Our return to Spain was by ferry with our destination port being Algeciras. Our ferry was similar to the one which brought us to Tangier, however the route was different and the trip took 90 minutes, arriving at 2:30pm , after moving our watch forward by 2 hours.
Again the ferry transfer went like clockwork and we enjoyed a calm crossing.
From Algeciras we quickly drove to Gibraltar.
After completing Customs and Passport requirement at Tangier's we walked onto the car park to be greeted by a fleet of tour buses and some local transport.
It is a busy place and if you are on tour listen to and obey your tour guide, otherwise there is a good chance you will get lost.
We took the ferry from Tarifa, Spain to Tangier, a distance of 14 miles which took 50 minutes. trip on a huge modern ferry to . The ferry was large and modern, having cafes, duty free store etc etc. Cars and other vehicles are transported, they just drive up the ramp into the belly of the ferry.
The trip was very smooth with a rough patch for 5 minutes as we travelled through the section where the 2 oceans meet.
Bring your Passport as it is required by Customs on leaving Spain and By the Moroccan Customs on arrival in Tangier.
You can reach Tangier by a fast ferry from Tarife in Spain which is only around 14kms across the Straights of Gibraltar. If you want to take the ferry over to Spain for the day or even from Spain to Morocco, you will need to book on FRS Fast Ferries. You can travel as a passenger or take your car. The one way trip will take around 35 mins and depart from Tangier’s Port every 2 hours starting at around 9.00am through to about 11.00pm.
The ferries are very comfortable with two levels to wander about on. There is a bar and café for light meals and snacks as well as a small duty free shop. There are also toilets which can be free or not depending on whether a staff member is on hand.
If you are driving to Tangier you will have either arrived from Tarifa in Spain where you will go through normal customs/immigration procedures or from another city within Morocco. If you are travelling from Marrakech it will take around 7 hours. You will also pass through Tolls on your way. The roads are pretty good between the major cities.
If you are travelling from Marrakech, there is an overnight train you can catch. There is also a daily service to Fez. The couchette option is usually the cheaper way to go. Not that trains are expensive anyway. The ONCF train service is comfortable and efficient. There is a new train station in Tangier which is at Tanger Ville. It will probably take you around 7 mins by taxi to the port area.
If you arrive by plane, you will find the airport (Boukhalef – TNG) around 13kms from the city. No buses operate from the airport so you will need to take a taxi which will take around 20 minutes. Airlines that fly into Tangier are Iberia, British Airways, Easyjet, Ryanair, Regional Airlines and of course Royal Air Maroc.
If you arrive by ferry then you can take one of the CTM buses which are stationed at the CTM bus station at the port gate.
If you are arriving from elsewhere in Morocco then CTM and other buses will arrive at the Place Jamia el-Arabia bus station
C.T.M. - Place d’ Espagne. Gare routière - CTM website
TRAMESA , 29. Av. Youssef Ben Tacheffine - Tramesa website
Petit taxi which is small as the name suggests, and blue. This type of taxi will only take you within the city limits. If you want to go further then you will need a grand taxi which is often and old model mercedes. Both are in plentiful supply and very cheap but the grand taxi is probably double the cost.
EuroFerrys began its Maritime activities of passenger, vehicle and commercial transport in 1999, running ferries between Algeciras. Ceuta and Tangier.
EUROFERRYS operate 2 relatively new passenger vessels - Atlantica on the Tangier route and Pacifica, the largest highspeed catamaran in the world.
There are three crossings daily. The ferry from Algeciras to Tangier took 2 1/2 hours. The seas were quite choppy on our way there, but you could hardly feel it. We sailed through the Straits of Gibraltar with great views of the Rock of Gibraltar. On board was comfortable seating and lounge areas along with a pricey snack bar and eating area.
On the way back, we took the fast ferry on the Nordic Jet Line, as it was quite choppy. That trip was an amazing 45 minutes. We literally flew over the water. What an experience. This time we were brought to Tarifa.
The posted Tariffs when we went were as follows:
Passengers - Pasajeros - Passagers
Adults - Adultos - Adultes: 23,50 Euro
Children: 11,75 Euro
Vehicles - Vehiculos - Vehicules: 72.90 Euro
Our transportation to and from Algeciras was with "Cost Africa". Pick Ups in various points of the Costa Del Sol at the indicated time schedule. Our pick-up time was around 6 a.m. After collecting many other passengers, we were taken to Algeciras where we were to embark to Tangiers. After our ferry ride we were met by our Moroccan guide and our transportation through Tangiers was with "Viajes Norafrica." The bus was spacious, clean and air-conditioned. Upon our return, this time to Tarifa, we were again met by "Cost Africa" for our return trip to our hotel.
Hans and I were impressed with the services of both companies.
What a shock I had in my second visit, from the ferry to the hotel continental, 5 minutes walk, they wanted to charge me 50 dirhams!!! 5 Euros!!! Even more expensive than in Marbella! The petit taxi was a little more reasonable, only 40 dirhams, still 4 Euros, incredible!!!
Ok, many will know about the differences between the petit taxis (the blue ones normally Fiat puntos or small peugeots) and the Grand Taxis (normally bigger cars as old Mercedes and not so old lately), normally you share but in my last visits we had been able to book them for ourselves, for more price .The petit taxis normally do a fix itinerary as if they were little buses . remember to confirm the tariff beforehand and that if you book through the hotel reception it will be more expensive as they will get their own commission
If you take the ferry from Spain, there are a couple of options: Algeciras or Tarifa (also sometimes from Gibraltar). All of them go to Tangier. Also you can cross to Ceuta and from there cross the border to Tetuan (I heard for cars it is easier from there, but if you plan using public transport around Morocco Tangier has better options)
there are a couple of companies to choose, if you go to Algeciras there are boats nearly every hour, from Tarifa the company is called FRS, check at www.frs.com, I use it often as I prefer to leave my car there that at Algeciras, looks much safe and it is high speed (it is says 45 minutes, but I had never been lucky on it, always delays getting into the boat!
You can get buses from many European cities to Morocco that includes the ferry ticket on the bus ticket, Eurolines is most famous one
If you plan to arrive to Morocco, there are 3 main international airports: Casablanca, Agadir and Tangier. Tangier airport is just outside the city and I can not help you in relation with prices or ways to get to Tangier as I always arrived by ferry
for flights check on the following companies: British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM, Air France, Alitalia, Sabena and Swissair. Also Royal Air Moroc and Atlas blue
At the Spanish port of Algeciras, you can find many ferries to Tangier, Ceuta, and other Moroccan ports. If you decide to take one of these trips, please, leave about 4 hours open in your schedule. The ferries do not run on time. And no one seems to know why!
Also, keep in mind that Morocco is in a different time zone than Spain, it is two hours behind! So, keep that in mind when making plans, otherwise you will, like us, have to cut our Moroccan tour short.
If you can, ride the ferry at sunset. The sun setting over the Atlantic is the most beautiful sunset I've ever seen, period. This picture does not come close to doing it justice.