Tips to Travel to Morocco
Almost all English-speaking countries (except South Africa and Australia) do not require visas to enter the country, however, if it’s required mostly it’s easy to get.
Best Transportation to Use to Travel to Morocco
There are flights daily To Morocco from different countries, however depending on which part of the country you are interested to discover first, the big AIRPORT is in Casablanca, but also Marrakech, Fes, Tangier are sufficiently big enough.
If you are traveling through Spain we recommend the ferry from Spain to Tangier, it takes only 45 minutes from Tarifa to the port in Morocco.
Traveling by train in Morocco is the most efficient and comfortable way to get around. The train network in Morocco is not very extensive but many of the major tourist destinations are covered. Trains run between Marrakech, Fes, Casablanca (including the International Airport), Rabat, Oujda, Tangier, and Meknes. for details check ONCF https://www.oncf.ma/en/Home
Buses and Taxis:
You also can easily find a taxi everywhere that can take you either around the city or from a city to another.
Contact in Emergency
In emergency situations, you can dial 19 to reach the police in urban areas, 177 for the Royal Gendarmerie (the police force in rural areas), and 15 for an ambulance or firemen.
Most of the currencies are able to exchange to Moroccan Dirhams, once you arrive in Morocco, but We do recommend you to bring either Euros or Dollars as it’s much easier to exchange everywhere in the country.
More established shops and hotels will take credit cards, but most smaller markets, street vendors, and cabs will not. Be ready with the local currency.
The Moroccan Dirham (DEE-Rahm) goes for roughly 9.6 Dirhams (DH) per 1 USD or 10 per 1 euro.
you can exchange the currency almost from the airport, although it can be better to change in a certain small office for a change, they have a better rate.
You will normally get around 13 MAD per GBP but you can always check current rates at xe.com.
ATM’s can be Hit or Miss
ATMs can be found almost everywhere you go in Morocco, however, The ATM can quickly run out of money, be sure to ask you driver/guide for the best options.
Guides and Drivers:
Absolutely, hiring a local guide helps you a lot to get an inside perspective on the country and navigate through the maze of the Medinas (old towns). However, if you get a full package tour with a company, mostly you will get a guide in every Medina and a driver to take off your concern about every direction you are about to explore.
In addition to that, Having a driver or a guide will help you to STAY AWAY FROM STRANGERS OFFERING FREE TOURS OR DIRECTIONS.
Water and Food
Drink bottled water and even use it to brush your teeth to stay on the safe side. Food in Morocco is really delicious!!
If you are a person who likes street food, there is a bunch of places where you can eat at a low cost, however, it’s recommended to eat in restaurants where it’s cleaner.
No matter how strong you think your stomach is, you should pack some IMODIUM just in case.
Alcohol, Drugs, and Parties?
Although most Moroccans are Muslims, yes, they still have all these. Hashish, an extract of the cannabis plant, is quite commonly offered to you in the streets. Alcohol is founded in big cities in certain shops and restaurants, but not all of them.
Bars are open for both Moroccans and strangers.
Morocco does indeed have those “squat toilets” everywhere where it’s just a ceramic hole in the ground, but you always can find flushing toilets almost in every tourist attraction as well as towns and restaurants.
In general, it requires a 2-5 dirham tips for the cleaning and maintaining the place clean, while the big issue is toilet paper and it’s very recommended to bring with you in case.
Photos and Photography
Morocco is a photography Paradise with a varied landscape, exotic Medinas, and multi-colors, you will find Morocco an extremely fantastic country for photography.
Most Moroccans don’t like their pictures to be taken, although it’s easier with the people who work in tourism as in hotels, Riad, camel men, drivers, and guides.
When you’re walking through the markets, be careful when taking photos of people and shops, and ask before you do! however, some will charge you or be really angry about it!.
What to Bring if you are Traveling to Morocco:
Certainly, bring your Smile!!
Depending on which kind of traveler you are and the activity you’re interested to do in Morocco, please check the details of important things to bring on the link below: