Getting around in Morocco is fairly easy, however it is important to know that the country is larger than it appears, and zipping around from place to place can be tiring at times.
5 Ways to Get Around in Morocco:
- Car: Whether you drive yourself or hire a driver, the best way to get around Morocco is by car. You have the liberty to go anywhere you want (so long as it’s safe), and more importantly, you can stop for breaks as needed. We hired a driver for half the trip, which came in especially handy on our way to the desert where we had to pull over frequently for photo opps. Having a driver is also great for grocery store runs, or even rides into town when it’s late at night and unsafe to walk alone.
- Train: The rail system in Morocco is good and services the major cities in the country. We booked first class tickets between Rabat, Casablanca, Fes, and Marrakech. The rail system does not cover the eastern part of the country, so the desert is therefore only be accessed by car or bus.
- Note: Some trains have first class cabins with assigned seating in closed pods, while others do not – they have an open concept layout with sets of couple and quad seats – ironically, you are assigned a seat on your ticket, but you can in fact sit anywhere in the first class cabin. Both are very comfortable, however I preferred the open concept as I found the pods a bit stuffy, especially when all six seats were full. Don’t purchase tickets online – they should be purchased at the station.
- Bus: Long distance buses service the country and make most destinations easily accessible. Merzouga and Zagora deserts are accessible by bus, however the journey is very long. The beauty of the long drive through the Atlas Mountains is being able to stop and take in the scenery, which is something that can’t be done in a bus (unless of course you’re in a coach bus on a guided tour).
- Taxi: I certainly don’t recommend taking taxis for any long journeys, and would even recommend trying to avoid them in the cities if you can. As with most cities, taxi fares are a prime opportunity for scamming tourists. While I usually have my methods on how to steer clear of these scams, I found those in Morocco particularly unavoidable. Stay tuned for my next post on the scams I experienced in Morocco.
- Air: Although it might feel like you are saving time, you aren’t. By the time you take a taxi to the airport and then go through the regular airport process, you’ve spent the same amount of time as you would have in the car or on a train. You’ve also missed the adventure of being on the road and driving through the changing landscapes.
There’s a lot of ground to cover in Morocco, but there are also various options when it comes to getting around.