Lagos, the centre of excellence, is a state in the southwestern geopolitical zone of Nigeria. The city, with its adjoining conurbation, is the most populous city in Nigeria, and the most populous on the African continent. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the world, and also one of the most populous urban agglomerations.
Lagos is a major financial centre in Africa; the megacity has the highest GDP, and also houses one of the largest and busiest ports on the continent. Consisting of 20 LGAs, 32 LCDAs including ikeja, the state capital of Lagos state. This conurbation makes up 37% of Lagos State’s total land area, but houses about 85% of the state’s total population.
Lagos has one of the largest and most extensive road networks in West Africa. It also has suburban trains and some ferry services. Lagos is also linked by many highways and bridges. Highways are usually congested in peak hours, due in part to the geography of the city, as well as to its explosive population growth.
So, Here are the list of top popular bus stops in Lagos state that every new-comer must know about.
Oshodi was named after Balogun Landuji Oshodi Tapa, a Nupe boy who was adopted and raised by Oba Eshinlokun of Lagos.
Oshodi is perhaps the most popular bus stop in Nigeria, one of the overcrowded bus stops in Lagos. it seems to enjoy its popularity because of its relative centrality to most parts of Lagos like the Island, other parts of the Mainland and heavily populated areas like Alimosho and Ikorodu. It is also an intersection between the busy Apapa-Oshodi Express Way, Gbagada Express Way and Agege Motor Road.
It is divided loosely into: Oshodi Oke (Upper Oshodi) and Oshodi Isale (Lower Oshodi).
You can get a bus to almost every part of Lagos at Oshodi and there are also many Interstate buses heading to the Southwest, North and Southeast. Truth be told though other bus stops like Ojota and Jibowu in Yaba beat Oshodi as a terminus for Interstate buses.
People from Ikeja, Third Mainland Bridge, Mile 2 all converge here to transit to their different destinations.
People not used to this area of Lagos are usually warned to be careful whenever they pass through there.
Ojota is the landing ground for many first-time visitors to Lagos as most inter state buses from off their passengers here. There’s an overwhelming number of interstate buses that pass through Ojota bus stop daily and it is also a take off point for people that want to head to Ikorodu and Ketu. As one of the busy spots, a connecting point from the central of the state to other adjoining parts of the city.
In the 18th century, the Ojota area was military settlement where soldiers practiced their shooting or perfected their shooting skills. There were several gun firing spots which became known as “Oju Ota” which means “Bullet spots” in Yoruba. Later, the name metamorphosed into Ojota as it is fondly called now.
Ojuelegba is in the middle of the old Lagos Mainland Local Government. On one side of it is Surulere on the other is Yaba, the 2 major districts that make Lagos Mainland with close proximity to Western Avenue (now Funsho Williams Avenue) and Eko bridge., Ojuelegba is ever-bubbling and busy.
Due to its centrality, you can get buses to most parts of Lagos at Ojuelegba and there are a lot of traders selling different wares; clothes, shoes, bags, books, carpets, rugs and lots more. There are also many banks and several businesses with offices taking advantage of the location and its accessibility. The area also has a vibrant nightlife which means there are different businesses running for 24 hours aided by well-lit roads something that is not guaranteed in Lagos.
Ojuelegba is one of the safer popular bus stops in Lagos with much fewer cases of theft, armed robbery, kidnapping and other crimes associated with it. Maybe due to the fact that having police and army barracks nearby might be helpful coupled with the middle-class nature of nearby Surulere and Yaba.
Mile 2 serves as the intersection of Lagos-Badagry and Apapa Oshodi Express way which are 2 major roads in Lagos.
Like Oshodi, it has Mile 2 Oke (Upper Mile 2) and Mile 2 Isale (Lower Mile 2). Mile 2 is essentially the bridge that vehicles coming from or heading to Apapa take to by-pass Lagos-Badagry Expressway.
You can get buses going to most parts of Lagos from Mile 2 and also many interstate buses heading to different parts of Lagos. Masa-Masa is the next bus stop after Mile 2 heading towards Festac. If you want to travel to Benin Republic, Togo, Ghana and beyond by road, you probably have to pass through Mile 2 just because there are many bus services to other West African countries at Maza-Maza and a few at Mile 2.
Strategically placed between Lagos Island and Ikoyi is one of the most popular bus stops in Lagos- Obalende. The name Obalende when literally translated to English from Yoruba means ”The king chased me to this point”. Who the king is and the person being chased still remains an unsolved mystery. We’d like to know the answer though. Anyone has an answer?
Obalende is one of the major transportation hub in Lagos. It is one of the major gateways into what is now referred to as ‘The Island ‘, a term used to describe the the most important and influential districts in Lagos outside of its capital on the mainland, Ikeja. These are Ikoyi, Lagos Island, Victoria Island and Lekki. It is a major terminus for buses coming from the mainland to the Island via the 3rd Mainland Bridge which is Africa’s longest bridge, 11.8km long.
This strategic location makes Obalende one of the most important transportation hubs in Lagos where you can find buses to practically every location in the city. Many people from outside Lagos coming to trade enter the Island via Obalende. Hence, there are many interstate buses especially to other cities in Southern Nigeria. It has a sprawling underbridge bus park which also serves as a market.