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Travelling in Nigeria: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Entrance gate to Abuja.

Travelling in Nigeria: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

May 20, 2022

Regular travellers know that travelling in Nigeria can be both an awesome experience and a terrible one, all at the same time. It all depends on a lot of factors. Some of them are caused by the person who is embarking on the trip. Others are completely out of the control of the individual. This article will deal with the good, bad, and the ugly aspects of road travel. We’ll start by talking about the person setting out on that road trip. 


The people who travel the most

You probably see them everyday. In fact, you may be one of them. If road travel by bus is your choice mode of transportation, you belong to the special group of people who travel via the most used channel of transportation. 


Students, civil servants, and private sector workers are among those who fit into this category. Bus companies like ABC, Chisco, Efex Transport, God is Good Motors, Peace Mass Transit, GUO, and many others — are some of the interstate buses they use. 


There are a lot of good stories about bus travel. But there are also some not-so-good stories. As you know, bad things tend to overshadow good ones. Still, smart people know that the good ones are usually a result of making sound choices. 


The good things about travelling by road


One of the good things about travelling by bus is that you get to see the different parts of Nigeria as you go along. You will see hawkers, restaurant workers and their customers, plus other locals in their raw, unfiltered state. You’ll also see the forests and mountains of different states in the country. 

Aerial view of buildings by the lagoon in Lagos.
                                                                      Source: Unsplash

Another thing is that it is not nearly as fast as air travel so you have a lot of time to take in your surroundings as the bus moves. It is also fun buying the local food, fruits, and other items along the way. You can even learn new routes and shortcuts if you’re a frequent traveller. 


The bad things about road travel


It can be difficult to buy a ticket at the bus terminal. Large crowds and long queues usually make it a hassle. People generally have to wake up very early in the morning to get to the bus park before the other early risers. They still have to wait in line until it gets to their turn to make payment. 


Picking a preferred seat depends on how early you arrive at the park. If others have taken the seat you want, you would have to take whatever seats are left. The only other option available is to go to another bus company. But then you will have to start the entire process afresh — plus you can never be sure you won’t run into the same problem again. 


Sometimes, when you miss one bus you will have to wait for hours in the reception until it is time for the next bus to accept passengers. All these issues can be avoided if you book online with Transita


When you use the Transita platform, you get to choose the most affordable bus ticket, plus pick a time that suits you. You also have the freedom to choose your preferred seat, all in the comfort of your home. The seats that are available are clearly shown on the platform and all you have to do is make your choice. Your favourite interstate bus companies are available on the Transita platform. 


If you want your road travel experience to be stress-free, smooth, and memorable you owe it to yourself to always book a bus ticket online with Transita.