the Christmas period that you will see people travelling for no reason. They just feel they should hit the road because it is the festive season. 

It is also during Christmas that the crime rate of robbery and Kidnaping is said to be on the rise, especially on interstate highways. If by all means, you want to travel during Christmas, Ensure that you travel with a travel agency to ensure some extra protection. Only God saves. A travel agency can also ease up the tension of missing your flight or other credentials during the hustling process of travelling.

New Year’s Eve

Following the celebration of Christmas, the new year’s eve is a non-official day when most people take the day off to either travel back home or meet up with family and loved ones.

It is also during these times that most people who have travelled for Christmas celebration will start heading back home. 

When it comes to the worst days to travel in Nigeria such as Christmas and New Year’s Eve, traffic and tight airlines may be a minor problem. Travellers should be more concerned about the persistent increase in transport fare, flight cost, as well as the cost of tickets. This can be a really horrible situation for people travelling in places like Lagos, Abuja, and Port Harcourt. Across all states too, to be frank. 

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So there you have it. If you want to enjoy your travel in Nigeria, spending quality time at some luxurious resorts in Lagos with your family. There are other dates and months in the calendar to tick. Not these ones.


This guide was put together by Ayoola Daniel from Fastlagos.com, your number one destination for all things Travel from Lagos, Nigeria to the world.

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