Getting to Morocco and Money MattersFind out how to get to Morocco by air, land and sea. For in depth information about ferries to and from Spain see: Getting from Spain to Morocco.
Getting to MoroccoBy Air
Morocco has three main international airports: Casablanca, Tangier and Agadir. You can also fly direct to Fes, Marrakech and Oujda from Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and other European cities. Most long distance flights will arrive in Casablanca. It's a modern airport with plenty of transport options to take you in to the center of town or to other destinations in Morocco. You can take a train to the city center or grande taxi (about 250 Dirhams).
Most major European airlines fly to into Morocco including British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM, Air France, Alitalia, Sabena and Swissair. There are also several budget and charter airlines operating from Europe to Morocco including Atlas Blue North Africa's first low cost airline. More about: Getting from Spain to Morocco
If you want to fly direct from the US to Morocco your only option is Royal Air Moroc which has daily flights between New York and Casablanca. For further information see my article about how to get a cheap flight to Africa.
The most popular ferry crossing from Spain to Morocco is from Algeciras (Spain) to Tangier (Morocco). There are plenty of options available and a regular ferry or highspeed ferry go almost every hour, year round. Many companies run ferries and some tickets are valid for a number of different companies. Check when you buy your ferry tickets, if you can use the return trip for another company as well. This can reduce your wait time. Another popular (and short) route is from Algeciras (Spain) to Ceuta, (Spanish Morocco). High-speed ferries will whiz you across the Straits of Gibraltar in just over half an hour. It's often a bumpy ride.
The general consensus is that Ceuta is a great place to arrive if you're taking your own car. It is quieter than Tangier, gas is cheap (it's a duty-free zone) and a mellower entrance into the hustle and bustle of Morocco. If you're relying on public transport, then Tangier is the best option since it has better connections to the rest of Morocco.
Ferries from Almeria (Spain) and Malaga (Spain) to Melilla (Spanish Morocco) go almost every day and take about 6-9 hours. Ferries are more frequent between Almeria (Spain) and Nador (Morocco) where you can catch a bus to most major cities within Morocco. The trip takes about 6 hours. You can also get to Tangier (Morocco) from Tarifa (Spain) on a high-speed ferry, for rates and information click here.
More About: Getting from Spain to Morocco
Ferry To and From France
Not a cheap option to get to Morocco, but you can take your car and it saves a long drive down to Spain. Ferries go from Sete (France) to Tangier (Morocco) all year round. The trip takes about 36 hours and the ferries have restaurants, nightclubs, beds and shops on board. During the summer months (June to September) services are also available from Sete (France) to Nador (Morocco) and from Port Vendres (France) to Tangier (Morocco). For rates and schedules check out Comanav ferries.
Ferry To and From Gibraltar
Ferry To and From Italy
Ferries go from Genoa (Italy) to Tangier (Morocco). The trip lasts 48 hours and the ferries go about every six days. For rates, times and reservations click here (this link will only work using Microsoft Internet Explorer).
The border between Algeria and Morocco is closed and you cannot cross it. The border with Mauritania is open but it is complicated to get across, especially if you are using public transport. Here are some tips if you are determined to get to Mauritania.
Note: You can buy both bus and train tickets from many cities in Europe to travel to Morocco. Obviously you will still use a ferry service to cross the Straits of Gibraltar but your ticket will include this crossing as well as transport to your destination in Morocco. Eurolines is a reputable bus company that offers fares to various destinations in Morocco. For train tickets, here's a sample fare and schedule from London to Morocco. An InterRail pass also includes Morocco as well as 28 other European countries. It's a great deal but in order to buy it you have to have been a resident in Europe for 6 months. See the InterRail web site for more details.
CurrencyThe Moroccan unit of currency is the dirham which is divided into 100 centimes. There are ATM's throughout Morocco in all of the major cities and most towns. Credit cards are accepted at most of the higher end hotels, restaurants and shops. You can change money and traveler checks at all major banks, bureau de change and some hotels. Click here for current exchange rates.
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