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Getting around Casablanca

Public transport

Casablanca has an extensive network of inexpensive bus routes but rush-hour services are usually overcrowded and chaotic. Tickets are available on board and you will need small change. As the bus signs are often in Arabic only, it's advisable to use the ‘petits taxis’ system to save time and trouble. There's also a rapid transit tram system, Casa Tramway (tel: +212 522 998 383; www.casatramway.ma), which is super-modern and connects the furthest reaches of the city. Otherwise, the medina and town centre are easily accessible on foot.

Taxis

Casablanca has an abundance of red petits taxis that prowl the main avenues and can be waved down or picked up at waiting places. They are inexpensive, though a 50% surcharge is added on at night.

The white minibus-style vehicles, known as grands taxis, offer a shared service which carry up to six passengers and follow regular routes. They are also an inexpensive option for journeys outside the city - often with shorter travel times than the train or bus.

Driving

Traffic in Casablanca is often gridlocked and parking can be a nightmare. Accident rates are high and driving in town can be manic. It’s not recommended for tourists.

Car hire

The minimum age is usually 21. With more than 100 companies competing for business in Casablanca, car hire deals are much better here than elsewhere in Morocco. The major international operators are Budget (tel: +212 522 313 124; www.budget.com), Europcar (tel: +212 522 539 161; www.europcar.com), Hertz (tel: +212 522 484 710; www.hertz.com).

Bicycle hire

Rabat-based bike hire company Maroc Bike (tel: +212 6 0232 5838; www.marocbike.com) rents out town and mountain bikes in Casablanca. 

Featured Hotels

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Riad Jnane Sherazade

For a traditional Moroccan riad experience, stay in the plush Riad Jnane Sherazade. Although this renovated 1950s era hotel is a bit distant from Casablanca's main sights, the hotel's affordable pricing, 400 sq m garden, terrace restaurant, hamman, winter lounge, and sunroom are worth the travel time.

Hotel and Spar Le’doge

A Relais & Châteaux property in an old art deco residence. Centrally located in the heart of Casablanca, minutes from Parc de la ligue Arabe. Just 16 uniquely decorated rooms with free wi-Fi and air-con, onsite Hamam (Turkish steam bath) and rooftop terrace.. Ideal for an extremely luxury experience.

Hôtel du Centre

Hôtel du Centre is basic but clean and one of the best options for cheap hotels in Casablanca, with just 32 rooms and a good location in the Old Medina.

Hotel Galia

Conveniently set right in front of the central market, this is one of the cheapest hotels in Casablanca with clean, comfortable rooms and a staff that speaks English and French as well as Arabic and Berber!

Hyatt Regency Casablanca

This high-end Casablanca hotel boasts 255 bedrooms and suites, an outdoor pool (summer only), a gym, squash courts, a sauna, hammam baths, three restaurants and the Casablanca nightclub, which is themed on Rick's Place from the 1942 Bogart/Bergman movie. Rooms are spacious, luxurious and air-conditioned. It is big and therefore slightly impersonal, but when you want service it is meticulous.

Hôtel Transatlantique

Edith Piaf once stayed in this 1922 colonial time-warp that has been sympathetically refurbished to preserve its nostalgic ambience. The guestrooms are nicely furnished and there's a bar and restaurant plus nightly cabaret shows.