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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 TUI (https://www.tui.co.uk/flight/).

The busiest international airports are in 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.

Airport Guides

Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport

Code

CMN

Location

Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport is located 30km (19 miles) south of Casablanca.

Tel

+212 522 539 040

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Marrakech Menara Airport

Code

RAK

Location

Marrakech Menara Airport is located on the immediate outskirts of Marrakech, 6km (4 miles) to the southwest of the city centre.

Tel

+212 52 444 7910

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Rabat-Salé Airport

Code

RBA

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Tangier Ibn Battouta Airport

Code

TNG

Location

The airport is 11km (7 miles) from the city (journey time - 20 minutes).

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Fes - Saiss International Airport

Code

FEZ

Location

Fes Airport is located at Saiss, 15km (9 miles), south of the city centre.

Tel

(212) 3562 4800 or 3562 4799 or 090 000 800 (call centre)

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Agadir Al-Massira Airport

Code

AGA

Location

Agadir-Al Massira Airport is located 20 km (13 miles) southeast of central Agadir.

Tel

+212 288 39112.

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Flight times

To Marrakech: from London - 3 hours 30 minutes; New York - 9 hours 40 minutes (including stopover).

To Casablanca: from London - 3 hours 20 minutes; New York - 6 hours 50 minutes.

Air passes

The Star Alliance Europe Airpass (www.staralliance.com) covers 40 countries including Morocco.

Departure tax

Included in ticket cost.

Travelling to Morocco by Rail

Rail links between Morocco and Algeria are suspended. English travellers can catch trains from London St Pancras to Algeciras in Spain changing in Paris, Marseille, Barcelona, and Madrid, then catch a ferry to Morocco from Algeciras. It will take around 26 hours for the journey to Algeciras from London St Pancras, then another 90 minutes for the ferry journey to Morocco.

Rail passes

An InterRail pass no longer covers Morocco, but gets you as far as the port at Algeciras, where pass holders get a 30% discount on ferry routes to Tanger Med.

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.

The 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.

Driving 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.

Ferry operators

Ferry operators include Grimaldi Ferries (www.grimaldi-lines.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, Tangier, Melilla or Nador; Barcelona to Tangier; Genoa to Tangier; and Sète to Nador or Tangier.

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