When getting around in Abuja, we advise you to hire a car for the day. We will be happy to assist you in finding a good car and driver that can take you around Abuja.

Should you chose to find your own way, we advise you to always take a green taxi with white stripes during your stay in Abuja and make sure to negotiate before getting in the taxi. Be aware that many of the green cars are quite old and might not live up to your private standards of a car. The prices are between 300 – 800 Naira depending on the length of the trip. Learn more about transportation here.

Coming to Abuja for the first time you will experience many interesting things, see scenarios you probably would not see in your home country and hear words you have not heard before. Whether you choose a hired car or a green taxi you should always be cautious when photographing – especially official buildings, officials or the like. A rule of thumb is to ask before photographing to be on the safe side. Like the most of us, European, American, Asian or African, we all like seeing our picture, so another rule of thumb is to ask if the person you have photographed wants to see the picture. Nigerians are lovely people and are very friendly, so don’t worry.

Cultural Differences

A little knowledge does not take up any space in your suitcase, so reading up on Nigerian business and social habits is time well spent in order to avoid any misunderstandings if you come from a culture which is very different from Nigeria. In general, Nigeria is a fantastically interesting country with 3 large ethnicities. Igbo (south-east), Hausa (north) and Yoruba (south west). The country is predominantly Christian and Muslim. Nigerians are very polite people and formal when they meet others. Be prepared and take your time when greeting someone. Ask about the person’s health as well as his/her family’s health.
English is the first language for most Nigerians, but pidgin English is widely used and can be difficult to understand. Any major cultural differences can of course lead to embarrassing and unnecessary situations which can be avoided with a little prior knowledge.