The city has an airport and there are a few flights to and from Lagos. Not many airlines have their presence but Arik Air and Ethiopian Airlines operates daily flights to Benin City so coming in by air is another good option. One thing Benin is known for is its road transporters, so a visitor can come in the city from almost any city in the country. From Lagos it takes about 4hours to get to Benin, but be informed Its best to travel during the day because the bad roads make the journey a lot longer and stressfull. From Port-harcourt, its about 4hrs and 30minutes to Benin. The journey from Port-harcourt is a lot easier because there are better roads on that stretch. One thing you should know is that the roads in Benin-city are not very good and coupled with the bad driving habits of commercial bus drivers, it is not surprising to have a lot of hold-ups and traffic jams in some parts of the city especially the Uselu market area.
Benin City is the centre of Nigeria's rubber industry, and oil production is also a significant industry. Benin City was the principal city of the Edo kingdom of Benin, which flourished during the 13th to the 19th century. It was destroyed in 1897 by the British, after the Edo assaulted an earlier British expedition, which had been told not to enter the city during a religious festival but nonetheless attempted to do so. Before burning the city down, the British pillaged it, taking many of its famous bronzes, ivory, and other treasures. Although traces of the old wall and moat remain, the new city is a close-packed pattern of houses and streets converging on the palace and compound of the oba (sacred king) and the government offices. In the main square sits a statue of Emotan, a woman honoured for assisting a 15th-century prince attempting to regain power and who later became Oba Ewuare.