The Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has released its report on States with the highest bus fares in Nigeria for the month of May 2019. The report shows that States in Northern Nigeria recorded both the highest and lowest bus fares when compared to Southern and Western States.
Bus journey fare within cities: According to the NBS, average fare paid by commuters for bus journies within the city decreased by -2.74% month-on-month and increased by 5.65% year-on-year to N176.28 in May 2019 from N181.24 in April 2019.
Highest bus journey fare within cities: Despite Lagos being the commercial nerve center of Nigeria and one of the cities with the highest cost of living, it was beaten to the top spot by Zamfara and Abuja, although it tied with Adamawa and Kebbi at the third position.
The cost of bus fare within Zamfara was estimated at N300, with the same journey costing N270 in Abuja, while Adamawa, Kebbi, and Lagos cost N250.
Lowest bus journey fare within cities: The North also had the lowest journey fare within cities with Bauchi costing as low as N95.86, Sokoto N130, and Anambra costing N135.17.
Bus journey fare intercity: NBS stated that the average fare paid by commuters for bus journies across cities decreased by -1.33% month-on-month and -32.95% year-on-year to N1,582.97 in May 2019 from N1,604.36 in April 2019.Highest bus journey fare intercity: In the report, Northern States also recorded the highest bus journey fare intercity with Abuja’s fare price estimated at N4,150, Adamawa N2,500, and Borno costing residents N2,445.45.Lowest bus journey fare intercity: Enugu and Gombe topped the table for States with the lowest intercity bus journey fares, costing residents N961.00 and N961.90 respectively. Bauchi cost N975.Meanwhile, Lagos State came sixth on the table costing N2290 behind Cross river and Delta States, who both cost commuters N2,445.45 as Borno.