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Port Harcourt

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Port Harcourt is a gulf city and capital of Rivers State in Southeast Nigeria and is the centre for the blooming oil industry in the country. Most speak English, but Igbo is the dominant language.


Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • Port Harcourt International Airport, PHC. There are now direct flights from Europe operated by Air France and Lufthansa. It is also less than an hour in the air if you fly in via Lagos or Abuja

By train[edit]

Rail service to Port Harcourt is limited to a once-weekly train from Kano, via Kaduna run by Nigeria Railway Corporation. The terminus 1 Port Harcourt Central railway station is located on Station Rd.

By car[edit]

By bus[edit]

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Get around[edit]


  • Borikiri Market.
  • Port Harcourt Zoo.
  • Izumini River - an hour's drive outside of the city




  • Fabrics.
  • Traditional carvings and paintings.
  • Hand tooled leather boxes and trunks of all shapes and sizes.


Rice, egusi soup with eba or fufu, pounded yam, papper soup, ogbono soup.


Suya - A kind of spicy meat kebab. Available at the side of any road cooked over charcoal. Wash it down with a Coke, called locally a mineral, or a bottle of the local Guinness or Maltina.




There is great night life here.

Try Cheers Bar in GRA every Sunday! Place is absolutely packed with guys and girls being treated to awesome music by Nick and Smart. Food is great, service is friendly and the beers are cold!

Also on weekends Wine Bar, Bunga Villa (as the locals call it) and Aristo House are great!




  • 1 Hotel Presidential, Aba Road, +234 84 901307. A locally owned hotel, centrally located and has recently undergone renovations.
  • Mina Hotels is a relatively nice and clean place - the rooms are quite large and do not have that "wet" and old smell other hotels in this price range usually have. Prices start at around 40-50 USD/night (2005 winter).


Le Méridien and Novotel are the two hotels in town which offers high-quality accommodations.


You will hardly be able to find your way in Nigeria especially in Port Harcourt unless you have been provided earlier direction.

Stay safe[edit]

Port Harcourt is the centre of oil business in Nigeria. Some people have a strong feeling that the oil is "stolen" from them by local government in cooperation with foreign companies. There are frequent riots, worker strikes and regular reports of kidnapping.

Some bars and clubs, nevertheless, seem relatively safe even during the night.


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