Cheap Flights to Nigeria
Nigeria has all you need in your next holiday destination. It has amazing waterfalls, rainforests, historical sites and tropical lagoons, spread all across the country. You can travel to this beautiful and hospitable country with Medview Airline, British Airways, Arik Air, Turkish Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, KLM and Air France. You can get flights to all Nigerian airports from Birmingham, Glasgow, Heathrow, Gatwick, London City, Manchester and Edinburgh.
Nigeria lies in tropical region but its climate drastically changes from coastal to inland areas. The climate can be roughly divided in two seasons: wet and dry. Dry season starts in November and ends in March whereas wet season is from April to October. Dry season is the best time to book flight and visit Nigeria as rains in wet season can play havoc to transportation system. The country caters to most travellers during the dry season. Tickets can be expensive in peak season and an economy class flight can cost you £700 to £1100. However, prices lowered down in off season and a flight in economy class will cost you around £390 to £650.more
Cheapest flights to Nigeria from major UK airports.
Direct and Connecting Flights to Nigerian Destinations
Direct flights are available for Lagos and Abuja and these depart from Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. British Airways is the only airline which offers direct flights to Abuja. For Lagos, you can opt for Medview Airline, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways or Arik Air. Medview Airline is Nigerian carrier and its main hub is located at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport . However, its flights are only available at Gatwick Airport.
You can avail connecting flights from other airlines to Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos as well. These airlines operate from major UK airports so you can choose the most suitable one. However, connecting flights take more time as compared to direct flights. Flights to Nigeria make stopovers at African, Middle Eastern or European hubs.
Most Opted Flight Routes to Nigeria from UK
- London Heathrow to Nigeria (Murtala Muhammed International Airport) direct flights with Arik Air
- Heathrow to Nigeria (Murtala Muhammed International Airport) direct flights with British Airways
- Flights from Heathrow to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (Nigeria) with BA via LOS.
- London Gatwick to Nigeria (LOS) direct flights with Mid-View Airline
- London Heathrow to LOS/ABV/PHC via Frankfurt with Lufthansa
- Manchester to Nigeria via Dubai with Emirates flying into Murtala Muhammed International Airport.
What is the average flight duration from UK airports to Nigerian destinations?
Duration depends on whether you choose direct flight or connecting flights. Direct flights usually take 6h 30m whereas connecting flights can be as long as 48h. Stopover timing of every connecting flight varies between 1h to 35h. We have listed below flight duration of most used airlines:
- Medview Airline offers direct flights to Nigeria only from Gatwick Airport. Its flight duration is 6h 45m on average.
- With British Airways you can avail direct flights to Abuja and Lagos from Heathrow Airport. Connecting flights are also available from Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham via Heathrow. Minimum flight duration is 6h 30m and maximum is 22h 25m.
- Arik Air also offers direct flights to Largest city of Nigeria (Lagos) but only from Heathrow Airport. You can also choose its connecting flights for Abuja and Port Harcourt available at Heathrow Airport via Lagos. The shortest flight timing is 6h 45m and the longest is 20h 45m.
- Air France operates flights to Three major airports of Nigeria, which are Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt, from all major UK airports via Paris. The minimum flight duration is around 9 hours 50 minutes via Paris.
- When you choose Lufthansa for travelling to Nigeria, its flights are available for Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt via Frankfurt. These flights depart from all UK main airports. 10h 05m is the shortest time whereas 24h 30m is the longest.
- KLM offers flights from Heathrow, Glasgow, Birmingham and Manchester for all major destinations in Nigeria. You can fly to Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos via Amsterdam and Paris with minimum flight duration of 9h 40m.
- Emirates Airlines operates flights to Abuja and Lagos via Dubai. Its flights depart from London (all airports) and Birmingham. Its flights duration vary between 17h 15m to 29h 30m.
Weekly Schedule of Airlines Flying to Nigeria
Following is the weekly schedule of airlines offering flights for Nigerian destinations:
- Arik Air offers daily flights from Heathrow airport for Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos seven days a week.
- Medview Airline has once a day direct flight from Gatwick Airport.
- British Airways operates daily direct flights to Abuja and Lagos from Heathrow Airport. Daily connecting flights are also available at Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham.
- Emirates Airlines has daily connecting flights from Gatwick, Heathrow, Glasgow and Birmingham to Lagos and Abuja.
- With Air France you can fly to main Nigerian airports. However, it only offers connecting flights departing daily from Heathrow, Glasgow, Birmingham and Manchester.
- Lufthansa offers daily connecting flights to Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. These flights are available at Heathrow, Manchester and Birmingham.
- KLM has daily connecting flights to major Nigerian destinations from Birmingham, Heathrow, Glasgow and Manchester.
What is baggage allowance of different airlines for main Nigerian airports?
This factor is really important in deciding the most suitable airline for your journey. Travellers who are going for vacations need more baggage allowance to fit everything they need. Below is the list of airline with their respective baggage allowance:
- Arik Air has baggage allowance of 20kg in economy class and 30kg in business class.
- Lufthansa allows you to take 1 piece of 23kg in economy classic and economy flex whereas you can take 2 bags of 32kg each in business class.
- With Air France you can take one piece of 23kg in economy, two pieces of 23kg each in premium economy, two pieces of 32kg each in business and three pieces of 32kg each in La Premiere class.
- British Airways has baggage allowance of one piece of 23kg in economy class, two pieces of 32kg each in business class and three pieces of 32kg each in first class.
- When you choose Med-View Airline, you can take two pieces of 32kg each in economy class whereas three pieces of 32kg each in business class.
- KLM has baggage allowance of 12kg in economy class and 18kg in business class.
- Kenya Airways allows you to take two pieces of 23kg each in economy class and two pieces of 32kg each in premier world.
- Emirates Airlines has baggage allowance of 35kg in economy class (depending on fare type), 40kg in business class and 50kg in first class.
What is the best time to book flights to Nigeria?
Mainly there are two seasons in Nigeria, dry or winter and wet or summer. Jos town has the most pleasant climate in all of Nigeria. Rest of the country has hot weather. Northern parts of the country are hot and dry whereas southern parts are hot and humid. So the best time to visit Nigeria is from October to January. Peak season lies between December to January as most Nigerian festivals occur during this part of the year.
Northern and southern parts also differ in timing of wet season. Rainy season occurs from April to September in North and in South it is between March to November. There are fewer crowds in off season and flights are cheaper than the peak season. However, if you want to visit Nigeria during peak season, we would recommend you to book flights few months in advance.
Where can I stay in Nigeria?
You can find five star and international hotels in Lagos and other major towns. However, these are fully booked during peak season and you have to book in advance. Lagos is the most congested city not only in Nigeria but also in Africa as well. Most of the good hotels are only available on this island. These hotels are usually really expensive in peak season but alternate options are also available.
You can stay in rest houses which are run by government. These are available throughout the country. Colonial-style houses and bungalows are used for this purpose. Another option is to get accommodation from Christian missions. They will offer you basic enmities at reasonable price. Major Nigerian towns also have sporting clubs which offer meals and accommodation at cheap rates. However, you have to purchase a temporary membership before your stay in these clubs.
Must-visit Tourists’ Attractions and Restaurants in Nigeria
Nigeria is best of those travellers who want to explore Africa off-the-beaten-path. It has scenic beaches, national parks and museums. Also its food is delicious and must-to-try. We have compiled a list of top restaurants and places in Nigeria:
- Lagos: You cannot miss Lagos’ famous beaches. The best among them are Eleko, Bar, Elegushi and Lekki Miami Beach. The best restaurants in town are Terra Kulture, Villa Medici and Eko Sky Restaurant and Lounge.
- Abuja: Located in the center of the Nigeria, Abuja is a modern African city. There are amazing tourists' attractions like Aso Rock, the National Mosque, National Ecumenical Center and Zuma Rock. Food lovers should visit Salamander Cafe, BlueCabana and Bukka at the Hilton.
- Port Harcourt: Although it is a major commercial city of Nigeria, it offers plenty of sights to its visitors. You have to include Port Harcourt Tourist Beach, Isaac Boro Garden Park, Culture Center and Rivers State Museum. The best places for eating out are Jevinik Restaurant, The Playhouse Lounge and Genesis Restaurant.
Annual Events & Celebrations
A trip to Nigeria would be incomplete without attending its cultural festivals. Following are the most popular festivals of the country:
The carnival is the most exciting party of the year in Nigeria. Preparation for the festival starts weeks before. Many international tourists visit Lagos only to attend the carnival.
This festival is an important part of Nigerian culture. Every year, it annually occurs during the months of July and August. Osun Festival pays homage to the Oshun of Osun State - the river goddess.
The Port Harcourt Carnival is a combination of two carnivals: a cultural carnival and a Caribbean style carnival. It is celebrated for seven days before Christmas.
By Z A Chahal
Flight destinations In Nigeria
FAQs about Nigeria
I am planning to visit Nigeria this winter. Can You confirm which airlines are fly direct to Nigeria from UK?
There are a number of airlines flying to Nigeria without stopovers that include British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Arik Air and Air Nigeria. All these airlines fly from London to Lagos non
What are the recommended options when it comes to baggage limitations for flights to Nigeria?
There are multiple options when it comes to the limit of checked-in baggage for flights operating between Nigeria and UK. Arik Air is among the top options, with a 70 kg limit of overall baggage limit per passenger, which is a considerably higher count than all other airlines operating on the route.