As you perhaps already know, many taxi drivers in Marrakesh have a very low level of ethics, they will try to charge the maximum they can extort from you.
Many tourist are charged 150DH or 50 DH per person from the airport to the city center, in reality this course doesn't cost more than 20 DH (2 euros) whether you are alone or with up to 3 people!
To pay this low fare you just have to walk 5 minutes to reach the main boulevard just outside the airport as shown in the picture.
Outside the airport area, taxis must use the counter and cannot charge high fixed fares, so insist on the driver to use it !
for you way back to the airport tell him to use the counter and that you want to go to Mhamid (the neighborhood close to the airport), once you are close to the airport ask him to drop you close to its entrance without entering the parking from there you will have to walk 5 minutes but you will pay just 20 dh instead of 50dh or more!
We hired a grande taxi for the day, 1300 Dhm. Not so bad as there were 3 of us. It took 3 hours of so to get there, just in time for lunch! Had lunch then a quick tour round the palace. The guide implied that you can walk to the resevoir, looked like 5km, so we declined. We went to Atlas studios, where all the Egyptian films seem to be filmed. Nobody was interested in showing us around or taking our money (rare) Took some snaps and had to return. As a day trip it was a bit of a waste of time. Wonderful scenery on the journey. If you need the number of the driver I can supply, no commision!
Although I'd visited Marrakech the previous year, and knew my way around, I decided to buy a ticket (130dh)
This ticket is valid for 24 hours from time of purchase, from attendants standing nearby at popular spots, or from the driver. (Time your purchase if there is a crowd, and no bus in sight, or you could lose 30 minutes or so)
Your ticket price includes headphones for the taped commentary (8 languages) and 10% off tours in the other cities through Europe and USA (only Marrakech in Africa in 2006) - I Used this in Granada later in the year, with 10% off. I've since used this service again in Granada, Padua and Valencia
There are 2 routes- The City Monuments (from 0900 - 19.30 approx every 20 - 30 mins), and the Marrakesh Romantique (No recorded info)(0930, 10.30.12.00 and 13.30)
I'd advise doing the Romantique first, as the times are a bit limited. This covers Jardins Majorelle and The Palmeraies.
The Marrakech Monumental passes by most of the main attractions. I did this as the tour first, then used it as a hop on hop off for the rest of the day, and the next morning.
Remember your sun screen/hat if sitting on the upper level!
I think there is wheelchair access, the one in Granada lowered its steps for this purpose.
While in Marrakesh if you wish to rent a car for a day, a few days, what have you, you'll find Avis, Hertz and Budget in the "new city" (Gueliz). However, while we were there all three were fully out of cars so our new Moroccan friend suggested we rent from Beautiful Car Location de Voitures. Also located in the ville nouveau, Beautiful Cars will pick you up right smack in the middle of Djemma el Fna (if you're staying in the Medina), take you back to their office to fill out paperwork for a few short minutes, then you'll be on your merry way. We paid around 600 dirham for the day, with unlimited miles/kilometers and full insurance coverage. Once you return the car to their office, they'll drive you back to wherever you need to go within Marrakesh. Now that's service! ;-)
You can rent small cars, tourist vans/mini buses and 4x4s here.
The best way to get to and from the airport is the bus number 19 which is just outside the entrance, in front of the taxis (impossible to miss). The price is reasonable and fixed and so avoids the trouble of haggling.
However, a taxi is obviously more comfortable although some will try to get you to pay extortionate amounts for it. We stayed at Hotel Mogador Marrakech, just outside the Bab Doukkala gate. My boyfriend and I were offered 100dirhams to get to the airport which was just ridiculous before we hailed one who switched on the meter. The cab ride was only 20dirhams!! We paid double to thank the driver for his honesty (which would have been the same price as two singles on the bus) and he was extremely grateful.
In general, always negotiate before getting into a taxi (if they first refuse to switch on the meter) and I have never paid more than 20dirhams.
Ignore excuses e.g. have to pay extra for luggage or the price on the meter is per person or it's late at night etc.
you have each half hour a bus L 19 to the centre from 7 am till 21 pm,
20dhr one way and 30dhr return ticket,2 weeks valid,
it is a circular bus,you goes to place foucauld(near place jemma el fna),,than mohamed v, bab doukkala(bus station),place 16 november,up mohamed v,place moumen ben ali,then to the train station(nearbij also supratours) and then douwn mohamad vl to menara gardens and airport
it means that you can also take the bus in the city if you want to go from de medina to gueliz,
otherwise the normal busses costs 3,5 dhr,
the bus 1 goes up the mohamed v,
bis 3 ,8,10,12,14 goes via bab doukkala to the train station and supratours
Have a look at Royal Air Morac and it's budget airline Blue Atlas. You can get some good deals from London. I have used them on my last 3 trips during christmas times in the last few years and have not been disapointed so far.
My last return flight was Tangier via Casablanca for £109. but have seen prices for much less one way to Marrakech like £40. keep looking they will be some bargins during the year.
On our first trip to Marrakech in 2005 we arrived by train from the north. I remember being impressed by the beautiful landscape as we left Rabat and started getting closer to Marrakech. In 2007, we arrived from the other direction, having driven over the Atlas mountains via the high Tizi n’ Tichka pass from Ait Ben Haddou. This is a spectacular drive with plenty of climbs and switch backs and the views are superb.
Marrakech airport is about 6km outside the city and the best way to get there is by taxi. Be warned, Moroccan taxi drivers are notorious for overcharging tourists. You should not pay more than about 50 Dh for the trip.
One thing that really surprised me in Marrakech was the sight of one of those red, open-topped tourists buses that you see all over Europe! It looked so out of place in Marrakech - it was the most modern thing we saw.
But, if that is your thing, then you can catch the bus around some of the sights at the outskirts of the city, though you will still need to explore most of the Medina by foot as the bus won't fit down those streets!
A ticket costs around 130 dirham and lasts for 24 hours. Y can hop on and off as many times as you like, and there is commentary provided via headphones.
I have read that they stop running quite early in the day, so best to make the most of your ticket in the mornings. The easiest place to catch the bus is from Square de Foucauld, near the bottom of Djemma El Fna.
One fun way to get a feel for Marrakech, and to see some sights along the way, is to take a ride on a caleche (horse-drawn carriage). You will see these parked around the edges of the Medina - some to the side of Djemaa el-Fna, towards the Koutoubia Minaret, others near the ramparts and gates.
They are classed as registered taxis, and are not just used by tourists (unlike other cities I have visited with a similar transportation option), but locals also use them to get around the city.
They cost around 60-80 Dirham per hour to hire. One popular trip for tourists is to take an hour or two tour around the ramparts
There are two types of taxis in Marrakech - Petit & Grand. They can be hailed from the main roads, caught from a taxi stand or arranged by your hotel.
The Petit taxis are small (usually beige or blue) hatchbacks which can seat 3 passengers. These taxis do have a meter (which may or may not be in use), though it is best to agree a price to your destination before you depart, or insist that the meter be turned on. Any trip within the Medina or close by shouldn't be more than 5-10 dirham, though the price is more in the evenings.
We caught a Petit taxi from the Medina to the Jardin Marjorelle (in the New Town) and the driver wanted 15 dirham, but we told him that we thought 10 dirham was a better price which he agreed on.
Grand Taxis are big old Mercedes, and can carry up to 6 passengers. They usually only cover specific routes, for a fixed fare, and may only leave when full. We were collected from the airport by a Grand taxi and enjoyed our drive to the Medina.
Menara airport is located just 6km from central Marrakech. The easiest way to get into town is by taxi or private transfer. There were plenty of Grand Taxi's about waiting to ferry people to the New Town and the edges of the Medina.
Our hotel arranged an airport pick up for us - there was a smiling man holding a sign with our Riad's name on it when we emerged through the doors after picking up our luggage. It certainly made finding our way to the Riad a lot easier - not sure we would have been able to do it on our own.
If you prefer you can catch a bus from the airport - number 11 bus has a stop just a short walk outside the airport. The bus will take you to Djemma El Fnaa, the central square in Marrakech. Buses run about every 20 minutes during the week, less frequently on the weekends. A ticket costs just a few dirham, and you can buy your ticket from the driver.
We flew to Marrakech with British Airways from London Gatwick (British Airways also fly to Marrakech from Heathrow). The flight took around 3 hours. On our return flight, the plane went via Casablanca, where it stopped for about 45 minutes for re-fuelling and to take on more passengers (while we remained on the plane). This made our return journey about 5 hours all up.
Other airlines that fly from the UK to Marrakech include Ryanair from London Luton, Easyjet and Atlas Blue from London Gatwick and Royal Air Maroc from London Heathrow.
Marrakech Menara airport is pretty basic and the service is very slow....we almost missed our flight! After queuing for ages to check in, then had to wait forever to get through the passport check....by the time we got to the queue for hand luggage scanning we had 10 minutes till our flight left - luckily we managed to jump to the head of the queue, then had to run to the gate, and were last on the plane!
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