Always travel on the local buses with the local people.Great fun!The journey to Essaouira took about 3hrs but was really interesting stopping in all the small villages.I was also able to get off and have a short look around if we stopped for a little while.I had had my hands and feet hennaed in Essaouira and there were 3-4 older ladies(I'm 53!!)on the bus who couldn't speak a word of English but were showing me their hands and feet done in traditional designs and colours.
I had shared a big taxi to get there-me and 6 moroccans stuffed into an old merc!!Very hot and friendly.
CTM are a cheap, reliable and comfortable way to make your way around Morocco. Buses are air-conditioned. Seats are allocated so there's no over-crowding and timetables are accurate. The journey is broken up with cigarette / food / toilet stops. Perfect!
If your traveling by a strickt budget , and you are tired
of hassling with taxidrivers over the use of the
TAKE THE BUS.
We took the bus a couple of times and didn't
see other tourist doing that often.
Often because of the warnings of pick pockets
etc. Just use your good sence.
A ticket will cost you 3 dirham.
Bus 11 brings you to the menara gardens.
It is also the bus for the airport , but it stops
about 800m from the airport.....
If you come from the Menara gardens , just jump
on any bus passing by and they will bring you
near the Jemaa-el-fna.
I like to walk in the cities, I think is the better way to know a city, but sometimes ... when I am tired ... I use to take public trasports ...
Taking the bus in Marrakech is a great experience!!! ... I do remember each travel I made in it ... :))) you can observe people very near ,... their costums ... :)))
I found curious how they push themselfs to get to an empty bus, how people reserve a place to you because you are a tourist ... how women carry few children with no help and carry also with food ... how men don't move to let you arrive to your seat .... how they are so diferent !!! ... I love to see that we are so diferent ... I love this people becuase I saw them very pure ...
Bus is very secur way to travel around ... you have many bus stops ... mainly at Mohamed V that its the most important streets that comunicate Koutoubita with the moderm Marrakech of Gueliz ....
If I where you ... I will take the buses better than the little taxi or taxies ... is a great experience ....:)))
3 Dirham .. you pay to the driver ...
many buses have their stop at the Koutoubia ... mine was L1 that took me from Koutoubia to Yacoub El Mansour
CTM and Supratours are the most reliable bus companies in Morocco. We also tried SATAS but it's not to recommend.
The main bus station in Marrakesh is located outside the walls of the medina. You can walk (+/- 20 min.), take a local bus (3 Dh) or a little taxi (should be less than 10 Dh, check if the counter is on and ask the price before getting in).
CTM : 044 43 44 02
Supratours is located near the train station (avenue Hassan II) : 044 43 55 25
The hop on and hop off bus is the best way to see Marrakech.
You can buy your tickets on the bus and they have head phones to listen to the commentary as you go around.
Unless you are with a tour then the best way to get around Marrakech is via the Hop on Hop off bus. These brightly coloured buses are the same in a lot of countries. They depart every 60 minutes.
Bus station is next to the train station and you can get to many places around Marrekesh. See pic for the bus schedule and ticket price.
According to my travel book Essaouira is a good spot for travellers, unfortunately I didn't get a chance to go, but there is a bus service from Marrakech that takes about 4 hours.