state capital of Kaduna State in Nigeria

Kaduna is the capital of Kaduna State in North West Nigeria. It is a trade centre and a major transportation hub for the surrounding agricultural areas, with its rail and road junction.


Kaduna River

Kaduna's name is derived from the Hausa word kada, for crocodile (kaduna being the plural form). Its population was estimated to be 1.1 million in 2020.

Get inEdit

Sultan Bello Mosque

By carEdit

Roads to Kaduna from Abuja and Kano are good. From Abuja the journey takes 2½ hours by car.

By planeEdit

  • 1 Kaduna International Airport (KAD IATA) (22 km (14 mi) northwest of the city). Frequent daily flights from Lagos (1 hr 15 min, US$34 one-way) on Aero Nigeria, and Dana Airlines.    

By trainEdit

Kaduna is an important junction on Nigeria's Cape gauge railway network. At Kaduna, a branch line connects the Lagos–Nguru Railway to the Port HarcourtMaiduguri Railway.

Kaduna is also on the route of the planned Lagos–Kano Standard Gauge Railway, which has been completed between the national capital of Abuja and Kaduna. Trains for Abuja depart from the Rigasa Railway Station in Kaduna.

Get aroundEdit

Map of Kaduna


  • 1 Lugard Footbridge. The footbridge was built when Nigeria was under colonial rule.The bridge was built by Sir Frederic Lugard the Governor General Northern Nigeria Protectorate and Protectorate of Southern Nigeria, in 1904 at the capital of the northern protectorate of Nigeria called Zungeru. It was reconstructed in 1920 after it was moved to the gate of Kaduna.
  • 2 National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Kaduna, Plot 47 Ali Akilu Road, City Centre, +2348033303587. 8AM-6PM. It is a museum with historical and ancient artefacts telling the story of Kaduna people.    
  • 3 Kajuru Castle, +2348156440144. 24hrs. A tourist site with a resort hotel, a stone villa designed like a medieval castle with turrets and dungeons. Wheelchair-accessible and appropriate for children. Lodging overnight available.
  • 4 Splash Park formerly Kofar Gamji Park, No 6 swimming pool road, Gamji St. 24hrs. A place of fun with water slides, space for picnics, clean and safe.It also has a zoo.



Pottery is highly prized from Kaduna, especially from the Nok culture.


  • 1 Byblos Restaurant, Abakwa, 2 Waziri Ibrahim Cres, City Centre, +2348033119480. 9AM to 3PM reopens 6.30PM. A nice eatery in the city centre that offers dine in, takeaway and delivery services.
  • 2 The Courtyard Restaurant, 16 Galadima Road, Off Alkali Road, +2348118886697. 9AM to 9PM. A restaurant that offers dine in, takeaway and delivery services.


Bars and restaurants that serve alcoholic drinks tend to be in the city's southern part. In the north, some hotels do not serve alcohol.

  • 1 Command Guest House, Muhammadu Buhari Way. A large open air bar in the grounds of the guest house. They serve beers, good fresh fish from the barbecue and sometimes have live music.


Not all hotels have bars that serve alcoholic drinks. So if that is important, check first. Hotels in the south of the city are more likely to have bars.

  • 1 Quarter House Hotel, #2 Ogbadu Road, +234 8104127575. Perfectly adequate hotel on the northern side of town. Air conditioned rooms, wifi and a restaurant. No beer here! ₦22,000.
  • 2 Hotel Seventeen Limited, Phase 1, 6 Tafawa Balewa, Lafia Road, Barnawa, +2347035680467. High level rooms available including a pool, spa, free parking, bar, fitness center, free Wi-Fi. Has a great location.


For most locations in Kaduna, there are coverage of the 2G/3G/4G mobile networks, only that service may be disrupted the farther away you go from the city center, and you might occasionally experience network outage for all or some of the mobile phone service providers in those remote areas of the city. Different networks tend to be more stable and reliable in different locations of the city at different times.

If you are planning a visit to Kaduna, you should probably consider having multiple SIM cards, preferably for all the mobile service providers, since you can't tell which will be more stable and reliable at a time in your location during your visit. And if you will risk not having any of them, you might be better off not risking the MTN network, because, from indications, it seem to perform well than the others, though its rates may be high and its offers and services might be stringent, but you are less likely to be concerned of erratic voice and data connection compared to others.

Airtel is another service provider which is fairly satisfactory for all you might need to connect to the world, including rates and network stability. Of course, Glo (or Globacom) boasts of fast network speed for internet browsing activities, only that you might not be able to enjoy the privilege in some locations. And 9Mobile usually also performs well in internet browsing speed too but not without locational limitations, plus that data rate is fairly higher.

You might also be lucky if your lodging hotel provide internet access as this is generally available at many hotels, however it is usually quite slow.

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