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    Supratours bus to Laayone

    by earthflyer Written Feb 21, 2010

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    Supratours have 2 buses departing for Layoune.

    Journey time 15 hours.

    Tickets are around 285 dirhams.

    Supratours have there office next to the train station in Marrakech.

    Please use prices as a rough guide only.

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    Supratours bus to Tan Tan

    by earthflyer Updated Feb 21, 2010

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    Supratours have 2 buses departing for Tan Tan.

    Journey time 10 hours.

    Tickets are around 175 dirhams.

    Supratours have there office next to the train station in Marrakech.

    Please use prices as a rough guide only.

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    Address for CTM bus stations in Marrakech

    by earthflyer Written Mar 6, 2010

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    Here are the address for CTM bus stations in Marrakech, Please note the CTM bus station on Rue Abou Baker Seddik, Marrakech is the new Terminal for all CTM buses in and out of Marrakech. This place opened in 2007. I have used this place a couple of times and it is a proper bus station but only for CTM buses nobody else.

    Lonely Planet have yet to put it in there new book, which is a real shame.

    CTM still have a bay in The Main bus station on Bab Doukala but is very conjested.

    The office on Zerktouni street is just a pick up point and a courier service where you can buy tickets, but someone has said it is closed now. Which would make sense because the new terminal is big enough to deal it.

    CTM BUS STATION
    Address: Station Road CTM, Rue Abou Baker Seddik-Marrakech.
    Phone: 05 24 44 74 20.
    Opening hours: 24/24.
    Services Offered: Ticketing - Boarding-Drinks.

    Bab Doukala Agency:
    Address: Station Road Municipal Bab Doukkala, Marrakech.
    Phone: 05 24 43 44 02.
    Opening hours: 06:00 to 22:00.
    Services: Ticketing - Boarding-Drinks.

    Gueliz Agency:
    Address: 12, Avenue Zerktouni, Guéliz-Marrakech.
    Phone: 05 24 43 34 76.
    Opening hours: 09h00 to 21h00
    Services Offered: Ticketing - Messaging.

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    CTM bus to Laayoune

    by earthflyer Updated Mar 6, 2010

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    CTM have 4 buses departing for Laayoune.

    Journey time 14 hours.

    Tickets are around 285 dirhams plus 5 dirhams for luggage.

    All buses depart from the CTM Bus Station not the Main Bus Station.

    CTM BUS STATION
    Address: Station Road CTM, Rue Abou Baker Seddik-Marrakech.
    Phone: 05 24 44 74 20.
    Opening hours: 24/24.
    Services Offered: Ticketing - Boarding-Drinks.

    Please use prices as a rough guide only.

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  • Journey to Essaouira

    by mercmad Updated Aug 24, 2006

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    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.

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    Intercity Buses

    by antistar Updated Jan 11, 2014

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    Buses are the most popular way to get around Morocco, and the system caters for everything from broken down mini-buses to super luxurious air-conditioned expresses. For most tourists the two companies to use are CTM and Supratours. CTM are an independent company with a very good reputation, Supratours are an extension of Moroccan Railways, to take passengers to places the trains can't. Both have comfortable, clean, safe air-conditioned buses, although Supratours offer a luxury bus for about 30% more. These buses have much more space (three seats across instead of four) and other comforts.

    I used Supratours for the trip to Essaouira and back. They were excellent, although there timetables are completely off. The bus was 30 minutes late leaving Marrakech, and yet still managed to arrive early at Essaouria. On the way back the bus arrived in Marrakech over an hour early. Maybe they make allowances for traffic and breakdowns. Timetables for Supratour buses can be discovered through the ONCF railways webpage.

    One recommendation: Buy your ticket at least a day before you travel, especially on popular routes like Marrakech-Essaouria. The bus was full both legs. Although a few people were lucky enough to get on at the last minute without a ticket, some people were left behind. Booking online is not possible for Supratours. CTM do offer online booking, but it doesn't seem to accept credit cards from outside Morocco.

    One last tip: Because Supratours are run by the railway company, they don't tend to run from the main city bus stations (Gare Routiere). This can be a convenience in many cases, as in Essaouria where the Supratours stop is right next to the Medina. In Marrakech the main bus stop is on Boulevard 11 Janvier, just outside the city walls to the north at the Bab Doukkala city gate. Supratours run from a stop attached to the train station. Just walk down the main street to the left of the train station as you approach it, and Supratours is about 500m past it after the Ibis hotel.

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    Local Bus

    by antistar Written Jan 10, 2014

    The local bus system in Marrakech is cheap, safe, friendly and totally confusing. It also tends to be very crowded. The problems start with the map, which you can helpfully access on the Internet. It doesn't match up to anything, at least no map I found. The coloured lines obscure the map, the names of the terminals (no stops are detailed) are missing or refer to something no other map of Marrakech mentions, the lines themselves are spaghetti and the map doesn't even seem to be to scale. I'm pretty sure most of the buses stop near Djemaa el Fna, one of the most obvious sights in Marrakech, but neither that nor the Koutoubia mosque nearby are mentioned.

    The only thing I can help with is that I know that Bab Doukkala is the main bus terminal just outside the Medina walls on the north-west side. This is the start of the number 1 bus, and you can see the big number 1 next to Bab Doukkala. I'm also pretty sure that the cluster of bus numbers south of Bab Doukkala is either Djemaa el Fna, or somewhere very close.

    It might feel a bit daunting getting on the bus after looking at the map, but it's not a problem. In fact the friendliness of the passengers and driver (they'll probably be surprised to see a tourist) helps alleviate some of the problems. Both times the driver told us where to get off. In fact the second time we knew where to get off, at Majorelle Gardens, but decided to stay on until the end of the line. We wondered why the bus was waiting so long at the gardens, until a young guy came up to us, smiling, and said in his best, slightly bashful, English, that "the driver has instructed me to tell you that this is your stop."

    It was incredible! Despite the fact that it was rush hour, despite the fact that the bus was packed, and despite the fact the bus driver was so obviously running late that he was hurrying people to get on, he made time to find an English speaker among the passengers, and wait there while he came to find us. Even though we didn't actually want to get off at that stop now, we felt obliged to surrender to their generosity and find another way to our destination.

    Tickets can be bought from the driver when you tell him your destination. They are 4 dirhams for most rides. Try to have some change rather than big notes.

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    Hop-on Hop-off Bus

    by antistar Written Jan 11, 2014

    At first glance the hop-on hop-off bus service in Marrakech might seem the ideal way of introducing yourself to the city. Unfortunately Marrakech is a bit different to most cities. Much of what is interesting in Marrakech lies inside the ancient walls of the Medina, and there's not much of that part of the city that a bus can visit. For the Medina you will really need to get down on the ground and walk.

    That said, there are a few places worth visiting outside the Medina, and they are quite spaced out, so if you want to combine them with a couple of other stops, like Marrakech Plaza and central Gueliz for the tourist office, it might prove a convenient, if a little expensive, transport option. However, if you are capable of haggling taxi rides down to 20-30 dirhams, then you would probably be better off shuttling between these sights by taxi instead.

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    Marrakesh Tour

    by keeweechic Written Feb 16, 2009

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    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.

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    Hop on Hop off bus Marrakech

    by aussirose Written Dec 30, 2011

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    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.

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    Essaouira by bus

    by deeper_blue Written Dec 26, 2002

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    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.

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    Bus station

    by Sambawalk Written Aug 20, 2006
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    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.

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