An important piece of Abuja, lacking since it became Nigeria’s capital 27 years ago, is finally in place: a metro rail service.

In a matter of weeks now, the metro rail will commence with services from the Abuja central business district to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and to the Idu rail station, which links the budding national dual-gauge network that already connects Abuja with Kaduna, and will ultimately link up with the Kano-Lagos and the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri lines.

The main train station in Abuja’s city centre.

The railways offer one of the best ways of seeing the sights and sounds of the country, and the opening of the Abuja rail line opens an important milestone in the development of Nigeria’s tourism. There’s a plan in place to connect the Abuja-Kaduna line to the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri route, which will open up access to some of the most scenic regions of Nigeria, running all the way from the north, side-by-side with the Niger River for long stretches, before ending up in the Niger Delta city of Warri.


The Abuja metro project started in 2007 under the administration of Olusegub Obasanjo in 2007, passing through two other regimes before completion.