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If you wish to move around, this might help you.

By road

60,000 km of roads, of which only half is paved, without causing insurmountable problems. Except in the southern provinces, most tracks are passable for a good driver and 4x4 are not required everywhere.

Regulation is the same as in France , and the signs are bilingual Arabic - French. The climatic conditions are a source of danger , besides uncontrollable elements (farmers , livestock wandering on the road). Mountain and desert , the tracks are sometimes overrun slush or sudden downpours , and drifts can block mountain roads from November to April.

It is not advisable to drive at night. Generally focus on two wheels, couplers and donkey carts.

Service stations are numerous in the city and suburbs, but do not forget to refuel before any excursion in the desert zone. ( Stations selling unleaded petrol are relatively rare, but well marked . ) The speed limit is 40 km / h in town and 100 km / h on the road. Highways exist now (limited to 120 km / h ) between Tangier and El Jadida (via Larache, Rabat and Casablanca ) between Rabat and Fez (via Meknes ) between Casablanca and Marrakech , between Marrakech and Agadir.

A new Highway Code is in force since 1 October 2010: front and rear seat belts mandatory, limited charges ... But also conduct limited hours and mandatory breaks every two hours (tolerance up to 3 hours ) for leased vehicles with driver. We can therefore extend to more leisure routes ; drivers are entitled to refuse significant detours that lead to exceed the timeframe established by law : from 7:00 to 19:00. During the mandatory stops , we can have a drink or relax in rest areas selected by the driver.

It is good that those who drive themselves a rental vehicle are notified of the following points:

  • 1st Class offenses are punishable by a fine of 700 dirhams : Exceeding the speed limit from 30 to less than 50 km / h , unauthorized parking at night, failure to observe a stop sign or a red light , crossing a continuous line , no seat belt ...
  • offenses 2nd Class ( 500 dirhams fine) : Exceeding the speed limit from 20 to less than 30 km / h, non-compliance with priority; phone while driving ...
  • offenses 3rd Class (300 dirhams fine) : Exceeding the speed limit of less than 20 km / h ; unauthorized day parking ...

Agents who verbalize must wear a badge ( name, rank and function).

Taxicabs

If you do not want to use public transport ( very inexpensive and very well served ), take taxis, but require some forget that the counter even though this is less common.

There are two types of taxi in Morocco:

  • "big taxi", brand Mercedes and variable color depending on cities (sand in Marrakech, blue in Rabat),
  • "small taxis " ( Peugeot 205 or equivalent) , vary in color depending on the city (beige in Marrakech, Agadir and Casablanca red , blue Rabat).

Grand taxis are often stationed at the hotels. Not take them , except at airports where they have a monopoly they are normally used for long journeys and are very expensive.

Small taxis are everywhere and normally use a taximeter (feel free to ask in case of doubts...). They do not have the right to get out of the city; their prices are very modest, count between 10 and 30 dirhams the race.

At nightfall , an increase of 50 % on the price displayed on the meter is practiced : it is legal.

For rental cars , big brands have branches in major Moroccan cities.

Car rental

Moroccan and international rental companies compete for customers. The cars can be rented by the day with billing per kilometer for three days or a week with unlimited mileage. The minimum age is 21 years, sometimes 25. The most convenient payment method is credit card , otherwise a large deposit is required. Some companies accept the catch and release of the car in different cities at no extra charge.

Train

2,000 km of railways, north of the Atlas only.

There are 3 lines:

  • East line connects Casablanca, Rabat, Kenitra, Meknes, Fez, Oujda;
  • North line connects Casablanca to Tanger (about 6 hours);
  • West line connects Casablanca to Marrakech (about 3 hours).

Express trains are fast enough , clean, air conditioned and comfortable but sometimes little spot.

Plane

26 airports and 37 aerodromes.

The main airports are Casablanca, Agadir, Marrakech and Tangiers (the other international airports are those of Al Hoceima, Dakhla, Essaouira, Fès, Laâyoune, Ouarzazate, Oujda, Rabat-Salé and Tétouan).