Hey Guys, I was in Kogi State a fortnight ago. If you’re on my Instagram, you already know this. I traveled from Lagos to Kogi by road. Prior to my travel, I had a bit of difficulty getting information, hence, I am putting this post out there to help you guys and some random stranger who might want to find their way from Lagos to Kogi by Road. Nice Right? 🙂
From Lagos, there are two ways of getting to Kogi State.
Lagos to Kogi Flight
There is no Airport in Kogi State but here are a few options you can explore. Fly into Abuja , then go by road to kogi or Fly into Akure and go by road to Kogi. I did not take these options and I do not recommend them either. Since Lagos to Kogi by road is inevitable, I don’t see the point of flying. For those who are still interested in this, Road Trip from Akure to Kogi will take about 3 hours same as Road trip from Abuja to Kogi. You can book cheap flights here.
Lagos to Kogi By Road
If traveling from lagos to kogi by road there are two options depending on which part of Lagos you are and which is more convenient for you.
Jibowu Bus terminal
A lot of buses operate at this terminal, hence there are options but there are hardly any known transportation companies headed only to Kogi State. They are mostly headed to Abuja and you will have to alight on the route to Abuja in Okene, Lokoja or wherever you are going to. I checked with two companies, Chisco will set you back 8,000naira while Peace Mass Transit costs 7,000. There are other companies, some guy took me to a smaller company which had 5,500naira fare to Kogi but this was by night and I really couldn’t do that.
Mangoro Bus Park
The other option which I took and recommend is to go to the Confluence Bus motor park. It is a carrier owned by the current Kogi State Governor located at Mangoro bus stop at Agege. If going my public transport, make your way to Oshodi under bridge, take a bus going to Agege tell the bus driver you get off at Mangoro.
Confluence Bus goes directly to Lokoja and if you are headed to Okene or any other part of Kogi State, discuss this with the driver. He will definitely make a stop for you.
It cost 3,600naira for a one way trip, the buses are pretty decent, no air conditioning but it was value for money. The journey took 7 hours. We left Lagos park at 8am and I got to Okenne at about 3pm. Those headed to Lokoja would however have had 2hours extra of driving time. This included our Food stop and bathroom break at the Anambra Woman Restaurant.
I did not eat at the local restaurant hence, I can say nothing about it but I heard no complains from other passengers, I guess it was probably okay. I try as much as possible to limit food intake on road trips. I hate when passengers call for unnecessary stops and would definitely hate to be the one who does. I used the local bathroom 😳 and it costs 20naira.
If you are headed to Okene like I was, the driver will most likely drop you at the Total filling Station which is at the Town center, from here you can get a Cab (Uncoloured Taxi) or a bike to get you to your final destination.
The bus then continues with other passengers to Lokoja. At, Lokoja, there are pale yellow Taxis which you can hail and which will also convey you to your destination. Motor bikes however, give personalized service and are the fastest means to move around. They would usually drop you in front of where you are headed.
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