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Lagos to Port Harcourt: Cost, Distance, Location, and More

Port Harcourt skyline

Lagos to Port Harcourt: Cost, Distance, Location, and More

January 25, 2022

If you’re reading this article, you’re probably thinking of visiting the oil-rich city of Port Harcourt. You won’t be disappointed. As you read on, you’ll see facts about the cost of travelling from Lagos to Port Harcourt, the distance, location, and a lot more. The focus will be on travelling by road. To begin, let’s compare Port Harcourt with the centre of excellence - Lagos. 


Comparing Lagos with Port Harcourt 

Port Harcourt is the fifth most populous city in Nigeria while Lagos sits at number one. The Niger Delta people of the South-South call Port Harcourt their home. The city’s economy is mainly driven by the oil industry, and multinational firms like Shell and Chevron run their operations within it. On the other hand, Lagos is located in the Southwestern part of Nigeria, but it is almost as congested as Port Harcourt. At the same time, residents of both cities enjoy different recreational activities after working long hours and enduring traffic jams. Let’s talk about the recreational spots in Port Harcourt. 

One of them is the Port Harcourt Cultural centre. Different kinds of centuries-old artefacts can be found in this place. Carvings, pottery, and other cultural relics that point to an ancient civilization grace this place. You can take a trip back in time and imagine what motivated the artisans who created the masterpieces you will find in this centre. 

Stage Performance
               Courtesy: Nigeria Travels and Tours

Nothing can be compared to this experience if you are a lover of art. But that is not all that this city has to offer. There is also the Port Harcourt Zoo for people who love watching wild animals in action. 

The Port Harcourt Zoo houses lions, monkeys, ostriches, chimpanzees, cobras, crocodiles, and other animals. Forget about the stress of life as you watch these animals interact with one another. If you visit on a weekend, you will find that the zoo can be a busy place. Adults and their excited children love to visit and see these animals. Feel free to take pictures. The next tourist spot is the place where you can casually interact with the locals. It is called Bonny Island.

Lion in a zoo
                                     Source: Nomadic Ics LLC

Bonny Island is at the southern end of Rivers State. It is beside Port Harcourt. To visit the island, you will need to board a ferry. This is a small ship that takes goods and people to and from the island. It is ruled by a king called the Amanyanabo. Many high chiefs and district heads serve as the Chiefs’ Council. 

Explore this kingdom that has been around since the 15th century. Meet the people and taste the rich food this island offers. You will be glad you did. But to enjoy all this, you will need to leave Lagos and visit Port Harcourt.

Bonny Island
                                    Source: Wikipedia

The distance from Lagos to Port Harcourt

The distance from Lagos to Port Harcourt, by bus or car is about 620 kilometres. You will need to pass through the Sagamu-Benin Expressway. 

How long will it take to make the trip by road? 

Travelling at a normal speed, it will take you a little over 11 hours to go from
Lagos to Port Harcourt, by road. 


How much fuel will the trip consume?

You can expect the trip to consume about 83 litres of petrol. Depending on the capacity of your fuel tank, you may need to stop for refuelling at some point. Keep that in mind while travelling. 


The cost of travelling from Lagos to Port Harcourt by bus

Different buses charge different prices. But the easiest way to get the best price is to use the
TRANSITA app. On it, you will see that the cost of travelling from Lagos to Port Harcourt, is N7,000 on average.