Getting around in Marrakech: info, costs and advice

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Marrakech, in Morocco, is a bridge between Europe and Africa, a city to be discovered, full of colors, scents, music and life. Getting lost in the souk streets or admiring a sunset over the famous Jamaa El-Fna are some of the experiences to do at least once in a lifetime!
It is really easy to reach thanks to the many direct flights, even low cost ones, from Italy and getting around it will be even easier, as you can mostly do it on foot, except in some cases where you will necessarily have to take a taxi.

Here is all the info on how to move in Marrakech: info, costs and advice!



Index

  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Marrakech
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. Con i mezzi pubblici
  5. By car
  6. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

The best way to get around Marrakech is walking!
In the Medina it is practically an obligatory choice, as the area is pedestrianized. In case the destination is too far, join it in taxi and remember always to bargain, without any fear, here it is normal routine! Buses are not recommended, as they are always late and the routes are not always well marked.

Maybe the most fearless could decide to rent a scooter (from € 5,00 / day), but beware of traffic! The streets outside the Medina are really a lot busy and chaotic, could be compared to those of Southeast Asia. If you have no experience with mopeds, we strongly advise against renting it!


  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot, taxi
  • Solutions and means not recommended: bus, car

How to get from the airport to the center of Marrakech

The city is served byMenara International Airport, connected to Italy with many direct flights, even low cost. For example, Ryanair has direct routes from Milan-Bergamo and Rome!

The airport is only 9 km away from the city center and you will reach it really simple, above all thanks to the many taxis that you will find once you leave the arrivals terminal. We advise you to use the latter and to prefer them to buses, as they are much more comfortable and faster and are still very cheap! But always remember, even in this case, to bargain!
If you prefer to reach the center with ease, practically all hotels have a transfer service! Service that you can also easily book online before leaving!


Marrakech-Menara Airport

  • Distance from the center: 9 km / travel time: 19 min;
  • By taxi: average cost 120,00 MAD (€ 11,00) / travel time: 20 min
  • By bus: average cost 30,00 MAD return (€ 2,80) / lines L19
  • Private transfer: private transfer between airport and city center

How to get around on foot

It is the best way to discover the city! This is also a bit of a forced choice, as in the Medina, the old part of the city, where almost all the main attractions and the beautiful souk are located, the streets are so narrow that no means of transport pass through. The area is completely pedestrian, you will only see some bicycles, carts and maybe some places that pass by on a motorbike.

Forced choice or not, walking is still there best solution, as you can enjoy the beautiful El Fna Square and the market full of spices, food, various objects and souvenirs. In addition, the different attractions are really close together: for example, El Badi Palace is only one kilometer from Balazzo Bahia, which in turn is only 1,5 km from Jamaa El Fna.


Con i mezzi pubblici

You will find only taxi and bus. To move we advise you to use taxis, as they are very cheap, faster and more reliable for timetables!

The only thing to watch out for is the time of bargaining: usually the taxi drivers, seeing that you are tourists, will offer you a higher price than they should, you are not afraid to bargain, this is normal here! It will happen that you have to bargain even if you want to do some shopping among the stalls and shops of the souk of the Medina.


Bus

The lines most used by tourists, as they connect the main areas with the greatest number of attractions, are the L4 and L11 or L18. The first connects the main square Jamaa El Fna to the Jardin Majorelle, the second ones serve instead to reach the Menara Gardens, one of the main attractions of the city, but further away from the center (5 km from Jamaa El Fna).

Tickets are really very cheap: a ride costs only 4,00 MAD (approximately € 0,40).
It is however a service not recommended, as it is not punctual and could be complicated, due to the language, to understand the different routes of each bus.

  • Map:
  • active from early morning until 21:00 or 22:00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: 4,00 MAD (€ 0,40)

Taxi

Outside the Medina, the historic center of the city where you can only move on foot, it is full of taxis, ready to take you wherever you want. This is definitely the best way to get around, faster and more comfortable than buses, not always on time!

Negotiate the price before going up, because there are very few who use the taximeter. On average, for a journey within the city, you should spend between 15,00 and 25,00 MAD (therefore between approximately € 1,40 and € 2,40). Taxi drivers will ask you for more and if they don't want to lower the price you can call another taxi. Keep in mind that after sunset the cost increases slightly.



  • always available
  • Ticket / single ride cost: to be negotiated, on average between 15,00 MAD (€ 1,40) and 25,00 MAD (€ 2,40)

By car

It is a means absolutely not recommended! First of all, it is not necessary, in Marrakech you can easily move on foot; the Medina, or the historic center, is completely pedestrianized, the only more distant attractions are the Menara Gardens and the Jardin Majorelle; taxis are really very cheap, while you will pay an average of € 25,00 / day for a car.

Furthermore, the main reason is the traffic, absolutely chaotic outside the Medina! Few and not always respected signs, scooters whizzing among taxis and road signs in the local language, not in English. All of this will make driving an almost traumatic experience, which can very well be avoided!

ZTL

The whole Medina is pedestrian, therefore closed to cars! Here are all the main attractions, the streets are narrow and always full of people. At most you can come across some local with the scooter, but no cars. You can move easily on foot and once you leave the walls surrounding the historic center you will find a queue of taxis ready to take you wherever you want.

Stops and parking

If by chance you reach Marrakech by car or decide to rent one anyway, the best solution is to ask your hotel if has parking service. But, in this case, you must necessarily stay in a hotel outside the Medina, thus losing the wonderful experience of staying in a typical and characteristic riad.

As for the car parks in the city, these are located outside the walls of the Medina and have low costs: at night on average 20,00 MAD (€ 1,80), while if you leave it for only a few hours during the day on average 10,00 MAD (€ 0,90), plus a tip to leave the valet.


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