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Marrakesh Travel Guide

Getting Around Marrakesh

By Air

Menara Airport in Marrakesh receives both domestic flights as well as international connections from the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.

The trip from the airport to town is only 15 minutes by car, taxi, or bus. The No. 19 public bus from the airport stops at the Place Djemaâ el-Fna and continues through to Guéliz serving most of the main hotels along Avenue Mohammed V and Avenue Mohammed VI (cost 20 DH). The standard charge for a run into the medina in petits taxis (small taxis that serve the city and its suburbs) starts at about 100 DH during the daytime and 150 DH after dark, but you will have to negotiate.

By Bus

Intercity buses all leave from Marrakesh. Use the gare routière at Bab Doukkala for national public buses, or the Supratours or Compagnie du Transports au Maroc (CTM) bus stations in Guéliz. Buses arrive to the gare routière from Casablanca, Rabat, Fez, Agadir, Ouarzazate, and other cities. CTM or Supratours buses have their own terminals, but also stop at the gare routière. They are quicker and more comfortable than public buses to most key destinations. Supratours, which has its office next door to the train station on Avenue Hassan II, links up with Morocco's train network, with bus routes to destinations south and west of Marrakesh.

Within Marrakesh, frequent public buses run all over town; fares are approximately 3 DH.

Bus Contacts

Compagnie de Transports au Maroc (Gare Routière, Bab Doukkala, Marrakesh. 0522/54–10–10. www.ctm.ma. Rue Abou Bakr Seddiq, near Theatre Royal, Guéliz. 0522/54–10–10. www.ctm.ma.)

Supratours (Av. Hassan II, near train station, Guéliz, Marrakesh. 0890/20–30–40. www.oncf.ma.)

ALSA City Bus (Marrakesh. 0524/33–52–70. www.alsa.ma.)

By Calèche

Calèches are green, canopied, horse-drawn carriages that hold four to five people. Even if they do scream "tourist," they're a great way to reach your evening meal, and children love riding up front beside the driver. They're also picture-perfect for trips out to enjoy the Majorelle, Menara, and Agdal gardens. You should always agree on a price beforehand, but keep in mind that rides generally cost a minimum of 150 DH per hour; trips to the Palmery might cost 300 DH, and round-trip excursions (circling the ramparts, say) might cost 200 DH. There are two main pickup stops: one is in the medina, along the left side of the street stretching from the Djemaâ el-Fna to the Koutoubia Mosque; the other is in Guéliz, just south of the Place de la Liberté and west of Bab Nkob. You can also always try flagging one down.

By Car

Marrakesh is in Morocco's center, so it connects well by road with all other major destinations. Most of these roads are good, two-lane highways with hard, sandy shoulders for passing. There is a new freeway connecting Marrakesh to Casablanca and Agadir.

Within Marrakesh, driving isn't the best way to get around. Cars can pass through many of the medina's narrow alleys, but not all, and unless you know the lay of the land you risk getting suddenly stuck and being hard-pressed to perform a U-turn.

Rental Cars

Amsterdam Cars (Appt. B, 112, av. Mohammed V, Guéliz, Marrakesh. 0611/71–70–60 or 0662/20–00–21. www.amsterdamcar.com.)

Avis (Marrakech Menara Airport, Hivernage, Marrakesh. 0524/43–31–69. www.avis.com.)

Europcar (63, bd. Zerktouni, in the Afriqui gas station forecourt, Guéliz, Marrakesh. 0524/43–12–28. www.europcar.com.)

Hertz (154, av. Mohammed V, Guéliz, Marrakesh. 0524/43–99–84. www.hertz.ma.)

Medloc (1st floor, no. 3, 75, rue Ibn Aicha, Guéliz, Marrakesh. 0524/43–57–57. www.medloc-maroc.com.)

Label Voiture (Appt. 20, Immeuble 90, bd. Zerktouni, 1st fl., Guéliz, Marrakesh. 0524/42–15–19. www.labelvoiture.com.)

By Taxi

Petits taxis in Marrakesh are small, beige, metered cabs permitted to transport three passengers. A petit taxi ride from one end of Marrakesh to the other costs around 20 DH. Grands taxis are the ubiquitous old Mercedes and other large four-doors and have two uses. Most often they simply take a load of up to six passengers on short hauls to suburbs and nearby towns, forming a reliable, inexpensive network throughout each region of Morocco. They can also be chartered for private hire for excursions and airport transfers.

Taxi Vert (Marrakesh. 0524/40–94–94.)

By Train

Marrakesh is connected by good train service to Tangier, Rabat, Casablanca, and Fez. The train station is located on Avenue Mohammed VI at the junction with Avenue Hassan II in Guéliz and is Morocco's main southern terminus. Advance reservations can be made for first class only. Trains leave for Tangier five times a day; trains to Casablanca leave nine times a day.

Train Contacts

ONCF (Av. Mohammed VI, at Av. Hassan II, Guéliz, Marrakesh. 0890/20–30–40. www.oncf.ma.)

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