Fes Transportation

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    Airport Bus No 16

    by kit_mc Updated Feb 28, 2007

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    Fes Airport bus 16

    With Ryanair now flying regularly from Luton to Fes, it's likely that British travellers will arrive direct by airplane. Petit Taxis do not go out to the airport and a Grand Taxi will set you back around 120dh. Indeed, while waiting for the bus to the aiport we were approached a few times by Grand Taxi drivers offering to take us out.

    Much cheaper is to take bus number 16. Rumour has it that the bus runs every half an hour but there are no timetables at the bus stop to check this. From the airport, cross over to the car park and walk down to your left. The bus terminates beside the Ibis Hotel next to Fes Train Station. Going out to the airport, the bus stop is on Ibis side of the train station and clearly marked. Give yourself plenty of time to wait for the bus so that you don't end up panicking and catching a taxi. It'll arrive, just on Moroccan time.

    The journey takes half an hour and in November 2006 cost 3.40 dhiram. You get on the back of the bus and pay onboard. Be aware that this is no flash airport bus, but a normal, battered old local one and that the route gets packed with locals.

    This can also be a good way to get chatting with other cheapie travellers heading for your flight and exchange tales of your adventures in Morocco while waiting for your flight home.

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    Taxis

    by 78Eva Written May 11, 2004

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    Grand taxis waiting

    Taxi rides are quite cheap. Within cities there are petite taxis that I definitely recommend. they are cheap and quick and you don't get pick-pocketed like on the within-city buses.
    Between cities you can take grand taxis or longer distance buses. I'd go with the buses in this case. The grand taxis are dangerous, no seat belts and the drivers drive like crazy. Also, you always have to wait until five or so other passengers are sharing the taxi with you, or you need to pay their share if you want to go without them. They pack the cars full to the maximum, like three people in front and four in the back. Just take the grand taxis to places where regular buses don't go to.

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    Red Petit Taxis

    by kit_mc Updated Feb 28, 2007

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    Red Petit Taxis outside CTM station

    Don't be afraid to use the red Petit Taxis in Fes. I rarely use taxis when I'm abroad, having heard too many horror stories, but frankly trying to get around town fast to see the sights meant that we opted for taxis most of the time rather than trying to negotiate the packed buses in a strange city. Be aware that the red taxis can't take you to the airport, only one of the white grand taxis can take you that far outside town.

    Make sure that at least one of you sits in the front of the car so that if the meter doesn't get switched on, you can bring the driver's attention to it. In fairness, every taxi ride we took in Fes, the meter went on with no questions asked. No journey came to more than 15 dh, most were less than 10 dh though I tended to round up to 10 dh anyway. Moroccan driving is basically insane, so maybe close your eyes until the end of the ride. Seatbelt optional...

    Only twice were we 'ripped off' by taxis, in Rabat and Tangier, but that was for a maybe 10 dhirams each time, so you've got to keep it in perspective. Did make me appreciate the honesty of the Fes taxidrivers though.

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    Tangier to Fes

    by barryg23 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Gare de Fes

    On our first visit to Fes, we took the train from Tangier, a journey which took 5 hours and cost 141 Dh for a first-class ticket. In Fes, the station is in the Ville Nouvelle. Most of the hotels are in this area and are within walking distance of the station though if you want to get to the medina a petit taxi is the best choice.

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    CTM bus to Casablanca

    by earthflyer Updated Mar 2, 2010

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    CTM have 7 buses departing for Casablanca.

    Journey time 5 hours.

    Tickets are around 90 dirhams plus 5 dirhams for luggage.

    All buses depart from the CTM Bus Station near Place Hussein de Jordanie next to the mosque.

    Please use prices as a rough guide only.

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    Taxis

    by solopes Updated Jun 1, 2012

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    Fes - Morocco

    There are two types of taxis in Fez - the "petits taxis", small and red transporting up to 3 people, and the larger ones, supposedly to 4, but... well... we can always squeeze a dozen more. They tend to be metered and are not too expensive. Both types of taxis are usually shared and drivers often wait until the taxi is full before departing.

    Verify carefully if the meter is turned on, otherwise you may find yourself bargaining the price of the trip at the end of it. Being with a local guide, as we were, there is no problem: he just asked us for some coins, delivered them to the driver, and, with a couple of strangers we were taken to our hotel.
    However, sharing places and fares with strangers, speaking only Arab, in a desolated area of the city, is not very comfortable.

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    Bus to Marrakesh

    by Sambawalk Written Aug 5, 2006

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    I took the bus from Fes to Marrakesh via Azrou and Beni Mellal. The whole journey was 10 hours and bus fare was Dh130. As I stayed in Medina, I took the bus from the main bus station which is near Fes el-Bali. It departs at 8am.

    It is a long journey and the bus stops in several cities along the way and passengers come and go. During March 2006, it was cold in the bus when travelling in the highlands of Atlas mountains. So be sure to carry a blanket or jacket in your day bag. The scenry is superb. A good experience, but just long distance.

    Alternatively you can take the train for 7.5 hours.

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    Car Hire in Fes

    by barryg23 Written May 12, 2007

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    Our Fiat Uno

    Car hire rates vary widely in Fes and even the lowest rates can be quite expensive. We were looking to hire a car - the cheapest car possible - for 9 days and to return it to Marrakech. We were quoted over 6000Dh by Hertz and 5800Dh by Avis before getting a much better, but still expensive offer of 4050Dh from Europcar. The only catch was that we had to pay a 12,000Dh deposit upfront. This was far too much for us as neither of us had this much in our current accounts and the guy refused to take our credit card number instead as a deposit.

    We tried another lender, Budget, and they had a better price on a Fiat Uno but none was available for two days. So we went back to Europcar and tried plan B: paying a higher initial price and hence less of a deposit. We negotiated 10% off the final initial price which meant we paid 4293Dh for the car with a deposit of 3600Dh.

    After all that negotiation we were hoping for a nice, reliable Fiat Uno. Well, it did get us around the country in 9 days but there were a few issues along the way, mostly with starting the car. On some occasions we’d have to try 5 or 6 times to get the thing going. This made us a little wary of stopping the car in the middle of nowhere though after a few days we stopped worrying about it. Of course it started fine in Fes - it was only when we had reached Meknes that the problems arose.

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    Trains in Morocco

    by 78Eva Written Feb 23, 2004

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    Transportation in Morocco is very good, I think. You can almost anywhere by train or bus, or - my less preferred method - by grand taxi.
    I really liked to travel by train in Morocco. The train ride from Fez to Casablanca is about 4-5 hours, and much much cheaper than flying. It is a pleasant ride. The train system seems to work well, the trains are modern, clean and pretty.
    The best thing is do buy a first class (premiere classe) ticket. They are not very much more expensive than the regular ones but will almost certainly guarantee you a seat on a crowded train - and you wouldn't want to stand the whole time during a long ride.

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    hustlers

    by iaint Written Dec 31, 2009

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    Arrival by train is a nightmare when it comes to getting a petit taxi.

    At the taxi stand to the right of the station, they wanted 40 mad. I'd just paid just 5 mad for my trip to the station in Meknes, so I was pretty sure 40 was a rip off. I went to the main street and eventually got one for 20 mad.

    When I got to my riad, I was told the right price should be just over 10 mad.

    Irritating to say the least, and gives a very negative 1st impression of the city.

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    ONCF

    by iaint Written Jan 3, 2010

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    I took the train to Casa Voyageurs when leaving - the 13.50 rapide which takes just 3.5 hours, stopping only at Meknes, Kenitra & Rabat - and cost only 100 mad in 2nd class.

    It really belts along compared with the typical express.

    My first experience of 2nd class on ONCF - it was brand new rolling stock, so very good. Sandwiches still dry as old bones, sadly. I'd wanted 1st class, but it was full.

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    CTM bus to Meknes

    by earthflyer Updated Mar 2, 2010

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    CTM have 6 buses departing for Meknes.

    Journey time 1 hour.

    Tickets are around 20 dirhams plus 5 dirhams for luggage.

    All buses depart from the CTM Bus Station near Place Hussein de Jordanie next to the mosque.

    Please use prices as a rough guide only.

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    Plane

    by JamalMorelli Written Dec 29, 2006

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    Check ryanair.com for supah cheap tix from Luton to Fez...

    copied this from wikitravel -

    By plane
    Flights operate regularly from Casablanca and Paris-Orly to Fes-Saiss airport.
    New services starting soon from Frankfurt(Hahn), 25 Oct 06, London (Luton), 31 Oct 06, and Marseille Provence, 09 Nov 06. Direct service from Heathrow airport twice a week also available from November 1, 2006.

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    Car

    by JamalMorelli Written Dec 29, 2006

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    Also copied from http://wikitravel.org/en/Fes

    By car
    Fez is about 4 hours' drive by car from Casablanca. The stretch of toll highway from Rabat to Fez is in superb condition and is relatively little used- the toll in spring 2005 was about 5 dirhams (approx 0.5 euros).
    Travelling by grand taxi (inter-city taxi), though more expensive than trains, is viable for tourists- a ride from Fez to Casablanca in spring 2005 cost 1200 dirhams (approx 120 euros), not bad if you are sharing the cost among 3 or 4 passengers. Note that grand taxi fares are regulated and it is worth checking the official rates with the tourist board, as some drivers or hotels will quote inflated prices.
    Within Fez, ride in the petits taxis (local taxis) rarely cost more that 15-20 dirhams (spring 2005). However, the medina of Fes el-Bali is only accessible from a few points by car. Place R'cif is a taxi and bus dropoff in the heart of the medina; there are a couple of parking areas such as Ain Zleten on the edges of the medina.

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    Bus

    by JamalMorelli Written Dec 29, 2006

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    The main bus terminal ("gare routiere") is just outside the old city on the north side, near the Ain Zleten entrance. Grands taxis (inter-city taxis) can also be obtained here.

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