Lagos – Kano Train: New Schedule, Price and Experience
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Lagos To Kano Train: New Schedule, Price and Experience

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Passenger’s Experience on Lagos to Kano Train Services.

There are so many negative thoughts and wrong notions about the Nigerian Railway and its corporation and I am sure you must have read one or two articles on how the Nigerian railway system has gone rotten and dead. The narrative is so pervasive that even those who have not seen ordinary rail track will join the critic wagon without bothering to ascertain its truthfulness.

Anyway, against all odds, I decided to board a train on my final departure from a tour of all the Northwestern states late November last year. It was my second trip by train in Nigeria.

Lagos – Kano Train: New Schedule, Price and Experience
Inside the train

The burden of such a long journey from Kano to Ibadan was eased by the fun and exciting experiences I had on the first class coach (there is also a second class/economy class coach) of the train.

The 33-hour journey which started on Monday (5:00 Pm) and lasted till Wednesday (3:07 am) saw our train crossing and stopping in major cities and states like Kano, Kaduna, Niger, Kwara, Osun and Oyo.

The first class coach was fully air-conditioned, with comfortable seats and charging points for electronics that made my journey memorable. The movies on my laptop kept me company all through. There are a Bar and Restaurant coach where you can chill on board, and you can also book for a coach called “Sleeper” if you love to sleep all through the journey. Security is tight, considering the heavy presence of mobile policemen and soldiers monitoring all the coaches. For a moment, I felt like a VIP.

I guess you don’t know too that train moves fast. The whole journey from Kano to Ibadan would have taken just about 70% of the time we spent if not for the fact that the train had to stop at various stations which resulted in time loss. For instance, the waiting time ranges from 5 minutes to 1 hour for passengers to alight, and to board new passengers at other train stations; and sometimes, it would stop to refuel. It would also stop for people who wish to observe Muslim prayers and for people who want to “freshen up” and eat at the dawn of a new day. Be that as it may, it was still fun all the way.

Lagos – Kano Train: New Schedule, Price and Experience
The train station

And yes, it’s very cheap, I boarded the first class coach for just 4,500 Naira. Second class coach goes for less than 3,000 Naira from Kano to Ibadan. No Payment for load, no extra charges except you are using the cargo part of the train.

So, next time you want to deride our railway system, I’d advise you to keep quiet and not say a word until you’ve experienced it yourself.

Lagos To Kano Train Schedule

Lagos – Kano Train Service Schedule:

The Train will depart Lagos on Friday by 12:00 and arrives Kano on Saturday 6:30 Pm

StationArrival (Hrs.)Departure (Hrs.)Day
Lagos Terminus1200Friday
Ebute-Metta1203Friday
Ebute-Metta Junction1205Friday
Mushin1212Friday
Oshodi1215Friday
Ikeja1221Friday
Agege12271232Friday
Iju1239Friday
Agbado1243Friday
Ijoko12541259Friday
Kajawla1307Friday
Ifaw Junction1311Friday
Itori13341337Friday
Abeokuta14261436Friday
Sanusi1502Friday
Olokemeji1539Friday
Omi Adio1621Friday
Ibadan16421702Friday
Bodija1713Friday
Erunmu17371740Friday
Iwo18091812Friday
Ede19011904FRiday
Oshogbo19241929Friday
Ikirun19582001Friday
Inisha20112014Friday
Offa20462111Friday
Ilorin22102220Friday
Lanwa2319Friday
Bode-Sadu2353Friday
Jebba2732Saturday
Mokwa132152Saturday
Charati304Saturday
Kutiwengi357400Saturday
Gierkun432Saturday
Akerri455458Saturday
Wushishi530Saturday
Zungeru556559Saturday
Jangaru713Saturday
Minna727752Saturday
Gwada848853Saturday
Kuchi947950Saturday
Serikin Pawa10141017Saturday
Gwagwada11051108Saturday
Kaduna Junction12071227Saturday
Kaduna North1236Saturday
Rigachikun1259Saturday
Wusono13291334Saturday
Sayi1421Saturday
Zaria14381448Saturday
Auchan1603Saturday
Kuya1615Saturday
Dangora16351640Saturday
Maidobi17211725Saturday
Challowa1801Saturday
Kano1830Saturday
Lagos – Kano Train: New Schedule, Price and Experience
One of the train stations showing the list of stations

Kano – Lagos Train Service Schedule

The Train will depart Kano on Monday by 9 am and arrives Lagos on Tuesday 3:10 pm

StationArrival (Hrs.)Departure (Hrs.)Day
Kano900Monday
Challowa925Monday
Maidobi9551000Monday
Dangora10371042Monday
Kuya1058Monday
Auchan1110Monday
Zaria12221232Monday
Sayi1249Monday
Wusono13361341Monday
Rigachukun1411Monday
Kaduna North1434Monday
Kaduna Junction14431503Monday
Gwagwada16021605Monday
Serikin Pawa16531656Monday
Kuchi17201723Monday
Gwada18171822Monday
Minna19181943Monday
Jangaru1957Monday
Zungeru21112114Monday
Wushishi2140Monday
Akerri22122215Monday
Gierkun2238Monday
Kutiwengi23102313Monday
Charati6Tuesday
Mokwa118138Tuesday
Jebba238243Tuesday
Bode-Sadu317Tuesday
Lanwa351Tuesday
Ilorin450500Tuesday
Offa559624Tuesday
Inisha656659Tuesday
Ikirun709712Tuesday
Oshogbo741746Tuesday
Ede806809Tuesday
Iwo858901Tuesday
Erunmu930933Tuesday
Bodija957Tuesday
Ibadan10081028Tuesday
Omi Adio1049Tuesday
Olokemeji1131Tuesday
Sanusi1208Tuesday
Abeokuta12341244Tuesday
Itori13331336Tuesday
Ifaw Junction1359Tuesday
Kajawla1403Tuesday
Ijoko14111416Tuesday
Agbado1427Tuesday
Iju1431Tuesday
Agege14381443Tuesday
Ikeja1449Tuesday
Oshodi1455Tuesday
Mushin1458Tuesday
Ebute-Meta Junction1505Tuesday
Ebute-Meta1507Tuesday
Lagos Terminus1510Tuesday

The time state above are not always accurate as they may be delay in some station. So, it is advisable you prepare well for the long ride.

Lagos – Kano Train Price 

LagosTo:EconomyFirst ClassSleeper
.Abeokuta300400600
.Ibadan5008001,200
.Ede7501,1501,750
.Oshogbo8001,2001,800
.Offa9001,4002,150
.Ilorin1,0501,6002,400
.Jebba1,2502,0003,000
.Mokwa1,4002,1503,250
..Kutiwengi1,6002,4503,750
.Akerri1,7002,6004,000
.Zungeru1,8002,7504,200
.Minna1,9003,0004,600
.Serikin Pawa2,1503,3505,100
.Kaduna Junction2,3503,6505,550
.Zaria2,5503,9506,050
.Kano2,9004,5006,900

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Written by Victor O. Oyejide

Victor O. Oyejide is a Transport Geographer with special bias for Air Transport. He writes from Ibadan, Oyo State Nigeria. Contact him on +2348162848212 or vicoyejide@gmail.com

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