Enugu used to be the capital city of Eastern Nigeria. This has also made it one of the most popular states in the country. There are lots of transport companies that convey passengers and goods from different parts of the country to this Igbo state on a hill, but most notable are the road mass transit services. The most common route is the Lagos to Enugu road which witnesses activities on a daily basis. So if you're considering going from Lagos to Enugu by road anytime soon, here are some things to consider to make the journey go smoothly.
Getting a comfortable bus for your trip goes a long way in ensuring you enjoy the journey
1. What to pack
What to pack for your trip is dependent on your purpose of traveling. A lot of people from Lagos to Enugu by road for business, school, or health issues while others book a place for visiting.
It's always wise that you pack light to avoid getting stressed before reaching your destination. These days, many bus companies place restrictions on the kind of luggage you can travel with. Anything extra, you'll have to pay for an extra seat. But on a good day, your backpack, purse and perhaps a hand suitcase can contain all you'll need for a week-long stay.
If you're traveling with kids, then you'll need to go with sweaters, diapers, and water. Keep them handy for when the kid might need them. For those with health issues, have a few kits for first aid (like cotton wool, painkillers, and so on) will be quite helpful.
Always cling to this mantra: pack light
2. Travel time and distance from Lagos to Enugu by road
Usually, the time taken to travel to Enugu from Lagos is dependent on when you leave, traffic at Ore or Onitsha, what bus you enter, and how professional the driver is. The average distance from Lagos to Enugu by road is 600km, which means you can get to Enugu in 6 hours. But with the time taken at Ore to eat and likely traffic, the journey takes 8 hours in total. Drivers who are good with the route and have sound vehicles might take less. Passengers, on the other hand, also have a role to play, if they aren't a distraction or always asking for bathroom breaks.
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3. Things to consider when choosing a bus from Lagos to Enugu
There are quite a number of things to put into consideration when you want to choose the best transport company to take from Lagos to Enugu. One of them is the budget. Different buses have different rates ranging from 6,000 nairas to 9,000 nairas. If you can't afford the likes of God is Good Motors, then you can opt for GUO or Ekeson. Another thing to consider is comfort. You can obviously tell that the more expensive ones come with comfort and even snacks for passengers. If you want an air-conditioned bus with large seats and legroom, be ready to pay a premium price for it.
Choose the nearest terminal to your place
The distance of the terminal to where you stay and what route they travel through should also be considered. If you stay in Ajah, for instance, it doesn't make any sense going all the way to Jibowu to enter Chibuikem Motors when you can use Peace transit or God is Good Motors in the same area. Also, keep in mind that the Ajah route to Enugu is definitely different from the Jibowu route.
4. Popular bus companies and their prices from Lagos to Enugu
With Lagos being the most populous state in Nigeria and Enugu being a major state in the Southeast, it's obvious that there will be a lot of bus companies with vehicles that ply that route. Here is a list of the most used ones, their ticket prices and terminals in Lagos. Keep in mind that all these bus companies have their terminals at Holy Ghost (near the Ogbete market) in Enugu town.
|Bus company name||Terminals||Take off time||Prices in naira|
|Peace mass transit||Ajah, Ojota, Oshodi, and Jibowu||5:30 am, 6 am, and 7 am||5500 - 6500|
|God is Good Motors||Ajah, Ikotun, and Jibowu||5:30 am, 6 am, and 7 am||7650 - 8400|
|GUO motors||Ajah, Ejigbo, and Iyana Ipaja||6 am and 7 am||7000|
|Ifesinachi Motors||Jibowu||6 am and 7 am||6000 - 7000|
|E.Ekeson Transport||Ajah and Jibowu||6 am, 7 am, and 8 am||6000 - 7000|
|Chisco transport||Jibowu and Empire terminal||6 am and 7 am||6000|
|ABC transport||Jibowu||6 am and 7 am||6500 - 7500|
|Chibuikem||Jibowu||6 am, 7 am, and 8 am||5500 - 6500|
|Other new bus companies||Ajah, Ejigbo, Iyana Ipaja, and Jibowu||
6 am, 7 am, and 8 am
|5500 - 6500|
Note that ticket prices vary depending on seasons and fuel price hike. Expect the prices to increase exponentially during Christmas and Easter celebration, and to below around the middle of the year.
5. Travel tips
God is Good Motors and ABC Motors used to be at the forefront of the road travel from Lagos to Enugu, but things have changed lately. GUO seems to provide a lot more customer service with water and gala sausage for every passenger. If that's what you seek, then go for it. If you don't mind a lot of speed, consider Peace mass transit. If you want a steady acceleration, not above 80km per hour, then ABC transport is your best bet - but you won't get into Enugu as early as those using other transit services would.
The Onitsha bridge or Niger bridge is a must cross when you are going from Lagos to Enugu
Finally, we advise you to eat light when traveling so you don't get pressed while on the bus. Better yet, you can wait till the bus gets to Ore before eating. Currently, the buses stop at UBA Foods, Vincent's, or True foods for everyone to eat. It's about 3 hours from departure. The safe trip as you travel from Lagos to Enugu by road.