Travel to Morocco
Flying to Morocco
Morocco’s national carrier is Royal Air Maroc (www.royalairmaroc.com). Other airlines operating flights to Morocco from the UK include British Airways (www.ba.com), easyJet (www.easyjet.com), Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) and Thomson Airways (www.thomson.co.uk/flight).
The busiest international airports are at Agadir, Casablanca, Fes, Marrakech, Ouarzazate, Rabat and Tangier. July to September is peak season in Morocco, so fly outside the summer months to take advantage of cheap deals.
To Marrakech: from London – 3 hours 40 minutes; New York – 11 hours 30 minutes (including stopover).
To Casablanca: from London – 3 hours 15 minutes; New York – 6 hours 50 minutes.
The Star Alliance Europe Airpass (www.staralliance.com) covers 40 countries including Morocco.
Included in ticket cost.
Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport
Airport Code: CMN. Location: Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport is located 30km (19 miles) south of Casablanca. Money: Banks with bureau de change facilities and ATMs can be found in Terminals 1 and 2. Passengers are…
Marrakech Menara Airport
Airport Code: RAK. Location: Marrakech Menara Airport is located on the immediate outskirts of Marrakech, 6km (4 miles) to the… Money: Both terminals have currency exchange offices, and there is an ATM in the arrival hall of Terminal…
Agadir Al-Massira Airport
Airport Code: AGA. Location: Agadir Al-Massira Airport is located 21 km (13 miles) east of central Agadir. Money: ATMs and a bureau de change are available in the terminal building.
Other airports in Morocco
Airport Code: RBA. Location: Website: http://www.onda.ma. Public transport description: N/A
Tangier Ibn Battouta Airport
Airport Code: TNG. Location: The airport is 11km (7 miles) from the city (journey time – 20 minutes). Website: http://www.onda.ma/ONDA/An. Public transport description: Bus and taxi services are available into Tangier.
Fes – Saiss International Airport
Airport Code: FEZ. Location: Fes Airport is located at Saiss, 15km (9 miles), south of the city centre. Website: http://www.onda.org.ma/. Public transport description: Taxis connect the airport to the city; taxi ranks are outside the terminal building to the left. There is a bus stop not far from the airport (2 to 3 minutes away) and a service into the city runs every hour.
Travel by rail
Rail links between Morocco and Algeria are suspended. You can catch trains from London St Pancras to Algericas in Spain changing in Paris, Barcelona and Madrid, then catch a ferry to Morocco from Algeciras.
An InterRail pass no longer covers Morocco, but gets you as far as the port at Algeciras.
Driving to Morocco
The best road link is from southern Spain or France via passenger/car ferries. The road link on the north Algerian border is closed due to ongoing political disputes but border links with Morocco’s other neighbour Mauritania in the south are still open.
Bus company Compagnie de Transports Marocains (www.ctm.ma) operates a bus service from most Moroccan cities to destinations in France, Spain and Italy in conjunction with Eurolines.
By road note:
The road between Morocco and Mauritania is a route only for the very determined. There are warnings of landmines and high instances of banditry in the country’s far southwest, but the roads are generally well-maintained tarmac. However this turns into sandy ‘piste’ immediately on entering Mauritania, and with the added risk of landmines, a guide is strongly recommended. The border closes at 1800 daily.
Getting to Morocco by boat
Travelling by sea to Morocco is a popular alternative to flying. The main ports are Tangier (www.tmpa.ma) and Nador in Morocco proper, and the Spanish-held ports of Ceuta (www.puertodeceuta.com) and Melilla. Several lines from Europe serve these ports.
Both Agadir and Casablanca are popular cruise stopovers.
Ferry operators include Grimaldi Ferries (www.grimaldi-ferries.com), Balearia Ferries (www.balearia.com), FRS (www.frs.es), Naviera Armas (www.navieraarmas.com), Grand Navi Veloci (www.gnv.it) and Trasmediterranea (www.trasmediterranea.es), There are reasonably priced and regular car- and passenger-ferry links between southern Spain and Tangier and the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla on the north Moroccan coast. Most links are roll-on, roll-off car ferries.
Routes run from Algeciras to Ceuta and Tangier; Tarifa to Tangier; Gibraltar to Tangier; Almería to Melilla or Nador; Málaga to Melilla; Motril to Al Hoceima, Melilla or Al Hoceima; Barcelona to Tangier; Genoa to Tangier; Livorno to Tangier; and Sète to Nador or Tangier.