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Lagos – Oyo [Ibadan] Bus & Train Fares, Distance and Take-Off Points

One of the South-Western cities Lagosians visit mostly is Ibadan. Ibadan is an Ancient city in Oyo that dates back to the origin of the Yoruba tribe. While most people go from Lagos to Ibadan to visit families and loved ones, others go there for business, pleasure and academic purposes. Lagos to Ibadan is an inter-state trip and you cannot make such trip using the average commercial buses – danfo in Lagos. Instead, the trip can only be accomplished using your private car, a rented vehicle, the approved inter-state public buses whose bodies are commonly painted in white, a private travel company such as Peace Mass Transit (PMT) or by rail.

Thanks to the Federal Government and the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), people in Lagos can now travel to Ibadan by rail! The Lagos-Ibadan train service commenced full operations on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 and the operations have been conistent since then.

How Much Does the Lagos – Ibadan Trip Cost?

Note: The cost of the Lagos-Ibadan trip is advertised in the Nigerian Naira (NGN) also represented with the symbol.

The present cost of the Lagos-Ibadan trip is between ₦2500 and ₦15000. The trip formerly costs around ₦1000 between 2014 and 2016 but has soared in recent times due to economic inflation and other prevailing factors such as fuel subsidy removal. The exact cost would depend on the garage or station where you choose to take-off from. There are about ten parks in Lagos where you can board a bus to Ibadan from Lagos.

If you choose to go with a commercial travel bus, you would be paying between ₦2500 and ₦6000 in tranport fares. Private travel companies like Peace Mass Transit would charge between ₦2500 and ₦13000 depending on your take-off point and whether you are booking an air-conditioned bus or a normal bus.

The costs for the train ticket from Lagos to Ibadan ranges from ₦3000 to ₦9000. The breakdown of the train ticket is given below.

  • First-class == N9,000
  • Business class == N6,500
  • Standard (adult) == N3,600
  • Standard (minor) == N3,000

Note: The 24-seater coaches are for First Class passengers, the 56 and 68-seater coaches are for Business Class, and the 88-seater coaches are for Standard Class.

Where Can I Get a Bus or Train to Ibadan from Lagos?

You can get a bus to Ibadan from 6:30am to 6:30pm at the following parks in Lagos:

  1. The Iyana-Ipaja Garage
  2. The Oshodi Terminal (Terminal 1)
  3. Ketu/Mile 12
  4. Agege Pen Cinema Motor Park
  5. Berger (by Ojodu)
  6. Ojota Garage
  7. Ajah Garage (Ilaje Bus Stop)
  8. Iyana-Iba Garage
  9. Yaba Garage
  10. Ikorodu Garage
  11. Ayobo Motor Park
  12. Obalende Park

If you choose to go by rail, then you must ensure you are at the train station before the take-off time. You can always board a train at the Mobolaji Johnson Train Station in Alagomeji, Yaba or the Babatunde Raji Fashola Station in Agege. Below is the departure time for the Lagos-Ibadan Rail Transit at both train stations all through the week.

Weekdays (Morning)
  • Mobolaji Johnson Station, Alagomeji – 8.00 am
  • Babatunde Raji Fashola Station, Agege – 8.28 am
Weekdays (Afternoon)
  • Mobolaji Johnson Station, Alagomeji – 4.00 pm
  • Babatunde Raji Fashola Station, Agege – 4.28 pm
Saturdays (Morning)
  • Mobolaji Johnson Station, Alagomeji – 8.00 am
  • Babatunde Raji Fashola Station, Agege – 8.28 am
Saturdays (Afternoon)
  • Mobolaji Johnson Station, Alagomeji – 4.00 pm
  • Babatunde Raji Fashola Station, Agege – 4.28 pm
Sundays (Afternoon)
  • Mobolaji Johnson Station, Alagomeji – 4.00 pm
  • Babatunde Raji Fashola Station, Agege – 4.28 pm

How Long is the Lagos to Ibadan Trip by Road and Train?

By road, the distance and average time taken to arrive at Ibadan depend on the boarding park. The distance between Lagos and Ibadan by road is 133.7 km and the average time taken to cover the journey is 3 hours provided there are no traffic gridlocks on the road.

By rail, it takes an average of 2hrs 15 minutes to arrive at Ibadan. The distance by train could be summed to about 117 km.

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