Ilorin is the capital city of Kwara state in Southwest Nigeria.
The city of Ilorin serves as a gateway between the northern and southern part of Nigeria.
You can fly in from other Nigerian cities ( Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Kaduna etc); The airport is also used for international flights to Saudi Arabia for hajj and Umrah.
Rail services in Nigeria are still very slow and unreliable but in recent years several routes have reappeared. Nigerian Railway Corporation have daily services from Ilorin via Ibadan as well as an overnight service from Kano via Kaduna a few times per week. A new higher speed railway is under construction and is expected to be completed in the next few years, resulting in increased speeds and frequency.
Several bus companies like Young Legacy, Mufsuf Motors, Kasmag line, Okin Express offers daily services from almost all major cities (Lagos, Ibadan, Abuja, Kaduna, Kabba, Lokoja, Sokkoto, Kano, Makurdi etc) around the country. While buses usually are quite comfortable, journey times are very long.
There are also independent transporters under the aegis of the national union of road transport workers (NURTW) and road transport employees association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in various parks, such as Post Office, Offa garage, Maraba etc who travel to various towns within and outside the State.
If traveling around Ilorin, be sure to be accompanied by a tourist guide who is familiar with the routes. For the most part, it’s safe to move about during the day. If you are going out at night, be sure to go in groups, and stick to known routes.
Ilorin now has decent mass transit buses, courtesy of the Maigida Soludero Mass Transit (MST) schemes. The MST buses have their major terminal at Post Office area of Ilorin, and offer travel services to the University of Ilorin, Offa garage, Kwara State Polytechnic, Tanke, Oyun, Sango etc. The tickets for the MST can be purchased at the bus stops before boarding. Tickets range from 50-150 Naira, as of 2018.
The road network of Ilorin city for most part is good, but sometimes traffic congestion and limited parking space especially during working hours is rife. Be sure to be on the lookout for road signs, in order to avoid entering one-way roads or streets. KWARTMA (Kwara State Road Traffic Management Authority) is the body responsible for managing traffic in most of the traffic congestion areas. Make sure to follow traffic rules. There exists car parks around in hotels, shopping mall, and most of them provide free and safe parking.