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At the end of a flight to Lagos, travellers will encounter Nigeria's largest city. Lagos is one of Africa's fastest growing cities and a hive of activity located in the south western corner of the country, built along the coast and on islands around a series of lagoons with interconnecting bridges. It is a sprawling metropolis driven by business. Three vast bridges connect Lagos Island to the mainland, the Third Mainland Bridge is one of the longest in Africa. Lagos was named by the Portuguese explorer Rui de Sequeira in 1472 after the Portuguese word for "lakes". It has a thriving arts and cultural scene, bustling markets and a vibrant nightlife.
The main commercial area of the city is on Lagos Island, while Victoria Island and Ikoyi have strong ex-pat communities, upscale living and are hubs for manufacturing, financial and commercial business. Surulere is a mixed residential and commercial area with local businesses and traders of different types. Victoria Island is one of the most attractive areas in Lagos with a variety of luxury hotels, nightlife, shopping malls and cinema complexes.
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Passengers who bought a cheap ticket to Lagos will land at Lagos Airport Murtala Muhammed International (LOS), also known as Murtala Muhammed International Airport, LOS airport and Nigeria Airport. Lagos Airport is the busiest airport in Nigeria, serving one of the largest cities in the world.
Lagos Airport is located in the suburb of Ikeja, 14 miles northwest of Lagos city centre.
Passengers arriving to Lagos Airport will find official yellow taxis waiting outside the arrivals and departures area. Travelling by taxi is the safest and easiest way to reach the city centre. There are some car rental agencies located in the airport terminal, but road conditions are poor. There are no buses or trains running from the airport and the nearest bus station is over a mile away.