Transportation in Morocco

Planes, trains and automobiles…what’s the best way to get around?


To travel between major cities, trains are a great option to consider – they’re fast, comfortable, and offers routes that take you all over Morocco. Tickets do not need to be booked in advance, except for sleeper service trains.


While bus travel in Morocco is affordable and safe, anyone who is on the taller side may experience a bit of discomfort due to limited leg room found in older buses.

Note that if you want your baggage to be loaded onto the roof of the bus of a private-line bus company, you will be expected to pay a standard fee of 5 MAD.

Shared Taxis:

A mode of transportation faster than both buses and trains, shared grands taxis are a good choice whether you are traveling alone or in a group. These taxis are typically Peugeot or Mercedes, capable of carrying six passengers. The best way to take a taxi is by arriving at the terminal in the early morning when there is are plenty of travelers looking for a taxi as well . If you want to indicate that you want one place  (une place in French, plassa in Arabic), simply hold up one finger. You also have the option of buying for more than one place in order to have more space or you would like the taxi to fill up faster. Note that shared taxis only stop on the open road if they have a space free in the vehicle.

Another type of shared taxi is the petits taxis, which are typically Fiats or Simcas ,can hold up to three passengers and are a different color in every city. Another fact that sets petits taxis apart from grands taxis is that petit taxis can only drive within city limits. Remember to bargain with the driver if he doesn’t use a meter.

**Pick-pockets: While traveling in Morocco is a breeze, it is always important to be aware of your surroundings. Pick-pocketing is a major occurrence, especially in larger cities. Make sure that your bag is zipped up and carried in front of you and that your wallet is tucked away safely. It is also a good idea to keep copies of your passport and essential documents in your dorm or hotel room, just in case. Keep an eye out for yourself and your friends on crowded metro trains and don’t be afraid to make a lot of noise if you see something out of place. Pick-pockets scare easily!