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Travel to Fes

Flying to Fes

Ryanair operates direct flights to Fès from the UK. There are no direct flights from the USA. The most expensive time to fly to Fès is from February to May and September to October. If you want cheap flights to Fès, travel in the off-peak season between November and January.

Flight times

From London - 3 hours 25 mins; New York - 11 hours 25 mins (including stopover); Los Angeles - 18 hours (including stopovers); Toronto - 12 hours (including stopover); Sydney - 29 hours (including stopovers).

Travel by road

Morocco's roads are in good condition. Traffic drives on the right and the minimum driving age is 18 years. Speed limits are 60kph (37mph) in towns, 100kph (62mph) outside urban areas and 120kph (75mph) on motorways.

The Moroccan authorities acknowledge most foreign driving licences, but an International Driving Permit is recommended.

Emergency breakdown services

There is no general breakdown service - hire cars should have emergency breakdown details on board. For highway emergency services, dial 15. If you are involved in a road accident, wait for the police to arrive.

Routes

From Marrakech, the main road to Fès is via the N8. From Rabat, take the A2.

Coaches

There are bus terminals in the Ville Nouvelle and by the various gates to the Medina, but arrivals from most destinations drop at the main bus station (gare routière), just north of Bab Mahrouk.

CTM (tel: +212 800 090 030; www.ctm.ma) runs bus services between towns in Morocco and abroad and drops passengers at their office on the corner of Rue Tetouan and Avenue Mohammed V in the Ville Nouvelle.

Time to city

From Casablanca - 3 hours; Rabat - 2 hours; Marrakech - 5 hours 30 minutes; Meknes - 1 hour; Tangier - 4 hours.

Travel by Rail

Services

The city's striking railway station, Ville Nouvelle, features a number of shops and modern facilities.

Operators

You can travel to Fès by train from the UK. From London, take the Eurostar to Paris, catch the TGV to Barcelona, then take an AVE train to Algeciras. From there, you hop on a ferry to Tangier, followed by another train to Fès. Rail Europe (www.raileurope.com) can provide information on timetables and tickets.

Office National des Chemins de Fer (ONCF) (tel: +212 890 203 040; www.oncf.ma) is Morocco's national railway operator. Fast trains shuttles (TNR) and air-conditioned express trains connect the main cities in the northwestern part of the country: Fès, Meknès,Tangier, Rabat, Casablanca and Marrakech.

Journey times

From Marrakech – 8 hours; Meknes - 30 minutes; Tangier - 5 hours; Casablanca - 3 hours.

Travel by boat

Daily ferry services operate to Tangier and Ceuta (the Spanish enclave in Morocco) from Tarifa and Algeciras respectively.

Ferry operators

FRS Ferries (tel: +34 956 627 180, in Spain; www.frs.es) runs ferries from Tarifa to Tangier Town, Gibraltar to Tangier Med, Algeciras to Tangier Med, Motril to Tangier Med, and Algeciras to Ceuta.

Transfer

Once you arrive in Morocco, you can catch a train to Fès.

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