Essaouira Transportation

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    Avenue al Aqaba
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    Mogador Airport

    by antistar Updated Feb 19, 2014

    One day in Essaouira I was surprised to see a Ryanair plane flying low overhead. I was surprised because I didn't think there was an airport anywhere near Essaouira. I'd had romantic notions of being marooned three hours away from even the nearest train station. Then Ryanair spoiled it all.

    It's a tiny airport with three scheduled routes - all to France. Ryanair flies to Marseilles, and the other two fly to Paris.

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    Bus

    by antistar Updated Feb 19, 2014
    En Route to Essaouira by Bus (Sidi Moktar)

    Most tourists arrive in Essaouira by bus. There are two stations, one used by CTM and another by Supratours. It's an important difference. The CTM station is a long walk from the Medina, whereas the Supratours stop is right outside the city walls. If you've got to carry bags it can make a big difference.

    That said there will be plenty of help on hand when your bus arrives, although you might find it unwelcome. As soon as you exit the bus you will find yourself in a crowd of cart pullers, apartment touts and taxi drivers. If you don't know where you are going, spending 10-20 dirhams to have someone carry your bags might be worth it, but the apartment touts should probably be ignored. Although it's hassle, none of it is very aggressive and you are soon free.

    There are three main bus routes from Essaouira:

    North to Casablanca (6.5 hours) via Sufi
    South to Agadir (2.5 hours)
    East to Marrakech (3 hours)

    All these routes, especially Marrakech, are very popular so you should book at least a day in advance.

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    The wheelbarrow people

    by Bennytheball Updated Aug 10, 2013
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    Essaouira's ancient Medina streets are too narrow to accommodate motorised traffic, so travellers arriving at either of the two bus stations or the several taxi ranks, and in possession of a "mountain" of luggage, will need the assistance of the wheelbarrow men to transport luggage to their Hotel or Riad, located within the Medina.

    In the main photograph a smartly-dressed porter, wearing a black apron and evidently in the "upper echelon" of the barrow people fraternity, can be seen in despatch to the taxi rank at Place Orson Welles to meet his Riad Malaika clientele, by prior arrangement.

    The second photograph shows the opportunist wheelbarrow men at the main bus station, Avenue Deuxieme Mars, these have no fixed commission so a price must be agreed in advance for transportation of luggage, some climb into their barrows and fall asleep, the other hopefuls just wait and wait ............

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    A Caleche ride.......

    by Bennytheball Updated Jul 29, 2013
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    An interesting way of travelling between Bab Doukalla and the new Aswak Essalam supermarket at the top of Avenue al Aqaba is to experience a caleche ride, squashed in beside up to six other passengers in an uncomfortable ancient horse-drawn carriage, travelling "native style"........

    The carriages assemble at the road junction close to the supermarket, and wait until a full compliment of passengers have squeezed into position, the leaf spring carriage suspension is awful, every pothole in the road can be distinctly felt jarring the spine, but nobody complains, the fare for the local residents from the Skala housing estate is cheap, as they make their way to the Medina for shopping, unable to afford the supermarket prices.

    As the caleche journey progressed, I managed to capture some video footage of the bumpy trip, when the caleche reached Bab Doukalla I tried to watch what other passengers were paying, but there was much "sleight of hand" in evidence. I asked the driver, in French, how much I had to pay, his response was a toothy grin and expansive gesture with both arms, I offered five dirhams and he nodded in acceptance.

    I suspected the real fare was three dirhams, but I had managed to record some action video, so it was worth the small overcharge.

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    The local bus......

    by Bennytheball Updated Jul 29, 2013
    Lima local bus terminus.
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    In years gone by, the local bus terminus was further down the street adjacent to the Medina wall at Bab Doukalla, the buses were in grey livery and I remember travelling on one to Sidi Kaouki, fifteen kilometres south from Essaouira, and back again, sitting at the rear of the small bus behind the wheelarch, I had a good view of the passing scenery, not only through the window, but also through a large, gaping, rusty hole on the wheelarch floor!

    Fortunately, the local Lima bus fleet has now been replaced by (slightly) more modern and larger vehicles, which due to the requirements of their length, are now parked at a new longer stance in front of Bab Doukalla gate, these connect to towns and villages further distant from Essaouira.

    There is a lack of information available for these buses, no numbers or destination indicators, so enquiries have to be directed to the drivers or other waiting passengers.

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  • Supratours buses

    by yoshimi Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Supratours office (a small kiosk) is on Bab Marrakech square. Bus schedule and prices are available on ONCF's website (in French and Arabic). We paid 55 Dh/pers (~US$5.5/pers) for the trip from Essaouira to Marrakech.

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    CTM bus to El-Jadida

    by earthflyer Written Feb 21, 2010

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    CTM have to buses departing Essaouira for El-Jadida.
    Cost is 80 dirhams plus 5 dirhams for luggage.
    Journey time is about 4 hours.

    I don't know the departure time for second bus.

    The buses for El-Jadida goes onto Casablanca, so book a seat 1 or 2 days before leaving.

    Please use times and prices as a rough guide only.

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    CTM bus to Marrakech

    by earthflyer Updated Feb 21, 2010

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    Bus to Marrakech leave Essaouira at 17:00pm and arrives into Marrakech CTM bus station at 19:30pm.

    Journey time about 2hr 30mins cost is around 60 dirhams plus 5 dirhams for luggage.

    Please use times and prices for a rough guide only.

    There are more local bus companies at the bus station leaving for Marrakech but they stop at the main Bus station in Marrakech not at the CTM bus station.

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    CTM bus to Casablanca

    by earthflyer Updated Feb 21, 2010

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    CTM have two buses departing Essaouira for Casablanca, one at 11:15am and arrive into Casablanca at 17:15pm.

    As for the second bus I don't know the time of departure.

    Journey time is about 6 hours.

    Price is around 110 dirhams plus 5 dirhams for luggage.

    Please use times and prices as a rough guide only.

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    CTM bus to Safi

    by earthflyer Updated Feb 21, 2010

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    CTM has Two buses leaving Essaouira for Safi, One bus departs at 11:15am and arriving at 13h15 daily. 40 dirhams plus 5 dirhams for luggage.

    Just a warning, these buses go to Casablanca & Rabat, so you might want to book your ticket a day or two before leaving.

    Please use time and prices as a rough guide only.

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    Supratour bus to Marrakech

    by earthflyer Updated Feb 21, 2010

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    Supratour buses leave for Marrakech from Essaouira at these times:

    Depart 06h00, Arrive 8h30 - 55 dirhams
    Depart 12h00, Arrive 14h30 - 55 dirhams, summer only
    Depart 16h00, Arrive 18h30 - 55 dirhams
    Depart 18h30, Arrive 21h30 - 55 dirhams, summer only

    Please use times and prices for a rough guide only.

    All Supratour buses leave from there own office on Ave Lalla Aicha near the main post office and the beach.

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    CTM Bus to Agadir

    by earthflyer Updated Feb 21, 2010

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    CTM buse to Agadir

    CTM have one bus to Agadir leaving at 14:00pm and arriving at 17:00pm - 60 dirhams plus 5 dirhams for luggage.

    Journey time is 3hrs.

    You can also travel to Inezgane a few km away and there are many buses to Agadir or further south.

    Inezgane is a huge transport hub and a grand taxi there is about 75 dirhams.

    Please use times and prices as a rough guide only.

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    By grand taxi from Marrakech

    by toonsarah Written Nov 22, 2009

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    In the village of Sidi Moktar
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    We travelled by grand taxi and paid 900 dirhams for the whole day (£72) which was good value given how long we were out and how helpful Mokhtar was in making accommodations for my restricted mobility. With more people sharing the taxi it would of course be cheaper, and I believe you can also book tours by minibus, or of course hire a car to drive there yourself.

    We stopped several times en route – for coffee in a small town called Sidi Moktar (did our driver choose it because it shared his name, we wondered), to visit a carpet co-operative (and succumb to temptation there!) and to see the local oddity known as “goats in trees”.

    Altogether the drive there took four hours with these stops but coming back we didn’t stop at all and completed the journey in less than three hours.

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    Organised day trip from Marrakesh

    by suvanki Updated Nov 13, 2009

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    Typical town en route

    9 buses depart Marrakesh daily for Essaouira between 0400 and 1700hrs for the 3 hour plus journey.

    However, I decided for convenience I'd book through my travel company (with the idea to probably do this trip again by local transport).

    Our mini bus arrived on time at my hotel, and wasn't too crowded. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable.

    One stop off for tea/toilet break (about 30 minutes) on each stage of the journey.

    Ok, I paid more, (400Dh) and lost out on the 'local travel experience' but I probably saw and learnt more about Essaouira than I would have in such a short time. If I'd travelled by public bus, I wouldn't have visited the Argan Oil Co- Operative for example- which I found to be very interesting.

    My 2nd trip to Essaouira was as part of an organised tour (Exodus-Marrakech and the Sahara), so I travelled in a 16 seater mini bus.

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    Essaouira Bus station

    by earthflyer Updated Apr 27, 2009

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    CTM Bus (Photo not taken in Essaouira

    The bus station is about a 10 minute walk from outside the Medina, you find other bus companies here as well including the National CTM buses but Supratours have there own little office on the other side of the Medina before the start of the big resorts.

    If you are staying at one of the big resorts on the beach then take a taxi. You won't need a taxi to the medina and the cars can't get through the gates anyway, but if you have got a quite abit of luggage then hire one of locals who be more than happy to carry your luggage in his cart to your hotel for a small fee there are plenty of them at the bus station.

    Because Essaouira is a major tourist destination you will be swamped with touts at the bus station hassling you to go stay at there hotel but If you go with them then you will pay more because they get comission from the hotel at your expense.

    CTM Bus to Marrakesh is about 80 dirhams + 5 dirhams for luggage. £5-6
    The trip took about 3 hours with a 15 minute break. Popular with tourist and locals.

    I have only used CTM buses in Morocco but there is competition with a company called Supratours but they only go to the big cities.

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