The Lagos – Ibadan train is almost ready as there is massive work going on the Lagos to Ibadan railway. The construction works which started a few years ago is gradually taking into sharp. There is also work going on in the stations building simultaneously. From all indications, the Lagos – Ibadan railway will soon start operations as the construction is almost ready.

See Photos below

Lagos Ibadan train
Work in Progress
One of the Lagos Ibadan train stations terminal under construction
One of the Lagos Ibadan train stations terminal under construction
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more on Lagos Ibadan train
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Lagos Ibadan rail track

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-Metta Junction1205Friday
Ifaw Junction1311Friday
Omi Adio1621Friday
Serikin Pawa10141017Saturday
Kaduna Junction12071227Saturday
Kaduna North1236Saturday
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
Kaduna North1434Monday
Kaduna Junction14431503Monday
Serikin Pawa16531656Monday
Omi Adio1049Tuesday
Ifaw Junction1359Tuesday
Ebute-Meta Junction1505Tuesday
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
.Serikin Pawa2,1503,3505,100
.Kaduna Junction2,3503,6505,550

Anyone that has travelled from Abuja to Kaduna by train will attest to the fact that the Abuja – Kaduna train is a way better compared to any other train services we have in Nigeria. I can bet that the Abuja – Kaduna train services will beat anyone that is used to Nigeria public facilities service expectations.

It is a known fact that Nigeria lags behind in terms of maintaining public facilities (our maintenance culture is zero) but that’s not the case of Abuja to Kaduna train service. As at the time of publishing this article, the train and the terminals are still clean and well organized with on-time departure.

Abuja to Kaduna by Train: Schedule, Cost and Experience
Mr Ikechi Uko smiling as he alight from the train

The Experience

The first time I travelled from Abuja to Kaduna was when a team of travel bloggers came to Abuja for “Abuja city tour” sponsored by travelstart. The second time was after the annual Abuja Jabama (M.I.C.E) event organized by the Akwaaba Travel Market. During the tour and event, we planned to tour Kejuru castle in Kaduna and we decided to go by train.

As you all know this is a modern era, we expected to get all the necessary information we need online and if possible purchase our ticket ahead of time.  After surfing the internet for a while, we saw the Nigeria Railway Corporation website and we thought all the answers to our queries will be answered. Lo and behold, the website was almost empty. The navigation was poor and not user-friendly.

Abuja to Kaduna by Train: Schedule, Cost and Experience
Ghanaian tour operators

We hit the rock when we discovered that we (passengers) cannot purchase the tickets online unlike the airline where passengers can book ahead of time. In their own case, passengers have to go to the train station in order to make a booking. After that ugly experience, we were able to get information on the train schedule especially the departure and arrival time.

From the information we got, it was stated that the departure time is 7 am prompt so we had to plan on how to arrive at the station before departure time and also to get our tickets.

I left my house as early as 5 am in order to arrive at the station before my colleagues will arrive since we stayed at different locations. Luckily for me the moment I arrived, that was when my colleagues arrived too and we moved to get our tickets.

Abuja to Kaduna by Train: Schedule, Cost and Experience
Abuja to Kaduna Ticket sample

As at then, First Class tickets went for N1,500 while economy tickets were N1,050. We wanted one person to purchase the ticket on our behalf instead of all of us to queue for the ticket. Surprisingly, the ticket sales rep refused. She said we can only purchase one at a time that means we all must queue to get our ticket by ourselves. To worsen the whole issue, passengers cannot purchase return ticket at the same station. You can only purchase at the return station.

We could not get the first class from Abuja so we opted for the economy class. After that, we moved to the waiting lounge which was still looking neat and well maintained. After some minutes, we moved to board the train.

Abuja to Kaduna by Train: Schedule, Cost and Experience
Abuja to Kaduna by Train: Schedule, Cost and Experience

Onboard The Train

I have already published an article on the different kinds of people you will meet onboard the train, you can read it here. Our seat number was indicated on the ticket so the moment we entered the train, we went straight to our seats. On the economy, the seats are arranged 3 in a row while in the first class it is two in a role.

At exactly 7 am prompt the train left Idu station to the next station. After 20 minutes we got to the next station (Kubwa station) where we had 5 minutes dwelling time. During this dwelling time, some passengers will drop while some entered.

Abuja to Kaduna by Train: Schedule, Cost and Experience
Mr Ikechi and his Wife with Sir Kay, the Nanta Vice president, Abuja and Mr Nnaemeke of Newton Park Hotel, Abuja going to board the train to Kaduna

On entertainment, there were televisions hanged on each coach showing movies. I observed that some of the televisions had technical issues, they were not displaying properly.

If you were unable to prepare breakfast because of time, don’t worry there are foods available for purchase. The foods are rice, moi-moi, meat pie, tea, coffee, soft drinks etc. Midway into the journey; we bought meat pie and soft drink. The meat pie is N300 and it was yummy and worth the amount. I even bought extra for myself.

Abuja to Kaduna by Train: Schedule, Cost and Experience
Food vendor on-board the Abuja to kaduna Train

On board the train, there are medical personals and security men. So there is nothing to be scared or worried about. The train is well secured and safe for all passengers.

The train was not that fast (not a speed train) but the journey from Abuja to Kaduna was really smooth and hitches free. We stopped at Kubwa, Jere, Rijana and finally arrived Rigasa the last station in Kaduna around 9.40am. That means, from Abuja to Kaduna by train is approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes. From Rigasa, we took a taxi to Kejuru for the day tour.


Since we were unable to purchase our return ticket at the Idu station, we left Kejuru Castel early so that we will get to Rigasa on time. We arrived at the train station early enough and we got the first class ticket this time. We passed through the same security process and board. We left Rigasa exactly 6 pm. The first class, to some extent, is better than the economy. There is enough space and if you are lucky, you will get a centre table where you can relax and do your work.

Abuja to Kaduna by Train: Schedule, Cost and Experience
Amadi Inya at Rigasa train station

As a first class passenger, you are free to go to any of the coaches. You can move without hindrance, unlike the economy passengers that are restricted to the economy cabin alone. There is also a mini bar at the first class cabin.

Timetable (schedule)

Monday – Saturday Schedule (Timetable)


Departure and Arrival time

  1. 1st Trip: 7:00 am – 09:15
  2. 2nd Trip 9:50 am – 12:01
  3. 3rd Trip 14:20 (2:20 pm) – 17:00 (5 Pm)
  4. 4th 18:00 (6:00 pm) – 20:20 (8:20 pm)


Departure and Arrival time

  1. 1st Trip: 6:40 am – 08:43 am
  2. 2nd Trip: 10:35 am – 13:20
  3. 3rd Trip: 14:00 (2 pm) – 16:16
  4. 4th Trip: 18:00 (6 pm) – 20:20

Sunday Schedule (Timetable)


Departure and Arrival time

1st Trip: 12:30 – 15:02 (3:02 pm)

2nd Trip: 17:00 (5 pm) – 19:05 (7:05 pm)


Departure and Arrival time

1st Trip: 13:00 (1 pm) – 15:06 (3:06 pm)

2nd Trip: 16:00 (4:00 pm) – 18:21 (6:21 pm)

The cost

First class is now N2,500 and N3000 for express

Economy is now N1,300 and N1,500 for express

Getting to the Stations

Idu station, Abuja

The Idu station is located in a remote area. Although, the road leading to the station is in good condition and motorable. There are no commercial vehicles plying the road so you either arrange for a cab to drop or pick you at the station. There are road signs along the road.

Abuja to Kaduna by Train: Schedule, Cost and Experience
Idu Station Abuja

If you cannot afford the high price, you can take a cab and drop at Berger (it’s a very popular place in Abuja) from there, enter a taxi going to Karmo and stop at the last bus stop or tell the driver to stop you where you can get a bike to Idu industrial layout. From there, take a bike to the Idu station. The road from Karmo to Idu is somehow scary and lonely. There are no residential houses along the road. So, be careful.

From Berger to Karmo is 100 while Karmo to Idu with a bike is 200. Plus or minus its less than 500 from Berger (under the bridge) to the train station. A drop will be around 2,000 per way. I strongly recommend you take a cab to the station if you are new because of the route.

Kubwa, Abuja

Rigasa, Kaduna

Either you are coming from Sabo, barnawa etc ( generally called Kaduna South) Kaduna town, you can stop at kano road, there you will get bus going to Rigasa the train station for like #70

Travelling by train in Nigeria is one of the best time any traveller can do. It is cheap, secured and affordable.

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I finally squeezed out time from my schedule to ride the Abuja Metro Light Train that was commissioned recently by President Muhammadu Buhari.

It was a nice experience and I enjoyed myself. You can read more on the train in this article here.

I decided to write this in order to beat down your expectations. The moment we Nigerians hear about the train, lots of things will be running through our mind. Some will start comparing it to the type they saw in one American movie.

Ohhh! Hope it’s fast and secured. What about the cost, security nko. Toor, I don’t want to go there and I will not see anybody. This and more are some of the questions people ask.

Below are some of the things you need to know about the Abuja metro light rail

The train does not look new and hey it’s not a high-speed train. It takes 20 minutes to move from the Abuja metro station (central Area) to Idu station and another 20 minutes to move from Idu station to the airport station.

It will observe 5 minutes dwelling time at the Idu station before going to the airport or to the metro station. That means it takes 45 minutes to move from the central area (Metro station) to the airport. If the distance is 30km, calculate the speed of the train using the time stated above. ***Wink.

Please note that there is no restroom/lavatory on board the train, so mind what you eat and make sure you eat light else it’s gonna be a hell damn ride for you. Hope you grab.

Abuja Metro Light Rail: All You Need To Know (Video)
Hooks to hold hands in the Abuja metro train

For latecomers, the train cabin was designed in such a way that it has hooks for you to hold your hand and stand all through your journey. What I am trying to say is this, there is a provision for passengers to stand and don’t mind there is a place for you to hold your hand and enjoy/suffer all through the journey.

You can only buy a one-way ticket. Unlike the airline, there is no provision for passengers to buy a return ticket. The reason is what I don’t know. So, passengers have to buy their tickets separately.

For now, you cannot buy the ticket online.

All passengers are expected to be at the stations 30 minutes before departure. Ticket counters close 5 minutes before departure. There is no African time.

There is a standby taxi waiting at the metro station that will convey passengers from the metro station to area one, Wuse through secretariat and Berger.

I saw another side of Abuja. The train rail passed through the villages in Abuja. The only beautiful house along the track is the newly commissioned Economic and financial crime commission (EFCC) headquarters. Every other ones are thatch houses.

Passengers can have a clear view of the famous rock in the Nigeria – Zuma Rock.

The train is safe and secured. There is still need to watch your luggage.

The price varies according to age, destination and physical condition. (Check the full price here)

PS: All that the above observations like ticket price, time, schedule etc. may change any time and any day.

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I was opportune to join the Abuja light train from the Abuja metro station to the airport and from the airport back to the metro station. It was indeed a great experience for me and other passengers that joined the train ride.

The Beginning (Getting To The Station)

I joined the second train for the day from Abuja metro station to the Airport. The Abuja Metro station is located at the Central area (473 Constitution Avenue, Central Business District, Abuja) might be a bit difficult to locate for first timers; the popular landmark close to the metro station is the Churchgate.

I took a taxi from Transcop Hilton to the metro station. As I said earlier, the metro station is not all that popular, so I had to direct the taxi driver that took me on the routes to follow until we got there.

Abuja Train: Experience, Ticket Cost, Time And Direction
Abuja Metro Light Train coming to the Metro station from Idu Station

At The Terminal (The Metro Station)

I arrived at the Abuja Metro Station a few minutes before departure and went straight to the ticketing area to get my ticket. The ticketing area is relatively different from that of Abuja – Kaduna line. The metro station is a one-storey building painted in ash colour with the Abuja Metro station boldly written in front of the building. Passengers have to pass through the security scanner before proceeding to the ticket counter for their tickets.

Abuja Train: Experience, Ticket Cost, Time And Direction
POS Machine at the Abuja Metro Station

There are two methods of payment at the station. First is by cash. All you have to do is walk to the ticket sales representatives, tell them your destination, hand over the cash and they will print your ticket for you. The second method is via a POS machine. If you want to pay via the POS machine, you have to insert your ATM card, select your destination, and click pay. The machine will print your ticket immediately.

After getting my ticket, I joined other passengers to seat in the waiting seats in the ticketing area. There are seats for the general public and also for the VIPs.

Abuja Train: Experience, Ticket Cost, Time And Direction
VIP waiting section at the Abuja Metro Station

There is a restaurant at the terminal where passengers can have their meal. Though I don’t know the kinds of foods the offer, from the look of things, I guess the will have a good menu. So if you missed your Breakfast or Lunch, don’t worry, you can have a good meal at the metro station.

The Boarding

We were called to board 10 minutes before departure time and we had to queue for ticket confirmation. All passengers presented their tickets for checking and confirmation before boarding.

On Board The Train

The moment the ticket checker confirmed my ticket, she allowed me to move to the train. I moved in immediately and sat down. On board the train, I noticed there was no cabin attendant, no lavatory and there was no security on board. The seats are arranged in linear form and there is a provision for standing. That means if you are not lucky to get a seat on time, you will stand for 40 minutes if you are going to the airport and 20 minutes if you are going to Idu station. That’s a long ride friend.

Abuja Train: Experience, Ticket Cost, Time And Direction
Passengers aboard the Abuja Metro train

Just a few minutes past 20:30 we departed the Abuja Metro station. After 20 minutes, the train stopped at Idu station before going to the airport. Idu is just like the train hub. That is, all train coming to Abuja, will stop at Idu first before moving to other stations.

We had five minutes of dwelling time at the Idu station. During the dwelling time, some passengers alighted at the station while others joined us to the airport. Then, we moved for another 20 minutes ride to the airport where we all disembarked from the train.

Abuja Train: Experience, Ticket Cost, Time And Direction
Amadi Inya on-board the Abuja metro light train

At The Airport Station

The moment the train stopped at the airport, all the passengers on board the train alighted. Those that want to return with the train went to the airport ticket counter for their tickets.

Ticket Prices

The price varies according to destinations, age and physical condition. From the Metro station to and from the Airport is NGN 1,000 for adults while children and physically challenged passengers is NGN 700.

From the Metro station to and from the Idu station is NGN 500 for adults while children and physically challenged passengers are NGN 300.

Abuja Train: Experience, Ticket Cost, Time And Direction
Abuja Metro Light Rail ticket

Also, adults will pay NGN 500 from Idu Station to Airport while children and physically challenged passengers will pay NGN 300 same is applicable for passengers from Airport Station to Idu Station.

Time Table

See photo below

Abuja Train: Experience, Ticket Cost, Time And Direction
Abuja Metro Light Rail timetable


Direction to the Metro Station from different places. There are several ways of getting to the metro station.

From Zuba, Kubwa, Bwari, Dutse, and Mpape

For those coming from Zuba, Kubwa, Bwari, Dutse, and Mpape enter a cab/taxi going to Wuse market. When you get to Wuse market, enter Area one cab and tell the driver to stop you at Churchgate before National Defense Headquarters (ship house). The Abuja metro station is behind the Churchgate building.


Stop at secretariat road before area one junction and enter taxi going to the secretariat and stop at the church gate. If you want, you can stop at area one and enter Wuse taxi and stop at Churchgate.

From Maraba, Nyaya, and others

For those coming from the above-mentioned areas, stop at NNPC towers junction. Enter another cab going to area one and stop at the same Churchgate.

Abuja Train: Experience, Ticket Cost, Time And Direction
Passengers aboard the Abuja Metro train

From Kuje, Abaji, and Lugbe

Get a cab going to the secretariat and stop at the Churchgate. If you cannot get secretariat, enter Area one cab. When you get there, enter Wuse market cab and stop at the Churchgate.

From Apo, Gudu, Area One etc.

Those from Apo, Gudu stop at area one and enter a cab going to Wuse market and stop at the Churchgate.

Why Churchgate?

Churchgate is a popular landmark that is very close to the Abuja metro station. Secondly, almost all the drivers know the Churchgate building.

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Abuja light train exceeded carrying capacity as Abuja residents trooped out en masse to enjoy the Abuja light train free ride. Maybe because it was the last day for the free ride, different people from infant to adult where at the Abuja Metro station to enjoy the train ride.

Free Train Ride: See Massive Crowd at Abuja Metro Station
Passengers Standing inside Abuja Light train

After years of construction, the Abuja light rail was finally commissioned by President Mohammad Buhari. Few days after the commission, the Federal Capital Territory Administration declared free train ride for all.

The free train ride ended on August 10, 2018. The commercial services resumed fully on 13th August 2018. The Federal Capital Territory Administration has already fixed price for the train ride.

Free Train Ride: See Massive Crowd at Abuja Metro Station
Passengers queue to confirm ticket before boarding

The price varies according to destination and age. From the Metro station to and from the Airport is NGN 1,000 for adults while children and physically challenged passengers is NGN 700.

Also, adults will pay NGN 500 from Idu Station to Airport while children and physically challenged passengers will pay NGN 300 same is applicable for passengers from Airport Station to Idu Station.

More Photos

Free Train Ride: See Massive Crowd at Abuja Metro Station
Overcrowded Abuja Train

Free Train Ride: See Massive Crowd at Abuja Metro Station
The massive crowd waiting to buy a ticket

Free Train Ride: See Massive Crowd at Abuja Metro Station
Children sitting on the floor of the train


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An Instagram user with the name Onyilimba Stanley Stankovicss iamstankovicss has shared his experience of travelling with two different modes of transportations. It was indeed the most memorable moment in his life. He started with the train and thereafter, fulfils his dream of travelling in an aircraft by flying one of the domestic airlines in Nigeria, Air Azman.

According to Onyilimba, he enjoyed his Abuja – Kaduna train as he gives kudos to the management and the federal government. The flight experience was out of this world. He narrated how he was unable to use the lavatory because a beautiful lady sitting next to him.

His mind skipped when the plane hits turbulence. Since it is his first time, everything was like a dream to him considering how big an aircraft is.

From Train To Plane: A First Timer Funny Travel Experience
Abuja – Kaduna train seat

And I decided to travel by train 🚄  today for the first time in my life … Aswear RuGahhd it was Zagazaciously and Uvuguvaciously awesome….well organized, management was so on point…. The one wey sweet me pass na the A/C. Cold won kiiii me inside train. I have one thing to say…. This project should be executed nationwide… I don’t phorking care if it’s PDP, APC or any other party that is in government…. All I want is.. Do the right thing…… For Your Information… That train has CCTV cameras in it.

After experiencing traveling by TRAIN. I decided to shame my village people by trying the senior brother… Which is travelling by Air. Brethren I am not here to show off or intimidate anybody… But I want to tell you what happened to me today.

From Train To Plane: A First Timer Funny Travel Experience
Onyilimba Stanley Stankovicss on board Air Azman flight

It’s my first time traveling by Air… And I must talk…. God knows I have phobia for height, when I got to the Airport… As a JJC… 😂😂😂 I met one of the staff and told him… Sir this is my first time and he said don’t worry I will help you with everything (lesson to learn… Don’t be forming ITK when u know you don’t know shiiiingbain.

Immediately the plane commot from ground (i.e take off) I almost call one of the air hostels make she show me where toilet dey make I SHIT and piss because fear won kiii meee…. But brethren I could not… Because one fine Software (fine girl) sit down near me…. For my mind I say… I can’t disgrace myself in front of this fine babe.

I brought out my phone searched for HALLEYAH by Johnny drille Ft Simi. Even though we were told to turn off our mobile phone. Yet I was still filling very uncomfortable AF.

Where fear won come finish my destiny na when the plane start to shake and vibrate because of the cloud ☁..and then I began to sweat inside A/C the babe sitting close to me then turned and asked me, ARE YOU OKAY?…. and I replied YES with a fake smile. UMU NNEM, I never knew cloud could shake aero plane as big as it is…. As in it was As if I was in another planet…..u see this cloud you are seeing Eehhh… We pass am enter another place WEY I no fit explain. May be it’s even planet Jupiter ….Yinmu

Let me not even talk about when we were about to land….. that would be story for another day. But Las Las… It was an awesome experience traveling by ✈ ✈… Thanks to UNCLE P for making it possible … And thanks to airazman For the nice treat. Una coffee make sense.

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The Nigerian government both past and present are really working tirelessly to ensure that they revived the dilapidated railway system. The past administration led by Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan tried their best to revive the Nigeria railway terminals and upgrade it to a world-class standard. Example the Abuja to Kaduna route. The Abuja to Kaduna train is now working perfectly with two times daily train services and world-class terminals both in Abuja and Kaduna.

The train is one of the modes of transportations that is not so popular in Nigeria today. Although, Nigerians have been travelling by rail but due to mismanagement and lack of maintenance, the railway shutdown. Today, there is a plan to expand the railway to all the states in Nigeria.

We at sagetravels.com will be looking at the reasons why Nigerians should travel by train more often.

Reasons Why You Should Travel By Train In Nigeria
Idu Train Station Abuja


Apart from the air transportation, another safest mode of transportation is the rail. When you look at the statistic of accidents in a year, the train always has the lowest percentage. The case of accident by rail is very rare and uncommon. The train was designed in such a way that it is not prone to accident. With adequate maintenance and on-time services, the train can go from year to year with an accident.

Reasons Why You Should Travel By Train In Nigeria
Inside Abuja – Kaduna Train


There is nothing to be afraid of because the train is adequately secured. When I used the Abuja to Kaduna train, I noticed that from coach to coach, there is always a security person on guard. The train is always secured just like the aeroplane. This does not mean passengers should not be conscious of their belongings. It is advisable for passengers to package their bags very well in order for them to watch over it. If you want to put your luggage in the overhead bin, it is advisable you put it in the opposite direction where you can watch over it.

Cheap and Affordable

The railway provides the cheapest means of transportation. I have never seen any mode of transportation that is safe, fast, comfortable, cheap and affordable like the train. For instance, travelling from Abuja to Kaduna by road would cost you almost #2,500 (Two Thousand Five Hundred Naira) whereas travelling by train would cost you just #1,050 (One Thousand Fifty Naira) on economy class while the executive is just #1,500 (One Thousand Five Hundred Naira Only). I believe you can see the big merging between travelling by road and by rail.

Reasons Why You Should Travel By Train In Nigeria
Front View of Idu, Abuja Train Station


Apart from the aeroplane, another fastest means of transportation is the train. There are different types of trains such as Electric train, Bullet train, Steam locomotive etc. The speed at which the train moves cannot be compared to some cars. Travelling by train is fast, safe and reliable.


Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Travelling by train would give you that peace of mind you desire. I travelled by train on several occasions and I can categorically tell that travelling by train is one thing I would like you to try this year. When you are onboard the train, there is absolutely nothing to worry about. There are no potholes on the rail, no traffic congestion, no unauthorised stopping and for those passengers that like peeing, the train have got them covered with onboard toilet. Even if you are travelling overnight, your mind will be at rest because they will be no armed robbery attack or any security threat issues.
There are always security personals on-board the train to ensure the safety of passengers. In the case of an emergency, there are nurses and doctors on-board to take care of patients.

Reasons Why You Should Travel By Train In Nigeria
Amadi Inya Inside Abuja – Kaduna Train


An experience they say is the best teacher. Travelling by train is another mode of transportation one needs to experience at least once in a lifetime. You will learn lots of things when you travel by train and you will also experience so many things onboard and at the terminal.
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Last weekend, I travelled from Abuja to Kaduna with a couple of friends. Prior to boarding the train, I said to myself that I am only going to observe and document my observations. No unnecessary conversation. Well, I had a wonderful experience because I had this neighbour that love quietness. He blocked his ears with a headphone and continues stirring at the window while I do my observation.

When I was going to Kaduna, I was in the economy class while the returning back to Abuja was in executive class and I experienced everything. These set of people I am about to list comprise those you will see at the train stations, on the economy class and executive class.

Amadi Inya sitting at the window seat

The Troublemakers

You will see these set of people mostly in the economy class. Those on economy cabin can never cross to the executive cabin but those ones on the executive class can enter and sit in any cabin. I know you will be like why? WHY because they did not pay the same fare. The fare difference is just NGN 450 only. Economy class is NGN 1,050 while the executive is NGN1,500. “So you mean I cannot cross to the other cabin? who are those there, are they not same human being like me”. The security guards will even be tired of explaining to them that those on the executive class paid higher. After bragging and shouting he/she will return back to his economy class seat.

The Tourists

I never knew people do this in Nigeria. I was really impressed when I found out that most of the travellers on the train were holiday makers. Because it was a weekend, many parents took their kids, Maid and cousins to Kaduna or Abuja for sightseeing. I fall under this category because I and my friends were going to Kajuru Castle.
The kids are always well dressed. Some are stubborn, some are calm while some have won a gold medal in crying competition. The iPad is always loaded with lots of games and that helps to keep them busy.

Impatient travellers

These set of people mode changes as soon as the train is approaching the next terminal to observe just five minutes dwelling time. They are always in a hurry to go. Before the train will come to complete stop, they are already standing and head straight to the exit door.

Business men

You can spot them from afar especially the Igbo men. They are always with their small bag and make lots of phone calls from customers and business associates. You will hear “Okay, if that man I told one loaf of bread is fifty thousand Naira comes, make sure he pays before you show give him the bread” after 5 minutes you will hear “Don’t leave the shop o, You hear, if you the comot lock the shop”

If you mistakenly start a little conversation with them, he will go on and tell you his name and where his shops are. He will also tell you how important the journey is to him.

The professionals

You will hardly see these set of people on the economy class unless they came late. They are mostly on the executive coach. Immediately they are aboard, they will open their laptop or iPad and start working on something like report etc. While others are busy watching film, he is busy reading newspaper or magazine.

Amadi Inya on Executive class

Late Comers

I have said enough about these people when I wrote an article on the type of people you will meet at that airport. I call them Usain Bolt or mountain runners. When everyone is already aboard waiting for departure time, you will see them running like a mad dog from nowhere. Some will even pretend to be crying if the ticket sellers tell them there is no more space again. They are always filled with lots of excuses like they were a traffic jam on the way or my car broke down etc.

Nursing Mother and her kids

Nursing mothers

I feel sympathy when I see them. I always remember what my mother passed through. They are always looking exhausted after struggling with their baby or children. The nursing mother I saw in the economy class carried twins and she was not finding it funny until when a lady sitting close to her helped her to carry one of her babies.

The Sleepers

Laughing……. They are I don’t care ones. They are just waiting for the train to depart before they will start snorting uncontrollably. They don’t even care where their luggage is. All that matters to them is how to sleep aboard the train.

First Timers

These set of people are the novice and clueless ones. They don’t know their left from the right. They ask lots of questions and when you look into their eyes, you will see lost in their eyes. I and you reading this post was once in this category. Please whenever you see them at the train station, always help them with vital information.

The Security Personnel

We all know the security situation in Nigeria, so the government don’t want to take any chance. They are security personnel both at the terminals and aboard the train. There is no need to panic or to be afraid because they are enough security personnel. The train is safe and secured.

Medical Team

There are medical personals aboard the train ready to provide medical services and assistance to all passengers and railway employees. This does not mean that you should not enter the train with basic drugs. You have nothing to worry because you are well covered. the nurses are there call them in the case of emergency.

It was a wonderful experience to travel from Abuja to Kaduna and back to Abuja by train. I found out that the economy is always overloaded and that course discomfort. I think the Nigeria airways should introduce electronic booking just like the airline so that they can control overbooking.

I’m still going to write about my experience on Abuja to Kaduna by Train soon. I will review some secrets, tips and other things you need to know about the train. Of course, I will tell you my experience with a train attendant that refused to give me my balance.

Did I miss anything? Have you used the train in Nigeria or anywhere around the world? Share your experience with us here.

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